Zipper repair/replacement for leather boots?

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Hi, I have a pair of men's leather boots in which a couple of teeth
have fallen out and I can no longer zip them up.  Where should I take
them and what should I expect to pay?  Will the zipper need to be
replaced or can new teeth be added in?

Thanks,

Tim


Re: Zipper repair/replacement for leather boots?

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I would guess a *good* shoe repair shop for replacement of the zipper.
Where are you?  I know a good one in Atlanta, GA.  Can't hazard a
guess as to price.

Jean M.



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tim.enloe@gmail.com wrote:
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and good shoe repair should be able to do this for you, and yes you will new
whole new zipper(s)



Re: Zipper repair/replacement for leather boots?
G'day Tim

Can't help with the price but I'd expect it would be fairly costly due
to being a time consuming job.

The whole zip will need replacing because if some teeth have fallen out,
others in close proximity are likely to be in similar condition.  Have
you thought about replacing them yourself, by hand?  It's not as bad as
you first think as the thread holes in the leather can be reused for the
new stitching.

Get a zip of the right length/colour and glue into position, wait a day
or two for the glue to dry as this holds everything in place while you
are stitching.  Use heavy weight poly thread, possibly upholsterer's
thread or similar, thread the needle and run the thread through some
beeswax (or a candle) to make it glide through the leather more easily.
  When you've completed the stitching, again rub the beeswax over the
stitches and fill any needle holes, this makes it waterproof.

Hope this helps?
Bronwyn ;-)

tim.enloe@gmail.com wrote:
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Re: Zipper repair/replacement for leather boots?
Thank you all for your replies, I talked to a shoe repair place and
they told me that it would be upwards of $65 because they'd have to
unsew the sole of the shoe to get to bottom of the zipper.  Fortunately
for me the missing teeth were at the bottom of the zipper so I was able
to sew the zipper fabric together around those missing teeth and then
all was again right in the world.

Tim


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