This is a easy way to fix a zipper without replace it. Is really fast too.
It work when the zipper pull can't close the zipper together anymore.
I don't really like to replace zipper because they always come out a little bit wavy when I do.

You can save a jacket, a tent, a sleeping bag and many other item.


You need only some pliers.
But if the zipper pull is really destroy or is made in plastic you need a NEW ONE OF THE SAME SIZE.
YOU CAN FIND IT IN ANOTHER OLD JACKET. Or you can buy one online for really cheap.


Remove the little iron teeth of the really top of the zipper (on the same side of the jacket where the zipper puller is)


Remove zipper pull.
You can probably see that is all distorted.



Whit the pliers close the two sides of the zipper pull, try to make it look like the original shape again.

If your zipper pull is not too worn out you can try to close it directly on the zipper, without remove it.

(if it is made out of plastic, if it is too bended or it break doing this you need to find another one of the same size).


Put back the zipper pull. It may take a little bit of time...


Put back the iron tooth with the pliers.

Step 7: DONE!

Faster than change it!
You can buy a zipper repair kit in the notions at your local fabric store and even at some walmarts
If I have no pliers what I do
<p>If the teeth are broken the whole zipper needs to be changed. If the slider (the part that opens or closes the zipper) is hard to move up and down on a metal zipper, use some graphite on the zipper teeth and it will slide easily. Don't know what would work on a plastic zipper .</p>
<p>If a plastic zipper (with teeth or with coils) is having issues moving up and down you can use a silicon spray or something called Super Slick Stuff. It smells like oranges while the silicon just smells bad.</p>
<p>Saved me 80 dollars. l didn't realize it was this easy, thank you!</p>
<p>Works great,</p><p>Thanks for the instructables.</p>
<p>You are welcome.</p>
<p>got it thanks saved a jacket </p><p>I found the part on Amazon, zipper kit.</p><p><a href="http://amzn.to/1SE67qE" rel="nofollow">http://amzn.to/1SE67qE</a></p>
<p>Happy to know that, and thanks for the link</p>
<p>so i bought a walls suit something like a carhart and used it 3 Times and the zipper broke along with some teeth how can i repair this with out paying another 70 bucks for a suit</p>
<p>If some teeth broke to, you can't use this method&hellip;I think you may have to replace the whole zipper, but I'm not sure...</p>
Yea i was thinking that is it an expensive fix?
<p>Don't know there, but in Italy I bring a jacket to the tailor to change the zipper and it was about 15 euro (16$) with the replacement zipper included.</p>
<p>Don't know there, but in Italy I bring a jacket to the tailor to change the zipper and it was about 15 euro (16$) with the replacement zipper included.</p>
<p>I have a jacket that, if I don't make sure the starting piece is all the way in, will come unzipped. Right now I can't get the zipper pulled down to separate the right and left sides. I've tried aligning the teeth better, but I am not getting anywhere. Any suggestions?</p>
<p>May be try to remove the zipper from the top ( step 2 and 3), than adjust the zipper pull, or replace it, put it back in and see if than it will work&hellip;but I'm not sure, just a thought...</p>
<p>OH MAN, I lost the stopper tooth! I heavily whip stitched the area where the tooth was to create a thread stopper. Worked perfect otherwise, thanks!</p>
<p>You are welcome! Sorry about the stopper... the thread is a good idea for a replacement.</p>
<p>Nice! Worked perfectly for the zipper on my leather jacket. Thank you!</p>
<p>You are welcome, hHappy it worked!</p>
<p>God bless you, it worked! for those without pliers, try using your teeth, it's what I did, but be careful not to hurt yourself!</p><p>My favorite jacked it back! YES! GOD BLESS!</p>
<p>Thanks for the tip! And for the bless too!</p>
<p>God bless you, it worked! for those without pliers, try using your teeth, it's what I did, but be careful not to hurt yourself!</p><p>My favorite jacked it back! YES! GOD BLESS</p>
<p><strong>Oh Wow! It worked great for me!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!</strong></p>
<p>You are welcome! </p>
Wow thank you so much I made it...I was trying and trying with no result and suddenly I thought to goole it..and the solution for my problem was just here
<p>I'm happy it worked for you and save a jacket! Thanks for posting it!</p>
<p>I have a fully intact zipper minus the slider. Anyone know where I can get new sliders? I may just canibalize an old pair of pants.</p>
Hello, you can found them online if you tape in zipper replacement parts, or something like that...
I have a zipper problem on my bag. The slider is still attached to one side of the track, but I can't get it back on to both. Would this method work? (It's a rather pricey bag and I'd prefer to not ruin it)
<p>thanks a lot!</p>
<p>You are welcome!</p>
<p>Wow. I didn't take the slider off and I couldn't see much distortion. I just squeezed both sides with the needle nose pliers and my jacket was fixed. Thank you very much, both the original post with the great photos, and the helpful comments much appreciated.</p>
<p>You are welcome!</p>
<p>i wish i had seen this along time ago...thank you </p>
<p>You are welcome! Anyways&hellip;&quot;meglio tardi che mai&quot; we say in italian (better late than never)!</p>
Just fixed my old surfboard cover. This is the kind of thinking humanity and the earth needs. Awesome. You have saved hundreds if not thousands of items of clothes, sleeping bags, tents, surfboard covers, motorcycle boots, wetsuits and all manner of things from going to landfill - and that is reducing consumption of new items, thus reducing pollution, water use and carbon emmissions from producing new items. Good job.
<p>My zipper only separates a bit ways up the zipper. Pliers don't seem to work. Help!</p>
<p>You can buy a new one, that open and close, online, for kinda cheap...</p>
Thank you soooo much!! I was about to go spend $55-$75 at a shoe repair shop which in Arizona seems to be the only place that can replace leather jacket zippers.
<p>Fantastic! worked great thanks so much</p>
<p>Thank you. It worked like a charm and now the sleeping bag is happily curled up in its home.</p>
Its just brilliant and excellent<br>
<p>Thank you, saved a jacket with a broken pull with one from an old bag zip. easily to follow guide saved a good bit of money too.</p>
<p>That's cool! I'm so happy I saved many clothes now!</p>
<p>If this gets the mummy bag I just found discarded outside a laundromat last night fixed I'm going to find a way to buy you a drink. I don't just camp in sleeping bags, I live in them.</p>
<p>Thank you thank you thank you!! So simple! I didn't even have to take off the teeth--I signed up here just to appreciate you!!! </p>

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