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Message Board > Pattern Modifications, Design Changes & Pattern Drafting > Has anyone used a plastic teeth zipper (regular zipper) as an Exposed Zipper?

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Has anyone used a plastic teeth zipper (regular zipper) as an Exposed Zipper?
or is the metal teeth zipper a must????
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Date: 4/22/12 8:45 AM

I am making McCalls 5799 into a top with a cotton primary colors, geometric print, that I received in a bundle of free fabric from Fabric Mart, for dd. This is a workup wearable muslin. The arm & neckline will have red bias binding. I really like the idea of an exposed zipper in the back seam. Well matching the bias with a zipper didn't happen, so I selected a white invisible zipper. After reading here on PR, and looking at the videos & tutorials, it seems metal teeth are the "thing" to use. Has anyone used a plastic teeth zipper for this??? How did it look??

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Date: 4/22/12 2:16 PM

A plastic coil zipper is often used exposed in knit fabrics on sportswear.
Since you're doing a muslin, baste it in and see how it looks.

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Date: 4/23/12 8:03 AM

Sewed it on top with the seam based closed like a regular seam. It looks fine, but I think the metal teeth zippers add a "wow" factor that the plastic teeth (this one invisible type) doesn't add the wow. This pattern is an interesting one, especially around the arms. I have already added another dart on the front, and probably will add one on the back because of the gapping. Thank goodness for mockups, as this pattern won't be sewn again. Will have to find another one that works better.

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Date: 4/23/12 10:58 AM

I agree. I think the point of an exposed zipper is the wow factor and the metal is the wow factor.

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Date: 4/23/12 2:04 PM

You could wow it with plastic if it had larger teeth and a contrast or interesting tape - still a specialty zipper. But just putting a regular old zipper on the outside? Meh.

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Date: 4/23/12 2:28 PM

Your garment description says a lot- primary colors, geometric pattern. It's a graphic edgy look that an exposed zip will emphasize. Already mentioned, a bold color zip tape will play well. Be sure your zip teeth are large and chunky, obviously meant to be seen. Then pending what you can find, either plastic or metal will look sharp. If your local shops are limiting you, shop online.

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Date: 4/24/12 8:04 AM

Will be reverse sewing the zipper I put on, and trying to find a "toothy" one! Thanks....maybe I can one day finish this "simple" project.....or maybe I just need to put the zipper in by a regular method and let it go!

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