4 Ways to Fix a Broken Zipper
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Zippers are something that hasn’t really changed over the years. Sure, they come in different sizes, metal, and plastic, some feature two sliders, and even magnetic ones, but the premise is all the same.We use them for everything from pants and shorts, coats and jackets, luggage, sleeping bags and more in our everyday life.
So, It’s really annoying and sometimes even embarrassing if one breaks. Especially when a zipper breaks or gets stuck when you’re at work or out with friends and you have no way to fix it.
Here are four common zipper problems and how you can fix them!
Sometimes a piece of fabric gets stuck in the zipper, or the zipper just won’t pull down. It helps to use a lubricant on the teeth of the zipper. Try using a bar of soap or lip balm and apply it to the teeth of the zipper then inch the zipper down until the zipper comes all the way down.
2. The Teeth Won’t Close
This is one of the most annoying problems in my opinion, and happens to me a lot when I try to overpack luggage. You can sometimes use the trick above, with soap or lip balm. If that doesn’t work, try checking the zipper to make sure none of the individual teeth are bent. If they are, you can grab a pair of pliers and gently straighten them back out. If all else fails, you can replace the zipper. An economical and easy way is to buy a product called FixnZip (found here)
The FixNZip requires no tools or sewing and is easy to apply. It comes in 3 different sizes, and you can use it on apparel, bags, sleeping bags, or even tents.
3. The Zipper Won’t Stay Up
This is a fairly common problem, but also the most embarrassing one if it happens to your favorite pair of pants you’re wearing. You could try a temporary fix, such as using a rubber band if you need something immediate, but your best bet is to replace the zipper. Again, your best bet would probably be the FixNZipp.
4.The Zipper Pull Broke Off
You can use a keyring, or even a paperclip and turn it into a zipper pull. Just slide it through the tab on the zipper pull.
There are several easy fix solutions for minor zipper problems to get you by, but if you’re looking for a long-term fix, it might be worth it to check out the FixnZip product.
It’s easier than taking it somewhere to have the zipper replaced, is cheaper (starting at $10.99), easy to apply and also less time-consuming. It’s also economical and can be taken off one item and used on another.