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Old 02-14-2007, 12:32 PM   #1
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So I had my pack out camping recently and ran into a problem with it. The zipper, or rather the rails that the zipper rides on seperated at one point on my bag. The thing is it now won't zip past that part which sucks cause it will keep working it's way further down and worse off.

Anyone know how to fix it and make everything just work the same way again as new? Would a dry cleaner or something fix zippers?

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I don't know the proper word... but a "shoe fixer" can fix any zipper on backpacks.
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I don't know the proper word... but a "shoe fixer" can fix any zipper on backpacks.

Even if it is not the material itself but the actual zipper?

I will look into it.

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Depends how tangled up it got I suppose.... but when my jansport's zipper wasn't working (and it didnt reap off from the material... it was just a zipper thing) he fixed it.
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Good to know, I know there used to be some shoe cobblers in the city next door, but not sure if they sre still there. I will track one down though.

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If not I'd just go to a place that does clothing alterations and such and get the whole zipper replaced. Often craft stores will do that kind of thing.
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Shoe cobblers and tailors are quickly becoming a thing of the past in this country. I was reading an article awhile back about a tailor in NYC, he began sourcing tailors in Eastern Europe and getting them visas and bringing them to the U.S. to work for him because there are just no good tailors in the U.S. anymore (at least none under the age of 90).

There used to be a great shoe cobbler in my city years ago, but he was ancient then and his shop is gone now unfortunately. In today's age of crap workmanship and disposable everything, I imagine there is not as much business for these types of craftsmen anymore. Its a shame.
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Shoe cobblers and tailors are quickly becoming a thing of the past in this country. I was reading an article awhile back about a tailor in NYC, he began sourcing tailors in Eastern Europe and getting them visas and bringing them to the U.S. to work for him because there are just no good tailors in the U.S. anymore (at least none under the age of 90).

There used to be a great shoe cobbler in my city years ago, but he was ancient then and his shop is gone now unfortunately. In today's age of crap workmanship and disposable everything, I imagine there is not as much business for these types of craftsmen anymore. Its a shame.
Same with my way, I used to know 5 in my city. Now, I know of maybe 1. The last one that went out was there since who knows when - dawning of Lowell I guess hehe. Anyhow, he just went out after years and years of looking like the store was already out of buisness and was replaced by a little cafe. I think once the last one is gone, like you said about your area, that's it.

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is it a YKK zipper? if the teeth are ok you could probably take the stop off with plyers and replace the slide for less than a dollar.
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LiveFree and I were in South Station today and we saw this sign that said "Luggage and Shoe repairs", and it made us both think of you...you could check it out!
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Interesting!

Regardless, I know Johnston & Murphy shoes can be sent in and repaired. They should if you must spend $300 on a pair.
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