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Old 09-08-2005, 12:06 AM
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Hiya there,

I was wondering if anybody can tell me what is wrong with my zip or if I can fix the zip on my handbag rather replacing it or taking it to the repairs
As i have had this bag for 6 years now and is still going strong minus the zip. (Its one of those bags; the more worned and old it looks, the better!).
Just that whatever way I zip it, I it still does'nt close?

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Old 09-08-2005, 12:16 AM
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Sounds like the teeth on the zip have come to the end of their natural If it really can't be repaired (and I'm no expert on zips) then maybe it's time to let it go to the great handbag in the sky - or even better, recycle it like a true OSer.

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Old 09-08-2005, 12:51 AM
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Sounds like the teeth on the zip have come to the end of their natural If it really can't be repaired (and I'm no expert on zips) then maybe it's time to let it go to the great handbag in the sky - or even better, recycle it like a true OSer.

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Old 09-08-2005, 8:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Str4berr3
Hiya there,

I was wondering if anybody can tell me what is wrong with my zip or if I can fix the zip on my handbag rather replacing it or taking it to the repairs
As i have had this bag for 6 years now and is still going strong minus the zip. (Its one of those bags; the more worned and old it looks, the better!).
Just that whatever way I zip it, I it still does'nt close?

Many Thanx;
Str4berr3
A shoe repairer (cobbler) will replace the zip in your handbag for a small charge. Don't go to a high street chain (like Timpsons) because they'll be more expensive.........a back street cobblers shop will be your cheapest option.

Our local back street cobbler does wonderful repairs on leather shoes and bags. His shop is dusty, dirty and chaotic inside.......but who cares when his work is first class and prices so low.
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Old 09-08-2005, 6:50 PM
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Thanx for advice, I shall take my bag to the cobblers.
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Old 09-08-2005, 8:39 PM
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Hi there

I read some place that if you run a pencil lead over a zip it helps the teeth re-engage, and disengage. Not sure why! As you're going to take it to the cobbler anyway, maybe a run up and down the zip with an ordinary grey graphite pencil might save a few pounds.

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Old 11-08-2005, 7:20 AM
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Try toothpaste on the zip. I got that tip somewhere (probably here as I spend so much time on this site!) and found it worked. I had brought a brand new pair of Clarkes leather ankle boots for 3.50 in a charity shop.I think they had been put in because one of the zips stuck a little. I tried toothpaste and it nows works great.
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We bought my daughters tent from a charity shop .It was 5 for a 2 man ridge tent with an inner fly sheet so a real bargain but the zip was stuck (obviously why it had been given to the charity in the first place)so I ran a candle up and down the teeth and wiggled the zip about up and back a few times and now it is fine.
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Old 12-08-2006, 10:43 AM
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Just returned from a few days camping on Anglesey. When we put the tent up we suddenly remembered we'd had trouble with the zip last year! To cut a long story short we managed to fix it so it was only openable from the top, so we couldn't undo it all the way down, we had to climb in over the bottom bit -a bit treacherous in the middle of the night for the inevitable trip to the loo. Now I want repair the zip ready for next time. I think we may need a new one. It is a canvas, traditional frame tent. I've googled but haven't found it much help. Anyone got any advice either for DIY or a place where they do this cheaply? Thanks in advance.
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hi suziwozie,

I know that camping shops repair tents, someone at work snapped one of the rods and the shop said it would thread another through for them, so they might offer to mend it?

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IS the zip broken?
We bought DD's tent at a charity shop (with a stuck zip)and all it needed was some WD40 sprayed on the zip.
OR shops that sell upholstery material might have long zips (for settee covers).
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Thanks. The zip is curved at the top and the bottom zip pull thing does not work - you pull it up but the zip does not 'knit' together. There are some 'repair zip kit' type things on E bay, but I think it's quite a difficult thing to fix yourself. Thanks for trying to help anyway!
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Old 12-08-2006, 8:37 PM
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I remember having a tent zip completely replaced many years ago. It was done by a manufacturer of marquees.
Try the manufacturer of your tent, if it's local. Or local camping shops. If nothing else they should be able to advise you.
You said you were at Anglesey, isn't the Gelert tent company not far from there, at Porthmadog (just up the road from Lidl!)
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Sorry not been around much this weekend, making full use of my boys being with there dad i decided to take the sofa and all its cushions.

well ive broken the metal part off one of the cushion zips
is there an easy way to fix this or will i need a whole new zip? (which i will then need to take cushion to get fixed)

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Hi, Which piece of the metal have you broken? is it the small grippy bit that you hold to close or open the zip, or is it the zip its self, that has broken?
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its the little metel bit, its come off the zip itself
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Fizzel, if the slidey bit is still intact, I thread on a ring (from a keyring).
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:25 PM
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Hi, Can you close the zip its self? If the whole of the metal sliding bit has come away from the zip its self, you may have to take the zip out completely and then try to put the sliding metal thing back on, then sew the zip back on the cushion, if however its only the bit that you hold onto to either open or close the zip, try using a paper clip, that should work. Another thing that you could do if your not to good on sewing is to use velcro, sew two pieces of velcro on either sides of the cushions to keep the cushion closed instead of using a zip. Hope that you can make some sense of my ramblings.
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sorry i didnt make muself clear, the whole metal part has come off, it came unstitched on the ends not noticeing (will teach me for not looking) i zipped up zipped too much and it came flying off the ends
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Ok, i now know what your up against. You will have to unpick both sides of the zip at the top end, where the zip should be closed, had the metal thing not shot off. I will however have to come back to you in the morning, as i want to be more awake and have had a look at one of my sewing books, just to make sure that i don't give you any duff information. so if thats ok with you, i will be back in the morning, however some one else might be more awake tonight to help you now. demented
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