The average zipper is only good for a few years before it starts to have issues. It’s time to replace the zipper on your jeans or pants and make them look as good as new! Follow these simple steps in order to fix any type of broken zipper and make your clothes look brand new again.
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1) Determine what kind of zipper you are dealing with.
2) Remove the old zippers from clothing if possible, but also use caution when removing zippers that attach to other pieces of clothing. The article should come off without damaging any other pieces of clothing.
3) If removing the old zippers, wash your clothes and dry them thoroughly in order to remove excess grease or dirt from the machine before proceeding with step 4.
4) Use a straight edge ruler or tape measure to ensure the two edges are exactly even and laying flat against each other
5) Separate both ends of the broken zipper by about an inch or so, depending on where.
Different types of zippers
There are two different types of zippers, according to the zippers website. The first type is a coil zipper, which uses a series of metal coils in a row. The coils are joined by a small hook on one side and a loop on the other side.
The second type of zipper is called an invisible zipper, which has no loops or hooks on either side. Invisible zippers have a small section of teeth with two sliders for pulling them up and down.
Remove the old zippers from clothing if possible
If you are dealing with a zipper that attaches to other pieces of clothing, then both pieces should be washed and dried thoroughly before proceeding with step 4.
6) Place the two ends of the broken zipper together so they are exactly even and laying flat against each other.
7) Carefully sew back & forth over the zipper using a sewing machine. Make sure you do not sew all the way past the teeth or everything will come undone!
Wash your clothes and dry them thoroughly
6) Gently rub the two ends of the zipper together with a pencil or a toothpick
7) You should hear a “click” sound, which means the zipper is back in working order. All you have to do now is put it back on your clothes!
Measure the two ends of the zipper
6) Place the two ends on top of each other and line up the edges with a straightedge ruler or tape measure.
7) Apply a small bead of glue to the edge of one side, and then press it to the edge of the other side. Attach both zippers together.
8) Use a hot iron to seal the zipper’s seam if using an adhesive glue.
9) Pull on both ends gently, ensuring that it is still able to be easily unzipped and move smoothly.
10) Replace any missing teeth with toothpicks or matchsticks as necessary before application.
Separate both ends of the broken zipper by an inch or so.
6) Place the zipper in a sewing machine and sew it quickly while holding both pieces of the zipper together.
7) Sew along the side of the zipper to ensure that both pieces are attached together.
8) Repeat steps 4-7 on both sides of the zipper, then turn it inside out and enjoy your new clothes!