How Much Do You Charge To Replace a Zipper?

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Update: October 19, 2020

This post is relevant no matter the year, no matter the economy, no matter the zipper!

You’ve come here because you’re wondering, “How much do I charge to replace a zipper?

I get this question all the time.

The short answer is: “It depends.”

The long answer:  “It depends, and here’s why….”

First, there are several things to think about.

Number one: make sure the zipper needs replacing.

You wouldn’t believe how many customers I’ve had over the years,  who just need a new zipper slide (also called a pull). They think they need to replace the entire zipper because the slide has broken.

So, ask a few key questions while you have them on the phone before you take on the job.

Otherwise, you schedule them in, they come over and you figure out that may not be what they needed.

Then, you’ve wasted their time and yours.

If the zipper slide is broken, they can go to JoAnn’s and buy a new one. They can also buy them online.

The customer can do the replacement themselves and it saves them alot of money and you alot of time. But, if your customer doesn’t want to replace the slide, you could do that for a small fee.

I’ve found that my customers really appreciate the honesty and the fact that they didn’t have to replace a zipper (which is much more costly than replacing the slide). I find they’ll come back to you in the future for other alterations and they’ll recommend you to others. Win-win!

But, let’s say that the customer really does need a new zipper. Maybe the zipper is missing a few teeth or the zipper tape is worn out, or it just doesn’t zip.

Rule #1…always, always, have the customer go and buy the replacement zipper for you and bring it to you.


There are two reasons:

First, they get to purchase what they like (you don’t have to guess) and

Second, you don’t have to spend that time shopping. Remember, time is money (or lost money).

Some of my readers have said that they keep an inventory of zippers. You can certainly do that, but I have found that no matter my inventory, I don’t have the right color, length, and/or type that is needed, so I’d rather not store all those zippers myself.

Now, are you sitting down?

For the most part, I don’t replace zippers anymore!

Yes, you heard me right.

Crazy, huh?

Generally, and I repeat, generally, the cost to replace them is more than the customer wants to spend on the replacement.

However, if they love their jacket or coat, (or pants), they are willing to spend the money to get it replaced.

In that case, there are several things to consider.

First, is your sewing machine tough enough to handle the thickness of the jacket and/or jeans?

If so, here is a post on how to replace a zipper on a jacket. (The jacket pictured above).

And here is a post on how to replace a jean or pant zipper.

There are so many facets to zippers and zipper replacement that it is difficult to give you a flat rate without explaining each of them to you.

In fact, there are many considerations when setting your rate for doing all sorts of sewing and alterations. That is why I’ve written a comprehensive e-book with all those pricing details. I help you develop the perfect pricing strategy, no matter where you live, no matter what the economy, and no matter when you are looking at this post. The strategy ensures that your customers are happy and you are making the maximum profit in a business you love, while working at home or in a shop.

It is packed full of every kind of pricing scenario you can think of for any type of sewing business you have…

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I think you’ll agree its the best $4.99 you’ll ever spend!

You’ll get your money’s worth in the first half hour you use it!

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Pricing Strategies for Your Sewing or Alterations Business

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A Jump Start Guide to Starting Your Own Sewing or Alteration Business

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