Member since 8/23/12
Date: 4/23/14 2:14 PM
Where do you source zippers for dresses?
Member since 9/17/07
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Date: 4/23/14 2:20 PM
Wawak has a ton. Mood has a bunch of YKK ones that will have a matching color pre-selected with some of their fabrics (mostly the silks).
Zipperstop used to be strongly recommended here, not sure if that is still the case (they used to make you buy in bulk).
North Carolina USA
Member since 1/13/13
Date: 4/23/14 2:25 PM
I mostly buy from Wawak, they run really great sales on YKK zippers every so often. I've bought from Zipperstop on Etsy, but ended up paying more for them than at Wawak so I haven't done that in awhile. Zipperstop does have good pictures of the colors, though, so it helped me to get a feel for what's out there.
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Member since 6/2/06
Date: 4/23/14 4:33 PM
Zipperstop has more colors and finishes (and no, you don't have to buy in bulk unless you want a non-stock color), but Wawak is cheaper. I buy from both as the occasion dictates.
Member since 3/18/09
Date: 4/24/14 1:13 AM
If you are talking about invisible zippers, try the YKK Invisible Beulon zippers. Beulon zippers have knitted zipper tape which is much more flexible and shapes to the garment better. You can get single and small quantities of the Black and White Invisible Beulon zippers from Zipperstop but the fashion colors are only sold in quantities of 50 or more. Personally, I find that the black or white work for most garments anyway since it's an invisible zipper and most you should see, if anything, is the zipper pull.
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Member since 9/8/12
Date: 4/24/14 11:47 AM
For the Zipper Pull
If you can't find an invisible zipper to match your fabric, try customizing it with paint! Nail polish works well and is available in hundreds of colors and finishes. There are also metallic and glitter polishes you can use for some added glitz.
Another product that works well are enamel paint markers and model paints. Both of these can be found at most craft stores and are available in many colors and in smaller quantities.
Note: I found a tutorial somewhere on the net that I cannot find the link to again. The author gave several preparatory steps as well as finishing steps so the paint would not chip.
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New Mexico USA
Member since 1/6/11
Date: 4/24/14 10:16 PM
I order from zipit on etsy. Great assortments of YKK zippers, which I keep on hand, and invisible zippers too. If I need a specific color I buy at the local independent fabric shop
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