This bag has seen better days. There are a few ink spots in the lining which, unfortunately, have stained the outside (luckily its on the bottom where its least noticeable). The leather trim is also starting to crack and wear, especially around the piping on the sides. It could use some leather conditioner.
Overall its a very nice bag. I would like to make it my sole overnight bag - but, the biggest problem is the broken zipper. Without a functioning zipper, I don't feel comfortable taking it on a plane and I find myself choosing other bags that "work" instead of this one. So, as a member of my household, it is currently taking up space.
Details of the carnage. Clearly, the entire zipper would need to be replaced.
I called a luggage repair shop and they quoted me around $60 to replace the zipper. I'm sure they would do a quality job, but that's a lot of money to invest in a bag that isn't in great condition to begin with. I don't think my sewing machine can handle leather (although I've never tried). I could replace the zipper and sew it by hand...but I have no idea how to finish the ends! Once I sew it in there - how do I tuck the ends of the zipper in so they look nice and neat?
Is this task beyond my prowess? Should I at least attempt it first and then decide whether or not to take it to a professional? I want to repair items that can be repaired rather than throwing them away and replacing them with cheap alternatives, but I also want to be frugal to a degree. Is this bag worth it ("it" being the effort or the money)?