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« on: October 08, 2012 08:57:45 AM »

Looking for an easy to understand (for beginner) tutorial on how to machine sew a replacement zipper on pants.

The ones I found online so far are not easy (for me).

Thanks.
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2012 05:42:26 AM »

Probably because they aren't easy! LOL! You have to take so much apart, you may as well be making new pants!

I have replaced exactly ONE jeans zipper and I'll never do it again. I only did it because my father-in-law really wanted to keep his favourite jeans. Since then, I just tell people to take their broken clothing to a seamstress or the cobbler.

When one of my own zippers broke, I just made a buttonhole and added a button that matched well with the original button.
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2012 04:07:11 AM »

Ditto - I take those nasty kind of things to the alterations gal up the street, and I'm sure she hates doing zippers, too! But your favorite pants are not going to be for sale next time you go to the store, because they've been replaced by other pants you don't like! So one has to do something. Basically you have to take apart the entire front of the pants then sew the mess back up again. Ugh.
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RuthieG101
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2012 02:39:54 AM »

When my MiL needed a quick fix on a raincoat for my neice (the kind where the zip is hidden by a flat with studs), she just hand sewed a new zip onto the old one without removing the old one.

If your zip is a fly zip consider just hand sewing a new zip onto the old one. The fly part of the zip will hide the new zip and the new zip will conver the old one when zipped up.

This is what I would do to save my fave jeans.
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SoCoSEW
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2012 09:13:20 AM »

I did exactly one zipper replacement on jeans too.  Be not discouraged, however, it does look daunting, but it is doable.  I didn't necessarily take apart the jean, but I was able to wiggle it into place and then sewed it in like crazy.  It worked.  Just get after it.   Smiley
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