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How to Re-Align the Zipper on a Backpack

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  1. How to Re-Align the Zipper on a Backpack, How to Re-Align the Zipper on a Backpack: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Locate the section of zipper with the problem.

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    • Take off the slider by sliding it towards the side without a stopper at the end and pulling it off.

    • Slider: the device that moves up and down the chain to open or close the zipper.

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    • Use pliers to remove at least 4 teeth on each side to leave room for a place to sew.

    • Squeezing the handles of the pliers, grab a single zipper tooth and pull it off. This may rip the zipper fabric, but you will sew it together later.

    • Be cautious that you do not get hurt from pulling the pliers back.

    • Small, sharp parts will come off during this procedure. Keep track of these small parts so you can throw them away.

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    • Using thread of similar color to the backpack, insert one end of the thread through the eye of the needle.

    • Let the needle slide down the thread until it hangs at the center. You should have two equal lengths of thread on either side of the needle.

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    • Tie the loose ends of the thread into a knot

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    • Place the slider back on the zipper.

    • The side of the slider that you feed in first has a divider in the middle.

    • Feed in one side of the zipper in at a time and pull it up to see if the slider can zip up the backpack.

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    • After putting the slider back on the zipper, sew the ends of the zipper to prevent the slider from sliding off.

    • Insert the needle through one side of the zipper fabric and pull until it stops at the knot.

    • Then, insert the needle through the other side of the zipper fabric and pull tightly until it seems secure.

    • Repeat this step as many times as needed.

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    • Tie a knot to finish it off and cut the excess thread with scissors.

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    • Tuck the zipper inside the flap of the backpack to cover the end of the zipper.

    • Sew the zipper fabric to the backpack to secure it in place.

Conclusion

Test your zipper to see if it is working properly.

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Thanks i saved some money doing this myself. Grewt instruction

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