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    zipper cord question - any benefit to having 8 inch vs cord?

    There are three options available to purchase zipper cords:

    1. cord pulls with plastic ends
    2. 8 inch cord
    3. cord

    I obviously understand why one would get the first option, if they want a cord pull with plastic ends. But is there a benefit to buying the 8 inch cords over just the cord? Could one just cut as much as they want and then just tie it how they want, or does anything else need to be done?

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    To me it's just a matter of convenience: Buy the 8 inch cords fix them to your zippers and you're done. The benefit of buying just the cord is that you can use it for other purposes too or - as you said - to cut longer pieces. I tend to use the zipper cords that are provided with the bags although I like how other folks put contrasting colors or reflecting cords on their bags.
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    I received 8 inch cords with my GES25 and then ordered 5 yards cord to tie knots for zip puller in cuter way,
    I do prefer 5 yards in order to do whatever I want (actually I want more now, it's quite addictive)
    but you have to buy a lighter (I usually don't need a lighter) and cut then burn the cord each times
    Last edited by Rei; 02-22-2019 at 06:08 AM.
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    So what I'm hearing is that all you have to do is cut the yard one and burn it, to make it like the 8 inch ones? In the video provided by TB it's just burned for a second. Is that the case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TorontoSS View Post
    So what I'm hearing is that all you have to do is cut the yard one and burn it, to make it like the 8 inch ones? In the video provided by TB it's just burned for a second. Is that the case?
    Yes, that's how it works. The cord will unravel and fray if you don't do a quick melt to seal the ends. I don't have a lighter, I use my gas stovetop burner for the quick zap - regardless of how you do it, be safe.

    There are a ton of videos online about various types of paracord knots and pulls that are decorative and/or functional that you can make... the long hank of cord is good if you want to do those more complicated things, because you can cut as much as you need.
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