I usually try to steer away from posting anything negative but I've had it with Coats and Clark zippers!
I normally use YKK but since I moved to Naples I'm having a hard time finding them locally. I try to keep a good stock of them but every once in a while I run out and have to buy a zipper locally.
I've had zippers break on me every once in a while and I always figure they can't all be winners. But in the last two weeks I've had four Coats and Clark zippers break on me!
I was sewing a dress today and the zipper broke while I was inserting it! And I had a zipper break on me during a photoshoot last week - it was so embarrassing since most people are not going to blame it on the zipper - they're going to blame it on shoddy workmanship! Which is crazy since the Coats and Clark zippers are more expensive than YKK.
I did a little research and realized that although Coats and Clark did make their zippers in the United States for a long time, they are now making them in China and packaging them in the United States. YKK zippers are still being made in the USA. I feel that companies who have taken production to China have really lowered their quality standards.