The Structure of a Zipper: Parts, Sections, and Components

How much do we know about zippers which were developed for the first time in the 1850’s and after World War I have come to be fashioned in the manner that they are today becoming an indispensable textile accessory? Do you realize how many parts actually consist in this mechanism that seems so simple at first glance? In this article, let’s look at the structure of the zipper and let’s get to know the zipper parts, sections of the zipper, and the zipper components that make up the zipper:

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Chain: Formed when the zipper teeth are interlocked when the zipper is zipped up.

Zipper Type (Zipper Size): Specifies the thickness of the zipper chain. Type 3, Type 5, and Type 8 are the most commonly used standard zipper types.

Zipper Teeth: The name given to each piece of the zipper chain.

Zipper Slider: A piece that slides up and down on the zipper chain to zip and unzip the zipper teeth.

Pull Tab (Zipper Puller): The piece that we hold in order to zip and unzip the zipper.

Zipper Material: The material that determines the type of zipper according to the material used in the zipper chain: metal zipper, nylon zipper, Vislon zipper, etc.

Zipper Tape: The piece of fabric upon which the zipper chain is attached.

Top Stop: A metal piece attached to the zipper tape where the teeth begin. It prevents the pull tab from coming off.

Bottom Stop: A metal piece attached to the zipper tape where the teeth end. It prevents the pull tab from coming off.

Pin: A piece used in open-ended zippers (zippers on jackets) that allow both sides of the zipper to be joined together.

Pin Box: A piece that is used in open-ended zippers (zippers on jackets) that ensures that when both sides are attached together, they will align properly.

Nylon Film (Polyester Reinforcement): A piece of nylon that is put on the end of open-ended zippers with heat for reinforcement.

Continuous Chain: A state in which the zipper is made up of only a chain and teeth, without any pull tab, bottom stop, or top stop. Some customers buy a a continuous chain in order to cut the zipper to their desired size.

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In the following illustrations, the sections of the zipper and the parts making up the zipper are labeled so you can visually see them. You can learn more about the structure of the zipper, the parts of the zipper and the sections of the zipper by taking a look at these pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the following illustrations, the sections of the zipper and the parts making up the zipper are labeled so you can visually see them. You can learn more about the structure of the zipper, the parts of the zipper and the sections of the zipper by taking a look at these pictures.

Zipper components and zipper parts are usually not available for retail sale. For this reason, if one of the parts of your clothing zipper breaks (the tape, bottom stop, top stop, etc.), it may not be possible to replace that part. In this case, we recommend that you look at your zipper as if you want to change the entire zipper. However, if the zipper’s teeth or pull tab breaks, you may be able to repair these parts yourself. For more detailed information about this type of repair, you can read our article: Zipper Repair: How Do You Repair a Zipper?

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