YKK Zipper Rant

I am stunned, peeps.  Flabbergasted.  I have been rendered speechless by a zipper.

Like most Canadians who are not inside the sewing/fashion industry, but are sewing at home and rely on our various Fashion Districts or local sewing stores to get our supplies, I have sewn with many invisible zippers over the years.  Most of them have been purchased from Fabricland, World Sewing Centre, Neveren’s or other places on Queen Street in Toronto.  Every single zipper has three little letters on some part of it:  YKK.  Even though the tags may say Costumemakers (from Fabricland) or, if you buy from the vendors in the Fashion District, the zippers are sans tags, the little YKK imprint can be found on the pull, the stop, or printed on the zipper tape.zippersSo I thought I was dealing with the world-renowned YKK zippers.  But I having had a few break during wear, and, most recently, while trying to finish up my skinny trousers, I was advised by several of you via comments that you’ve never had a problem with YKK zippers.  Which got me to thinking maybe I don’t really know what a true YKK zipper looks like.  Or feels like.  Or sews and zips like!  Maybe I had never sewn with a real YKK zipper.

So I did some quick research and ordered from Zipperstop and upon opening the package noticed a few differences from the Fakers, but nothing to write a post about.

zipperstop YKK Conceal zipsThe tapes are narrower, the pulls have the little YKK branding with some numbers on the back, and the tapes are not made of cheap nylon.  They also require a little more pull to zip up than the cheap fakes that I’ve been working with.  The real deal is on the left in the pics below.real vs fakewhich is realYup, that’s a split Faker on the right, courtesy of Fabricland.  Today I finally sat myself down and inserted a real one into my skinnies.  And I am so amazed at the difference that I just may write Fabricland Head Office a letter of complaint about stocking Fakers.  The tapes, although narrower that the Fakers, were much easier to manoeuvre.  And hand sewing or pinning them is a breeze.  Has anyone else noticed that the Fakers occasionally challenge your needles or pins and require super finger strength to penetrate while sewing?  Not YKKs.  And the strength of the coil is a thing of beauty.  I’ve zipped and unzipped my YKK through all the matching seams and pockets and it hasn’t complained at all.  No sign of stress or worry that it won’t zip up.

I am so excited about this discovery.

I am so incredibly disgusted and ANGRY about being sold Fakers everywhere I go in Toronto.  Has anyone else noticed this?

YKK: The Real Deal

After reading a couple of the comments on my last post about splitting invisible zippers, it seems I’ve been had.

zippersThis is a small selection of zippers in my stash, all of them purchased from either my local Fabricland or World Sew Centre from the Fashion District downtown.  If you zoom in, you can see that all the zipper pulls have YKK on them.  So you’d think you’d be getting a YKK zipper, right?  Wrong.

The only genuine YKK zipper is the metal zipper on the far right.  Since Jen (NY) left her comment, and Anne from Mercury Handmade’s similar comment on my previous post, I’ve been scouring the internet looking at closeup’s of YKK zippers on websites.  Guess what I learned?  I’ve been buying crap imitation invisible nylon zippers.  With a “YKK” imprint on the sliders.

So, I’m going to scrounge around the internet and order some from somewhere, and then, on August 10th, when the Toronto Sewcialists meet up, I’ll pick everyone’s brain and scour the fashion district in the hopes of finding a local genuine YKK vendor.