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Zippers

Posted by on Apr. 29, 2014 at 1:42 PM
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Today is...


This day celebrates something that we often do not think about and just automatically take for granted.  National Zipper Day is celebrated each year on April 29.

It was first in 1851 that Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine, received a patent for an “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure”.  Howe did not market it and missed the recognition he may have received for his invention.

Forty two years later, Whitcomb Judson marketed the “Clasp Locker”.  Being very similar to Elias Howe’s patent, this device served as a more complicated hook-and-eye shoe fastener.  Judson started the Universal Fastener Company where he manufactured his new device and debuted it at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 but was met with little success.  This did give Judson credit for inventing the zipper as he was the first person to market it.

In 1906, Giden Sundback, a Swedish American electrical engineer, was hired to work Universal Fastener Company.  His good technical skills, design skills and devotion to the company led to his designing of the modern zipper in 1913.   The patent for the “Separable Fastener was issued in 1917.

In 1923, the B.F. Goodrich Company named the popular zipper.

** You can find the world’s longest zipper at the hotel in Fort Lauderdale’s Executive Airport.  The zipper measures 6,000 feet long.  The name of the hotel’s nightclub is “Zippers”. **

Have you ever had to put a zipper in a pair of pants/jeans etc...?

by on Apr. 29, 2014 at 1:42 PM
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abra
by on Apr. 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM
Yes, once. In sewing class.
michiganmom116
by Platinum Member on Apr. 29, 2014 at 5:23 PM

I've put zippers in pants, winter coats, dresses, and even a sleeping bag.  not my favorite thing to sew.

psych_mom
by on Apr. 29, 2014 at 7:07 PM

No, but I do have some bag patterns that I am looking forward to making that involve using zippers.

momofnatalie
by Bronze Member on Apr. 29, 2014 at 7:25 PM

No, but one day I would like to learn how to sew and be able to put in a zipper.

TheJerseyGirl
by on Apr. 30, 2014 at 5:55 AM

 I cant tell you how many zippers we've had to put in coats and jackets! And it isn;t cheap!

kerryket
by Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM
I never have but my daughter has sewn shorts and put a zipper in.
othermom
by Bronze Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM

No I haven't

Reese2010727
by on Apr. 30, 2014 at 2:15 PM

nope!

lulalacroix
by Member on May. 1, 2014 at 3:58 AM

No I haven't.  

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