A New Neutral – Yay or Nay?


If we heard one consistent request from our customers over the course of last year, it was this;

“When will you add a great neutral zipper to your line?”

Which I have to admit I didn’t totally understand, (since I am of the opinion that our black & white mini-stripe zippers are already the perfect neutral zipper), but then again, not everyone is as crazy about black & white as I am, right?

I broached the subject with my zipper supplier and after tossing around a few ideas she suggested a beige & white mini-stripe with a goldtone pull and zipper teeth. It sounded good, but you know what? I just wasn’t totally convinced. I was a bit underwhelmed with the whole idea until yesterday that is… when the prototype sample arrived in the mail! It’s a similar striped pattern to our popular black& white’s, but in a nice tan palette fancy gold metallic-looking zipper teeth. They really LOOK like metal, but you can still sew OVER them since they’re nylon! And the gold zipper pull is in a new modern shape!

And here’s the thing…I know how I feel about this new zipper…
but I’m WAY more interested in what YOU think about the new zipper!

The pics below show the new prototype zipper on four different prints.

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So…Now it’s YOUR turn!

I would REALLY love to know your honest opinion about this neutral zipper!

Can you see yourself using this zipper in a future project? And is this what you would categorize as a “neutral” zipper?

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  1. I like the new color-neutral zipper and think it goes well with all those prints!!

  2. Love this one!

  3. wisconsin dragonfly

    The color is “neutral” and the stripes are subtle. I love it! I could see these in different colors instead of just plain zipper tape. Can I order them yet? There is a pattern I need to order and these zippers would be perfect for the fabric I am planning on using.

    • I’m SO glad you like them. (I can’t wait either because I have something PURRRFECT for them.) They are in manufacturing now and should be in our hot little hands in early March! 🙂

  4. Wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the zippers until now. After seeing them with different fabrics, I think they are a wonderful alternative to the black/white ones when you want something more subtle, but not boring.

  5. I love it. I sew a lot of brown material and they will work perfectly, especially for a fall purse.

  6. I like the new zipper and feel that it has a definite place in your selection of zippers. I might just have to choose fabric to go with this new zipper so that I can use it in my next project!

  7. I like this zipper. I have a project that may have to be put on hold till its available!

  8. Very classy. I’m a big fan of the black and white dots and the stripes, but I can see this on a purse for my mother, who’s a bit more traditional. I may have to try these out on the inside pockets of the new bag you’re designing, because I think that would be perfect for Mom. It’s a little odd to think of Mom and me carrying the same purse, even with vastly different looks, but I think I can make it work.

    • I know the feeling. I’m sure my daughter feels the same way. I’m not even sure she even OWNS a handbag! Can you image? MY daughter?

  9. Love the new zipper, totally neutral, but classy looking!

  10. I love the zipper color. This cream color is one I frequently use as a neutral and the zipper goes with all the fabrics shown. I like the taper pull also! It looks to be easier to get a hold on!

  11. YES, I can see myself using these zippers. Beige and black have been my zipper of choice if I couldn’t match my fabric and the stripes add to it’s appeal. I would sure buy them and yes they are neutral. Has anyone else encountered problems finding the coil zipper in their area. Where I live the stores are all going to the flat hard plastic teeth or back to metal. What’s up with that. Most of my buying is on the web.

    • OH- and I’m with you.
      I despise using zippers with plastic teeth. Can’t even count how many zippers I have ruined (melted) with an iron (and that’s aFTER it was installed!) Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
      And although I find zippers with metal teeth VERY beuatiful, I constantly break needles when I use them! 🙂

  12. Well, maybe.

    Here is why:

    my eye sees “shiny” as as dominant feature. Neutral to me is something that doesn’t stand out. So, the beige nylon zipper would be more neutral than the metal grosgrain style….to me.

    However, I like this zipper because it coordinates with some of your shiny gold hardware. I think it would be cool to also have a grey or black grosgrain with shiny chrome teeth to go with your shiny silver.

    Sorry it was not a cut and dry answer.

  13. I had to really look at the zipper–it just looked beige to me—didn’t really see the tiny stripes—I like it VERY MUCH.

  14. I really like this zipper, especially with the fbrics in the samples above. I didn’t see the white lines until you pointed them out. It just looked textured to me.

  15. This is the classiest looking zipper I have ever seen! But then I am one of those older “more traditional” women who still wears only gold jewelry and has never gotten rid of the brass in my house….

  16. I love it too! And I’d love to see it in more colors!

    • Hmmm- we’d have to think long and hard about doing it in anything but a neutral color. I’m afraid it might be cost-prohibitive unless there was an awful lot of demand. We’ll have to see what kind of feedback we get. 🙂

  17. I love the new zipper! Fantastic that the teeth are nylon and not metal. I can see using these in garment applications as well. Are you going to stock different lengths?

    Ani in Wilmington

  18. I love it. I do more brown tones so it would be perfect.

  19. Definite YES

  20. I love the new neutral zipper!!! I will probably be ordering some of these in the near future.
    Do they come in all sizes?

    • To start with, we’ll be carrying them in 7″ and 10″ closed bottom, 12″ and 16″ separating, and a 22″ purse zipper. 🙂

  21. I love the beige neutral zippers – while I use the black and white a lot – I do use browns quite a bit…can’t wait till they can be ordered…

  22. I think this is DEFINITELY your next zipper

  23. I LOVE IT! Are those metal teeth or a nylon coil? VERY NICE! What about a nice neutral gray too?

    What I would really love to see is a nice purse zipper with a really awesome zipper pull like some of the high end purses have to give our bags a professional designer look.

  24. I LOVE the new neutral zipper! YES! I would use it!!

  25. I am a big fan of neutrals — combining them artfully can produce a wonderfully elegant look. This zipper really works for me!