Sailrite® has everything you need to finish your next big sewing project like a professional, including a variety of high-quality finished zippers by YKK®. Unlike continuous zippers, finished zippers — often referred to as “jacket zippers” — feature a starter box and a pin at one end of the zipper tape and stops at the other end. They come with sliders included. You can use these long-lasting finished zippers for any application where you want the sides of the zipper to separate completely, such as on a coat, jacket, genoa sleeve or on the side panels of a cockpit exposure.
We carry two popular sizes, including #10 and #5 finished zippers. The zipper number coordinates to the approximate width of the zipper teeth in millimeters when the zipper is closed. So a #5 zipper measures roughly 5mm across when closed, while a #10 zipper measures roughly 10mm across when closed. We recommend finished #5 zippers for medium-sized projects like larger cushions and bags and #10 finished zippers for larger projects such as sail packs, boat enclosures and tents. These zippers can be easily shortened by cutting the end that is closed last.
YKK® VISLON® zippers are UV treated and feature durable Delrin plastic teeth molded to the fabric tape edges. This allows the zipper to resist UV damage and corrosion, so you can use them in any environment where you need excellent weather-proofing. We also carry YKK Coil zippers featuring a fine-toothed coil design for a smoother zip. These tend to be stronger and more flexible than VISLON zippers, so we recommend them for any application with curves. For added weather proofing, pick a YKK® AquaGuard® Water Repellent Finished Zipper, which features a polyurethane coating that increases water repellency.