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Zipper Terminology

Zipper Terminology included:

CHAIN

The continuous piece that is formed when both halves of a zipper are meshed together

TEETH

The individual elements that make up the chain

MATERIAL
Refers to the type of chain that is used in the construction of the zipper, such as metal chain, molded plastic chain or coil chain
                   
GAUGE

Refers to the specific size of the elements

STYLE:  

Refers to the manner in which the zipper is assembled for a particular application

SLIDER: 

The device that moves up and down the chain to open or close the zipper

PULL TAB

The part of the slider that you hold to move the slider up or down the chain

TAPE

The fabric part of the zipper

TAPE WIDTH

Refers to the width of the fabric on one side only, of the zipper chain

TAPE ENDS

The fabric part of the zipper that extends beyond the teeth, at the top and bottom of the zipper

TOP STOP

Two devices affixed to each side adjacent to the tooth at the top end of the zipper

BOTTOM STOP

A device affixed to the bottom of the chain to prevent the slider from coming off

PIN

A component used on a separating (open end) zipper that is inserted into the slider

BOX

A component used on a separating (open end) zipper that correctly aligns the pin

HEAT SEAL PATCH

The laminated material fused to the bottom end of a separating zipper, used to reinforce the tape to accommodate the pin and box components

CONTINUOUS CHAIN

Any zipper material or gauge that is continuously spooled without sliders or stops

CUT-TO-LENGTH ZIPPERS

Any zipper that is finished to a specific length with all components attached

HEAT WELDABLE ZIPPERS

Any zipper that has a strip of plastic fused to each half of the zipper tape to allow a manufacturer to electronically “weld” the zipper onto the garment or item that is being made, without the need of sewing or stitching

Zipper Terminology

Zipper terminology consists many parts. Each parts have different functions. But together, It fused into finish zipper.

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