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How to Fix Every Zipper Issue


The Pickstitched Lapped Zipper

Another thing to be cautious of is that they tend to “stick” a bit more than the others. Meaning the slider doesn’t move as smoothly up and down the teeth as the other two, especially when compared to the coil.

The texture of the teeth is a lot more subtle than the plastic or metal zipper teeth as well which may make it a good choice for bags and pockets where you don’t want your zipper standing out. Invisible zippers have the teeth hidden behind a tape, so that the zipper is invisible. The tape's color matches the garment's, as does the slider's and the puller's. This kind of a zipper is common in skirts and dresses. They are also seeing increased use by the military and emergency services because the appearance of a button down shirt can be maintained, while providing a quick and easy fastening system.

Finished zippers feature a starter box and pin at one end of the zipper tape and stops at the other end. Finished zippers are used for applications where you want the sides of the zipper to separate completely like on a coat, a genoa sleeve, or the side panels of a cockpit enclosure. Coil zippers feature plastic teeth that, as the name implies, look coiled. The teeth are sewn on to the side tape with polyester thread. Coil zipper teeth are stronger and more flexible than Vislon zippers, making coil a great choice for curved applications like a smile window on an enclosure.

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Examples of special zippers with different tape materials, colors and patterns.

In 1851, five years after patenting the revolutionary sewing machine idea, Howe submitted a patent for an “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure”, which today we recognise as a zipper today. Possibly pre-occupied with trying to get his sewing machine idea into mass production, Howe never really pursued this idea, and nothing came of it. This is why he missed out on being known as the “inventor” of the zipper. It just takes a tiny bit of crimping, too much, and you will lock the slider in place and not be able to move it at all.

In the picture below I have two different metal zippers in different sizes. Before we really break down the anatomy of a zipper, you’ll need to understand the two basic classes of zippers – closed bottom and separating.

Zipper description

A regular invisible zipper uses a lighter lace-like fabric on the zipper tape, instead of the common heavier woven fabric on other zippers. And, at the very beginning of the process, there are people sewing zippers into the fly, adding sliders to the zipper chain. Continuous and finished are terms that refer to the length and style of the zipper as a whole. Finished zippers are sometimes also called ‘jacket zippers’ because they are most commonly used on coats and jackets.

Over time, the slider starts to come apart, and when that happens it stops clinching the zipper teeth together. Grab some pliers and try closing the slider together until it catches the teeth again.

For the tent fly, you are replacing it from the top end, not the bottom hem of the fabric. (It stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha–far too long to print on a zipper.) It’s got about half of the world’s zipper business.

Molded plastic zippers have the teeth molded and melted directly onto the zipper tape. This construction uses very cheap materials which usually make them the most cost-effective option. The shape of the teeth makes them a bit stiffer than the coil zippers. Molded plastic zippers are great for children’s clothing, tote style bags and more.

If a zipper fails, it can either jam (i.e. get stuck) or partially break off. Types of teeth of plastic zippers are much diverse compared to the metal ones.

What is a nylon coil zipper?

Closed Bottom Zipper. Next is the Closed Bottom Zipper. This zipper is typically used when the zipper will not separate. A pant fly zipper is an example. A bottom stop is used to stop the slider from going off the zipper chain.

Sundback also created the manufacturing machine for the new zipper. The "S-L" or scrapless machine took a special Y-shaped wire and cut scoops from it, then punched the scoop dimple and nib and clamped each scoop on a cloth tape to produce a continuous zipper chain. Within the first year of operation, Sundback's zipper-making machine was producing a few hundred feet of fastener per day.

How to Measure a Zipper

The modern zipper was eventually designed in 1913 by Gideon Sundback, who worked at the Universal Fastener Company in Hoboken, New Jersey. He received a patent for his “Separable Fastener" in 1917. If you go on a camping trip, zippers play an important role, too. Your suitcase or backpack might spill its contents everywhere if it wasn't zipped shut.

What is a YKK metal zipper?

Zippers let you put on warmer clothing quickly, something that's important for people working in extreme conditions. Zippers are also important for people with certain disabilities because buttons can be frustrating if you have problems with your hands or arms.

What Does the Number on the Back of My Zipper Mean?

Zipper description

General idea was to two sew reinforcements to two edges of cloth and connect them with small metal clasps. Clasps would be connected to each other with a strip of wool and separated from each other. When the strip is pulled it would drag strips along, separate them from each other and close opening between the clothes. Pushing of clasps together would open the opening again. Because of success of sewing machine, Elias Howe didn’t market his invention too much.

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  • Heck, you can even put on a dress or a pair of pants without having to do the hokey pokey.
  • Continuous zippers are usually sewn into a project at both ends like on a bag, tent or cushion.
  • Same part of the machine claps a tooth onto the cloth tape.

The Chicago inventor's "Clasp Locker" was a complicated hook-and-eye shoe fastener. Together with businessman Colonel Lewis Walker, Whitcomb launched the Universal Fastener Company to manufacture the new device.

Zipper description

Most of the time, the zipper teeth or coil are fine, and all that needs to be replaced is the zipper slider itself. On the other hand, if the coil or teeth pull off of the woven tape, then the entire zipper must be replaced. Non-locking sliders, on the other hand, allow the zipper to separate by pulling on any part of the zipper slider or even by pulling the zipper teeth apart. This is useful for an application where you would want to be able to quickly separate the zipper, like on a genoa sleeve.

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The slider joins or separates the elements when the zipper is opened or closed. Various types of sliders are available depending on use. The exterior metal segments clamp the waterproof sheeting over the concealed zipper teeth. The zipper teeth are not visible in this image (obscured by the edges of the waterproof sheet).

Unless the zipper slider is brass, the metal used is rather soft and misuse will damage the largest one as quickly as the smallest. Locking and non-locking zippers are available for both coil and Vislon zipper teeth. When selecting a slider, be sure you choose a slider that is compatible for your zipper chain in both size and type. For example, a #5 Vislon zipper will need a #5 Vislon Slider, and so on. Then you can select the slider material (plastic or metal) and locking or non-locking.

Can you lock a zipper?

Coil zipper—also known as nylon coil zipper—is a type of zipper whose teeth/elements are made from coiled monofilament that is traditionally nylon. The coil is sewn to a zipper tape to make the final product. The final zipper product is completed when the nylon coiled teeth are sewn onto the zipper tape.

The number on the back of the zipper slider is most often tied to the gauge size of the zipper. The gauge size refers to the size of the teeth, as the number gets larger, the teeth get bigger. There are #2, #5, #8 gauge size zippers and go as high as #15 here in our factory. If you measure the teeth in “mm”, that indicate what gauge the zipper is. The patent for the "Separable Fastener" was issued in 1917.

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Sewing In a Zipper

The invention of plastic zippers also meant they could be created in any colour, making then another tool in the fashion designers arsenal. The zipper not only makes it more convenient to fasten clothing, but plastic zippers are also wind, dust and waterproof, and don’t snag, stick or rust. F. Goodrich Company decided to use Sundback’s invention on their new rubber boots. An executive at the company named them zippers after the noise they made, and the name stuck.

Zipper description

Today there are many different types of zippers. Just a tiny bit of spread between the two halves of the slider can cause the zipper teeth (or plastic coil) to not engage. Dirt and sand can also damage the inside of the zipper slider, grinding away at the innards, again, causing the teeth not to lock into each other. These two things will cause ANY size zipper to fail. A larger size zipper will fail just as quickly as a smaller one.

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What is a closed bottom zipper?

TRIM YOUR ZIPPER With the bar tack sewn, trim off the excess zipper teeth and tape using a pair of non-fabric scissors. For invisible and plastic zips, you can simply cut through the zipper teeth and tape. For metal zippers, gently maneuver the scissors between the zipper teeth until you've cut through the zipper.

They are hard to open and close because the zipper anvil must bend apart teeth that are being held under tension. They can also be derailed (and damage the sealing surfaces) if the teeth are misaligned while straining to pull the zipper shut. These variations are achieved by sewing one end of the zipper together, sewing both ends together, or allowing both ends of the zipper to fall completely apart.

What is a reverse coil zipper?

Zipper sliders (also known as zipper pulls, zipper pull tabs, or zipper heads) for virtually any type of zipper! When your zipper pull or zipper slider breaks, it can be a real drag. These zipper pulls and sliders are great items for sewing professionals to keep on hand for when zipper repair jobs are needed.

Two way open-ended zippers Instead of having an insertion pin and pin box at the bottom, a two way open-ended zipper has a puller on each end of the zipper tape. Someone wearing a garment with this kind of zipper can slide up the bottom puller to accommodate more leg movement without stressing the pin and box of a one-way open-ended zipper. Plastic-molded zippers are identical to metallic zippers, except that the teeth are plastic instead of metal. Metal zippers can be painted to match the surrounding fabric; plastic zippers can be made in any color of plastic. Plastic zippers mostly use polyacetal resin, though other thermoplastic polymers are used as well, such as polyethylene.

Can you fix zippers?

Description. The bulk of a zipper consists of two rows of protruding teeth, which may be made to interdigitate, linking the rows, carrying from tens to hundreds of specially shaped metal or plastic teeth. These teeth can be either individual or shaped from a continuous coil, and are also referred to as elements.

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An invisible zipper foot are made specifically for invisible zippers and are not necessary for other zipper types. Invisible zippers are a little different than the others. The teeth of an invisible zipper are on the backside of the zipper. This means that once it is sewn into your project, the zipper itself should not be visible from the right side. These are commonly used in formal wear and many styles of dresses.