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!

Learn two ways to to install a zipper slider on a coil zipper.

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 VISLON® zipper chains, sliders, end stops and finished “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.

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

Materials & Tools List:

  • Zipper Jig #121976
  • YKK® #5 White Continuous Zipper Chain (Coil Chain) #104387
  • YKK® #5 White Single Non-Locking Metal Zipper Pull (Coil Chain) #122250
  • Gingher® Scissors Right Hand Lightweight 8" #101017
  • Sailrite® Edge Cordless Hotknife 18V Package #122177