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Invisible Zip versus other zips
how to identify and when does it matter?
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Date: 6/19/13 12:48 PM

I was considering trying pattern 112 (Trousers) from Burda Style 06/2013. No waistband, invisible zip....

I don't have an invisible zip that matches the fabric color, or more correctly I don't know if the zip that color matches is or isn't an invisible zip - how can you tell? I have one invisible zip , it has a label so I know it's invisible but it's a bad color for this, but most zips I have aren't labelled and I'm not sure how to look at them to tell what sort they are. Help!!

Also, does it matter if you use just any zip when it says invisible? and what about visa versa, can you use invisible if it doesn't specify? .... seems like there's always something to figure out!

Thanks for any help :)

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Date: 6/19/13 2:03 PM

I've used regular zipper when invisible ones are called for before. (Too lazy to drive to the store!) It looks different but if you don't care, then it's not a problem. The easiest way to tell the two types apart for me is the pull. Invisible ones have smooth, pointy pulls. If you carefully inspect the teeth, they are different, too, but yeah, the inside of the regular ones can look like the outside of the invisible ones so it can be confusing that way. The pulls will indicate which side is in or out as well, then you can see whether it's really invisible outside or not.

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Date: 6/19/13 2:58 PM

The easiest way to tell the difference is that the teeth on the invisible zip are on the wrong side (so the side with the pull is smooth, the underside has the coil ridge). The teeth in a regular zipper show from the right side.

You can use either one according to your preference. I use invisibles almost exclusively, even where a regular zipper is called for.

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Date: 6/19/13 3:00 PM

Picture of invisible, coil and metallic zipper.

The metallic zipper in this photo has individual teeth, as opposed to coils that inter-mesh when the zipper is closed. You can also find "individual teeth" zippers with plastic teeth.

Here is a close-up of an invisible zipper showing how the coil is attached to the reverse side of the zipper tape, so that when the zipper is closed, you can't see the coil, thus making it invisible.

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Date: 6/19/13 3:06 PM

Ahhh!
I get it now, thank you so much :)

Now, next obstacle is to get back my iron... I'd forgotten it was loaned. Pest. Sewing machines should come with irons attached lol

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Date: 6/19/13 3:08 PM

If sewn correctly, the invisible zipper doesn't show on the outside. So it really doesn't matter what color you use. I read somewhere that someone used fingernail polish to pain the zipper pull so that it matched the garment. I just completed a skirt where the main color is chartreuse. I used a navy blue invisible zipper and you'd never know unless I showed or told you...or if you looked at the zipper pull. I didn't paint it and don't intend to. =)

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Date: 6/19/13 3:19 PM

How cool.
But I don't think I've reached that level yet!!! Might never. Just looking at fabric and patterns and notions and planning has me biting the nails still LOL

ps CM_Sews - that photo is very useful, I've saved it for future panic attacksthanks.
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Date: 6/19/13 3:56 PM

I believe many have already covered the method of telling which is which and that color can be close or neutral when using the invisible zipper.

The pull tab can be painted or changed out for one that is eye catching.

However, for pants, I would stay with a low profile on the pull tab!

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Date: 6/20/13 8:24 AM

I don't mean this to sound silly, but who "borrows" an iron? For a week? If theirs' broke, wouldn't you think they would have replaced it immediately? Just wondering.

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Date: 6/21/13 3:24 PM

I'm making a straight skirt in my class & the instructor is having me use an invisible zipper. I was a bit concerned at first because I've heard they're more difficult to insert than a regular one and I've never done zippers at all yet. The instructor is excellent so I'm confident she'll lead me through it without too many problems.

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