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Sunflower Center by Stacie Mincher

The zipper has been around since 1917 and has essentially stayed the same since its invention. Yes, we may have played with colors, added bling to the teeth, and come up with some extremely fancy zipper pulls, but the basic concept of interlocking teeth on a fabric tape remains the same. What has changed is what we are doing with zippers. Zippers are no longer used only as a reliable method to close garments, bags and more; they have become the focal point of some designs. Sewing the zipper on the outside of the project instead of neatly between two seams is known as an "exposed zipper." Examples of the exposed-zipper technique can be found anywhere from the runways at high-end fashion shows to the garments and accessories created by professionals at repurposing thrift-store finds. The decorative nature of the zipper teeth combined with the colorful zipper tape make a great combination for an accent.

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