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October 21, 2014

how-to // replace a zipper (jacket edition)

Tucked away in an undisturbed, poorly lit corner of our house, there lives a pile of clothes. Much like the rejects on the Isle of Misfit Toys, the clothes in this pile all struggle with their own personal defects. This, my dear readers, is the mending pile. It's ever-growing, & remains as a constant fixture in our home. One just has to be in the proper mood to mend, right? It's a mood that rarely strikes me, so I finally just forced myself to grow up & tackle it. Part of the mending pile included some jackets begging for new zippers to replace their old, busted ones. 

I mended this hoodie the down & dirty way. I.e., I didn't use a zipper foot on my sewing machine. Maybe that'll be a tutorial for another day. But for now, let's get some fast & furious mending done!

Step 1 // Take the old zipper off with a seam ripper. 

Step 2 // Starting from the top, pin your zipper in place. Keep the zipper zipped up, & go slow to make sure you're lining up the jacket properly. If your hoodie/jacket is particularly old or stretchy, I recommend hand-basting the zipper in place. 

Step 3 // Unzip your jacket, & head over to the sewing machine. Using a straight stitch, sew along one of the seam lines of the jacket. When you get to the zipper slider, leave the needle down & release the foot on your machine. Then slide the zipper slider past the foot. Lower the foot, & continue the straight stitch. Make sure to backstitch at the top & bottom of the zipper. 

Step 4 // Repeat on other side of zipper/jacket.

How super easy was that? Totally super easy.


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