RDP Saturday: Zip


Sorry to be a day late on this one, but being in Europe it only arrived at midnight yesterday, as it seems that it was delayed all over the world. It is now morning after breakfast, so I will have to make it short.

I attended dressmaking for 15 years in an evening class, mainly for making clothing, but there were a few other bits and pieces I learned. Sewing in zips were one of them. Repairing zips is a matter of impossibility, so rip out the old and sew in the new. Inserting zips in dresses was part of the dress making task, but the zips that broke or no longer hooked in as they should were a nuisance. First of all cut out the old one, and pin in the new one and then organise the sewing machine with the right foot. It was all very annoying and a long process.

The worst zips were those on the bed linen, the duvet and as they were mostly made of nylon, they often broke. They were also mega long and you had to find one in the store long enough. They sell them by the meter here, but they are useless and break already when you fit them into the duvet. I usually removed the old one and bought two of the longest metal ones, which meant sewing two zips in, one from the right, the other from the left, to get the length.

They used to make the fasteners with buttons and button holes, but that is now a thing of the past. Duvets are not cheap, so repair rather than buy a new one.

Perhaps one day something new will be invented, but until then we will still have to zip it up.


Of course we also have the complicated two sided zips on the jackets and heaven forbid if they break. They are difficult enough to tie and you have to get them to fit in perfectly before pulling them up. This is a two sided zip as the jacket is also reversible. Even more complications.

And now to go and hope that no zips break today. Mr. Swiss likes the zip on my lips best of all he says.

RDP Saturday: Zip

Daily Prompt: Zip it up if it works


This is a close up of the zip on my Winter jacket. We all know it, that mysterious part of the zip to your jacket when you combine the right and left half. It is then that you realise why the amish do not have zips, they do not believe in them for some strange reason and prefer to stick to their buttons and whatever.

In the name of progress, we have zips: a wonderful invention. Memories of struggling with your blue jeans, trying to bring them together. Basically it is your own fault for eating too much and denim shrinks in any case when you wash it. No problem, when it shrinks it outlines the body parts even more and if you want to look sexy, nothing could be better. It is when the zip jams and you pull out of frustration that a problem occurs. The bottom part of the zip that has already met the other half suddenly divides. Although the actual zip part is still there holding the two sides of the jeans together in one place, it no longer zips. You now have two separated parts of the jeans with a connection in the middle that is stuck. The choice is either throw away the jeans and buy a new pair, or buy a zip and spend a few hours removing the old zip and replacing it with the new zip. There is also a problem of taking the jeans off, and in frustration a pair of scissors probably help. If you compare time against money, then the new jeans are the better choice.

And now to the jacket, the protection against wind, and even rain and snow. They are so comfortable to wear, but there is a problem. You have to insert one side of the zip mechanism into the slot on the other side – what could be better. Time to go and Mr. Swiss is waiting and I am still zipping up my jacket. Of course I know how it works, but you have to find the slot and if you do not, you have a problem. Yes, it is working and so you pull up the zip to find it is only travelling on one side of the jacket and the other side is hanging wondering where the other side is. After an impatient 10 minutes for Mr. Swiss I eventually manage to find the missing link/slot and the zip is moving upwards combining the two halves of the jacket.

It seems that Jakob Ammann, the founder of the Amish community was originally Swiss from Erlenbach in Simmental and was originally an Anabaptist. A few of the Mr. Swiss ancestors were also anabaptists and they wandered off to the States it seems. They had no zips as they were not yet invented. However, Jakob Ammann had a good idea and refused to used machine made things, sticking to buttons and so the amish were a very satisfied people without zips.  They never had blocked zips or broken finger nails. Yes the Swiss are full of  good ideas.

Daily Prompt: Zip it up if it works