Zippers today are available in all sorts, styles, and colors to cater to the different needs of sewing enthusiasts, hobbyists, and professional tailors and designers alike. This plethora of options is the very reason why it has become trickier than ever to decide which one best suits the project that you have in mind.
To give you a good idea on how to go about with shopping for the zippers that you need, here is a short overview of the different types of zippers that you can find in the market right now.
Coil zippers are among the most common types of zippers today. These zippers are often referred to as “nylon coil zippers” even though most of them are made from polyester these days. These zippers are heat resistant, are very light, and don’t rust.
Invisible zippers are very common in dresses and skirts. The coil is located on the back part of the zipper and doesn’t show from the garment’s front side. These are usually coil zippers that come with a teardrop pull.
Separating zippers are also called open-ended zippers and can be normally found on jackets and sweatshirts. These zippers can completely come apart and make use of a box and pin mechanism.
Metal zippers are often found and used on jeans. These zippers feature two lines of teeth made from metal, commonly aluminium, nickel, or brass that are molded and placed at regular intervals on the two sides of the tape.
Plastic Molded Zippers
Plastic molded zippers are basically the same as metal zippers but this time, the teeth are molded from plastic.
More about Zippers
The numbers that can be found in the title of a zipper refer to the chain’s width. This means that if you got a #4 zipper, its chain measures 4mm, while a #6 zipper will have 6mm, and so on. The number is frequently found at the back of the zipper slider.
How are zippers measured? When measuring a zipper, you must begin at the top stop then measure down towards the bottom stop. In the case of open-ended zippers, measurement begins from the top stop towards the bottom part of the retainer box. If there is an excess tape, it is not included when measuring the zipper.
Zippers can be purchased in various lengths but there times when you might find that you will have to shorten a zipper in order to get it right or to use a long zip that might be lying around. One simple and easy way to do it is to stitch over the coils several times where you prefer the stop to be located.
The end of the zipper should be cut off at least one to two centimeters under the new stop that you have stitched. You can easily cut through nylon coil using a decent pair of scissors.
Finally, don’t forget the end use of the garment when choosing the right zipper. If you want to replace the zip on the pair of overalls that a welder will use in a workshop, for example, a plastic zip will not be a suitable choice at all.