When a zipper pull breaks, or the slider simply wears out, you don’t need to replace the entire zipper. Just replace the zipper slider and the stop that keeps it from sliding off. This is a quick repair that can make the difference between a zipper that doesn’t work at all and one that works like it’s brand new. Determine the size of your replacement slider by looking on the bottom of your existing slider.

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

Video Overview

  1. Locate the top of the zipper on the side with the slider.
    • Locate the top of the zipper on the side with the slider.

    • Use end nippers to cut the stop off of the zipper.

      • Be careful to only cut the plastic, not the fabric.

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  2. Use tweezers to remove any remaining pieces of the stop from the garment.
    • Use tweezers to remove any remaining pieces of the stop from the garment.

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    • Slide the slider off of the garment.

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    • Insert the new slider onto the zipper.

      • You may need to tug a little to get the slider over the webbing from the old stop.

      • Make sure the zipper slider is oriented right-side up when you slide it back onto the zipper.

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    • Grab a replacement stop.

    • Position the new stop over the webbing in the same place where the old stop was located.

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    • Use pliers to crimp the stop into place.

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Where do I get the parts needed?

jonaskrat - Reply

Off of another zipper

nerdyrepair -

Amazon has replacement parts, but I found you can get almost any zipper parts from a sailing supply company called

Scott Lamorte -

Perfect...thank you! I had seen about 10 other videos on how to do this repair but yours was the one that showed me exactly how to do it and it worked perfectly the first time. Much appreciated!

starrdustt57 - Reply

Thank you! This was great - I ordered the knippers and replacement parts for a jacket of mine that I broke, as I know my children will be breaking there's sooner or later. It cost me $10 instead of $40+ to replace a jacket.

Megan Elmore - Reply

I can not thank you enough for this tutorial. I had contacted a seamstress and she said it would have to be replaced. Thank heavens I found your site. The zipper pull has been replaced on the zipper and I'm awaiting my order of stops to replace the top stop. Thank you, Thank you!

Mary Axtell - Reply

Where can I buy the things needed to do this please?

Val Neale - Reply

Amazon or

Scott Lamorte -


The tutorial is fab and I checked out sailrite for zippers which brings me a step further, but how do I determine the right size zipper. There is no numbers or anything on my current broken zipper. I thought about measuring the bottom or the top and going from that measurement? Any feedback appreciated.

thanks Jenny

Jenny - Reply

Where did you get the replacement stop?

edward schmitt - Reply

I lost the original slider …. how will we know what to buy ?

Rishi Rampaul - Reply

I lost the original slider … how will I know what to buy ?

Rishi Rampaul - Reply

Sometimes, if the slider is not broken, but it doen’t connect the two sides any more, you can very, very gently squize the upper and lower side of the slider. Most of the times it will be o.k. again.

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