Ways to Put in a Separating Zipper and Replace a Zipper in a Hooded Jacket

Published: 29th June 2010
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It is a moderately easy job to sew in a separating zipper. Measure the garment, determine the length of the zipper and pin it in place. Use your sewing machine with the zipper foot to complete the job.

Measure the front opening of the garment. Purchase a separating zipper that is at least 2 inches longer than the opening.

Close the zipper and pin one side to the facing of the garment, right sides together. Fold the facing in place and adjust so the teeth of the zipper are next to the seam line. Use the zipper foot and stitch down the length of the zipper and facing. Turn the facing and iron it flat.

Place the right side of the garment under the zipper foot; sew a seam line from top to bottom of the garment, close to the teeth of the zipper. Repeat on the other side of the garment.

Turn the excess zipper at the top so that it is wrong sides together on the inside of the garment. Hand stitch the loose ends to the back of the zipper so there is no raw edge at the top of the garment.

Open the zipper. Run a perpendicular line of stitching through the top teeth on each side of the top of the garment. This allows the zipper to stop exactly at that point.

When working with knitted or crocheted garments, hand stitch the entire zipper. There will not be a facing. Pin the right side of the zipper to the inside of the garment and complete the stitching, using a needle and thread.

A regular sewing machine foot will not sew close enough to the teeth of the zipper and the fabric will gap slightly. Be sure to use the correct foot for this job.

Hooded jackets are a casual type of clothing often worn during the cool fall and winter months. They're often made of soft, comfortable materials, like fleece or a cotton/polyester blend. Hooded jackets are pretty durable and can last for years if they're taken care of properly. If a hooded jacket's zipper is damaged, it is easily replaced and requires only minimal sewing skills.

Remove the defective zipper by carefully undoing its stitches on the hooded jacket. Use a pair of small scissors to cut each individual stitch; then pull them out with your fingers. When you undo the stitches to replace the original zipper, you will be left with an incision (running the length of the zipper) on the outer edge of the jacket front, which you will sew closed when you add the replacement zipper.

Measure the length of the original zipper with your measuring tape.

Purchase a replacement zipper of the same length and color as the old one so it matches the hooded jacket. Unzip the zipper so that you have two separate pieces.

Place the cloth end of the zipper piece that contains the pulley inside the left edge of the jacket front. Pin the zipper to hold it in place. Sew in the zipper onto the lining of the fabric. Topstitch the outside fabric onto the lining and the zipper cloth.

Place the other half of the zipper inside the right edge of the jacket front, pin it in place and sew it in as you did in Step 4. Cut off any loose threads. The hooded jacket is again ready to wear.

If only one side of the zipper is defective or broken, replace that one without touching the other one. You will save time and money with this approach. Try to sew in the new zipper in the same manner that the jacket company had sewn in the original zipper. Instead of using small scissors to undo the stitches, use a seam ripper.

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