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How to replace a zipper slider

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How to replace a zipper slider

Zippers are one of the common things in everyday life that we do not appreciate their sophistication until something goes wrong. It’s fairly understandable when people get crazy when a zipper gets stuck or broken on a beloved jacket or piece of camping equipment.


4-1How to replace a zipper slider

Fixing zipper sliders can be quite easy even though they are ingenious engineering products as long as you’ve got the right tools. Usually, zippers got stuck when you’ve got a missing or broken zipper slider, meaning you can’t zip your gear either up or down, making it unusable. And in this case, you can replace it to avoid expensive repairs. Set a new slider and your zippers will be working again. You can usually buy the new zipper slider in the store of sewing accessories.

First advice before zipper slider replacement: if you want the sliders of metal zippers to work without breakage, sometimes metal zipper teeth should be lubricated with soap.


Back to where we were, before you get started on your project, make sure you have all the zipper fixer tools and zipper parts you need. If you are fixing a jacket, the jacket zipper parts are usually easy to get in any store that sells sewing accessories. Look at the back of your zipper slider to get the model number, then look online to buy the correct zipper slider. If you can’t find the right one, it’s time to take the jacket to the repair service.

1. An end nipper tool to remove the old zipper stop

2. Needle-nose pliers to crimp the new zipper stop into place

3. Zipper slider: It’s important to find the right replacement slider, and it’s not always easy to do.

4. Zipper stop: You should only need one, though they're typically sold in packages that include two or more stops.


4-2How to replace a zipper slider

To start with, let’s talk about removing the old slider

Step 1: Move the old slider to the bottom of the zipper to get it out of the way.

Step 2:  If there is a metal zipper stopper present on the top of the zipper, use your end nippers to gently pinch the stopper at the top of the zipper: You’re aiming to grab the stopper securely, not cut it. (Note: You only need to remove the stopper on the side the slider is on.) But if you are facing a plastic zipper slider, you can use a seam ripper to remove fabric stitching to access the top of the zipper.

Step 3: Carefully pull the stopper away from the fabric. 

Step 4: Pull the old slider off, making a mental note of its orientation so that you can match that when you put on the new slider.

Now we are about to install the new zipper slider. You just need to slider a new zipper from the top of the zipper, ensuring that the orientation of the zipper is the same as the old one. The last step is to use your needle nose pliers to pinch it into place, but you should be careful not to pinch too hard to damage it.

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