GUIDE TO ORDERING ZIPPERS

Whether you need a 23 inch zipper, a 9 foot zipper, or something even longer (or shorter), we are your source! Read on to hone in on your perfect zipper.


6 Steps To Finding Your Perfect Zipper

For those who are new to the world of zippers, there are 6 important pieces of information you need to know to find your perfect zipper. The guide below walks you through all of the relevant information you should gather to find your specific zipper on our website. Once you have all of this information, your zipper should be a cinch to find by navigating to Zippers by Gauge or Zippers by Material!


1. Type of Zipper Teeth –The material out of which the zipper teeth are made.

The types we stock are:

  • Aluminum Metal
  • Antique Brass Metal
  • Antique Nickel Metal
  • Brass Metal
  • Copper Metal
  • Invisible (hidden teeth made of nylon coil)
  • Molded Plastic
  • Nickel Metal
  • Nylon Coil

Some examples:

Molded Plastic / Nylon Coil / Invisible



Brass / Antique Brass / Aluminum


2. Gauge – A number which describes the thickness of the zipper teeth.

The number of the gauge corresponds to the width of the zipper teeth, in millimeters, when the zipper is zipped. The larger the number, the more heavy duty the zipper.

  • The gauges we currently stock are:
  • #2 (Invisible Zippers Only)
  • #3 (Most common gauge for skirts and dresses)
  • #4
  • #4.5
  • #5 (Most common gauge for women's jackets and men's lightweight and medium weight jackets)
  • #7 (Antique Brass Zippers Only)
  • #8
  • #10 (For tents, sleeping bags, and heavy duty coveralls and men's coats)

Side by Side Comparison of #5, #8 and #10 Gauge Brass Zippers


3. Separating or Closed-Ended - Whether the zipper needs to separate at the bottom.

There are two “bottom types” of zippers that we carry. Separating zippers have a pin and box at the bottom, allowing the zipper to separate fully into 2 pieces. An example of a separating zipper is a jacket zipper. Closed-ended zippers do not separate. An example of a closed ended zipper is a zipper in the fly of a pair of pants.


Bottom-Separating ("Separating") Zipper

Closed-Ended Zipper

4. One-way or Two-Way – How many sliders (pieces that move up and down the tracks) are on the zipper.

Most zippers have one slider and are therefore one-way zippers. On the Zipper Shipper website, we simply refer to this as a zipper and don’t describe it as “one-way.” However, some zippers have two sliders and are therefore called “two-way zippers.” An example is a zipper on a longer jacket or coat, which can unzip from the bottom when the person wearing it is sitting down in order to allow room for their legs to move around more easily. Zippers for coveralls are often two-way zippers as well.

One-way Zipper

Two-Way Zipper


Note about 2-way zippers for bags or backpacks which have 2 sliders that open from the middle:



At this time, we do not carry ready-made zippers in bag-style configurations that have 2 sliders that open as you pull them away from the middle.

However, you can create a zipper like that from our zipper chain by the yard and corresponding sliders. You would attach your sliders yourself in the configuration you wish to have. Nonlocking sliders are typically used for bags. You can use nylon or plastic zipper chain (nylon takes curves the best, but either are feasible). Here is a link:


#5 = medium weight

#10 = heavy duty

Unfortunately, it is not possible to make a two-way zipper from any of our metal zipper chain.


5. Color – What color the polyester fabric on the sides of the zipper is.

6. Length – How long the actual opening of the zipper is.

  • Separating zippers: Length is measured from the bottom of the zipper’s retainer box to the top stop (the metal piece at the top that prevents the slider from being pulled any higher). This measurement does NOT include the extra fabric beyond the top stop.
  • Closed-end zippers: Length is measured from the bottom stop to the top stop. This measurement does NOT include the extra fabric beyond the top stop.

That’s it, you’re ready to go! With this information in hand, try navigating to Zippers by Gauge or Zippers by Material to zero in on your specific zipper.


MORE ON ZIPPER LENGTH

Zipper Shipper Can Supply Virtually Any Custom Length Zipper.

Most of the time, all of the above factors can be flexible. For instance, if you can’t find the perfect zipper with antique brass teeth, a zipper with brass teeth or even molded plastic teeth can be used instead.

Also, any bottom separating zipper can be converted to a closed-ended zipper by sewing over the bottom.

The one specification for a zipper that usually cannot be flexible is the length.


Looking for a zipper in a specific length?

We stock a huge variety of zippers, and, in most cases, carry many different lengths of each type. Zippers are like people though; they come in all different lengths! You could be looking for a length that we do not keep in stock. If you need a length that we do not stock, however, have no fear….


Any zipper can be shortened!

If you do not see the length you need listed, you can choose to have the zipper shortened for you to your custom length. Just type your length in the “shorten to” field and we will shorten it for you. This shortening service does have an additional fee which you can see when you are on the zipper’s product page. Some customers order zippers from us “off the shelf” in stock lengths and then shorten the zippers on their own.


*If you are interested in ordering 100 pieces or more a non-stock length, contact us at info@zippershipper.com to request a quote for custom zippers that can be produced to your specific length (no shortening required!).


Zipper Lengths Supplied By Zipper Shipper


Shorter zippers – often for pants, purses, or skirts

  • 1 inch zippers
  • 2 inch "
  • 3 inch "
  • 4 inch "
  • 5 inch "
  • 6 inch zippers
  • 7 inch "
  • 8 inch "
  • 9 inch "
  • 10 inch "
  • 11 inch zippers
  • 12 inch "
  • 13 inch "
  • 14 inch "
  • 15 inch "

Popular zippers we offer in these lengths are as follows (but remember, ANY zipper can be shortened to these short lengths):

Medium length zippers – often for jackets and coats

  • 16 inch zippers
  • 17 inch "
  • 18 inch "
  • 19 inch "
  • 20 inch "
  • 21 inch "
  • 22 inch "
  • 23 inch zippers
  • 24 inch (2 foot) "
  • 25 inch "
  • 26 inch "
  • 27 inch "
  • 28 inch "
  • 29 inch "
  • 30 inch zippers
  • 31 inch "
  • 32 inch "
  • 33 inch "
  • 34 inch "
  • 35 inch "
  • 36 inch (3 foot) "







Popular zippers we offer in these lengths are (but remember, ANY zipper can be shortened to these lengths):

Long length zippers – often for coveralls or boat covers

  • 37 inch zippers
  • 38 inch "
  • 39 inch "
  • 40 inch "
  • 41 inch "
  • 42 inch "
  • 43 inch "
  • 44 inch "
  • 45 inch zippers
  • 46 inch "
  • 47 inch "
  • 48 inch (4 feet) "
  • 49 inch "
  • 50 inch "
  • 51 inch "
  • 52 inch "
  • 53 inch zippers
  • 54 inch "
  • 55 inch "
  • 56 inch "
  • 57 inch "
  • 58 inch "
  • 59 inch "
  • 60 inch (5 feet) "





Popular zippers we offer in these lengths are (but remember, ANY zipper can be shortened to these lengths):

Extra-long length zippers – often for tents, sleeping bags, bimini tops, Jeeps, and mattress covers

  • 61 inch zippers
  • 62 inch "
  • 63 inch "
  • 64 inch "
  • 65 inch "
  • 66 inch "
  • 67 inch "
  • 68 inch "
  • 69 inch "
  • 70 inch "
  • 71 inch "
  • 72 inch (6 foot) "
  • 73 inch"
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  • 78 inch "
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  • 82 inch "
  • 83 inch "
  • 84 inch (7 foot) "
  • 85 inch "
  • 86 inch "
  • 87 inch "
  • 88 inch "
  • 89 inch "
  • 90 inch "
  • 91 inch zippers
  • 92 inch "
  • 93 inch "
  • 94 inch "
  • 95 inch "
  • 96 inch (8 foot) "
  • 97 inch "
  • 98 inch "
  • 99 inch "
  • 100 inch "
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  • 102 inch "
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  • 104 inch "
  • 105 inch "
  • 106 inch "
  • 107 inch "
  • 108 inch (9 foot) "
  • 109 inch "
  • 110 inch "
  • 111 inch "
  • 112 inch "
  • 113 inch "
  • 114 inch "
  • 115 inch "
  • 116 inch "
  • 117 inch "
  • 118 inch "
  • 119 inch "
  • 120 inch (10 foot) "
  • 121 inch zippers
  • 122 inch "
  • 123 inch "
  • 124 inch "
  • 125 inch "
  • 126 inch "
  • 127 inch "
  • 129 inch "
  • 130 inch "
  • 131 inch "
  • 132 inch (11 foot) "
  • 133 inch "
  • 134 inch "
  • 135 inch "
  • 136 inch "
  • 137 inch "
  • 138 inch "
  • 139 inch "
  • 140 inch "
  • 141 inch"
  • 142 inch "
  • 143 inch "
  • 144 inch (12 foot) "
  • 145 inch zippers up to 360" (360 inch zippers available in #10 molded plastic only)





















Popular zippers we offer in these lengths are (but remember, ANY zipper can be shortened to these lengths):

If you have more questions about our company's services, please check the Frequently Asked Questions.


Thank you and happy zipping!


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“This was a first order and we didn't know what to expect for the price. I was blown away when the lead seamstress said that the zippers were so much nicer and easier to work with than any others she had used."

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Oswego, New York
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Melbourne, Australia
"My zippers arrived much faster than I ever expected. The quality far surpassed my expectations considering the low cost. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they are EXACTLY what I need and the colors are great!! I'm using them on bags, pouches, etc. for knitting. I can find no rough spots to snag yarn - an important feature. The backing material is lightweight just like I had hoped for. Your company will definitely be our future zipper source." - Gloria
Seattle, Washington
"Your website is easy to use, the selection and prices are great and I was able to get exactly the colors I needed...communication as to the status of the order was perfect and efficient." - Susan
Los Angeles, California
"Received the zippers I ordered last week. The zippers are amazing and your shipping is supersonic! Do you have Superman working for you? I could not be happier! I live 2 1/2 hours from any mall or major discount store that may have zippers, so this is an awesome way to shop!" - Bonnie
Ainsworth, Nebraska
"This was a first order and we didn't know what to expect for the price. I was blown away when the lead seamstress said that the zippers were so much nicer and easier to work with than any others she had used." - Mark
Las Vegas, Nevada

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