Discussion in 'Armory - Q&A' started by vicepang, Jul 10, 2007.
many jacket have the zip problem
How can I replace it?
1. Go to tailor
2. Give them the jacket
3. Ask them to replace the zipper
4. Give them money
6. Get jacket with new zipper
Or send it to us at www.yeoldearmourer.com for the job to be done right espepially if it a FIE jacket. Send it to us and the job is done right the first time
This is a better choice.
If you ignore the expert advice to have Tim do it:
0. Buy a zipper (Coats & Clarks separating sports zipper of right length.)
If you don't walk in with the zipper, you have to wait until the tailor goes out and buys the zipper. and he charges you for the time he uses to do that. Did you really expect a tailor to have sports zippers the right length and color?
This has to be the best darn response I have read in weeks!
Can't help myself, I am setting here laughing my A$$ off.
Happy to oblige.
It wasn't THAT funny.
It was to me.
Maybe it was'nt that funny to you, but it was to me!
My zipper died while I was at Brown fencing camp last week... I took it to a tailor and he said he'd fix it... by Friday. I had to borrow a smelly velcro jacket from the university that didn't fit me properly. Gr.
It's the "unsewing" that's the worst part
Replacing a zipper is not that hard - the worst part is to remove the old one. The steps I take are:
1. Take the jacket with you to the fabric store - what you need is a seperating zipper. Try out a few - occsionally you get lucky and find one that has the same tooth pattern. If only one side of the zipper is broken you can save some time by repacing that side only - if the tooth pattern is identical. You check this by zipping a new zipper to the one in your jacket. Try it a few times - not just once.
2. Purchase a seperating zipper of any lenght that is at least as long as the one in your jacket - you can cut off the extra if it is longer.
3. If you do not have one - puchase a seam ripper to remove the old one. As I said - this is the hardest part - requires some patience and a careful eye. Cut only the threads holding in the zipper - not the jacket itself.
4. At the neck - the end of the zipper goes inside the bottom seam of the neck. You will have to open that up a bit as well in order to get the old zipper out.
5. Line up the new zipper where the old one was - pin in place and sew in. It is easier to sew if you have a machine with a zipper foot - but is doable with a regular foot.
6. Cut the excess zipper lenght off at the neck leaving a bit less than an inch - tuck the end inside and resew the neck closed.
If the only problem is a broken zipper pull - hope that you can find a zipper with the same tooth pattern. If you can - then all you have to do is take the seam at the neck loose - remove the old pull and replace it with the new one and resew.
Final note - if you are working on a nylon fabric jacket - use a ball point needle.
I hope this is elpful - if not quite so funny!
One problem if the Jacket is FIE you have to replace the twill tape or a form of it.
Most seamstress dont understand fencing rules. The advantage of using www.yeoldearmourer.com Is you are dealing with fencers and armourer and referees. we know what we doing.
Separate names with a comma.