Fix a Zipper in Just 15 Minutes!

3 materials
$20
15 Minutes
Easy



Split zippers can be super annoying! We've all had that frustration at some point, right? So many people end up not wearing their garments because the zipper doesn't function properly. I'm here to tell you that it's possible to easily fix a zipper! So, the next time your zipper splits, save yourself the irritation and do it yourself in just 15 minutes. Here's the full tutorial on how to fix a broken zipper!

Tools and materials:

  • Pliers
  • Zipper top stops
  • New slider replacement part
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How to fix a broken zipper

Get a replacement kit

First and foremost, I think it's wise to invest in a zipper kit that comes with a variety of zippers, zipper stops, and sliders. Not all zippers are created equal, and having various sizes will help you fix that broken zipper in a second. There are multiple places you can buy a zipper part kit, such as Amazon or Wawak. Also, as a side note, if the zipper's teeth are damaged, you unfortunately cannot replace those, and you'll need to replace the whole zipper.


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If you don't have one of these handy kits, you can just get a whole new zipper and use the slider part.

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How to fix a stuck zipper

Check to see what needs replacing

A split zipper usually means that the slider is bent and cannot engaged the teeth properly. If you can't get the zipper to come back down, please don't force it as you may damage the teeth, and that could require a whole new zipper. If this is the case, remove the zipper stop on the top end, and zip your zipper so that it comes undone.

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How to fix a zipper that separates

Check what replacement part you need

Zippers come in all sizes, so be sure to match the correct zipper when replacing your slider. If you're not too sure how to do this, simply flip your broken zipper over and check for a number underneath. Typically for jackets, it's a 5, 7, 8, or 10. The number refers to the width of the zipper in millimeters. If you don't see a number, simply measure the teeth across, and you will know what size will be suitable. My zipper is a number 5, and that's what I'll be replacing from my zipper parts kit.

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How to fix a zipper on a jacket

Take out the zipper stopper

Using your pliers, take off the top zipper stop so you can slide off the old slider. Don't worry if it doesn't come easily; it is clamped tight for a reason. Use a little force if you have to, carefully twisting the stop until it pops off.

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How to fix a zipper

Slide off the old slider & replace it with a new one

Once the zipper stop is removed, you can slide your zipper slider off with ease.

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How to fix a zipper that came off track

Next, take your new replacement slider and slide it on from the top. You will need to wedge the zipper tape in the gap on the sides of the slider. Once on the tape, slide the slider to the bottom of the zipper.

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How to fix a split zipper

Test the zipper

Before you secure the top with a new stop, quickly test your zipper to see if it is fully functional. As you can see, this zipper doesn't split anymore and zips up just fine.

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Add the stopper

Add a new zipper stopper

Now that you have verified that the zipper works, go ahead and secure the top with a new top stop. It looks like a little claw. Clamp the stop at the edge of your top zipper tape; use force, so it clamps down properly, ensuring it won't fall off.

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Fix a zipper easily

There you go! You have a replaced slider, and it works just like new. Wasn't that easy? You can do this in a heartbeat! I suppose this tutorial serves as one of those lovely "aha" moments when you realize how easy it is to fix a zipper. I hope you enjoyed this informative zipper hack!

Suggested materials:

  • Pliers
  • Zipper top stops
  • New slider replacement part

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