How to add a hidden zipper to a design template

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We can distinguish two types of zippers: the invisible (or hidden) zipper and the visible (or exposed / apparent) zipper.

  1. A visible zipper, sits right on top of your garment. Exposed zippers are set into garment areas without seams.
  1. A hidden zipper is a zipper with very fine teeth. It's sewn into a garment in such a way that it makes the zipper invisible, hidden in a seam. The only part left visible is the pull tab, and that tends to be smaller than other types of zippers. Unlike a regular zipper, when sewing in an invisible zipper, the seam is sewn after the invisible zipper is sewn. 

When a hidden zipper is added to the center front of a garment, it creates the appearance of a seamless piece of cloth. This is particularly important when adding graphics or text. 

Hidden Zipper Demo

To create the hidden zipper effect in a design template, it’s important to first read up on “How to create a  design template”.

Once you have familiarized yourself with the concept of design templates, you are now ready to apply this knowledge to include a hidden zipper in your design template. 

For the hidden zipper you first need to split the front panel of your pattern in two. This means, you need to split up all the artwork (graphics or text). In other words, if you have a graphic or a text covering the zipper, you will need to have this graphics and text split up in two pieces, one for each side of the zipper.

Why is it important to truncate your artwork? The BRIKL software needs to create a print output file that has the two panels separated.

Example of an incorrect Hidden Zipper Design Template

This is an example of an incorrect hidden zipper design template. The front panel graphics are all merged together into one block. In the BRIKL 3D configurator, the hidden zipper will not be rendered correctly and you will end up with an incorrect print output file.

Incorrect Template

Example of a correct Hidden Zipper Design Template

In this image you can see that the artwork is split into two separate panels. 

Correct Template
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