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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Help! Invisible zipper pull is off! ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Help! Invisible zipper pull is off!
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Date: 6/2/13 1:05 AM

oh I should have stopped and whipped stitched the top of the zipper when I shortened it. But I forgot and next thing I know I yanked the pull right off.

I've taken care to make sure the lining is all nice and neat and now I'm afraid I'd have to rip it all out and redo it again.

Someone have any way to get the pull back on the invisible zipper?

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Date: 6/2/13 2:54 AM

I did the same thing once. Searched the Internet for a way to do it after spending an hour trying to try it back together, and I never found a way to do it. :(

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Date: 6/2/13 12:04 PM

Will this method help resolve your problem?

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Date: 6/2/13 8:14 PM

I actually tried that, but it didn't work. i think it was because that method is for zips that haven't been installed yet. I could not get the other side onto the pull.

Thanks for the thought !

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Date: 6/6/13 10:23 PM

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I actually tried that, but it didn't work. i think it was because that method is for zips that haven't been installed yet. I could not get the other side onto the pull.



Thanks for the thought !

LiinSd, when you say that you couldn't get the other side into the pull, were you working from the BOTTOM of the zipper?

I make sewing repairs at a friend's costume store and this is the kind of thing I run into all the time. You need to remove the "stop" at the bottom of the zipper (often a metal staple). Then feed the two sides of the zipper into the pull (just like when zipping up a jacket). Once the pull starts up the zipper, you can put a short, tight zigzag stitch at the bottom, which replaces the staple. Make sure the two sides start together before stitching, otherwise, try again. To make it extra secure, put a drop of waterproof glue onto the zigzag.

There's a specialized word for the "short, tight zigzag stitch" that better describes it, but -dang this old timer's memory - I can't think of it right now.

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Date: 6/6/13 10:57 PM

Bar Tack?

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Date: 6/6/13 11:38 PM

Yup, do it from the bottom. I have a customer with a touchy costume zipper and have fixed it several times now. I just handsew several strands across the bottom teeth to secure the end when I'm done.

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Date: 6/16/13 1:41 PM

Updated on how this all 'sewed' up. Ha ha.

I finally got the pull back on the invisible zipper.

As usual, I started with getting the pull on one side. I did this from the top of the dress. Then I zipped all the way to the bottom. I cut the bottom stop apart and then inserted the other side into the pull.

I needed two pairs of hands for the next part, I guess you could also use a clamp to tension the top and bottom of the zipper. My husband held the top of the zipper and with the bottom left and right of the zipper held pinched together (with the zipper pull tab sandwiched between) I pulled up the tab. It took a bit of pressure and some jiggling to make the second zipper cool side to pop into the pull properly.

Then still maintaining tension, I zipped closed the zipper. I had to zip it close and open a few times since the alignment was now off (remember my zipper was already sewn in and I had a waist seam). But it finally lined up. Then I did add in the bottom and top zipper stop back. Should have done that in the first place and wouldn't have to deal with this.

Lesson learned!

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