F43-600pixelsAre you totally confused when you stand in front of the zipper display?

Don’t be! the first thing you need to know is that there are different types of zippers and most can be divided into closed bottom like those used in dresses and skirts and separating for jackets and coats. From there they are grouped into types such as Heavy-weight jacket, Jeans Zippers, Sports Zippers and Invisible zippers.  In the display at the fabric store, the zippers in packages are arranged vertically by size from the smallest to the largest in each color.

If the exact length is not available in a color, choose the closest longer length. It can be shortened easily as shown in this video.Shortening a Zipper Directions are also on the package.

Zippers can be constructed with metal teeth, a polyester coil or Molded teeth.

Parts of a zipperThe chart below will help you select the correct zipper for your projects:

zipper chartTo see all of the colors, lengths and styles of zippers available from Coats, visit our product section.

 

About the Author


Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.

2 Responses to Puzzled by Zippers? A guide to choosing a zipper
  1. I am very frustated in my purchase of the coats and Clark parka zippers from Joann Fabrics. I bought one 26 inch, 28inch and a 30 inch. The zipper from top stop to pin box for the 26 and 28 measure 26 inches! Why is that? I thought the zipper measurements are based on stop to pin box, not ribbon length. I called othe Joann stored and had then measure the 28 inch parka zipper. All are 26 inches. But, the 30 inch is correct. I can’t find the size I need.

    • Melody, It sounds like we have some mislabeled zippers out there! We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact our consumer department at (800)648-1479 or click on the ‘contact us’ link so that we can help you with this.


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