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Replacing fly-front zippers in mens pants
Advantages/disadvantages of shortening from the top or bottom
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Date: 4/2/10 7:25 PM

I've been reading the Knowledge Base, some of our threads and a couple online tutorials on installing fly-front zippers. Some have you shorten from the top, others from the bottom without a reason given as to why each preference. I need to replace the metal zippers in several pairs of men's jeans and khakis and wonder which end would be best to shorten. I don't mind ripping a small portion of the waistband open to stitch it in if that's best. My zippers are 1-2 inches too long. I don't think I can get the upper or bottom stops off and then back on again so I will have to do the ends with bar tacking. I thought that the upper stops help to keep the zipper pull "locked" so it doesn't start to open and slide down. My guys are hard on their zippers so I'm willing to do whichever way would be best and sturdiest. For some reason they seem to be knocking their teeth loose or out - zipper teeth that is - LOL. Any suggestions? I don't want to replace them twice! I've been procrastinating enough as is. Thanks

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Date: 4/2/10 8:24 PM

With metal zippers I like a stop at the top and insert zipper in waistband. I usually pull teeth of zipper out at bottom and add the metal stop at end of teeth. This works best for me but there are more than one way to do anything and someone may know a better way. Before I pull teeth out I handsew a sticth across the bottom of zipper where I want the stop to be.

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Date: 4/2/10 8:36 PM

Thanks for replying. I'm going to give this a try right now. I have a few more pairs of pants in the pile if someone else has another way.

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Date: 4/2/10 8:47 PM

In industry if we had zippers to set that was my job. However when I have a zipper to replace I always dread it but I feel an accomplishment when I finish it. I look at the zipper before removing it and try to sew it about the same place on the new one and that helps me a lots.

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Date: 4/2/10 11:42 PM

I've just finished my first zipper replacement and I'm happy to say it turned out well! Took a couple hours to figure it all out but the next one should go easier. (ok, I'll let you in on a funny... after I finally got it all sewn in I stitched over the top stitching on the outside fly-front and forgot to open the zipper and stitched closed the front to the back piece) It ripped out easily enough-LOL Thanks again for your help!

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Date: 4/22/10 6:33 PM

I shorten the new zipper to the length of the old zipper by cutting off the bottom and hand stitching about 1/2" up from the bottom to keep the pull from coming off. So much easier, especially with metal zippers.

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Date: 5/5/10 1:52 PM

Hehe. Been there done that!
Remember that next April Fool's Day.

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Date: 5/5/10 1:59 PM

I've always shortened zips by hand sewing the stop at the bottom. I guess I trust the strength of my sewing more than I would a new metal stop.

Am I missing something about installing a new metal stop? Are they really that effective? And are they easy to do, and do right?

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