Zipper FAQs:

Q: Is a zipper onomatopoetic?

A: Yes, because it was named for the sound the device makes when used, a high-pitched zip.

Q: Is a zipper often the least durable component in any garment or type of equipment?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a zipper closed?

A: Yes, and the two facing sides of the plastic sheeting are squeezed tightly against one another both above and below the zipper teeth, forming a double seal.

Q: Are zippers very common where airtight or watertight seals are needed?

A: Yes, such as on scuba diving dry suits, ocean survival suits, and hazmat suits.

Q: Are zippers the classic zipper type?

A: Yes, and found mostly in jeans and pencil cases today.

Q: Are zippers made in brass?

A: Yes, and aluminum and nickel, according to the metal used for teeth making.

Q: Is a zipper folded flat against the teeth when it is not in use?

A: Yes, and the handle is held down by both slider hinge tension and the fabric flap over the fly.

Q: Is a zipper common in skirts and dresses?

A: Yes.

Q: Are zippers basically made from flat wire?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a zipper called a waterproof zipper?

A: Yes.

Q: Are zippers a variation of the coil zipper?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a zipper repaired or replaced—which can be quite difficult and expensive?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a zipper by far the most widespread fastener?

A: Yes, and is found on clothing, luggage, leather goods, and various other objects.

Q: Are zippers mainly used in high grade jeans-wear?

A: Yes, and work-wear, etc.

Q: Are zippers closed at both ends?

A: Yes, they are often used in luggage and can have either one or two pullers on the zipper.

Q: Are zippers typically very stiff when zipped shut and have minimal flex or stretch?

A: Yes.

Q: Were zippers first developed by NASA for making high-altitude pressure suits and later space suits?

A: Yes, and capable of retaining air pressure inside the suit in the vacuum of space.

Q: Is a zipper fully closed?

A: Yes.

Q: Are zippers made of polyester coil and are thus also termed polyester zippers?

A: Yes.

Q: Are zippers identical to metallic zippers?

A: Yes, and except that the teeth are plastic instead of metal.

Q: Is a zipper easier to open and close than a clipped version?

A: Yes, and the slider has a gap above the zipper teeth for separating the ridge seal.

Q: Are zippers usually coil zippers?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a zipper invisible?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a zipper built like a standard toothed zipper?

A: Yes, but with a waterproof sheeting wrapped around the outside of each row of zipper teeth.

Q: Is a zipper made from pre-formed wire?

A: Yes, and usually brass but sometimes other metals too.

Q: Are zippers sometimes used on lower-cost surface dry suits?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a zipper similar in construction to a standard toothed zipper?

A: Yes, but includes a molded plastic ridge seal similar to the mating surfaces on a ziploc bag.

Q: Are zippers generally configured as reverse coil so that the pvc coating can cover the stitching?

A: Yes.