How to Install Zipper Sliders on Coil Zippers

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Don’t let the dreaded task of installing zipper sliders on a zipper chain keep you from starting your next sewing project. The process can be difficult sometimes, especially when installing small sliders on a coil zipper chain, but we’ve got a couple of tricks up our DIY sleeves. Our quick zipper tips video will show you two ways to install a slider on a coil chain, both of which work great. Choose your method and get started on your next DIY today!

How to Install Zipper Slider 2

In the video, we’ll show you two ways to install a zipper pull. The first installation method is to use a handy Zipper Jig tool. A Zipper Jig is like the third hand you need when installing zipper sliders. It clamps to the edge of a worktable and works with zipper sizes #2.5 to #10. If you are a canvasworker or an upholsterer who sews a lot of cushions, the speed and ease of using this tool could be a big benefit to your workshop.

The second method we’ll show you is a no-tool method that works just as effectively, though it’s a little more time-consuming. Using a pair of scissors, you’ll taper the zipper tape edges to create a “point” shape where the teeth begin. Then install the slider as usual. Tapering the zipper tape makes it easier to guide the zipper pull onto the zipper chain.

Watch the short video below to learn both zipper slider installation methods and see which one you prefer.

We hope this video helped you learn some clever tips and tricks for installing zipper pulls. We have lots of zipper types available on our website, including coil, metal and molded tooth zipper chains, pulls/sliders, end stops and separating “jacket style” zippers. And we also have zipper blogs, resources and video tutorials to help you learn how to sew zippers into your application as well as how to replace broken zipper sliders.

Sailrite is your go-to resource for all things zippers! We stock a full and diverse inventory of zipper components: separating zippers, continuous zipper chain lengths, zipper pulls and sliders, and zipper top and bottom stops. We’re proud to stock both Lenzip® and YKK® brand zipper components. Both brands are giants in the industry, known for quality parts that last. Our Lenzip supply is by far our most robust zipper offering, with a wide variety of finished, separating and continuous zipper styles, colors and sizes, as well as sliders and pulls in a multitude of colors and styles to choose from. Think of Sailrite as your trusted zipper supplier.

Do you have any useful tips or tricks for installing zipper pulls or sewing zippers? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Materials & Tools List

  • Zipper Jig #121976
  • #5 Continuous Coil Zipper Chain in color of choice
  • #5 Single Non-Locking Metal Zipper Pull (Coil Chain)
  • Gingher® Scissors Right Hand Lightweight 8" #101017
  • Sailrite® Edge Cordless Hotknife 18V Package #122177