Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Zippers - More Tips and Resources Part 3

Zippers come in multiple lengths and materials. They can be fixed at bottom, separate at bottom and operate in two directions.

A finishing edge is recommended for the knitting before installing a zipper. A row of single crochet can be applied after knitting is completed or a selvedge of garter stitch can be worked at the same time as the knitting.

When using fluffier yarn, allow more of zipper teeth to show so fibres don't get caught in zipper.

When measuring garment for length of zipper required, complete all finishing first for accuracy.

Choose thread as close as possible to colour of yarn. Choose a darker rather than a lighter colour when choosing between two close colour matches. If a colour match is not available choose a grey thread comparable in lightness or darkness to yarn colour. The squint test will help in choosing between several shades of thread.

Work on a large flat surface, not in the air, when pinning. Do not let knitted fabric hang over edge of working surface.

Install the zipper before sewing project together.

Look for zippers with cotton tapes as opposed to synthetic ones whenever possible.

Hand sewing will show on inside of garment, garments which include zippers should avoid edges which fall open or be finished with a facing.

Zipper Vocabulary Terms

The zipper chain is the continuous segment formed when a zipper is closed.

The chain size refers to a specific gauge of chain, which describes size of zipper teeth.

The teeth make up the chain.

The slider is the device that moves up and down chain to open or close zipper.

Sliders are available in locking and non-locking versions.

The pull tab is what is used to move slider.

The tape is the fabric part of zipper.

The tape ends are the fabric part of zipper, that extend beyond teeth, at top and bottom of chain.

The top and bottom stoppers are affixed to ends of a zipper, to prevent further movement of slider.

The heat seal patch is the laminated material fused to bottom end of a separating zipper, used to stop tape from fraying and prevent wear. 

Online Zippers Available at:

Online Zipper Tutorials

Advanced no sew techniques:

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