Skills: All About Zippers

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PARTS OF A ZIPPER.

Before we begin talking about how to install zippers into our garments, we need to first understand the parts and types of zippers.  

Let's begin with the basic anatomy of a zipper.

anatomy of a zipper - what the parts of a zipper are

 TYPES OF ZIPPERS.

1.  SEPARATING ZIPPER (OPEN-END)

Jacket with a separating zipper

As the name suggests, this zipper opens completely when fully undone.

Commonly used in:

  • Jackets
  • hoodies
  • outerwear

2.  TWO WAY SEPARATING ZIPPER

Ski jacket with a two way separating zipper

 This zipper allows you to have the zipper done up at the top but not at the bottom. It has

two slider heads

Commonly used in:

  • Coats
  • sleeping bags

 3.  CLOSED END ZIPPER

Jeans closed end zipper

This zipper does not separate at the bottom

Commonly used in:

  • Jeans
    trousers
  • dresses
  • skirts
  • zipper pouches

4.  TWO WAY HEAD TO HEAD ZIPPER

Teal luggage with two way head to head zipper

This zipper also has two sliders, but they face each other in the centre, allowing you to unzip
from the centre.

Commonly used in:

  • Bags
  • backpacks
  • laptop cases
  • purses

5.  TWO WAY TAIL TO TAIL ZIPPER

Two way head to head zipper

This zipper also has two sliders, but they are on either end and do not separate.

Commonly used in:

  • Skiing and snowboarding outerwear as “vents”

 

TYPES OF ZIPPERS TEETH.

 1.  METAL

Assortment of metal zippers used for jeans making

Commonly used in:

  • Jeans
  • jackets

2.  MOULDED PLASTIC

moulded plastic zippers

Commonly used in:

  • Jackets
  • duffel bags
  • skirts
  • dresses

3.  INVISIBLE

Invisible zipper

Commonly used in:

  • Dresses
  • skirts
  • trousers

3.  POLYESTER / NYLON COIL

Polyester zippers /  nylon coil zippers

Commonly used in:

  • Dresses
  • skirts
  • trousers
  • jackets
  • bags

 

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