Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Donna's Amazing Zipper Knowledge



Zippers – sizes, types, application

Good overall guide to zippers:  https://www.sewmamasew.com/2010/09/guide-to-zippers/

Sizes – #3, small, usually nylon coil, 1” wide
             #5, bigger, either nylon or metal, 1.25” wide
             #5 and #7 – think tents and sports stuff
Materials – Nylon coil (easy to cut and sew through)
                     Metal 
                     Plastic Molded
Types – normal with a stop at bottom
               Separating (the kind for a jacket)
               Purses Zippers – pulls at either end of the zipper

BEST source for zippers – Zipit on ETSY.  Every color and every size


Zipper Pulls – what comes with zipper or what you choose to add.  

Most economical - Zippers sold by the yard along with pulls         
         Sources: Amazon, ETSY

Tutorial by The Zipper Lady for putting on pulls

Outer bag zippers – go big.
Inner pocket zippers – not necessary

“The bigger the bag, the bigger the zipper.”

So much time in bag making that you don’t want a zipper fail   

Links to various bags/projects shown:

Open Out Box (one requiring a separating zipper) – by Aneela Hoey
Sew Together Bag (one with three inner zip compartments) – Sew Demented
Backpack – Swoon Patterns (comes in 2 sizes)
Suzy’s Sack Bag – google on ETSY
Zippy Bag (one with three zippers on front of bag) – Jen Fox Studios

Best pattern directions for zippers is anything by Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness. All meetings are 2-5 pm on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

This month's meeting is on INSERT DATE HERE

Meeting location:

Rush Oak Park Hospital 
Centennial Room 
520 S. Maple Ave Oak Park, Il 60304 

A list of our meetings can be found here.

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