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.