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Choosing a Zipper for Wearables: A Guide for Getting Started

January 11, 2023
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YKK’s tagline is “Little Parts. Big Difference.” for one clear reason: Choosing the appropriate zipper for your application will make or break your wearable’s functionality. Here we provide a guide for choosing the best zipper for your garment.

The 3 Big Decisions

The process of choosing a zipper for wearables begins with three key decisions.

Decide the zipper function and slider needed.

Typically, for the center front portion of a jacket an open-end or two-way open end zipper with an auto or semi-auto lock slider is used. This is so that the zipper will not open on its own!

Regarding pockets and sleeves for jackets, a closed-end zipper with a non-lock slider is employed so that these compartments can be opened easily.

Flies for bottoms call for closed-end zippers with an auto or semi-auto lock slider. The specific recommended zipper differs by the thickness of the fabric and the type of pants.

Decide the gauge.

Available gauges, or zipper measurements, differ by item. Please consult your YKK sales rep with any questions.

Decide the details.

Consider desired colors, element finish, zipper length, or other features to ensure the zipper is compatible with your application.

Zippers According to Application

 

Our YZiP® zippers are designed specifically for denim apparel. Since jeans go through tough washing, the YZiP® zipper is designed to be strong enough to resist corrosion when compared to standard metal zippers. This fastener is available in different sizes and various finishes with standard and customized logo pulls.Jeans

Our YZiP® zippers are specifically for denim apparel. Since jeans go through tough washing, the YZiP® zipper is designed to be strong enough to resist corrosion when compared to standard metal zippers. This fastener is available in different sizes and various finishes, with both standard and customized logo pulls.

 

Sports/Outdoor WearThe AquaGuard®, a water-repellent zipper, is created by applying a PU coating on the backside of the zipper. There are two types of film variation: shiny transparent film and matte transparent film. AquaGuard® zippers come in two versions: coil and VISLON®. For more information on choosing the best zipper for sports and outdoor applications, click here.

AquaGuard®, a water-repellent zipper, is rendered so by applying a PU coating on the backside of the zipper. There are two types of film variation for this product: shiny transparent film and matte transparent film. AquaGuard® zippers come in both coil and VISLON® versions. For more information on choosing the best zipper for sports and outdoor applications, click here.

 

Our AQUASEAL® zipper is perfect for active marine sportswear wearables like waders and wet suits, and the PROSEAL® zipper is best suited for water-tight, air-tight applications such as immersion suits and dry suits.Marine Wear

Our AQUASEAL® zipper is perfect for active marine sportswear wearables like waders and wet suits. The PROSEAL® zipper is best suited for water-tight, air-tight applications such as immersion suits and dry suits.

 

 

Casual/Ready to WearFor this category, the CONCEAL® and EXCELLA® zipper lines are preferred. When the slider on YKK's CONCEAL® zipper is closed, the zipper disappears to look like a finished seam. Therefore, this zipper is best suited for garments in which the zipper is not to get in the way of the design. The beautiful, shiny EXCELLA® zipper gives clothing a luxurious appearance, and is available in a variety of surface colors, including silver, gold, and antique finish.

For this type of clothing, our CONCEAL® and EXCELLA® zipper lines are preferred. When the slider on YKK’s CONCEAL® zipper is closed, the zipper disappears to look like a finished seam. The beautiful, shiny EXCELLA® zipper, on the other hand, is rather visible, but gives clothing a luxurious appearance, and is available in a variety of surface colors, including silver, gold, and antique finish.

 

Handbags

For a comprehensive overview of zippers for handbags, click here.

 

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