How to install a slider on a continuous zipper

posted in: Sewing 5

Unknown, unloved? This was the case for me with continuous zippers, but since I discovered them, I rarely use anything else.

I make a lot of bags and continuous zippers are a great solution for bags and pouches. They exist in lots of different colors and they are much cheaper than other zippers. It’s easy to cut them to the desired length and the leftovers can be used for other projects.

For those who want to give it a try, I made this video that shows in a few easy steps how to install a slider on a continuous zipper.

A few more tips before you start:

* Make sure that the zipper you start with is a bit longer than the desired length to allow for cutting errors.

* Place your scissors right in between two zipper teeth.

* If it’s too difficult to place your slider on the zipper, the zipper teeth might be damaged. Cut off an extra piece and start again.

* In the beginning, you might need a bit of patience, but once you master the technique, it’s a piece of cake.

* To avoid the slider from sliding off the zipper, you can close the zipper ends as follows: zigzag with a wide stitch and minimal stitch length over the zipper teeth at both ends of the zipper.

I asked my brother, who had never seen a coninuous zipper before, to test the technique that’s shown in the video. The third time he tried, he managed to get the slider on without any problems and since then, he never struggled again. So if he can do it, I’m sure you can too.

If you want to give it a try, you can find continuous zippers and sliders here. 

5 Responses

  1. SaSiBeau

    Super, ik heb dit mij altijd al afgevraagd hoe ze dit in hemelsnaam gedaan kregen en nu heb ik het antwoord 😉

  2. Runa

    Oh geweldig.
    Ik was maar aan het vloeken en aan het vloeken toen het schuivertje eraf viel.
    Mijn moed zakte in mijn schoenen en gaf het op.
    Dit ga ik deze week nog eens proberen. Bedankt voor de goede tip.

    • Peggy Sew

      Veel succes ermee!

  3. Peggy

    Thanks for the tip… Will have to give it a try when I cut a zipper down. Been throwing them away. Been sewing for over 60 years (am over 75 yo) and never knew this trick.

  4. Joke

    Super uitgelegd. Eigenlijk wilde ik 2 schuivertjes gebruiken voor een tasje, maar dat lukt me niet. De rits komt dan scheef te zitten en dat krijg ik dan niet goed. Of heb je daar ook een trucje voor?