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7 Zipper Tips That Guarantee Your Project Satisfaction

7 Zipper Tips That Guarantee Your Project Satisfaction

Choosing the best zipper for a project has always been a challenge as zippers come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and top of it all, different manufacturers. To avoid being confused by anyone who would claim which is best and which is not, contacting zipper manufacturers or suppliers is the best and first thing to do while planning your project. However, each project you intend embarking on should determine the zipper choice if you have a pre-informed knowledge about zipper types and their usage. Still, these 7 project zipper selection tips by professionals will guide you.

1. The All-Purpose Zipper

All purpose or multi-purpose zippers are the most popular and available zippers in most zipper shops. They are fairly lightweight and have small teeth. To prevent the ends from separating, there is a lock which holds the slider in place when locked. These zippers are used as closures in many garments, skirts, dresses, and blouses as their light weight is a good match with the garments weight bending with the garment as it bends any direction.

All-purpose zippers come in different lengths or measurements ranging from 2”, 4”, 6”, 8”, 24”, and more. Their teeth either polyester or metal model match with the zipper tape they are attached. Because of the availability, many claim they are the best zipper so far which I am not disputing, but I would say availability or accessibility doesn’t make a product the best. So, seek guidance from professionals.

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2. Hidden Zippers (Invisible Zippers)

These zippers have very fine teeth and hidden in the seam. They are sewn in fabrics so that the zipper is almost completely invisible. Why I said almost completely is because there is still a visible part of the zipper which is the pull, so it’s not completely invisible. There is no top stitching needed on hidden zippers.

Invisible zippers are not much available as is the All-purpose zippers or in length measurement or color variations, and they are mostly used on formal wears. Since they are almost completely hidden in the seam, a perfectly unmatched color may not be a big problem so much the color is closely matched.

One interesting thing about invisible zipper is, special sewing machines feet are demanded to fit it an invisible zipper on clothing which are available in invisible zipper shops. These special machines feet hold the zipper coil such that the stitching is firmly and properly done to make the zipper truly invisible.

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Compared to the normal All-purpose zippers, the seam is sewn after sewing the invisible zipper on an invisible zipper project so, its advisable refer to user guide before fixing the zipper area.

3. The Trouser Zippers

These zippers are used on trousers only. They have a great distinction from other zippers as they are made of polyester coil woven into the zipper tape with a firm or closed bottom which prevents it from separating. The locked used on these zippers are very strong made in order to prevent unexpected embarrassing moments.

4. The Jeans Zippers

Jeans zippers are used mostly on jeans fabrics with brass teeth and a low profile slider which makes the covering flap lays very smooth. They are strong and durable; hence they match the durability of jean materials and prevent any discomfort on the zipper when worn skin tight.

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5. The Separating Zippers

The Separating zippers open completely at the bottom making the both zipper sides come apart just as used in Jackets. The model of separating zipper needed for any project is determined by the material for the project. While selecting separating zippers, the focus should be on the teeth weight and their length.

Metal teeth separating zipper weighs more than plastic teeth zippers. If a metal teeth separating zipper is used on a lightweight fleece jacket, what you should expect is sagging. But when it’s used on a heavy weight wool jacket, it would be more welcomed considering its rigidity and strength and there won’t be any fear of sagging.

6. The Specialty Zippers

These zippers are used mostly on sleeping bags. They are commonly available in black color and with lengths measuring up to 100”. Also, they could be used on doll clothes but needed in shorter lengths and width. Doll clothes zippers especially “separating zipper model” could be available in different lengths ranging from 4”-6” and different colors. If a separating zipper is not your choice for doll clothes, you could consider a lightweight All-purpose zipper and shorten the length.

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7. Zipper Length Choice

Making a choice of zipper length shouldn’t be a big challenge if you know all there is about zippers. Zippers length ranges with intervals of 2”. Checking out for zipper length while in a shop: the marked length on the zipper packaging is the real length, not the marked length on the tape the zipper is attached. Also, checking the zipper slider may reveal the marked size. If working on a sleeping bag project, it’s advisable to have an opening longer than the length of the zipper to give the needed space at each ends of the zipper.

Checking out a zipper packaging when replacement is needed, you hardly may find an actual zipper length just the same as the one you want to replace. However, the only and best option is to select a non-separating zipper with longer length. Shortening it should meet your need.

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Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

On a daily basis, we constantly hear news about different forms of road accidents, either because of some stupid drivers who recklessly drives their vehicle, over-speeding, and the list goes on. The dumbest mistakes people ever make we put all the blame to our government – for providing insufficient funds to spend with road widening, infrastructure upgrades, better traffic system, and best walkie-talkie[1] or radar speed gun for law enforcement. The lack of employment, low quality of education, corruption, sudden increase of necessity prices, and the unfinished road construction projects. Sometimes, we, as citizens, often forget that we also play a very important role in the chain process, and thus we should not put all the blame to our government.

Common Sense

There is no point denying that it is actually the government’s role to provide us good road and road signs. But if citizens do not actually follow these traffic rules as the basis of standards, how can they ever guarantee our safety? Yes, you may excuse yourself for not knowing the standard safety measures, but come on! We are not children anymore. Simple 1-2-3’s and a little common sense will do.

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Motorcycles

Owning a car or a motorcycle is great; it helps keep us on track in our fast paced lives. But, if we do not abide by the simple safety driving procedures, you definitely are at risk. In 2012, Los Angeles County alone, 59% motorcyclists were killed. This is more than 2010. And by 2013, California ranked third for motorcycle fatalities.[2] Thus, it is very important to buckle up your belts, wear your helmet and follow the traffic lights and other street signs. They serves as a warning. There could be some dangerous road ahead or any untoward incidences, and once you will not follow this and take proper precaution, trouble always meet you ahead, either a severe accident or a police honking you to pull over. And you know what will happen next.

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Walking

People who lives some blocks away from their workplace usually prefer to take a walk instead of driving their vehicle. This could save them a considerable amount of money on fuel. Plus it is a great way to exercise. Even so, although you are simply walking, it still is important to follow the road traffic signs. Wait for the green signal before crossing the lane, no matter if you are in a hurry or not. A lot of road accidents happen because some passersby merely doesn’t follow the traffic light signals. Also, do not forget to walk only in between the white lanes, or the so-called pedestrian lines.

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Final Thoughts

The issues and problems on the roads will never be resolve and forever will stay unless the citizens truly realize how necessary it is to follow traffic rules and regulations. As drivers, we are suppose to stay on our right lane, steer at the right speed, and follow every traffic sign. As pedestrian walkers, we are expected to cross at the right place, at the right time. If each party cooperates, we can achieve a harmonious flow of traffic.

Of course, we all live in an era where all of us are in a hurry and one simply cannot afford to waste time. But, being hasty can bring a lot more trouble and can basically cause more delay. There is no mad science to resolve road accidents or to keep ourselves safe and secure while on the streets. It all depends if all of us will submit to the traffic rules the government has set before us.

What are your thoughts about following traffic rules?

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