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regaining the use of an old jacket

29 Nov


I had a old jacket which i love but about a year ago, the zipper up the front did not work.

it is a strange mis- function. one that i never seen before. usually the zip teeth breaks off and that is the death knell for a zipper. but this one, the zip head rode up the track and refused to come down.

well i was rather sorry to lose the use of it, because it is a very good jacket, as you can see it is a quilt of heat insulating substance and very warm.

i was reluctant to throw it away so kept it in my cloak cupboard all this time. well, i took it out recently because it is getting cold, and had a look at the zipper, and tried to figure how it worked and saw a little bit of metal comes down and prevent the zip from going back. so i took a needle and slipped it underneath the metal and kept it up and the zipper came down the track to the starting point. and it can be used again to zip up the jacket.

but then i found out that i have to slip that needle underneath that small bit of metal in the zip head every time to bring it down and to unzip the jacket. it is not very convenient to use. 

i could not think of anything else to use, except maybe a paper clip but i dont have one in the flat. it is nowadays quite rare to find as most of us dont bother to use paper clips anymore. i use a staple to clip paper together if ever i need to do so.

so i left the problem to stew a bit. today i took the jacket out again, and saw a ring which i found near the bus stand;

( i found this ring which looks like a child’s novelty ring lying on the ground near the bus stop. it was quite a long time ago and somehow i kept it. i dont know why i kept it, but i guess my soul must have realised i will find a use for it one day and this is it.)

and slipped that in and lo and behold, it worked. and the ring looked quite stylish too and also the ring provide a purchase for my finger to pull the zip up and down. 

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u can compare the zip for the front of the jacket with what the original zip looked like. the one shown is the zip for the side pocket of the jacket. that handle had broken off and that was quite crucial for the working of the zip, as it keeps the little metal in the zip head from coming down and prevent the zip from going back on the tracks.

I am very pleased that i could use the jacket again. but i wonder what would have happened if i had thrown away the jacket when the problem first surfaced. i would have lost the use of a good jacket.

so maybe it is not so good to throw away things even if it does not work, as it can be repaired.

this jacket has been used for a long time, and still going strong, in that the seams are still unfrayed. usually with wear and tear the seams are the first to go and the thread unwinds.