Repairing a Nylon Zipper That Separated

I want to fix my boots so bad, but I don't know how. When I zip them up it starts to come open at the bottom so please tell me how to fix them. They are my favorite.


By Lindsay B.

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October 11, 20121 found this helpful

I had to take my purse to the shoe repairman. Call and ask how much for a new zipper as to patch a zipper with any strain on it usually doesn't work or very long.

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October 11, 20120 found this helpful

This may be a problem for a shoemaker. Separating zippers especially the nylon kind with small fine teeth are nearly impossible to fix.

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October 11, 20120 found this helpful

You need to get a matching thread and a good needle. At the bottom of the zipper where it separates you need to stitch back and forth like you would do with zig-zag sewing machine in a stationary position.

This will hold the zipper closed so you can zip it up. If you have a shoe repair it would take them seconds to stitch it with their machine. I have repaired zippers like this for years. If you have any question, contact me at ... msharka AT

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October 12, 20120 found this helpful

The advice of the other two ladies is valid and you really need to get this evaluated by a shoe repairman. However, I would try to repair it myself if it were me.


If they are really good boots and worth the investment, I would go with what they advise. Good luck salvaging something you love.

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October 14, 20120 found this helpful

Similar to Molly's idea but if you can't sew it I would put a dab of glue on the inside & outside of the zipper.

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