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1.06.2011

zipper making





I think the most frustrating item to source in sewing land is zippers. I have never really been able to find zippers to my liking - and when I do find some, they usually are remainders and I can't get the exact same ones again. There were a few stores in NYC I found but they didn't have the toggles I liked. One of my fellow sewers in crime told me about a super zipper supplier, which I have ordered from a few times (good products, good turnaround time), but after a recent ordering mishap, I feel my search needed to begin again. Plus, they were a little on the pricey side anyway.

So, I ordered my own zipper making supplies, and now I can make a brass zipper in any length I want (or you want) with the toggles of my (or your) choice! I'm so excited about this I feel like a major dork. The only thing is it's kind of time consuming, pulling out all the teeth is a major pain.

13 comments:

jenny gordy said...

i just left a comment on your flickr about the zippers. turns out we share a common dork bond. just so you know, people do appreciate those details. i can't imagine that it would be easy to source zippers or assemble them yourself, but that hard work makes all the difference.

abby said...

I so agree with the difficulty of sourcing great zippers. I have considered going with zippers by the yard for a while. Seems like a great idea.

simple things said...

I am so impressed Julia. I love your attention to detail! I agree with Jenny - it is the details that make all the difference.

kittenrocket said...

I had no idea that making your own zippers is an option! This changes everything... Good luck!

rikahonthelookout said...

the creative nerd in me (which is basically all of me) loves this post. awesome idea, i hope you find a way to quicken the pace!

P R I M O E Z A said...

it's so satisfying being able to tailor things exactly how you want them to be rather than having to put up with not-quite-perfect (or downright terrible) pre-made materials. and i actually didn't know that you could make zips - i'm impressed with your dedication!

charlottekan.com said...

That makes so much sense! I've been searching for decent zippers for a while now...pfff. seems (or seemed :) like a mission impossible

EvaForeva said...

Oh my, that does look very time consuming. You amaze me Julia.

Bre said...

Oh my god! I've been going through this exact search and just blown away by how little zipper options there are out there if you aren't big enough to custom design/produce in china! I wasn't quite brave enough to make my own but you've just inspired me to look into it...

jen said...

Love it! I also couldn't believe how hard it was to find good zippers and did the same thing in college. Buttons are also a perpetual source of frustration to me. I wish there was a little factory that would make us small business owners beautiful notions. Hahaha I will keep on dreaming, but your new zippers look beautiful.

Shirley said...

Glad you aren't letting this sourcing problem stop you from finding the right zippers for your bags. And to the person who mentioned buttons! Ugh! The many times I've tried to find buttons for my projects.... Such a hassle and without the right buttons, my items just don't look finished. Sigh.

Good luck on making this option work for you and your biz! :)

janul said...

I can´t believe you are making zippers, wow! I have no problems finding nice zippers here, but it´s such a throuble to get metal buckles and clasps for bags...

Kim said...

Good idea, Julia. I have issues finding the right zippers as well...for me it is the issue of getting a brass zipper in the length that I want. You would think that brass zippers would be sold in a zillion different lengths, but no, I haven't found this to be so! I have seen zippers sold by the yard before and have wondered to myself (stupidly) what the heck someone would do with that. Ha! So when I saw your post, I thought "Ah, yes."