5 Quick Hacks on How to Fix a Zipper

5 Quick Hacks on How to Fix a Zipper

Have you ever been getting ready to go out and realized that the zipper on your favorite pair of jeans just malfunctioned? Although they’ve been around since 1893, zipper technology has not progressed very far, and they got stuck and misaligned all the time, causing frustration and headaches. So how to fix a zipper then?

While zippers are relatively inexpensive at just $5-$ ten apiece, replacing one isn’t a simple task. You’ll need a hem ripper to remove the original zipper, a sewing machine—a heavy duty one for jeans—for sewing in the new zipper, and a whole lot of sewing skill.

Luckily, there are simple ways to mend almost every zipper issue without ripping out and replacing the original. If you want to know how to fix a zipper, read on.


Below are the Top Quick Hacks on How To Fix A Zipper


  • How to Fix a Jammed Zipper with a Pencil
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This is an easy hack you can use any time and almost anywhere for a stuck zipper since there’s usually a pencil handy at home and at the office, sometimes even in your car.

Just take a sharp, graphite pencil (not a colored pencil) and rub the point on the teeth of the zipper, being careful not to mark your clothing. The zipper should release and slide like a charm.

If it doesn’t, move on to the next tip.

  • Fixing a Jammed Zipper with Lip Balm
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 If a graphite pencil isn’t doing the trick, then your zipper teeth might need little extra help. It might be a good time to lubricate the teeth for better slide.

Using handy items most people have on hand or at home, you can get your zipper moving smoothly.

Take lip balm, bar soap, or any other wax-based material and run it along the teeth of the zipper, then open and close as usual.

  • Repairing Zipper Teeth that Won’t Close

 When zipper teeth aren’t meshing correctly, the zipper will get stuck at a certain point or run up only one side of the closure. If this happens to you, first make sure there is no debris (threads, paper, fabric) caught in the zipper.

After you’ve cleaned out any debris, use a little graphite or lip balm to smooth the teeth out and move them into place.

If your zipper is still malfunctioning, it might be because the slider has begun to open and isn’t cinching the teeth tightly enough.

If this is the case, merely grasp the slider with a pair of pliers and ease it shut over the teeth until they are clasped tightly within the slider.

  • Fixing a Broken Slider
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If your slider falls off completely, breaks in half, or is otherwise inoperable, you’ll need to replace it.

If your slider falls off completely, breaks in half, or is otherwise inoperable, you’ll need to replace it.

You can reuse the slider from an old piece of clothing you’ll no longer wear. You can also purchase a brand-new slider from a fabric store or anywhere that sells sewing notions.

First, take off any remaining pieces of the original slider and clean your zipper of debris. Now is a good time to lubricate the teeth with a bit of graphite or bar soap and straighten any teeth that might have moved out of place.

Next, get a new slider and place it over both rows of zipper teeth. Crimping it into place with the pliers until both rows of teeth are snugly held by the slider.

You’re done!

  • What to Do When Your Zipper Pull Breaks

It’s annoying when the zipper pull, the little tab that helps you raise and lower your zipper, breaks off. You can replace the zipper if you like. But an easy and fun fix is just to add an embellishment to the tab on the slider.

You can use a paperclip if you’re in a hurry. You can also use a charm or an ornament that has a jump ring you can thread through the tab. There are also charms for sale that are crafted specifically to replace the original tabs in your zipper.

You can use zip ties if you want a temporary fix and don’t have a paperclip handy. Other items that work well are a wire and a piece of string or yarn. Some also use plastic and metal twist ties from bread and garbage bags.

Never Worry About Zipper Malfunction Again

These zipper hacks all work using simple tools you often have at home or even at your office.

Armed with this knowledge, you’ll know how to fix a zipper. You now know what to do without having to go through the expense and frustration of replacing the entire zipper unit.

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