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Date: 5/28/09 5:38 PM

I put in an invisible zipper into my husband's CF seam of his costume trousers. Now he doesn't use the toilet alot when he wears the costume, but the invisible zipper has been used a bit over the past 2 months. He is now worried that it is begining to stick. Should I just get a new invisible zipper OR Try to insert a regular zipper w/o fly into the seam. He doesn't want to draw attention to his ... area. He just need a way to use the toilet with out having to take off the sash, the belt, the puppet harnass, ect. every time his has to use the bathroom.

So suggestions?

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Date: 5/28/09 7:12 PM

Hi Shannntarra. Try rubbing a piece of candle wax on the teeth of the zipper with the zipper closed; both sides--front and back. Sometimes zippers stick when they get too much sizing (from fabric or other things) on them. Soap would work, too, but it would come off it you have to wash the pants.

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Date: 5/29/09 10:24 AM

Invisible zippers, particularly when they are in a tight-fitting area and pulled a bit, are notorious for giving out. I can't tell you how many times I've had to sew a figure skater into her costume at the last minute because her zipper popped under the stress.

Is there any way you could make a discrete "placket" to cover the area in question, and use a regular zipper or some heavy snaps?

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Date: 5/30/09 7:21 AM

I never use invisible zips on garments that will take stress. I like my clothes to be close fitting and tend not to use invisible zips. IMO, they just can't take the wearing stress.

I know some people have discussed installing an invisible zip in a wedding dress in the past. For me, that would never be a consideration. The dresses are usually heavy and fitted, not what *I* consider appropriate for an invisible zip.

But hey! That's just my opinion.

So...I would just put a regular zip into the seam.
-- Edited on 5/30/09 7:27 AM --

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Date: 5/30/09 5:18 PM

I know some people have discussed installing an invisible zip in a wedding dress ...

In the store where I work, wedding dresses never have invisible zippers. Many prom and other special occasion dresses do, but the weding dresses get sturdy #3 coil.

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Date: 6/2/09 10:23 AM

What brand of invisible zipper are you using? I understand Coats and Clark are less substantial than the YKK.

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