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Awhile back I was asked about what guides were available for installing zippers into handbags and the like. Over the years I have made a huge range of jigs and guides for various different products but I knew of no multi-purpose type tool that could do this job with out making up special tools like my line up table I've detailed somewhat previously on this forum. What I have come up with no doubt will be improved in time but for my first effort I can say that this guide has performed better than I expected and for those that would like to make copies for themselves I will attach the stl file needed here which you are welcome to use for your own private use. If you just want to buy the parts let me know but I would like to offer it to @Uwe for his rights to sell within the US (if he wants it). This is due to the fact that I admire his contribution and help to so many on this forum and is just my own way of thanking him from us all. Also he has now the equipment for making this stuff and his integrity to service and quality I would trust. For those that want to print it out I will attach some pictures as well. In this first pic it shows the orientation I recommend to print as it give good strength to the 1mm legs and it works pretty well. I decided on a 30% fill using pla. In this case the 3 pieces took about 17 minutes I think. Bit rough and would be better on my old thing a bit slower perhaps. This is what it looks like finished on the platform. Bit rough above the holes but they work strongly anyway. Each piece I cleaned up with a knife and some sandpaper on a flat surface. This takes about 2 minutes to do well each. Now showing after cleaned up and ready to try out. A few more printed and cleaned up and pressed down onto No3 YKK nylon chain zip. Once the guide is pressed on the lot can be handled well as a single unit to work on. In the picture above you can see another printed guide made specifically for that length zip to make the position on the back for gluing the zipper into place. These bags linings below were all done using that method I will show more of further down. This shows what is wrong with doing good quality work......toooooo many bags to make. Over 50 croc bags in this lot and probably near as many to follow next month. Sorry I went off subject there a bit. I will load this now and have a coffee and be back shortly.