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replacing zipper slider
what type for molded plastic?
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Date: 2/12/14 10:11 AM

the entire slider has come off of a child's coat with a molded plastic zipper (not coil, not metal) I tried to put it back on and pinch it shut, but the pinching snapped it and so I need a new zipper slider. I'm looking at amazon for a new one, and getting a bit frustrated trying to figure out what I want. First off, it's a size 3, but the most common size appears to be 5. When I try to search for 3, I get everything that comes in packs of 3, including ziploc bags ..
But even when I do find a size 3 slider, they all say they're for coil zippers, or metal zippers. How different are they? Will I be disappointed if I order this one amazon?

also should I post this in the notions forum? or the beginners' forum?

Thanks everyone for your help!
-Kate

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Date: 2/12/14 12:48 PM

Look on the back of the zipper, since the pull fell off, check the back of the pull, there should be a little number, that is the size. In the mean time find a large paper clip and thread it thru the pull so you can use the zipper.
Check out the seller 'zipperstop' on Ebay he sells all kinds of pulls and zippers.
-- Edited on 2/12/14 12:51 PM --

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Date: 2/12/14 1:02 PM

I just learned this past week-end that, most zipper sliders have a number on the back. If you go to Cleaner Supply's website you will see a list of sliders with a number and a code for each.
If there is a slider on a pocket zipper it may or may not be the same as the one used on the jacket front. Hopefully you still have the broken slider and it has a number that you can use to cross reference. I don't have my catalogue handy but the coding
is pretty much self explanatory.
Hope this helps.
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Date: 2/12/14 1:54 PM

It says '3vs' on the back of the slider, which seems to mean that it is a #3 zipper made by vislon. My question is whether the slider is the same for a coil zipper (where the teeth are all part of a long spiral that goes through the zipper tape) and a molded zipper (where the teeth are individual pieces clamped on the the zipper tape). The zipper I have is molded plastic, the replacement sliders that I can find seem to be made for nylon coils.

Thanks for the tip about cleaners supply, I've looked through their sliders and still can't tell for sure whether there's a difference between coil and molded. It seems like there should be, the teeth seem bulkier on a molded zipper.

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Date: 2/12/14 7:34 PM

The V means vislon which is another name for molded. The 3 types coil, vislon and metal aren't interchangeable.
Also on the front of the pull there should be what brand it is. YKK is the most common. Sometimes there are off brands that will say YKY or VKK, something close to YKK. Off brands or Talon zippers aren't always interchangeable with YKK pulls.

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Date: 2/13/14 0:10 AM

Try your local dry cleaner or alteration shop. We have a whole box of sliders in all sizes where I work. Another option is thrift store garments to cannabolize for parts.

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Date: 2/13/14 0:16 AM

When I need odd notions like a zipper slide, a piece of leather to replace a broken strap, or any number of fix-it tidbits, I go to the Salvation Army, Goodwill or closest thrift shop having a sale. I usually find something that works. Good luck!

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Date: 2/13/14 9:04 AM

I expect that if push comes to shove, you could always replace the zipper!

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Date: 2/15/14 8:10 AM

oof - I suppose I could. I have on a coat for my husband - knowing that he'll get years of wear from it. For a 3 year old though - if I really can't get a new slider to work, we'll just tie it up with a scarf for the rest of the winter, and then move on to size 4 ..

I did order the slider from amazon, I'll update with how that works when it arrives. Trying a local drycleaner is a good suggestion, I'll keep it in mind for the next time this happens. As for thrifting for parts, I love that, and have done it often for buttons (men's shirts on sale for a dollar - that's a lot of buttons, plus some fabric!) but have to be careful that I don't end up thinking 'well, this is decent as it stands, why should I cannibalize it' and ending up with a closet of 'decent' not 'great' and still no extra notions out of the deal.

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Date: 2/15/14 8:14 AM

thank you for the precise answer - just to make sure I have this right - vislon is a style and YKK is a brand name. The pull said Calvin Klein, I don't think it said anything else, but it's already in the trash so I can't say for sure. If the sliders I ordered don't work, I'll head to the drycleaners!
-- Edited on 2/15/14 8:18 AM --

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