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How do I replace a broken zip on my Vaude jacket?

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      Step 1

      Separate the seams of the broken zip using the seam ripper. It’s best to begin on the outside of the jacket.

      Step 2

      Next, separate the seam between the jacket and the front flap.

      Step 3

      After you´ve separated the seam between the jacket and the front flap, you’ll see the lining of your jacket.

      Step 4

      Then you can separate the zip from the jacket.

      Step 5

      After you’ve separated the zip and front flap from the jacket, you’ll need to separate the zip from the front flap. You should then have both sides of the zip and the front flap laying before you.

      Step 6

      Measure the length of the zip that you’ve removed and mark the length on the new zip. Use the tweezers to crimp the zip stop onto the new zip in the correct position.

      Step 7

      Cut off any excess zip approx. 2 cm beyond the zip stop.

      Step 8

      Use the wire cutters to pry off the zip teeth after the stopper.

      Step 9

      Then remove any leftover pieces with the seam ripper.

      Step 10

      Fold over the seam allowance of the zip and sew it down with the sewing machine.

      Step 11

      Put the inlay aside.

      Step 12

      Position the pocket attachment correctly and sew it on to the closure edge.

      Step 13

      Sew the zip onto the front flap using the zip foot.

      Step 14

      Sew the front flap with the zip attached onto the jacket lining.

      Step 15

      Sew the remaining zip half (without flap) onto the other side of the open jacket.

      Step 16

      Sew along the zip again on the outer fabric.

      Step 17

      Smooth out the other half of the jacket, aligning the two sides together using a seam that comes together or other design element. This is important so that the zip is correctly aligned at the end.

      Step 18

      Then sew the second side of the zip on. Move the slider as you sew to keep it out of the way.

      Step 19

      The last step is to re-sew the hem seam. If any sewing holes are still visible in the jacket, you can close them using the steam setting on an iron. Be sure that the iron does not touch the jacket!

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