How to repair a zipper
Nothing as annoying when the zipper of your tent derails, leaving you with flapping doors. Nothing quite as disappointing when your expensive tent is prone to wearing out, just as any other brand.
Don’t worry. Every zipper will derail, it is just a matter of time and usage. Simply because the slider will wear out due to sand particles.
Here is how to repair your zipper. Step by step in 9 easy to follow instructions.
What you need
Thread (dental floss)
Sharp knife (or seam ripper)
Tiny clamps (optional)
Before you navigate on a long tour be sure to request a few spare sliders from the company where you bought your tent. Hilleberg did send out several times to me.
Note: I had opened the seams of the zippers before I made photo’s of this instruction, that’s why you already see the usage of dental floss.
1) Remove the little clamps at the beginning of the zipper. You can use a scissor or a seam ripper for the little clamps.
2) Open the stitches to where the zipper is connected.
3) Do this far enough so you can slide a new slider on but no too far as you need to close it by hand.
4) When the end of each zipper is loose, you can slide the slider off. Be watchful that you remember how the old slider is positioned.
5) It might need a bit of wriggling and practice, but the slider should grip both zipper sides symmetrically. You will immediately feel that the touch is smooth again.
6) The little clamps that you had to remove at step 1 must be placed back, either by a few stitches or by the original (included in your manufactures spare parts kit).
7) When using the original clamps, use a pincer to jam them.
8) Then stitching of the seams starts; be sure to do this as neatly as it was done before you opened them, so the fabric can not get stuck between the zippers.
9) Fold the zipper ends neatly in as was originally done, so no bulky stockpiling will be created.
Your stitching does not have to be immaculate as you will most probably open it again to renew the worn out sliders. But by then you know how to : )
I hope this manual was useful to you. If you have any tips, I am interested to hear them from you.
Here is more on tent repair and the Hillerberg review.