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moto_316
« on: October 30, 2012 11:17:27 AM »

Not sure if this is the right spot for thisI have a question I am hoping you all would be able to help me out with.

My boyfriend has a leather vest he wears when riding his motorcycle, there seems to be a faulty snap on it because the same button always pops open while hes riding (or maybe he just likes French fries too much lol  Roll Eyes). The snap seems kind of loose so I suggested he get it replaced. I know the very basics of sewing but because its leather and and EXPENSIVE jacket, Id rather not attempt to fix it for him and prefer to take it somewhere. My question is how much would something like replacing a snap cost (Im assuming Id take it to a tailor?) and would it be difficult to do? Im worried replacing the snap may ruin the jacket?
His jacket:
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/411YP9sU49L._SL500_AA300_.jpg


I also have a 2nd question would it be possible to add a zipper to his jacket? I thought maybe a layer could be added with a zipper so that he has snaps AND a zipper.
Something kind of like this:
http://www.wildthingsgear.com/media/m-shooting-preview-main.jpg
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A2JC4life
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2012 12:21:27 PM »

Is the snap sewn on, or is it attached like blue jean buttons/snaps?  I don't know a lot about sewing with leather, but I would think it would be tricky to replace, because it's probably not stitched.

As for adding a zippered layer - I think that would be possible.  It looks like there's a seam just outside the button placket, and I think a good tailor could sew the inner layer on in such a way that it follows that seam.
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moto_316
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2012 12:44:39 PM »

Is the snap sewn on, or is it attached like blue jean buttons/snaps?  I don't know a lot about sewing with leather, but I would think it would be tricky to replace, because it's probably not stitched.

As for adding a zippered layer - I think that would be possible.  It looks like there's a seam just outside the button placket, and I think a good tailor could sew the inner layer on in such a way that it follows that seam.
thank you for your response.

i think its attached not sewn on.. but if i am able to add the zippered layer he wouldnt need to worry about the snap popping open cause i think the zipper would help reinforce it. it seems to only pop open when i tug his jacket when im sitting on the back..
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Alexus1325
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2012 08:43:44 AM »

Nyar, sounds like a defective snap. I had a ski jacket that had one "loose" snap that always came undone. I know the cobbler in my town could replace it, and he also does a LOT of zipper replacements. I don't see replacing a snap as being more expensive than his time and expertise, maybe ten bucks at the outside.
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A2JC4life
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2012 08:48:24 AM »

Oh, a cobbler is a great suggestion!  He'd be far more familiar with working with leather than the average tailor.
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moto_316
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2012 07:21:37 AM »

Nyar, sounds like a defective snap. I had a ski jacket that had one "loose" snap that always came undone. I know the cobbler in my town could replace it, and he also does a LOT of zipper replacements. I don't see replacing a snap as being more expensive than his time and expertise, maybe ten bucks at the outside.

i think it may be a combo of defective snap and him being a little big around the middle. he bought a 2nd vest in the same brand/style as the first and the same button pops open as well.  Tongue

i didnt even think of a cobbler, ill definately research some in his area

thank you both for your help!
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