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From: MaryW
Date: 03-05-2007, 01:10 PM (1 of 6)
Well, here is one for the books. I can't believe some of the questions I get in the run of a day. Please post here if you can help, thanks.

Does anyone have directions or a pattern for a zippered manís tie? It looks like the traditional Windsor knotted tie but is pre-tied with a zipper going around the neck and zipping the tie into place. Looks like something most men would love!
MaryW
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From: pretnichols
Date: 03-05-2007, 03:07 PM (2 of 6)
Sorry, I've only seen these in the store. My nephews have them. I would think they'd be easy to make, since they don't have a zipper pull attached.........
Peggy

So little time, sew much to do...........
User: pretnichols
Member since: 10-16-2005
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From: esrun3
Date: 03-05-2007, 08:58 PM (3 of 6)
I've not seen these before but Peggy you have me curious now. If there is a zipper going around the neck to "tie it on" but it doesn't have a zipper pull, why have a zipper? I'm not "seeing" how it would work.
Lyn
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From: pretnichols
Date: 03-05-2007, 09:14 PM (4 of 6)
Okay, let's try this to see if I can give you a visual. The inside of the tie (think of a tri-fold with the 2 sides folded in to meet in the center) that goes around your neck has a zipper. The zipper runs from the bottom of the "short" piece, up around the neck, into the knot. It's like a "magic zipper" in that the teeth join together. Anyway, as you pull on the short piece to adjust the length of the tie, it "zips" itself, until you have it the right length. They were all the rage last year for Prom, etc., since most young people don't know how to tie a tie. I did look at one for my 5 yo, but they were too long for him, so we bought clip-ons instead. The zippers were some type of light plastic, so I don't know how long they'd last, if they took much abuse. I don't know if you could use metal, since it would weigh more than the plastic/nylon version. It took me a few trys to figure out how to make it work, but the kids thought they were great! Basically, it does for ties, what velcro did for shoes!

I'll see if I can find a picture to post! Hope this helps.
Peggy

So little time, sew much to do...........
User: pretnichols
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From: pretnichols
Date: 03-05-2007, 09:33 PM (5 of 6)
I've googled, but can't find anything. However, I did discover that there is a "slider" hidden in the knot of the tie, that closes the zipper as you pull the "tail" though it, to shorten the tie. Sure hope this makes sense.

Okay, here's the technical version:
A preformed necktie has an insert with a pair of connected diverging closed conduits interconnected by a support. A slide post extends from the support proximate the lower ends of the conduits. A tie portion is wrapped about the insert to form a knot and to become the front tie panel. The two ends of a neck-embracing loop have corresponding zipper panels and pass through the conduits to be joined by the slide and form a rear panel of the tie. The neck embracing loop is tightened or loosened by movement through the knot and slide.
Peggy

So little time, sew much to do...........
User: pretnichols
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From: esrun3
Date: 03-06-2007, 11:23 PM (6 of 6)
LOL! Thanks for the visual Peggy-it helped but I'm still laughing at my trying to understand the "technical" description....to much for my brain!:bang:

Your visual helped immensly!
Lyn
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