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4 Ultimate Tips to Zipper Selection and Use

4 Ultimate Tips to Zipper Selection and Use

Before taking up your project, making the right selection of materials for the project should be considered.

The best way to getting the best zipper materials is to contact a zipper supplier who has much information about zippers and also ready to share this information with you. However, these few tips could do a lot to guide you to choosing the best zippers out there.

1. Zipper selection

There are different types of zippers with different lengths, different parts and material make-up, different shapes or designs. Making the right selection may pose a great challenge if there is little or no knowledge whatsoever about them. Before you can select a good zipper, having a good knowledge about all these will make it a lot easier to deal with.

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2. Different types of zippers

  • Coil zippers

The Coil Zippers are the most available type of zippers. Often, they are referred to as the Nylon Zippers because of the Nylon material make-up. Now, however, they are made of polyester but still retain their name “Nylon Zipper”. These zippers are heat resistant, light-weight and/or rustproof. Because they are readily available, they are often said to be the best zippers but that may not be true. Availability doesn’t necessarily indicate good quality.

  • Separating zippers

The separating zippers are so designed to completely be separated after the installation of the zipper. The name “open-ended zippers” shouldn’t confuse you, it’s the same zipper. The separating zipper uses a box and pin mechanism and commonly is installed or used on coats, hoodies or sweatshirts.

  • Invisible zippers

The coil on these zippers is located on the back of the zipper, installed such that it’s hidden or not visible. The best projects to use these zippers on are dresses and skirts. A perfect description for this zipper could be “a coil zipper with a tear drop- like pull”.

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  • Metal teeth zippers

This zipper has two lines of metal teeth, modeled and lined on each side of the zipper tape at regular intervals. The material make-up could be of nickel, aluminum, and brass. Commonly, they are used on hard case bags and in jeans wears.

  • Plastic teeth zippers

The plastic zippers could be mistaken for Metal teeth Zipper. The only distinguishing fact is the plastic material they are made unlike the metal teeth zippers made of aluminum, brass, and nickel. They are also used on jeans wears and hard case bags but more prevalent on bags. They could be affected by heat so caution must be taken being used on projects especially on wears as ironing the dress may damage the zipper. This is the major reason they are commonly used on bags compared to jeans or wears. They are rustproof.

3. Zipper make up

Every zipper has three parts, the slider, teeth and the tape. The chain is formed when the two side-lined teeth are joined together by the slider. In separating zipper, you can also find the reinforcement film, insertion pin, and the retainer box.

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4. Measuring zipper length

Zipper lengths are measured from teeth to teeth or metal to metal. If measuring a closed bottom zipper, start your measurement from the top stop and measure down to the bottom stopper. But, if measuring a separating zipper, start measurement from the top stopper and measure down to the end of the retainer box.

It shouldn’t be confusing seeing or hearing measurement lengths of zippers. The numbers in a zipper label simply refer to the width of the chain. For instance, a zipper indicated as #3 has a chain measuring 3mm and a zipper indicated as #5 has a chain measuring 5mm. A closer look at the zipper slider will reveal the number of chain measurement.

However the length measurement of zippers which are of different varieties, there could still be a need to shorten the zipper length to meet accurate usage. This, of course, shouldn’t be a big problem or challenge. The easiest way to have this done is simply stitching over the coils where you desire to create a stop. Trip out the lower end of the zipper after getting your accurate zipper length for your production. Where to create the stop either at the top or bottom depends solely on what you are using the zipper for or its position on the production and it’s your choice to make. However, it’s better to shorten the zipper from the top when it’s been used on the waistband of skirts or pants. If used on pockets or the necklines, it’s better to shorten from the bottom.

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When sewing a zipper into the waistband of pants or a skirt zippers should be shortened from the top. Shorten from the bottom for pockets and necklines.

5. Zipper care tips

  • If zippers ever get stuck, use a liquid soap help get if freed.
  • Either metal teeth or plastic teeth zipper, make sure to cover the zipper with fabrics when ironing, keep it closed and the slider fixed.
  • When laundering, ensure to launder with the zipper closed so as not to damage the teeth and slider.

 

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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