View Full Version : Zipper problem

01-25-2014, 03:11 PM
My husbands FAVORITE jacket has lost its "zzzzz"
I have 2 pictures here, the one that is broken and the other "zzzzz" that is perfectly fine from another jacket. I thought I could find a used jacket at thrift shop with the right kind of "zzzzzz" and if I can pry it off with a screwdriver and very carefully apply it to broken jacket.
My question is, do u think it will pry off with a screwdriver or do I have to replace it with whole new zipper? Thanks for any help u can give me.

01-25-2014, 03:18 PM
Won't let me download 2nd pic in same post?!?!?!

01-25-2014, 05:41 PM
I think the only way to fix a zipper is to replace it. The teeth (what you are calling "zzzz") are sewn in to the base of the zipper (the cloth part). Trying to replace the missing teeth is very difficult because you would have to figure a way to fasten them in, and keep them in the correct spacing, and there really isn't a way to do that.

If you don't want to replace the whole zipper, you could trim the teeth off the old zipper and sew a new one onto the cloth part of the old zipper. It would add maybe about a 1/2 inch or so, but it would be a new working zipper where the old one is without having to replace the whole zipper. And without having two zipper on top of each other (since you are trimming out the old teeth which would add bulk).

Is that totally confusing?

01-26-2014, 08:44 AM
it's not the teeth that r missing, it's that metal piece (approx 1/2" long) that fits into the "male" piece on other side of jacket!
If it comes off, separate from the whole zipper, I could pry it off & squeeze it ever so gently onto broken end!!!
Ta da, fixed zipper!

02-17-2014, 04:11 PM
In my area there used to be a store called "The Button House". They had tons and tons of buttons but it was also a bit of the old-fashioned style Trimming store. They would make buttonholes and fix zippers. Some years ago I brought my son's good winter jacket in for repair as the zipper pull had somehow gotten lost. They had one that fit his zipper and for $8.00 he got his jacket fixed. I'm not sure if they are still in business.
I have the same problem on my good, warm as toast winter jacket. I don't think that part can be removed and replaced. I think it needs a new zipper sewn in.

03-27-2014, 02:47 PM
I have fixed zippers many times in many places, but never the separating type on the connection end as the connectors are "welded" into the fibers to create a strong bond. Without having to replace the entire zipper, the contributor who suggested the stitched in zipper over the old was rather a creative answer and one I would try before giving up and replacing the whole thing.

I HATE zipper alterations with a passion, especially the ones in jeans and any other sewn down flaps with flatfell seams. I do it, but when I'm charging someone, I will double the price for coats with lining, pants with flys and leather jackets that have to be hand sewn as I don't have cobbler equipment. Considering my internal attitude, it always amazes me that the customer shows so much gratitude for salvaging a favorite piece from their wardrobe!