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« on: March 30, 2011 10:20:26 AM »

I hope someone can help me. I just finished a huge bag - it's my take on the AB Weekender. I was fusing the lining to the main fabric about 1/4" away from the zipper & I MELTED part of the zipper. It's only about 6 teeth that are affected, but was wondering if anyone knows if there's a way to fix it. Take a look at the pics - the left one is the outside shot & the right is the inside shot.



You can see that it doesn't grab for about 1/2 an inch. I cut away some of the melted parts & even cut in between the teeth, but it still doesn't grab. I'm hoping there's a way to fix this. It would be impossible to insert another zipper. Any advice would be appreciated - thanks!       **stupid plastic zipper!**
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2011 04:38:58 PM »

Eeep.  That stinks.  I know of a way to remold the zipper, though, unfortunately.  I was going to suggest re-doing the zipper, but you said that isn't feasible.

Obviously it can still zip - does it stay zipped or does it pull apart?

I'm sorry I don't have a better answer for you!
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2011 04:39:43 PM »

I'm guessing they have become warped from the melt, so it's never going to fit right again; with metal zippers you can try to fix bends and crookedness, but melting plastic is another thing altogether. Sometimes this stuff happens. I would get out the ripper.
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2011 05:03:59 PM »

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Obviously it can still zip - does it stay zipped or does it pull apart?
It can zip kaz, but it won't grab - if you really tugged on it, it would prob seperate (I don't want to try it). Thanks for understanding.

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I'm guessing they have become warped from the melt, so it's never going to fit right again . . . I would get out the ripper.
That exactly it CraftyChef - it's warped & doesn't grab and I can't rip it cuz of how I had to sew it to get it to fit - it's really in there. Thanks tho for your advice.
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2011 07:56:18 PM »

It's not always that we see the outcome of our problems, so I thought I'd show & tell what I did. Originally, I had to sew the zipper to the top gusset which I had to get it in there & I kept thinking that I was going to have to undo everything. But after taking a break, I realized I just needed to rip the zip & it all work well. I went & found a metal zip that I had to extend just a little, but it worked. Thanks for you help ladies.

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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2011 04:44:30 AM »

Oh yay!  I'm glad you figured it out. Cheesy
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