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Date: 1/24/10 12:41 PM

I highly recommend www.zipperstop.com for any unusual zippers you may need. This New York company provides personal service and is a pleasure to deal with. For abt $20 you can get a fold out color sample of abt 400 available colors . They will also custom make zippers in any size. The best way to get just what you want is to call them (closed Sat, limited hours on Sun and from 7:00 to 4:30 wkdays).

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Date: 1/24/10 1:17 PM

I used them when I needed a Swarovski rhinestone zipper for jacket for my son's wedding http://www.flickr.com/photos/krothwolff/sets/72157615146283250/
Fast and easy to deal with and had exactly what I'd imagined... and many other things I'm sure I'll "need" sometime!

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Date: 1/24/10 2:19 PM

here's a little help with you picture of your jacketwedding jacket I have to agree I'ved order zippers from there to. They are wounderful to work with.

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Date: 1/24/10 3:41 PM

Yes, zipperstop is fantastic!

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Date: 1/25/10 6:11 AM

I was browsing around looking at purse zippers. It looks like if you want a color instead of black or white, you need to order 12. Is that correct?

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Date: 1/25/10 9:14 PM

I agree that Zipperstop is very good. But according to their print catalog Cleaner's Supply recently began carrying YKK zippers in up to 25 colors and may be a less expensive alternative for many orders.

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Date: 1/26/10 0:48 AM

Hi Nancy,
Like you, I think Cleaner's Supply is a great online vendor with terrific customer service. I've considered buying their YKK zippers and saw that the ones usually noted by other vendors and in brick-and-mortar stores as #3 (for pants, skirts, and dresses) are actually #2.5 on the CS website. A couple months ago, I called to ask about the difference and was told that the #2.5 is smaller than the #3, slightly lighter weight and, therefore, a little less expensive to manufacture. Since I wasn't sure about whether I would like a smaller one as well, I didn't order any. Any thoughts?

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Date: 1/26/10 11:30 AM

Hi Barbara. I just went on the Cleaner's website and confirmed that the regular nylon zippers for pants, skirts and dresses are in fact size 2.5. Whenever I sew, I use YKK's jacket zippers or their invisible zippers, not the regular nylon zippers you use, so it's hard for me to give you advice. But I would think 2.5s might be all right, especially if you don't put a lot of strain on the seams. You might want to buy one zipper next time you place a larger order so you can test it. Or you can just order the number 3s from Zipperstop.

As far as the weight of invisible zippers go, the Coat & Clark zippers tend to be a little lighter, and the two of these that I used in my tailored pants(before I found a dependable source for YKK invisible zippers) worked out well. In any case, I already have a dozen black YKK invisible zippers in my stash so I'm pretty well set when it comes to zippers.

For me the advantages of Cleaner's are the $3.83 bulk rate shipping fee and the fact I can order so many notions and supplies at a discount at the same time.

By the way, even though Cleaner's dropped quite a few notions from their January catalog, that doesn't mean they have stopped carrying them. I called them last week, and they told me the items are still on the website and will not be discontinued -- they simply ran out of room in their catalog to list everything. So if you still have your December catalog, it's a good idea to hang onto it.

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Date: 1/26/10 12:06 PM

That's interesting. I use a lot of invisible zippers too, but which of the CS zippers do you use for a front fly on pants - a #3 nylon coil jacket zipper that is a little stronger and that you cut down to size?

I just pulled out the few zippers I have in my stash and it looks like the C&C are a bit more substantial than the YKK. So, now I'm wondering if the YKKs that I have are in fact #2.5. Notice how CS indicates HERE that they are #3 and HERE that they are really #2.5. The YKKs I have are not from CS, but I'm wondering if they aren't really #3, as I had thought.

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Date: 4/19/10 1:17 PM

Bumping up this topic because of the nice article in the NY Times about Mr. Feibusch who runs Zipperstop.

My favorite paragraph from the article:

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How great are zippers? Don’t even get Mr. Feibusch started. They are watertight for deep-sea divers, airtight for NASA. “Nothing replaces a zipper,” he said. Buttons? He made a face. “A button is unpleasant,” he said.


A button is unpleasant.... and a buttonhole is even more unpleasant (to me at least!)

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