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About Zippers



    Zippers are a strong, neat method of closing an opening in a garment, and are made of nylon or metal.  They come in all different sizes, colors, and weights.  You can see the teeth on most zippers when they are closed.  In most cases your job is to attach the zipper so that your seam stitching lines are drawn together to "hide" the zipper opening.

    Zippers are a strong method for closing and opening a garment. They were originally invented in 1923 by B.F. Goodrich as a boot fastener.  They are used in fashion today on most ready-to-wear, ready-to-go, garments.


Helpful Hints when inserting a Zipper

Insert your zipper at the earliest stages possible during the construction of your garment. (It is easier to attach a zipper to flat fabric than a curved bulky one with other pieces of the garment attached.)

Use a Zipper Foot attachment whenever possible.

Do not pin your zipper on.

Tack and press your garment first. Once the zipper is sewn in it is impossible to iron in that area. Make sure the hot iron does not touch the nylon teeth of the zipper.

Tack and hand stitch the zipper into place with the teeth closed.

Hand baste your zipper in place first before sewing it with a zipper foot.


Here is a photo of what a zipper foot looks like. When possible use a zipper foot to sew in a zipper.



Zippers come in many lengths. Here are some general guide lines.

For Skirts: Zippers are usually 6-12 inches and are usually metal, nylon, and invisible.
For Dresses: Zippers are usually 4-26 inches and are usually metal, nylon, and invisible.
For Pants and Trousers: Zippers are usually 8-14.5 inches and are medium-weight metal.
For Jackets: Zippers are usually 10-26" and are medium weight and a separating zipper is usually used.
For Cardigans: Zippers are usually 10-26" and are light weight and a separating zipper is usually used.

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