ANATOMY OF A ZIPPER + PRINTABLE CHART
Don't know what zipper parts are called? It's all good, I have you covered! Before we dive into the zipper installation tutorials, let's go over the basic elements of a zipper first.
TOP TAPE EXTENSIONS
The section of the zipper that extends beyond the top stops.
The little metal pieces at the top of the zipper. They prevent the slider and the pull from sliding right off.
The slider separates the zipper teeth going one way, or brings them together going the opposite way.
The pull is the little tab that's attached to the slider. The pull helps to easily slide the slider up and down the zipper teeth.
The zipper tape is the fabric that all the parts are attached to.
The zipper teeth runs down the center of the tape and can be chain or coil constructed.
The bottom stop has the same purpose as the top stops. It prevents the slider and the pull from sliding right off.
BOTTOM TAPE EXTENSIONS
The bottom tape extension is the section of the zipper that extends beyond the bottom stop.
Most of the terms are pretty obvious, but I hope that was helpful to you anyhow. If you want a handy chart to keep in your sewing space for future reference, get your free copy down below. I made it printer friendly just for you!