Zippers are used everywhere including in clothing items, bags and purses, upholstery, and in many other things. Although zippers are generally used to close and secure things, different types of zippers are used for different projects. Zippers come in many different sizes, lengths, and weights to match the weight of a variety of fabrics.
When choosing a zipper, it is important to choose the proper length. If the proper length is not available, get one that is slightly larger than needed and then trim it down to the length needed.
Another thing to keep in mind is to match the zipper weight to the weight of the material to which it will be attached. Always use a lightweight zipper with lightweight fabrics and vice versa.
In addition to the many sizes and weights, there are also different types of zippers. It is important that you choose the right one for the right project. For example, if you are sewing pants, or a skirt, then you want a zipper with a closed bottom. If you are making a jacket then you need a zipper that comes apart at both ends.
Zippers are best attached to the garment by using a special zipper foot. The foot has two slots underneath that allow for the zipper teeth to pass through. That allows you to sew close to the teeth in order to obtain a professional look.
Here is a brief overview of the various types of zippers that you can purchase for your sewing projects.
Polyester All-purpose Zippers
Polyester all-purpose zippers are strong, flexible, and durable. They are great for most sewing projects including pants, skirts and dresses, pillows, and other home decor sewing projects.
Metal All-purpose Zippers
Metal All-purpose zippers are strong and durable as well. They can be used in various garments and certain home decor projects.
Metal Jean Zippers
Metal jean zippers have metal teeth of aluminum, brass, nickel alloy, stainless steel, and zinc. These zippers have a closed bottom and are mainly used for work and casual jeans or pants.
Metal Separating Zippers
Metal separating zippers open at both ends and are great for a variety of sewing projects.
Plastic Molded Separating Zippers
Plastic molded separating zippers also open at both ends and are strong and durable. They are great for sports and outdoor winter wear.
Parka zippers are plastic molded separating zippers with two sliders to allow them to open from both ends. These are great for parkas, ski-jackets, ski-pants, and vests.
Invisible zippers are completely hidden from view once they are attached to the garment. They are great for dresses, skirts, purses and any other sewing project where you don’t want the zipper to show. These require a special invisible zipper presser foot in order to attach it to the garment. They are a bit more tricky to attach than other zippers, but well worth the effort for dressy garments.