The zipper on one of my favorite pair of pants broke. I love these pants and hated the thought of giving them up all because of a split zipper. They were Adam's pants at one time but he outgrew them and left them in a pile in his room when he went off to college. James and I dug through the pile and claimed what we liked and would fit us. I got 2 pairs of jeans and a pair of cargo pants. The cargo pants are the ones that needed fixing.
I went to Wal-Mart and bought a new zipper thinking maybe, just maybe, I could figure out how to fix them myself. I can mend things so they work but it never looks very good. I'm a horrible hemmer but I do it anyway. Everything I sew has to be ripped out at least once (usually twice) before I get it right. The first thing I did was tear out the old zipper, studying how it was put in there. Next I Googled "how to replace a jeans zipper". TaDa! there it was with instructions and pictures. I wanted to see what a zipper foot looked like too so I knew which one I was supposed to use on my machine. I've had the same machine for 20 years but I still don't know everything there is to know about it, mind you, it's a very basic machine. I went back to my machine armed with knowledge. I can do this! Okay, so not on the first try but I did do it. I sewed half of it in and then realized I had it in backwards. The little zipper handle thingy was on the inside of the pants. I'm sure it would have worked but it might be kind of tough having my hand on the inside of my jeans each time I had to zip them. I ripped it out and tried again. I'd have posted a picture of the finished product but I know you wouldn't be as impressed with me as I am. I'm definitely wearing them tomorrow.
Today a zipper. Tomorrow? Who knows. The sky's the limit.