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    zippers question

    i was wondering how you store all your zippers used or new. i just aquired a few.some are long and some are short. now i need to know what you all do with them to store them. thank you all for looking. and help me find a way to store them,
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Size:  231.7 KBI put mine on the cheap metal shower rings from the $ store and hang them up. The one end of the shower ring is narrow enought to go through the hole on most zipper pulls.
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    I have hundreds. I put them in see-thru plastic shoe boxes. I take a 3X5 card and write the colors, lengths and unique info (like it's a separating zipper) and put the card inside the box on the end so I can read thru the box and see if what I want is in that one without opening it.
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    I store mine in an oblong food storage container that's about 7-8" long and 2" high. The shorter zippers lay nice and flat, while the longer ones have enough room to circle around the edge.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Mine are in a 22 qt. Sterilite plastic tote. I usually just transfer them to another tote when I'm looking for something.

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    all great ideas. tartan i just so happen to have a lot of those shower rings. how cool is that. thank you all for the help....
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    Can someone tell me what you folks do with hundreds of zippers? I think I am missing out on something!

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    I never counted how many I have - there are probably quite a few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    Can someone tell me what you folks do with hundreds of zippers? I think I am missing out on something!
    I was making a lot of bags. browsing on ebay one day (this was a couple years ago) I saw a listing for 500, separating jacket zippers, YKKs, from 12" to 32" for $40 INCLUDING POSTAGE!!! Since I figured I needed about 3 or 4, 500 seemed about right (which is why my house looks like it does)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    I was making a lot of bags. browsing on ebay one day (this was a couple years ago) I saw a listing for 500, separating jacket zippers, YKKs, from 12" to 32" for $40 INCLUDING POSTAGE!!! Since I figured I needed about 3 or 4, 500 seemed about right (which is why my house looks like it does)
    Lol only someone who sews will understand this logic! Love it!!

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    Tartan, thanks for the suggestion! I only have a handful of zippers, plus a closet with an unused clothes rod where I store quilting "stuff". Your suggestion is just perfect for me! Thanks a million!
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    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    Can someone tell me what you folks do with hundreds of zippers? I think I am missing out on something!
    i have a few not hundreds.. but i do like to have them on hand when i need one. purse, wallet or what ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    I was making a lot of bags. browsing on ebay one day (this was a couple years ago) I saw a listing for 500, separating jacket zippers, YKKs, from 12" to 32" for $40 INCLUDING POSTAGE!!! Since I figured I needed about 3 or 4, 500 seemed about right (which is why my house looks like it does)
    Ha, ha, ha. Know what you mean. Who can resist a deal like that!

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    I've done alterations for years. Having zippers on hand saves a bunch of time and miles.

    Mine are sorted: metal, plastic, seperating, invisable (hate putting those in a garment). These are in zip-lock bags in a box. Makes it easy to find what I'm looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    I was making a lot of bags. browsing on ebay one day (this was a couple years ago) I saw a listing for 500, separating jacket zippers, YKKs, from 12" to 32" for $40 INCLUDING POSTAGE!!! Since I figured I needed about 3 or 4, 500 seemed about right (which is why my house looks like it does)
    HaHaHaHaHaHa!!! That is laugh-out-loud funny! I can relate...

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    Ha ha ha! That's our logic alright! no one would understand us. Some day, yes some day, we may need them, right? In the mean time, we save lots of $$$

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    Oh Tartan that's a great idea!! I store mine in a plastic drawer thingy. Look to the far left.
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    I inherited a box full of zippers from a friend's estate. I have used them, given them away, put them in a yard sale, and still have bunches, but they do come in handy. I make small pockets of nylon screening and put a zipper at the top. If I am looking for something, I lift it out and just look through the screening and find what I am looking for.

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    Two summers ago, my neighbor (who had owned 3 fabric stores and retired) gave me about 1,000 zippers and all of the stores' leftover trims which were still on the boards. Most of the zippers were 7-9" in an array of assorted colors. I grouped them by length and color and wrapped rubber bands around the tops to keep them together. Then I just tossed them in a large shopping bag and that's my storage! LOL Since then I have made a couple of dozen zipped cosmetic size bags in various theme fabrics. I gave some away, sold some and have some in my inventory in case I need a quick gift. (And that is why my house looks the way it does!!)

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    Your answer made me laugh out loud! Saw an image in my mind of me doing the same thing with anything I think I just might need in the next hundred years!! LOL

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    Well, if I can't find a particular zipper or zippers, now I know where to go to ask!!

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    When you buy sheets, they come in a clear zippered bag. I keep those for storage. I store the 7 to 9 inch zippers in a small bag that held pillowcases, and 12 to 22 inch zips go in a sheet set sized bag. Then I stuff those into a drawer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    I was making a lot of bags. browsing on ebay one day (this was a couple years ago) I saw a listing for 500, separating jacket zippers, YKKs, from 12" to 32" for $40 INCLUDING POSTAGE!!! Since I figured I needed about 3 or 4, 500 seemed about right (which is why my house looks like it does)
    I can certainly relate, PaperPrincess! It made me laugh so much.
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    I detest zippers, I can never get them in a garment the right way. I used to sew a lot of clothing but went out of my way to make sure a zipper wasn't called for. It reminds me of a time eons ago that I was making something that had Yikes a zipper, I called my mother long distance & she walked me through it and it came out perfect but for the life of me I could never do it again. Unfortunately I lost my mother a couple years after that & never done a zipper since that was in 1984.

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    all mine are in a clear plastic rubbermaid box

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