To zip or not to zip
I want to make “100% natural fiber” garments, but when it comes to zippers that seems to be a problem as nylon seems to be king. I know there are cotton-tape zippers with metal teeth, but would that be suitable for a all natural fibers? Is it more common to use other types of fasteners in the natural-fiber garments? Or is it common to use nylon zippers in natural-fiber garments?
Any input or advise is much appreciated 🙂
There is no rule for what type of closures you can use in a garment if you're sewing for yourself. I have no idea what the regulations are regarding labeling of garments for commercial sale. You'd have to check with federal guidelines. If you are set on making garments with all natural fibers, you're probably going to need to look for closures other than zippers. I suppose a cotton-tape zipper with metal teeth would qualify (metal is natural), but these tend to be heavy and stiff, and aren't the best option for lightweight fabrics.
There are plenty of buttons made of shell or wood, and you can use snaps, hooks and eyes, or cord ties. Note that hook-and-loop tape (the most commonly known is Velcro) is a synthetic. You'll want to avoid most types of elastic, too.
Carol Fresia, Threads Senior Technical Editor
Thank you for the information, Carol. I really appreciate your input.