Introduction

This guide illustrates common problems you may experience with the coil zippers in your life, and provides general information on how to best repair the zippers on your Patagonia jacket, pants or pack.If you’re not sure what type of zipper you have, check out our Zipper Identification Tool.

For replacement parts or further assistance, contact Patagonia Customer Service.

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Before we get started, let's identify the basic parts of a nylon coil zipper: Slider
  • Before we get started, let's identify the basic parts of a nylon coil zipper:

    • Slider

    • Pull

    • Box

    • Stop

    • Coil

    • Zipper Tape

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This zipper came open from the bottom after the zipper slider has been moved.
  • This zipper came open from the bottom after the zipper slider has been moved.

  • To fix this:

    • Carefully unzip the zipper, separating the halves.

    • Reinsert the plastic piece into the zipper box, ensuring that it is in as far as possible.

    • Rezip the zipper.

  • If this method doesn't work, check for debris in the zipper box, or damage on the zipper slider.

  • If the zipper continues to come open from the bottom when zipping, and all the coil teeth are in good condition, you probably need to replace the zipper slider.

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This zipper is missing the zipper box.
  • This zipper is missing the zipper box.

  • The only way to fix this is to replace the zipper.

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This zipper has a severed plastic piece (the piece that gets inserted into the zipper box).
  • This zipper has a severed plastic piece (the piece that gets inserted into the zipper box).

  • The only way to fix this is to replace the zipper.

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This zipper has a damaged coil.
  • This zipper has a damaged coil.

  • The only way to fix this is to replace the zipper.

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I would like to know how to repair a zipper when some of the coils have become unsewn from the zipper tape; i.e., the thread/stitches have worn away from use. Do I just sew over and under the coils? The original stitches were like crochet, with the thread pulled through loops, and they went over the top of the coil as well the bottom. I don't have a crochet hook that small and am wondering what is the best way to proceed. The stitches must not get in the way of the "zipping" action. Any ideas?

Thanks!

Pam Sebastian - Reply

With a hand lens I can see the the plastic coils, which are otherwise in good condition, have worn flats at their edges where the taper on the slider pushes the coils together. Is there similar or worse wear on the metal slider? Seems unlikely. Do replacement sliders have a slightly narrower taper to allow for the worn plastic? If the replacement metal slider is the same size as the original I can't see why it would solve the problem of poor meshing of the coils when under slight load.

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