How to Fix a Broken Zipper

3 Materials
15 Minutes

If you find the perfect piece of clothing at your thrift shop, but the zipper is broken, go ahead and buy it!

Then, come back to this technique to learn how to fix a broken zipper.

Just think about all the clothes you’ve left behind, or relegated to the back of your closet, that you can now buy or wear again!

Tools and materials:

  • Old clothes with broken zippers
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle and thread
Broken zipper

1. Buy it!

Don’t let the broken zipper dissuade you from buying those perfect vintage jeans.

Snipping zipper

2. Snip the zipper

Assuming the damaged zipper tooth is near the bottom, snip the zipper on the side without the zipper pull, just above the damaged tooth.

Repositioning zipper

3. Reposition the zipper

Reinsert the cut side of the zipper into the zipper pull.

Zipping up pants

Now, zip up your pants!

Sewing the flap

4. Sew the flap

Hand-stitch the bottom of the zipper flap closed to create a new zipper bottom.

How to fix a broken zipper

How to fix a broken zipper

Now you can enjoy wearing your new thrift shop find!

Leave a comment to let me know if you tried this method for fixing a broken zipper, and what article of clothing you have rescued.

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Suggested materials:
  • Old clothes with broken zippers
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle and thread

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  • Terri Terri on Jul 30, 2023

    What 👀 about the metal slide that's supposed to be at the bottom of that 🤔