Saturday, May 28, 2011

What is the Difference between dress and handbag zippers?

In my shop, Zipper Island, I carry both, Handbag and dress zippers (garment zippers). Although the two types of zippers seem very similar in the photos, there is a substantial difference between dress (all-purpose) and handbag zippers. Dress zippers can be used for clothing (dresses, skirts, etc.) as well as for small pouches, writslets, and gadget cases. If you are looking for zippers to use for inner pockets in purses, dress zippers are also a great choice. All-purpose/ dress zippers can also be used for pillow covers (they may need to be covered with a flap) as an alternative to invisible zippers. For handbags, Kindle, netbook and laptop covers, I recommend using Handbag zippers. Here are some photos of two 10 inch zippers - the red zipper is a handbag zipper, and the turquoise zipper is a dress zipper. As you can tell from the pictures, the Handbag zipper has a longer pull - around 1 1/4 inches compared to 3/4 inches for dress zipper:

Also, the coil in Handbag zippers is slightly wider than the coil in dress zippers - Handbag zippers coil is around 3/16" (4.5 mm) wide vs. 1/8" (3 mm) coil in dress zippers

In General, I would say that Handbag zippers are more suited for heavier use, and the longer pull looks better and is more practical for purses. Dress zippers are more concealed and are more suitable for garments and small pouches.
Here are a couple more photos of dress and Handbag zippers that are available for purchase: 
4 inch dress/ garment zippers
12 inch Handbag zippers
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