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Broken zipper ruin your favorite clothing? Don’t throw it away just yet! The most common issue with zippers is a broken or missing insertion pin, the part of the zipper that goes inside the other. While there are zipper-repair kits sold at Walmart, they commonly do not last due to the amount of stress the insertion pin receives in daily use. The best way to replace the pin is to sew in a new one, including the fabric and plastic backing surrounding it. No kit required— just some scissors, needle, and thread!

  1. Examine the damaged zipper.
    • Examine the damaged zipper.

  2. Cut the broken insertion pin off the zipper. If the pin is missing (like in the photo), cut the frayed fabric. Do not cut the zipper teeth. Cut the broken insertion pin off the zipper. If the pin is missing (like in the photo), cut the frayed fabric. Do not cut the zipper teeth. Cut the broken insertion pin off the zipper. If the pin is missing (like in the photo), cut the frayed fabric. Do not cut the zipper teeth.
    • Cut the broken insertion pin off the zipper. If the pin is missing (like in the photo), cut the frayed fabric. Do not cut the zipper teeth.

  3. Find an article of clothing no longer in use with a zipper. The insertion pin must be the same length as the broken/ missing one, but it does not matter if it is plastic or metal. Find an article of clothing no longer in use with a zipper. The insertion pin must be the same length as the broken/ missing one, but it does not matter if it is plastic or metal.
    • Find an article of clothing no longer in use with a zipper. The insertion pin must be the same length as the broken/ missing one, but it does not matter if it is plastic or metal.

  4. Cut the working insertion pin from the old clothing off the zipper. Do not cut the plastic square backing or too much material. You must have enough fabric to sew. Cut the working insertion pin from the old clothing off the zipper. Do not cut the plastic square backing or too much material. You must have enough fabric to sew. Cut the working insertion pin from the old clothing off the zipper. Do not cut the plastic square backing or too much material. You must have enough fabric to sew.
    • Cut the working insertion pin from the old clothing off the zipper. Do not cut the plastic square backing or too much material. You must have enough fabric to sew.

  5. Line up the new insertion pin on the broken coat.
    • Line up the new insertion pin on the broken coat.

  6. Sew the insertion pin into place. Sew the insertion pin into place. Sew the insertion pin into place.
    • Sew the insertion pin into place.

  7. Test the zipper. Test the zipper.
    • Test the zipper.

Conclusión

If the pin does not line up correctly, take out the thread and re-sew.

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Hi, I have a north face jacket and the zipper is fine but the plastic square backing is what’s missing so I can’t zip it up. Do you know what that’s really called so I can find a replacement? Or do you know what I can replace it with? Thanks, Amy

Amy Pegram - Contestar

Instead of cutting a notch out, I removed the stitching at the edge of the coat to expose the entire zipper body end, and completely cut the end off. Then I stitched a complete new end on. The advantage was that it provided the maximum mechanical strength to keep the insertion pin aligned.

Careful when at the cut lines, do not pull on any threads, some are loose, but I have a way to fix that later. Then stitch using long stiches to avoid the areas too close to the cut lines where the threads are loose.

Finally, I zip the 2 halves together in order to align all the parts together into their final relative positions, and use a Bondic glue pen on all stitches and areas around the cuts where the loose threads are. When I cure with the UV light, the result is much stronger than just the threads. I was careful to not apply any of the epoxy close to the zipper, so that I don’t block the passage of the zipper slider.

Then I lightly sand to remove any sharp edges, and sew the zipper tape back to the jacket.

Jacques Farges - Contestar

I will need to see a YouTube video on that lol

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