How to put the slider onto continuous zipping
Buying continuous zipping by the metre is the perfect option for when you need an extra long zip for larger projects like bigger cushions, loose covers and dog beds, and also for styling and craft projects.
Continuous zips solve the problem of finding a zip long enough for larger projects for furnishings or crafts. If you need an extra long zip, buy zipping by the metre to get exactly the amount you need, fit a zip pull and then cut it to fit your project perfectly.
Fitting two zip pulls is not a problem either; once you’ve mastered how to put the slider onto continuous zipping, fitting two continuous zip sliders or more is easy! you’ll find it’s the perfect solution for all your bigger furnishing projects.
You can buy our continuous zips in three colours – black, white and beige, all in both a light weight (4mm) and heavy weight (6mm) options. Zip pulls or sliders are sold individually to match the zipping, so you can buy as many as you need or want. Read on for continuous zip instructions on how to fit a zipper pull and you’ll soon be have a perfectly finished extra long zip!
How to use continuous zipping
Continuous zipping can be any length you want, so if you need a zip to go around three sides of a window seat cushion, or across the back of your sofa, this is the zip you need. Fitting the zip pull can be just a little fiddly, so we’ve made this guide to show you what to do. It can take a little perseverance, but once you’ve mastered the technique you’ll wonder how you managed without continuous zipping!
What do I need?
You won’t need any special tools to use a continuous zip, except a little patience! The zip can be cut to size with ordinary (sharp) scissors; you could use a lighter to singe the cut edges to seal them, but this is not essential. Follow the continuous zip instructions below and you’ll soon learn how to attach a zipper pull to a continuous zip!!
How to fit a slider to a continuous zip
Cut zip to size
Cut your continuous zip longer than the opening you want to be zipped. This is important because you’re going to cut away some of the teeth at one end of the zip as we’ve done here; it also gives you the option to cut a bit off if you think it’s all gone wrong! You’ll end up with a fabric tab one each side of the zip, just like on a shop-bought zip.
fit the zipper pull or slider
To fit your continuous zip with sliders, open the zip a little and slide the rounded end of the zip (with the two holes) onto one side. Follow the the way it’s facing in our picture if you’re not sure. Slide the zip pull on until it is fully engaged with the teeth on one side. If you’d like to see how to fit a zip slider in more detail, here’s a useful video:
The fiddly bit!
It can sometimes take a few attempts to get the hang of this step, so don’t give up! Pulling up gently on the fabric tabs and at the same time pulling down gently on the body of the zip to create a little tension, slide the zip onto the teeth so that it is engaged on both sides. The trick is to keep the fabric tabs pretty level as you slide the zip onto the teeth
Need a second zip pull?
If you want two zip pulls on your zip, so that you can open it at each end, fit the second one now in exactly the same way but at the other end of your zip. If your zip isn’t quite even with two zip pulls, close the zip and then open the zip from the end and pull the longer side with a gentle pressure.
Buy continuous zipping online
Now you know how to attach a zipper pull, visit our online shop to buy continuous zipping and zip pulls or sliders. To buy your zipping cut to size, click on the products below and choose the length you need.