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Date: 5/5/13 3:01 PM

I have been trying to remove a zipper pull off of the slider in order to add a cute pull which has a nicer metal. I've looked around the interwebs and found the instructions:
how to replace a zipper pull

I tried to pry the metal up which holds the pull but I was unable to do it. Has anyone done this before, and if so, any tricks?
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Date: 5/5/13 5:13 PM

If the zipper pull you're using has a clip to attach it like these you can cut the old one off with side cutters.
If the pull isn't the clip on type, you'll have to work on prying up the slider - I've done it by wriggling a thin bladed screwdriver in the space and levering gently.

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Date: 5/5/13 5:15 PM

Sorry I have not done this - went over and read the how to and "of course" it sounds Easy!! hahaha

The top two notches on the zipper (one each side) it appears you take the plyers to - but just lift one side out of the fabric to release the pull?

Hope someone comes along to do this! OR worse case - Alterations shops would maybe have some special tool?? I would ask them too, just in case

I'm thinking Ice Pick and plyers?

wish I could help more - check back later when more folks get on :-)

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Date: 5/5/13 8:00 PM

misschris, the wire cutters would work with effort. I still want to add another pull when the old one comes off, and levering the slider apart seems to be the answer. I'll try this evening...thanks!

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Date: 5/5/13 8:04 PM

Thanks Debbie, an alteration shop probably does this from time to time. I'm going to try the linked method tonight and report back. My husband said "Don't stab yourself with the knife or the screwdriver." Helpful, huh?

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Date: 5/6/13 0:26 AM

I do this all the time - you need to cut through the little bar that goes through that piece you're trying to lever. (Does that make sense?) The metal's not very thick and 2 snips - 1 each side, will get rid of it. This is only applicable if your new pull has the squeezy hook.

This might be clearer.

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Date: 5/6/13 0:28 AM

I use two pair of needle nosed pliers. One on each side of the teeth.

One pair (I am right-handed, so the left pliers) are used to hold the pull steady. The second pair is used to twist the small piece of the pull up and to the right.

Care must be taken to apply the force against the left handed pliers and NOT against the zipper (voice of experience).

I would recommend testing on an old pair of pants prior to attempting on your garment.

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Date: 5/6/13 1:05 AM

Okay, now this looks "do-able". Thanks so much!!

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Date: 5/6/13 1:07 AM

I will try this method also. Thanks Susan!

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Date: 5/20/13 0:13 AM

Quote: misschris
I do this all the time - you need to cut through the little bar that goes through that piece you're trying to lever. (Does that make sense?) The metal's not very thick and 2 snips - 1 each side, will get rid of it. This is only applicable if your new pull has the squeezy hook.



This might be clearer.

I am completely agree with you thinking.I think it's right option in thiss situation.
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