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zipper repair

Hooters | Posted in General Discussion on

Would anyone be able to help me with this issue? I am faced with a broken zipper slider on a nylon tooth zipper on a winter jacket. I wish to replace the slider and stops — I know it can be done!– but have not been successful in trying to find any how-to info on the internet. By any chance, has anyone had experience in this area???? Any help/advice would be much appreciated! Thanks


  1. stillsuesew | | #1

    If you remove the stop at the top the slider should come right off. I never found the slider to be the problem and always have had to replace the entire blasted thing!

    1. Hooters | | #2

      Thanks! I was figuring that it would be best to take it from the top, so thanks for confirming that I am on the right track. Replacing the whole thing is exactly what I'm afraid of as that would be a whole lot of work!!

      1. krichmond | | #3


        I used to do this all the time (worked at a tailor shop). Is the zipper a coil type, or one with plastic teeth? There are slight variations between manufacturer's sliders, so sometimes one won't work on another's zipper even though they look the same. For example, YKK zippers always require a YKK slider. We used to keep all the old working sliders from any zipper replaclement just so we'd have a selection. Ensure that the replacement slider is the same shape and size as the one it's replacing (sizes are ususally printed on the back of the slider -- for example, a typical plastic-toothed jacket zipper will be a size 5). Try inserting the zipper 'finger' into the replacement slider and run it up and down the tape before attempting to thread it onto the other side of the zipper. It will save a little time because if it doesn't run smoothly up and down, it's the wrong slider. If it seems to run smoothly, it's no guarantee that it's going to work, but it might.

        Old jeans can be a good source for zipper stops (the fly zipper). Just make sure they're large enough to stop the slider from coming off the end. Use claw-shaped pliers to gently pry them off the zipper tape and regular pliers to clamp them on a new tape.

        If you have any questions, or are having problems, please do not hesitate to contact me and I'll try to walk you through it.

        Is the existing slider visibly damaged (i.e. crushed)? Sometimes the slider just gets a little 'bent' out of shape and can be encouraged to work again by a little squeeze/adjustment of the pliers.

        Good luck!


  2. marbis | | #4

    Repair your zipper


    I would like to advise you to visit http://www.fix-a-zipper.com

    With this you can repair easily every slider in seconds without sewing,

    For every zipper there is a matching slider.

    Good luck!

  3. rekha | | #5

    repairing zipper

    Watch this or a lot of other videos on how to  http://www.sailrite.com/Installing-a-Zipper-Slider-or-Puller-on-a-Zipper-Video

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