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And now, a break from gear repair posts to bring you a photo the talented @cjvisualpolicy took while I was working on a bag for him.
I get a lot of comments on my hands. When I look at them with the help of a skilled photographer, I begin to see why.
Note to self: take care of these. They're good ones.
@ciaraeasterling
#workinghands #thanksmom #thankscj #zipperrepair #originalshitfixer #thanksgomez #nicknameking #icanfixthat #bozeman #useyourwits #greendarnerrepair


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Ski pant cuffs are an ongoing challenge across brands. Regardless of how you ski, edges are sharp and cut through just about everything, especially when backed by a hard ski boot.
Last photo shows these pants before I added scuff guards and cuff wraps. The lining is removed, coated ballistics is added, inside is seam taped, and it's all put back together. Eventually your skis will cut through this coated ballistics as well, but not as quickly as through the original, fairly thin pant material.
Excuse my chalk marks. Tailors chalk is my bestie, gotta have it!
#fixed #skipants #improved #powder
#cuffs #repaired #icanfixthat #preventative #measures #makeitlast #makeitbetter #goballistics #fixer #weekendwork #measuretwice #greendarnerrepair #artandscience


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Happy friday, everyone!
Zipper replacements on old favorites. The bomber jacket is a family heirloom, currently worn and loved by the son of the original owner. Luckily he is the same size. The oilcloth vest is worn while riding, so I used a two way zipper. Don't forget to vent from the bottom to keep the strain off your zipper.
#fixed #zipperninja #icanfixthat #dontthrowitout #greendarnerrepair #repairisbeautiful #stories #heirloom #bekindtozippers #lovethestuffyouown #lovetheoneyouhave #useitup #buyless #fixmore


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Fighting with your tent zipper doesn't pay! Check out the article I wrote for @outside_bozeman to find a solution. It's probably not as bad as you think, and addressing it early will save you money! You fix it, I fix it, the manufacturer fixes it, just get it done so you can go camping!
Link in bio.
#icanfixthat
#tentcare #zipperninja #zipperrepair #mosquitoseason #camping #montana #fixer
#dontthrowitout #easyrepairs #zippertips #zipit #outside #greendarnerrepair #gearrepair #benicetozippers #thelandfillisfull


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Sometimes I have to put on some Beastie Boys and work on Saturday. My boss is a grandmaster taskmaster.
This 5 person @bigagnes_ tent got 7"6' of zipper replaced after being in a wreck (tent wrecks often involve humans and alcohol, just a heads up...) Thanks to my pal @repairlair for generously sending me the parts I needed when I didn't have them on hand.
ONE MORE TENT SAVED FROM THE LANDFILL!
#greendarnerrepair #repairit #fixer #icanfixthat #dontthrowitout #tentrepair #summer #campingseason #getitfixed #getoutside #ineedtogetoutside #protectpubliclands #teachkidstosew #thatcanbefixed #tentzipper #happycamper #thanksmom #juki #rhyminandstealin


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This burned @mountainhardwear stormlight down bag was revived and healed today with a patch. The trick with down bags and other down items is to avoid the baffles and avoid sewing through the layers. The patch should be attached only to the outside layer of material. Less sewing holes in exactly the right place provides a reliable, long lasting repair.
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #mountianhardware #stormlight #campingseason #outside #summer #roadtrip #downsleepingbag #repair #fixit #icanfixthat #dontthrowitout #dontoverdoit #putdowntheducttape #sewingismysuperpower #seamstress #gearrepair


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Jacket zipper replacements happen here every day, many nights, and almost every weekend. I've hardly ever seen one I couldn't repair or replace. They're the foundation of my business, and a source of pride for me, as it's hard to find someone to do these labor intensive, fussy jobs. They start at $50 (the cost of a haircut and what I paid for an oil change last week), and increase according to zipper type (metal, waterproof, #8 vislon, 2 way...), number of storm flaps, snaps, velcro, seam taping, special color, length, and a few other factors.
Keep your outerwear and gear in use as long as possible. Throwing items "away" or replacing them too readily are habits we need to reconsider and change.
Support your local repair shops. Care for your gear mindfully. Look for solutions. Explore options before you give up on items. Consider where they land when they are discarded. Shop thoughtfully. Repair before donating.

#greendarnerrepair #zipperninja #dontthrowitout #icanfixthat #zipperrepair #makeitwork #makeitlast #seamstresspower #unfillthelandfill #cradletocradle #options #solutions #ykk #quality #juki #fueledbydetermination #anexaminedlife #fixer #repairdontreplace


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Zipper tips, y'all!
The zipper on the left shows some signs of wear in the pin area (the pin is the thing at the bottom. The other side is called the box. They both have to be functional for the zipper to work.) This one will still be saved, for maybe a year, by a slider replacement for a cheap $12. The zipper on the right is past slider replacement time and would need a full zipper replacement due to the instability of the pin. Super glue will not save you here, although many have tried out of desperation.
Address zipper malfunction early and bring your seamstress chocolate.
#greendarnerrepair #repairdontdespair #ounceofprevention #zipperninja #zippertips #icanfixthat #dontthrowitout #bekindtozippers #fixer #seamstress #fueledbychocolate #thanksmom #sewingismysuperpower #fixitup #zipperrepair


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I am often asked why I avoid working on wall tents and other large, heavy items. This photo gives you a glimpse into the battle. This mongolian ger cover is heavy batting and canvas, and weighs in at what feels like 30 lbs. My space is quite small and because I don't have large tables to rest items on, they sit on my neck and shoulders as I work on them.
It's a work out, which is great. But I'd rather work out @purebarrebozeman 💪
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #icanfixthat #useitup #wearitout #ger #seamstress #fixer #makeitwork


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File under the duct tape hall of shame 😂
Seriously, folks. Does duct tape make you look like a dirtbag hero? Or a lazy, not very innovative person? (The answer is the latter, but you know that already).
I know sometimes you're in a bind and you need a solution, so here are some alternatives:
Large, bad tears on down items, where the down is pouring out: use other types of tape like clear packing tape or electrical tape, or use a rubber band torniquet or whipstitch it together with floss or thread until you get it in for repair.
Smaller tears on down: same thing, then sew it when you get home, or have a pro do it, or use @nosopatches, they stick! And stay! (And you won't look like a goober)
Or if you MUST use duct tape, use as little as possible. This jacket would have been fine with 1/2" wide strip and it wouldn't leave an icky mess.
Duct tape residue is no bueno for expensive machinery. Trust me on this one. Or accept that when you grab the duct tape, it might be with you for good.
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #justsayno #thinkbeforeyoutape #elevaterepair #ick #dobetter #jerry #sigh #ew #dontbethisguy


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Documentary filmmaker @cinnamonbungirl was here this morning, interviewing yours truly for her film on zero waste, (or how to move in a less wasteful direcion, at least). Willie enjoyed checking out the equipment and getting ready for his close up.
Film folks carry all sorts of stuff with them. I don't know what it all does. But I knew right away that she needed this tool belt and suspenders to carry it all. I love finding solutions.
Keep your eye out for Sam's project featuring 5 local Bozeman businesses or individuals that all reduce waste in our community in different ways.
#greendarnerrepair #fixer #dontthrowitout #icanfixthat #zerowaste #documentary #repair #reuse #repurpose #unfillthelandfill


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I love my customers! I do my best to treat you all equally and well. I do every repair with lots of attention. As Bozeman grows, there are more of you trying to reach me every day. You can always find my schedule on @schedulicity. The schedule and wait to see me is a real thing, and it doesn't work for everyone. That's just a reality of life as a single human operated repair shop. Know that when you're here for an appointment, you'll have my absolute attention. I will repair your item on the spot whenever possible.
Good things come to those who wait.
If my schedule is an impossibility for you, (which happens) I highly recommend @rainypassrepair @repairlair @mtn.soles.outdoor.threads @repairgrrl @ruggedthread @beckergear @sczgr , or many online resources that will help you with a diy repair.
Sorry if I left any of my hardworking repair peeps out. We are a rare tribe.
Happy Friday!

#greendarnerrepair
#repairlab #shoutout #repairlife #gratitude
#sewingismysuperpower #unfillthelandfill #dontthrowitout #aintdeadyet #zipperninja #fixer #menwhosew #mrnewman #everyoneisspecial #equally


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Once upon a time, @norrishotsprings contacted me and asked if I would come look at their geodesic dome. The zipper that goes around the big window needed help and NO ONE else would touch it. Not a regular seamstress, and not a carpenter.
I wondered if I could replace about 30 FEET of very burly zipper. By hand...
I said I couldn't. No way! Then I thought, "nah... I got this." Because that zipper wasn't fixing itself, and then what would happen to the beloved dome at the hot springs?? They couldn't leave that transparent door open all year, nor could they leave it closed.
It had to be done. It was snowing. It took a day and a half. Two rows of hand stitching with an @speedystitcher... About 7 stitches an inch. Fingerless gloves. 💚
You can do whatever you set your mind to. Even if you don't have a manual or a teacher. Repair happens! Heal your world!

#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #soak #monsterzipper #tizip #onward #findaway #whyimhere #eatatnorris #realfood #realpeople #zipcare #icanfixthat #noworries #jumpin #stitchinisbitchin #sewingheals #geodesicdome


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Waterproof pocket zipper replacement...on the way to Brooklyn! Looks slick! Take care of your zippers and they will take care of you!
I would bet money this zipper had a ski pass attached to it... 😬
For curious parties, the equation is
Time+equipment+determination+experimentation= successful repairs. (usually)
#repair #greendarnerrepair
#repairdontdespair #icanfixthat #trewgear #earthdayeveryday #dontthrowitout #fixmore #buyless #zipperninja #zipperrepair #fixer #powder #springskiing #useitup #wearitout #unfillthelandfill


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Bartack blues. I think I'll start a gallery of photos of the very misused and misunderstood bartack.
Here, it caused the shoulder strap to tear right off of this hardly used pack. Surprisingly common problem, and challenging to repair. Also the repair most likely to be described as "should take you 5 minutes" 😂
#greendarnerrepair
#repairdontdespair #thinkbeforeyoudesign #stitchinisbitchin #fixer #backpack #camerapack #ugh #dontoverdoit #icanfixthat #bartack #nooo


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The drama of a down disaster and the wide eyes of my customers as I peel back the duct tape never fails to give me a little joy. No worries. I fix it. These are fun because they require skill but not heavy thought.
Well loved and cared for @marmot mountain works down sleeping bag.
#marmot #downdisaster #down #greendarnerrepair #repairlab #fixer #noworries #stitchinisbitchin #oops #dontthrowitout #icanfixthat #unfillthelandfill #unfilltheocean #notbiodegradable #sleepingbag #art #practice #doyourbest #loveyourfixer #repairasart #careful #seamstress #zenofsewing #bewater #campingseason #daylighthappens


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The MSU ecology dept uses these bags for their research with Antarctic seals. The pups are weighed with their faces poking out the hole in the end of the bag. When the bags come to me, they are clean, but they do have the distinct odor of salty, oily seal pups. Photo 2 is a drawing that someone did at the laundry where the bags are cleaned ,and tucked into a bag, and was given to me by the researcher. It says "weight ain't nothin but a number."
I love the people I work for and their stories. You make my days interesting!
#greendarnerrepair #sealpups #weight #bigbaby #stitchinisbitchin #icanfixthat #makeitwork #seals #msu #ecology #gocats #bozeman #repairit #fixerofstuff


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Pocket repair before and after. This @nauclothing jacket was unwearable, but now has fully operational pockets once again. Seam tape delamination happens, but it can be fixed.

#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #pocketrepair #nau #fixmorebuyless #dontthrowitout #repairdontdespair #makeitwork #buyforkeeps #gearrepair #unfillthelandfill #useitup #wearitout


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Roller bags present many challenges. They're not made to last, and they're not made to be repaired. I can only repair a handful of the ones I see. I fought my way through this one with a fraying, open seam along the zipper, using machine and a bit of hand sewing. I hate to see these bulky things go in the dumpster and into the landfill, so I look for solutions to make them functional again.

#greendarnerrepair #icanfixthat #buyforkeeps #unfilltheocean #unfillthelandfill #shelflife #stitchinisbitchin #dontthrowitout #findalternatives #keepitsimple #secondhandfirst #ownership #solutions #sustainablesewing #repairmore #buyless #figureitout #noinstructions #seatofmypants #travellight


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Get out your tents! Camping season is right around the corner, or it's been here all winter for some folks. Here's a round tent zipper replacement I did (I feel for the people who do numbers of these as warranty work... Ouch), and a dog damaged tent screen before and after. **Pro tip: your dog doesn't see tent mesh as solid. Dogs see tent mesh as a dog door, just for them when they need an exit. Or an entrance.
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #dogislove #thedogdidit #tentdoor #tentrepair #stitchinisbitchin #dudewheresmydog #tentzipperreplacement #makeitlast #dontthrowitout #unfillthelandfill #unfilltheocean #useitup #buyforkeeps #notbiodegradable #campingseason #tentseason #icanfixthat #gearrepair


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A relic has arrived. We are in the presence of a dinosaur. Complete with trail mix rattling around in the depths. No, wait... That's gorp.
I love repairing gear! The owner of this pack is about to get his world rocked.

#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #useitup #cantcompostit #dinosaur #seniorcitizen #trailmix #newzipper #yellowstone #park #montana #montucky #stitchinisbitchin #biggerzipper #ilovetosew #packrepair #juki #daypack #rei #earlydays #handrepaired #usethemanual #mychurchisoutside #unfillthelandfill #dontthrowitout


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Good news @montanaflyfishingexperience 😀 your old friend has a new main zipper, new strap loops on the ends, and new inner zipper sliders to replace the saltwater corroded ones. I only wish it could talk so I could find out lots of pro tips! Thanks for giving it another lifetime. Just in time for #montanafishing!
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #notdeadyet #useitup #dontthrowitout #fixmore #buyless #patagonia #flyfishing #thehatch #montana #stitchinisbitchin #troutlove #angler #keepemwet #happieroutside #fishmontana


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It's easy for a puppy to mistake a leather jacket for a dog chew. This jacket will forever tell the story of puppyhood. Leather and wool. A perfect match doesn't always happen, but we carry on with our stories, scars, and patches. Real life means boo boos.
#greendarnerrepair #repairdontdespair #repairasart #leatherjacketrepair #booboo #dogchew #doglover #peopledigstories #letitshow #stitchinisbitchin #wool #visiblemending #puppy #wabisabi #happycustomer #icanfixthat #think #fixmorebuyless #dontthrowitout #nofuss #noproblem #ilovetosew #repairisfun


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Duck, duck... Goose! Reposting this really "fun" down disaster to remind you that down can be repaired! It's slightly harder to work with when covered in duct tape, though. If you badly burn or tear your down jacket, bind it up with a rubber band or use clear packing tape, electrical tape, scotch tape or basically... Any other tape than the silver stuff. Then when you can, get it to a repair facility that handles down repairs. In this case, I needed to add down.
If you have a smaller, more manageable tear or burn, use @nosopatches for a quick and effective repair. They look a whole lot better than duct tape!
Happy Easter! Happy Spring!
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #repairdontdespair #downjackettear #fixer #makeitwork #staycalm #icanfixthat #holdtheducttape #nosopatches #oops #useitup #wearitout #ownership #buyforkeeps #stitchinisbitchin #downsupply #puffyjacket #skimontana #sortaspring #happyspring #yikes #duckdown #goosedown


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I celebrated spring by replacing almost 20 jacket zippers, 4 leg zippers, and 3 pocket zippers this weekend. Here are a few of the more colorful ones, ready for Easter egg snowball fights, chocolate bunny head biting, and spring mating rituals.
And spring skiing!
#greendarnerrepair
#trewgear #stellajacket #trew #powder #happyspring #jacketzipper #icanfixthat #zipperninja #repairdontdespair #repairisbetter #dontthrowitout #tiredeyes #seamstress #stitchinisbitchin #seamtaped #arcteryx #descente #snapjudgement #thanksnpr #fueledbypodcasts #fixer #readthemanual #thanksmom #fueledbybooch #skimontana #savewinter #gearkindness #useitup #wearitout


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Zipper tip! If zippers could talk, they would say "Please don't attach stuff to me." Zippers are fragile. Especially pocket zippers like this one. Attaching anything heavier than the original slider puts unecessary pressure on the slider and teeth, which can lead to problems. Look for a d ring on your pants or jacket for your ski pass or ticket.
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #skimontana #bridgerbowl #zipperninja #zippertip #powder #ski #benicetozippers #icanfixthat #springishere #freeyourzipper


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This sweet @pendletonwm jacket needed a half a zipper to spring back to life. The two sides no longer match, one is gold and the other is brown... But the jacket looks great, regardless. It's good to embrace the slight shift. Repair life is one big metaphor.
#greendarnerrepair #backtolife #transformation #pendleton #wool #ilovewool #zipperninja #icanfixthat #fixer #stitchinisbitchin #repairisart #dontthrowitout #metaphor #fixwhatyouhave #10khours #fixitup


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A favorite river trip chair with a worn out seat got a solid patch and is back in action. I'm so glad they didn't reach for the duct tape. This cover comes off of the frame, so it could be repaired. When buying an item like a pack or a chair, consider the frame. Simple designs that come apart are easiest to repair later. This enables you to keep the item and repair it rather than tossing it.
Is repairability a factor you consider when you shop?
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #makeitlast #unfillthelandfill #fixer #repairisbeautiful #campchair #rei #getoutside #rivertrip #dontthrowitout #icanfixthat #youcanfixthat #notdeadyet #darnit #camping #summer #relax


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A classic old Patagonia synchilla jacket got a half a zipper (original was purple and I added the pink half), and an Arcteryx down jacket got a light blue tooth zipper that I bet will outlast the original tiny coil zip (red+light blue= sweet!). Sometimes you only need a zipper slider, or a half a zipper. I love to keep things simple and make things last.
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #usewhatyouhave #fixer #dontthrowitout #synchilla #originalshitfixer #pow #itscoldout #sewingismysuperpower #stitcher #institches #99problems #butastitchaintone #juki #ykk #quality #repairisgood #thinkbeforeyoutoss #darnit #zipperrepair #zipperninja #unfillthelandfill


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Jacket zipper replacements and podcasts are a big part of my daily life. This red and black descente jacket got a new zipper over the weekend while I laughed at wait, wait, don't tell me. Podcasts, public library audiobooks, audible, and youtube all keep me going. Got a great podcast or audio book suggestion for me? Ted talk? No doubt there are some new ones out there I've missed.
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #fixitup #dontthrowitout #podcasts #zipperrepair #descente #ykk #skimontana #powderday #pow #publicradio #publiclibraries #information


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Arcteryx men's pant with a wide bell leg that the owner didn't care for. It was strangely wide! So I made them straight, but didn't get a good after photo. I detatched the boot gaiter and resized it to fit the leg, which is now 1.5" narrower. Then all was seam taped.
This is hard to do, takes time, and is relatively costly. It's not a job I'm willing to rush or do on the cheap. But it's possible. Tailoring can cost more than ill fitting sale pants, be warned.
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #icanfixthat #skipants #powderday #pow #snow #whee #makeitwork #juki #skimontana #sewing #challenges


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Green Darner, Anax Junius
The green darner or common green darner, named after its resemblance to a darning-needle, is a species of dragonfly in the family Aeshnidae. One of the most common and abundant species throughout North America, it also ranges south to Panama, (and can also be found, when the wind and moon are just right, repairing your beloved gear in Montana)
#greendarnerrepair #anaxjunius #toliveistofly #watchforinsects #theyreyourrelatives #family #seamstress #insectlover #buggeek #taxonomynerd #giveinsectsachance #teachyourkids #itsallconnected #dragonflypower #heymom


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Happy times spent outside with friends! Most of us spend a lot of time enjoying the outdoors in tents, campers, shelters, pop ups, while using so many items that have one thing in common: zippers!
Packs, jackets, ski pants... The list is endless, but when your zipper freaks out, sometimes you freak out. Camping season is right around the corner. Brush up on your zipper care knowledge with the article I wrote for @outsidebozeman on my favorite topic... Zippers, what goes wrong with them, how to avoid it, and what to do about it when you feel like screaming. Don't freak out! Read the article! Link is in my bio!
Ugh! The link isn't working 😬... But the article is called Zip It, summer 2017 edition
#greendarnerrepair #outsidebozeman #zipit #zipperlove #repair #icanfixthat #dontthrowitout #tentcare #bekindtozippers #schedulicity #camping #outside #happydays #splittingzipper #summerwedding #montana


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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle (jacket) Maintenance. @rolandsandsdesign I posted one cuff earlier, here's the final result. My inner perfectionist wanted to work endless hours more on it, but I let go and opted for a unique, functional repair that tells a story. The perfect truly is the enemy of the good. My work teaches me to forge ahead, keep moving my hands and brain. This one is ready to roll down the highway for years to come.
#greendarnerrepair #repair #moto #zipperrepair #ykk #brass #twowheels #rolandsands #leatherjacketrepair #patchit #fixit #icanfixthat #seamstress #harleydavidson #tailpipe #whoops #motorcycle #oneofakind #watchformotorcycles #leathersaveslives


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The owner had worn through the toes of these wool haflinger clogs. One had 3, almost 4 toes visible. Scrap filson wool from some hunting pants makes an ideal patch because it's heavy and sturdy. They'll be best off used around the house now, but it beats throwing them out when there's lots of sole left.
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #icanfixthat #haflinger #wool #clogs #experiment #unfillthelandfill #fixmore #buyless #visiblemending #usewhatyouhave #thinkbeforeyoubuy #thinkbeforeyoutoss #fixer #green #happybirthday #repairgift


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@trewgear zipper replacements. Reliable and ready for many more seasons of use, 8 items shipping out today to powder hounds all over. Trewth bibs on the left, cosmic jacket on the right. When I take a ski day, you'll see me smiling in my Trew gear!
#greendarnerrepair #repair #repairlab #customerservice #trewgear #trew #wearitout #useitup #repairmore #trustyfavorite #powderday #powderhound #skimontana #skioregon #reliablegear #warrantyrepairs #seamstress #fixer #gearrepair #zipper #zipperrepair #happycustomer #unfillthelandfill #stillatelechick #icare #trewth


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I'm not much for memes, usually, but this one covers a lot of bases. In 2005, I had a free sewing machine and a vision for an outdoor gear repair business in Bozeman. There's a reason there are not many of us scattered across the U.S... It's hard work. Critics are everywhere. But full time, professional, technical repair shops are not. Thank you for your support!
#seamstress #fixer #greendarnerrepair #dontthrowitout #icanfixthat #sewing #lovetosew #takeitapart #problemsolver #Bozeman #skimontana #skiing #zipperrepair #gearrepair #thanksmom #onewomanshow


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Leather jacket sleeve cuffs + hot tailpipe... Yikes. 🔥 Piecing this one back together bit by bit. New zippers and patches for both cuffs so that it can live another life and tell a story. These jobs aren't for the faint of heart and they can be slow going, but I enjoy digging into a puzzle. I saved the leather zipper pull and reriveted it on my wee anvil, thanks @ericdewey 🙏
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #bringiton #leatherjacket #yikes #goodtimes #challenge #zipperrepair #ykk #whoops #hothothot #tailpipe #vroom #icanfixthat #juki #moto #makeitwork #dontthrowitout #notdeadyet


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Ultra light Arcteryx puffy, patched over the pocket. The patch rolls around into the picked opening. Only the outer layer was sewn, so that the pocket still functions. Found a pretty good match in mini ripstop, dwr coated and down proof. I do my best to come close, but thanks for your flexibility on color matches. #greendarnerrepair #repairlab #visiblemending #fixer #useitup #fixmorebuyless #repairisbeautiful #unfillthelandfill #puffy #greenlove #repairit #icanfixthat #juki #seamstress #noworries #thanksmom


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Doggie went a chewin, he did chew, uh huh, uh huh🎵
Doggie went a chewin, he did chew, treats in pocket left by you...
Doggie went a chewin, he did chew, uh huh... 🎵
#greendarnerrepair #repair #doggo #patience #treats #pocket #oops #bestfriend #noworries #icanfixthat #fixmorebuyless #carefulchewer #gooddog


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The snowboard carry strap on this @backcountryaccess pack gets sawed by edges and tore at the seam. Much of what comes into contact with ski and snowboard edges gets destroyed. This one got a new strap with bison leather added to the problem area. Often when I repair your stuff, I'm improving it specifically for your needs. Sure, you could go buy another pack. But not a customized one with leather board straps. Don't put this stuff in the landfill. It doesn't belong there. #greendarnerrepair #repairlab #buyitkeepit #dontthrowitout #icanfixthat #repairit #improveit #unfillthelandfill #skipack #fixer #tatanka #skimontana #fixmore #buyless #backcountry #sidecountry #countrymusic #countrypeople #countrystyle #brap #justdonttellmehowtosew #repairwrangler #mtavalanche #avalanchesafety #beartooths


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Family heirloom H.H. Heiser (Denver, CO) pistol case needed a new zipper and lining. I used heavy, soft, felted wool and a #10 aluminum zipper. #greendarnerrepair #repairlab #icanfixthat #dontthrowitout #family #treasures #taco #zipperreplacement #ykk #heirloom #fixer #hhheiser #westisbest


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Helly Hansen Captain's jacket getting a new zipper. This is a monster #10 waterproof zip. This jacket is very stiff and heavy and wrestling the zipper in there felt like sewing a lightly sedated alligator. Looks like buttah now. Dark grey tape is my seam tape for waterproofness. #greendarnerrepair #repairlab #fixitup #repairisbeautiful #repairmore #wearitout #hellyhansen #challenge #zipperrepair #seamsealed #repairasart #persistence #patience #startsewingnow #itonlytakesalifetime #wrestleit


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Helly Hansen one piece ski suit, legs shortened 4"... The work is invisible because the length was taken out above my hand, not at the bottom of the leg. Photo 2 shows the seam taping and also the *stretch* French seam where the gaiters were shortened. Who does that?! Good work takes time, and repairs come easily while alterations do not. Decades of sewing, weeks of persistence, hours of problem solving. I never quit. #greendarnerrepair #repairlab #hellyhansen #onepiece #seamsealed #winter #challenges #sewingwhileeveryoneskis #powderday #persistence #details #10000hours #startsewingnow #allaboutthelonghaul #lostart #newtechnology


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Black and white @bognerfashion jacket zipper replacement. Bogner was a pioneer in ski function and fashion, and this jacket was a pleasure to work on. #greendarnerrepair #repairlab #zipperrepair #fixitup #dontthrowitout #skibozeman #bogner #bognersport #classic #skiwear #gearrepair #makeitlast #useitup #solstice #powderday #pow #winter


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I took this zipper out of an almost new jacket that retailed for $1400. Do you know why zippers fail? I do. Do you just want your zippers to work? Many people feel that way. Often the wrong zipper for the job is used in outdoor garments. This one happens to be the largest available and it looks the strongest. Looks can be deceiving. Not all designers or designs are created equal.
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #zipperrepair #zipperreplacement #icanfixthat #repairisbetter #dontthrowitout #keepitsimple #solutions #fail #designbreakdown #nope #buyless #thinkmore #makestuffthatlasts


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Down disaster story number 329 @brianerod - sometimes we fall down and go boom, but repair magic is real! The baffle was empty and shredded on this @flylowgear jacket, so I relofted and patched problem baffle. And when you don't have a perfect match, use black, I say!
#repairlab #greendarnerrepair #nut #downjackettear #downrepairs #downdisaster #fixed #icanfixthat #useitup #responsible #downcycle #buyless #repairmore #sewingisgood #sewit #ineedabeer #workerbee #flylow #flylowgear


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Haul bag makeover, buzzard mountain gear bags. The tops were in good shape, the bottoms, not so much. After 20 years of hard work in Alaska, it's time for a redo.
#repairlab #greendarnerrepair #bagrepair #ifixstuff #icanfixthat #lifetime #useitup #responsibleownership #makeitwork #fixmorebuyless #repairisaradicalact #juki #stitcher #fixer #repair #latenightwork #buzzardmountain #haulbag #10ykk #dontthrowitout #useitup


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Jacket zipper replacements make me happy. Zipper failure happens across brands, it's the nature of the game. Usually when I replace a zipper, it's an upgrade.
#fixed #greendarnerrepair #repair #repairlab #fixitup #icanfixthat #shitfixer #zipperreplacement #ykk #rab #downjacket #useitup #repairisaradicalact #ski #pow #POW #winteriscoming


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Patagonia shell gets a second life with a bright green zipper. Fully seam taped with 3 layer seam tape and ready for ski season.
#zipperrepair #greendarnerrepair #repairlab #zipper #icanfixthat #fixed #dontthrowitout #notbiodegradable #winteriscoming #wearitout #ski #pow #powderday #ski #skimontana


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Mobile repairs on the spot at the @rei garage sale! An endless number of repairs were done including jacket zippers, a tent zipper, many snaps, patches, and other repairs. Moving my needle feed machine is challenging, but it was worth it to see how happy and excited it makes people. Thank you to the Bozeman REI staff for all the help and support today and throughout the year.
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #reimaginemore #rei #zipperrepair #repairisaradicalact #icanfixthat #tentzipper #getoutside #dontthrowitout #zipper #garagesale #fixed #fixit #work #downrepairs #makeitwork


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Trew Cosmic jacket, main zipper replacement. The @trewgear Cosmic jacket is beautifully designed and well thought out. The inside photo shows the seam tape I use on the inside to seam seal my stitching and keep you dry.
#zipperrepair #solutions #trew #trewgear #cosmicjacket #greendarnerrepair #repairlab #icanfixthat #dontthrowitout #zipper #pow #powderday #repairisaradicalact #notdeadyet #usewhatyouhave #fixmore #shopless #buyless #customerservice #skimontana


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Yikes! Trauma shears meets jacket sleeve. The owner was truly more upset about the damage to her jacket than her broken arm. Fortunately both jacket and arm are now healed. Some things aren't as bad as they look.
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #zipperrepair#solutions #dontthrowitout #ouch #traumashears #fixed #ski #skibum #icanfixthat #repair #repairisbeautiful #noproblem #sledride #pow #powderday #repairisaradicalact


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Hard Corps one piece that was shipped to me for repair from a customer in Florida who skis in Utah. He said people often ask him "is it vintage day??" and he laughs and says "every day is vintage day!" Thanks for trusting me with stuff you love. ❤️
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #zipperrepair #solutions #onepiece #style #skimontana #skibum #hardcorps #winteriscoming #dontthrowitout #wearitout


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The Darner at the upcoming REI garage sale, Saturday, Oct. 21! I'll be repairing garage sale items while you wait. Come tell me jokes! Bring treats and hug your local fixer! Or just come ask me your deepest gear repair questions...
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #zipperrepair #icanfixthat #getoutside #down #zipit #reimaginemore #fixit #buyless #buyused #buyslightlyused #dontthrowitout #landfillisfull #thedarner #thanksmom #rei #gearrepair #gearsale #fixerforever #repairisbetter


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"I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed." Lloyd Dobler
Lloyd and I are on the same page, sharing a dream... Until he gets to that last part about repair... I still like him anyway. (oh, yeah... I fixed this while the customer waited.) If you find yourself with a zipper wreck and you can wait to repair it, that's best. Put down the scissors, pliers, duct tape, and superglue and put it out of your mind. Come see me and I'll save you agony and money. Some things aren't as bad as they look. Like snakes, and zipper wrecks.
#repairlab #zipperrepair #solutions #dontthrowitout #lloyd #repair #greendarnerrepair #makeyourownpath #bossofmyself #icanfixthat #noworries #patience #walkaway


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Replaced a zipper in this one for a guy in Atlanta. Did my best to put Mr. Jordan together just right. Years ago, this would have made me tear my hair out... No longer, though. Here's to progress!
#repairlab #zipperrepair #greendarnerrepair #dontthrowitout #wearitout #zipit ##coilzipper #baller #icantjump #progress #seamstress #alwayslearning


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Dog treat pocket chew... Your best friend can't help himself. He loves you and he loves treats, even if it means he has to eat your jacket to get to them. I don't keep this plum color around, so I used a scrap of grey synthetic filled pant leg for the patch. Much of the pocket still works, and the zipper is fully operational. Bam! Eddie Bauer! Done! (Eddie Bauer in the mall has excellent customer service with warranty issues, did you know that?) #greendarnerrepair #repairlab #zipperrepair #solutions #dontthrowitout #down #dogchew #wearitout #challenge #pow #ow #dogfriend #dang #winteriscoming #eddiebauer


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Weekend problem solving! I spent some time this weekend working on different ways of replacing jacket zippers. This is a mammut down jacket that the owner declined to have the zipper replaced at $50 (alternative shops in 2 neighboring states charge $75 or 80 for this one). So... I wanted to find a cheaper, faster solution and this was a worthy experiment. I replaced half the zipper, which was all it needed. I flipped over a grey zipper to create a reverse #5, and hid it underneath the original red one. Never opened the jacket up, saving a LOT of time. It works great (goal #1) and it looks great, too. Price $25. It's hard to find an inexpensive,, fast, and aesthetic solution but in this case, I did. (I try for 2 out of 3). This won't work in every case, but I'll keep offering the option when I can.
#repairlab #greendarnerrepair #zipperrepair #solutions #dontthrowitout #downsupply #jacketzipper #challenge #zipit #ducks #landfill #wearitout #useitup #repairisbetter #seamstress #icanfixthat #skimontana #figureitout #buticangetaprodeal #responsibleownership #cradletocradle #rebirth #mammut


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Jeff Spicoli didn't need a down jacket. Depending on where you live, you might have several (I wrangle montana winters without one). When my customers bring me a down jacket, my first thought is that down should always be repaired. Available information on synthetic fibers and the down supply chain indicates that repair is meaningful and important. We don't always think about the supply chain, and down is a complex topic. Demand for down is way up, so what's happening on the front end? Information is a good thing, and the article link in my bio is a good place to start if you're curious.
#repairlab #greendarnerrepair #downsupply #dontthrowitout #wheredoesitstart #wastenot #ducks #knowyourclothing #askquestions #repairisbetter #fixit #fixed #options #peaceablekingdom #youmayaskyourself #wheredoesthathighwayleadto


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The night time is the right time... Saturday night work on a Patagonia down jacket. This one got a zipper replacement/upgrade, and the owner picked a lovely purple. The scissors are pointing at a patched tear. When you make an appointment and we nail down the details, you'll love the result, and come out with a one of a kind item. I use ykk zippers and #46 thread for jacket zippers that last. #repairlab #zipperrepair #getdown #getoutside #ykk #greendarnerrepair #saturdaynightfever #zipperpro #seamstress #skimontana #dontthrowitout #winteriscoming


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Not everyone loves animals like I do, and I know I have some customers with allergies. This little climbing monster stays in the house or outside with me, but not in the shop. I can't say I have a pet free life, *but* the sewing happens in a pet free building that is separate from the house. Cat lovers are always welcome to visit with him, though. He loves his fans. And his catnip. #greendarnerrepair #proclimber #william #weester #smartcat #supportshelters #seamstress #williamneedsajob #itsacat #benicetocats #acanacat


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Full pit zip delamination. When you bring me one of these and I poke at it, that's because I know I can fix it. I gotta get to the heart of the problem! Trust me, it's in my bones and I have a plan! This one fully pulled apart with about an ounce of pressure. It may or may not have been under warranty and the owner may or may not have felt like sending it in. Both sides were fully seam taped and are now back to original condition. I have the tools and I ain't afraid to use them. #greendarnerrepair #zipperrepair #backpacker #repairlab #arcteryx #goretex #seamtaped #pitzips #skimontana #bridger #skibum #pow #powderday #dontthrowitout #winteriscoming #wearitout #repairisbetter #seamstress #icanfixthat #delamhappens #solveit


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Houston, we have a problem... Psst! Don't tell anyone but I kinda like down disasters! Because while you see a disaster, I do not. This jacket belongs to a climber. The problem was with a sleeve. Get rid of the sleeves and... No more problem! Presto, vest!! #repairlab #greendarnerrepair #zipperrepair #downdiary #downdisaster #getdown #icetools #icanfixthat #dontthrowitout #lotsoflifeleft #vest #climb #getoutside #aintoveryet #repairisbetter #solveit #skimontana #aintnothing #winteriscoming


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Stash pocket added to a the back of a softshell vest that had a solid back. Stretchy grey mesh and a reverse coil zipper with binding make it look like it was there all along. Sides of the pocket disappear into the side seam. I swear, I really focus on repairs! But I get talked into the occasional modification... #repairlab #greendarnerrepair #zipperrepair #stashpocket #icanfixthat #dontthrowitout #powderday #ski #climb #wearitout #sewing #seamstress #juki #fixer #buyless #modification


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ZIPPER TIPS! Splitting zipper problems with your tent, pack, purse, jacket, ski pants... Or all of the above? The main points to remember are:
1. The less you tinker with it, the better. Get it to a pro. (contrary to ski town wisdom, bending the slider isn't a great idea. Check future posts to find out why.)
2. Addressing it sooner rather than later is best.
3. All zippers are happiest when clean. Dirt, sand, granola, and wd40 all cause grumpy zippers.
4. Zip all zippers and close Velcro when washing. This will save you many headaches and keep your zippers from breaking in the washing machine/dryer.
5. Tell your kids that if they have a zipper jam, the best plan is to stop and take the jacket off over their head or feet. This can save you hassle and money. Tell your adults the same thing.
Happy autumn! Winter is coming!
#zipperrepair #repairlab #greendarnerrepair #skimontana #bridgerbowl #pow #coreshot #locals #icanfixthat #dontthrowitout #wearitout #winteriscoming #powderday #ski #faceplant #sickbird #zipperslider #zipperqueen #repairisbetter #climbing #getoutside


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Figured out something new today... This is a hidden french hem. So the original hem is kept, but you don't end up with the flap on the inside that you usually see with a french hem. I'm not a tailor and I don't generally work on regular clothing, and this has been a great reminder of why I don't... 😂 But paying someone for a proper hem is worth it, so be extra sweet to your tailor. Good work takes time. #greendarnerrepair #repairlab #denim #industrialsewing #frenchhem #imnotailor #levis #sharp #sewing #seamstresslife #juki #selvedge #denim #hiddenhem


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A friendly tip from our local repair goddess, The Green Darner. She'll be fixing up gear with @patagonia and the #wornwear folks at the 21st annual Bozeman Ice Festival!

Hola zipper users! Here's your public service zipper tip! No.1 has a broken pin. This means the zipper is shot and you need a new one. Sometimes this happens because there's stress on the *bottom* hem of your jacket. This happens when you cinch up your drawcord too tight, or also when you don't vent your two-way zippers from the bottom.
In order to avoid no.1, ease up on your drawcord and vent from the bottom as in picture no.2.
Zip all zippers before washing and always treat them like the sensitive creatures they are and they'll take care of you.
#greendarnerrepair #repairlab #zipperrepair #reuse #icanfixthat #repairisbetter #patagonia #wornwear #gogreen #bozemanicefest #bif21 #iceclimbing


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Hola zipper users! Here's your public service zipper tip! Tear yourself away from the flashier, sexier posts for a quick sec and take a look...
#1 has a broken pin. This means the zipper is shot and you need a new one. Sometimes this happens because there's stress on the *bottom* hem of your jacket. This happens when you cinch up your drawcord too tight, or also when you don't vent your 2 way zippers from the bottom.
In order to avoid #1, ease up on your drawcord, and vent from the bottom as in picture #2.
My customers often blame the manufacturer for using "cheap" zippers. As in "stupid brand x uses the worst zippers!!" Not trying to burst your bubble, but very few companies are using cheap zippers. Many are going too small. But that's another story. Typically the problem is with the way it's being used and abused. 😁
Zippers that are fixed at the bottom are slightly different. Zip ALL zippers before washing and always treat them like the sensitive creatures they are, and they'll take care of you. #greendarnerrepair #repairlab #zipperrepair #skimontana #skijacket #zipper #icanfixthat #repairisbetter #skimontana #pow #winteriscoming #Trew #powderday #skitaos #skibridgerbowl #skibigsky


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