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Post by Nick B on 24th November 2009, 9:19 am

Hi I was in a very comfy pair of trousers the other day and the zip went at the top
Now it keeps coming undone. If it was at the bottom I could have put a few stichs and that would have fixed it.

It looks like I'll have to put in a new zip but HOW I ASK as this would all have to done by hand as I haven't got a sowing
machine.
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Post by Compostwoman on 24th November 2009, 10:41 am

From the money saving expert forum

To get the old one out:
Unpick the 'fly shield' (the bit of fabric that covers the zip on the inside of the jeans).
Unpick a bit of the waistband on either side of the zip so that you can see the top ends of the zip.
Unpick the overstitching, the bit that makes a sort of J shape on the front of the fly (it will make it easier to attach the new one if you are using a sewing machine. If you are doing by hand, you might be able to skip this step).
You should now have the whole zip exposed and be able to unpick it.

To put the new one in:
With the zip closed, pin it in place with the zip running along the edge of the left hand (imagine you are wearing them) edge of the trouser fly (note: you should have one layer under the other so that when it is finished you can't see the zipper on the outside).
Stitch in place and close up all the seams you opened around the old zip and re-attach the 'fly-shield'.

I hope this helps, its kind of tricky to explain without being able to show you the bits of the zip/fly I mean, but do make sure you tack it in place first and see if it looks right/lines up well.

If you want a book with pictures of how to do it, the readers digest complete book of sewing has diagrams which are sort of easy to follow. Look up "fly-front zip" in the index.

Which looks a good description to me...I have done this by hand before...

Also if you go to this site there are videos of how to do all sorts of things, and although it is a machine sewing site it will show you what the zip should look like...

HTH Nicky!
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Post by Nick B on 24th November 2009, 7:29 pm

Thanks CW I'll give it a go.
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Post by MrsC on 24th November 2009, 8:25 pm

One key tip - try taking the trousers to a haberdashery shop and ask for help to make sure you get a right sized replacement (or get it all unpicked first) as zips can be much bigger than they initially look as quite a lot is out of sight in shop bought ones.

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