How to Fix a Broken Zipper?

Zippers are a part of our daily lives and make our lives so much easier. These zippers can cause problems if they fail at the worst possible time. When your jacket or purse zips up, you don’t want to run to the cobbler. Fret not! You don’t have to worry about fixing a zipper stuck or damaged at home. Continue scrolling!

Replacing the Top Stop and Slider

  • You can remove the top stop from the zipper by using pliers.
  • Take out the zipper slider from the zipper chain completely.
  • Place a new slider on the teeth starting at the top.
  • Use scissors to replace the top stop and attach the slider back onto the chain.
  • To lock the zipper properly, press the slider gently. Voila! Now you have a smooth-running zipper!

Use A Graphite Pencil

  • You can fix a stuck or broken zipper by rubbing the end of a graphite pencil along with the zipper teeth.
  • Slowly pull the zipper down. Now it should be much easier to slide.
  • After the zipper has been fully closed, close it again using short movements.

Use laundry soap

Zippers can be fixed by using laundry soap. It lubricates the zipper and allows it to run smoothly.

  • In a small bowl, combine water and a little detergent.
  • Use a cotton ball to dip in the mixture.
  • Use the saturated cotton ball to apply the mixture over the zipper’s teeth.
  • Let it sit for a while, then gently unzip the zipper.
  • This can be done patch by patch or all at once. It will ensure that the zip is back to its original place and functions smoothly.

Use a Key Ring

Attach a key ring through the zipper tab to the zipper slider when it comes off.

This temporary solution will allow you to use your zipper.

Rearrange the Zipper Teeth

Another easy method to fix broken zippers is to reorganize the zipper teeth.

  • Slide the slider down until it is completely closed.
  • Align the zipper properly and smoothen the teeth. Nylon zippers are easier to align because they can be moved from one end to the other.
  • After the alignment is complete, you can easily move the zipper up or down.

Use a pair of tweezers.

  • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the zipper’s blockage-causing teeth.

You can move the zipper slider gently up and down, and it will work smoothly.

Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is the best way to make sure your zipper runs smoothly. Petroleum jelly helps to lubricate the chain so that your zipper doesn’t get stuck.

A paper clip puller or a safety pin

A paper clip U-pin works just like the key ring.

  • To slide the zipper, attach the U-pin clip to the puller.
  • As a temporary solution to a zipper puller, you can use a safety pin in place of an Upin.

Remove Unnecessary Building up

You may find small pieces of fabric or laundry residue around the puller or zipper teeth, which can cause the zipper to crack. To remove the buildup, you will need to wash your garment.

  • Spot washing can be used to remove any fabric fragments that might have gotten stuck in the zipper.
  • To ensure that the zipper runs smoothly, use a hair conditioner.

How to Repair Damaged Teeth?

Damaged zipper teeth are one of the main reasons your zipper can break.

  • Place the puller slider in the area of the damaged teeth and then sew a new stop just above the affected teeth. This will reduce the zipper’s length, but it will ensure that the bottom of the stop is still closed.
  • To prevent your teeth from slipping open, whip stitch the lower portion.


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