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    Profile photo of Jo AnnJo Ann @fordjoann

    I must be blind! I have 5 inches of extra zipper tape after sewing to the dot. I can’t find on the pattern what to do with this extra length. Thanks for help in directing me to the instructions. I see where it says to leave it hanging for now but not with what to do with it.

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    Profile photo of Lightning McStitchLightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    Once you’re happy with the zipper, and you’ve sewn the bottom skirt, you will stitch the extra zipper tape to the skirts seam allowance.
    However with that much extra I’d be inclined to shorten the zipper a bit first. You need to handstitch round and round and round the teeth to create a new stopping point. Then cut the zipper an inch or two below that point. Don’t use your good scissors to cut the teeth of the zip!
    Keep following the instructions, you’ll see what to do soon enough.

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    Profile photo of SarviSarvi @Sarvi

    I never knew you were supposed to cut off the extra! Why? So it doesn’t feel lumpy?

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    Profile photo of Jo AnnJo Ann @fordjoann

    Thank you so much! I loved the invisible zipper and had no problem sewing it. I couldn’t find the length needed so I had to get a larger size.

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    Profile photo of Lightning McStitchLightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    Well you’re not meant to cut off the extra, but five inches of extra?! That would threats to hang below the hem of the skirt!

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    Profile photo of Liesl GibsonLiesl Gibson
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    I usually buy long zippers and just cut them to the length I need so I don’t have a big inventory of different lengths. You can simply zigzag over the teeth at the length you want, or you can buy metal stoppers to place at the end of the zipper. If you use a pliers you can also pull out the extra coil, but it can take a little fiddling to do this well. Then cut the coil when you reach the zipper stop and you’ll be left with just the tape, so it’s not scratchy or annoying at the inside of the dress. I should do a video on this sometime!

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    Profile photo of LindaLinda @Knitting1

    Yes please,Liesl! I’ve always wondered how to do this and just can’t picture it.

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