I'm such a junker at heart. I think it must have been imparted to me when I was growing up. I dreaded driving anywhere with my dad in the summer because those trips that should have taken 20 minutes, always ended up taking 2 hours with all the detours to follow garage sale signs around town.
Now, I'm often just.like.him.
One thing I usually see in abundance while junking/thrifting are zippers. And I snatch them up. You can't beat the price at 5 or 10 cents each, and most of the time they are new, still in the package.
And yes, they're usually odd lengths like this 22 incher. And that's perfectly fine with me since I can always cut it down to the size I need.
I have a project that needs an 8 inch zipper.
Zippers are measured from the top of the zipper pull when the zipper is closed, down to the little metal stopper at the end when the zipper is open.
I measured from the top of the zipper pull, down to eight inches, marked the zipper, and then used the bartack stitch on my sewing machine (see the blue, highlighted stitch #25?)
to tack the zipper on my marking. Then using a pair of craft scissors (not your good sewing scissors), cut the zipper about 1 inch below your new zipper stop. Don't be timid, this will work even if the zipper teeth are metal.
There it is, the perfect zipper color and size for my project.
Happy Wednesday to you!