Originally Posted by jiomitori
Hmm... I can't find it anywhere on Rakuten.
I remember reading on superfuture that you were going to replace the zipper on a the cast hoodie with a riri zipper. I was really curious about that process. First, how do you go about buying a riri zipper, and second, how do you swap one in for the other?
I ended up going with another heavy weight YKK zipper (it was the right color, (tarnished brass on black), and was easier to get. There are retailers on the Riri website, and the list is not comprehensive. You just need to phone around to fabric stores.
As for replacing a zipper, it's a pain, but the results are worth it. First, take a stitch ripper and take out the old zipper carefully. Then baste the new zipper into the cavity the old zipper was in, making sure that both sides are even (i.e., zip up the damn thing afterwards to make sure). Then, stitch the zipper in, making sure to reinforce the top and bottom.