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Tips for Fashion Designers and Clothiers on Choosing the Best Zippers

Tips for Fashion Designers and Clothiers on Choosing the Best Zippers

Fashion and apparel designers, manufacturers and other people who need zippers for their business and projects are usually faced with the task of coming up with the beautiful clothes, apparel, products and the appropriate accessories that go with them. One such area of work that might seem trivial (but important) is the selection of the best fitting and matching zipper to go with fabric, a bag or even a shoe.

When it comes to choosing a zipper, you can sometimes become confused about a number of things, for example, what brand to go with, what color, length, type etc. It’s certain that you would want the zipper to be trendy, match-y, durable and of good quality.

So how do you make a good choice and ensure this quality in a zipper?

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Well, regardless of the type of project you are working on, here are some useful tips:

1. Type of Project and Where to Purchase Zippers

Always, the first thing to consider when choosing a zipper is the type of project[1] you are working on. The zipper could be for a top, covers, pillows, luggage, shoes, tents, bags etc.

When you have selected a zipper for your project, know where to find them, as it can be better to see the variations and the options in person instead of online, lowering the chance of being overwhelmed.

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Zipper Size

To choose the best zipper, you have to know the size you want to work with. The guiding questions you should ask and research before deciding on any zipper should include what is the best zipper for my specific project? What are the different types? Sizes? Styles? The reason behind these questions is to help you narrow your search to the right zipper for your project or outfit.

Know a good zipper manufacturer

Know a good zipper manufacturer that produces different sizes, styles, types and qualities. This will give you a wider selection in choosing the right zipper required for your work.

Teeth

Another important tip in narrowing down your zipper selection is by taking note of the type of teeth that the zipper has. The type of teeth will depend on the type of project you are working on and if such project or outfit requires zippers with larger or smaller teeth. You also have to be sure of how well the manufacturer makes the different types of zipper teeth; some manufacturers can make invisible teeth zippers while some can make large teeth zippers; some others can make them both well.

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Types of Zippers

The two main types of zippers are Coil and Vislon.

Coil Zippers

Made of spiral plastic elements like nylon and polyester, this is a very popular zipper and is a favorite for designers when making purses, luggage, apparel garments and even sporting goods because of its versatility and usability in most projects. This type of zipper is available in sizes #4.5, #5, and #10 sizes.[2]

Vislon Zippers

Made of injected plastic, vision zippers are lighter than most metal zippers and are practically waterproof. This makes it a favourite for apparel, automobile cover tarps, boat covers, and other products that must tolerate diverse weather conditions. It is available in sizes #5 and #10.

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Final Thoughts

No matter what zipper you choose for your project, the most important step is research—always do your research beforehand. That way, you can walk into a fabric store and are confident about what zipper you want or what specific questions you want to ask about zippers.

That said, hopefully this guide has helped you in finding the perfect zipper for your project.

Featured photo credit: Liam Byrnes via liambyrnes.com

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Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

“For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

Primal Therapy

Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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How it Started

“During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

“I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

Delving deeper

Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

Some Methods To Practice Screaming

If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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  • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
  • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
  • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
  • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

Scream Sing

Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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  • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
  • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
  • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
  • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
  • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
  • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
  • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

Scream into a pillow

Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

Featured photo credit: Sharon Mollerus via flickr.com

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