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∞HOW TO FIX A ZIPPER (NO REPLACE)∞

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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.

IF YOU LIKE IT can you VOTE for me in the FIX IT CONTEST thanks!!
 
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Step 1: WHAT YOU NEED

You need only some pliers.
If the zipper pull is really destroy or is made in plastic you need a new one of the same size. 
I finded one from an old jacket.

Step 2: REMOVE TEETH

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

Step 4: ADJUST THE ZIPPER PULL

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(ONLY FOR IRON ZIPPER)

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).

Step 5: PUT BACK THE ZIPPER PULL

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

Step 6: PUT BACK THE TOOTH

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Put back the iron tooth with the pliers.

Step 7: DONE!

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Done!
Faster than change it!
pgrundy126 days ago
This works sweet Thanks. I've tried loads of other tutorials used soap, pencil, gripped the zipper with plyers non worked. This worked really well followed the instructions and Zzzzziiiiippppp! It zipped straight up :)
sadisada2 months ago

very good post save money and less garbage thanks

rchanter2 months ago
sarawelder10 months ago
good post and photos
varenikje10 months ago
I will have to look back on this when I have a zipper to fix. Looks good!
Domoreto10 months ago
IT works. Good instructions.
It is very obvious.
The photo of fixing the zipper pull with the pliers is very good.
marcellahella (author)  abdelghany ebied10 months ago
Thanks!
martincoetzee10 months ago
Great instructable!
Been having zipper issues recently with the kids clothing, now I know how to fix them.

Regards, Martin.
marcellahella (author)  martincoetzee10 months ago
Thanks! I m really happy people are writing me that!!
shzwilliamson10 months ago
fabulous and useful - brilliant - thank you!
marcellahella (author)  shzwilliamson10 months ago
You are welcome!
Griptilian10 months ago
Great way to fix old clothes and sleepingbags :-) ... i have been doing it like that for many years... an additional tip is to spray the whole zipper with silicone oil... it is absolutely amazing how much better it works afterwards ! :-)
marcellahella (author)  Griptilian10 months ago
Thanks, I should try.
For sleeping bags and tents zipper is really useful because the zipper is too long to be changed!
ducster10 months ago
even if it's no prob to loose some teeth at the lower end of the Zipper, just crank 2-3 of them out with the pliers, tear the puller down and off, insert another fitting puller (could be a bit difficult) and zip it upwards. The space caused by the lost teeth had to be replaced by a few stitches of sewing wire?! ;) (Sorry, i'm German and Google could not translate "Nähgarn" :D )
joeyaustria10 months ago
You just made my day, days, years! I've got this old leather jacket that I loved for years, Due to bad financial situation I wasn't able to let it repair, just jused some pliers to repairer it, it worked! THANKS!!!! (Sorry for bad enlisch.).
marcellahella (author)  joeyaustria10 months ago
cool!
M.C. Langer10 months ago
Simple but AMAZING!!!! :-) This will save a lot of money! Thanks for sharing!
marcellahella (author)  M.C. Langer10 months ago
And time! You are welcome!
kwhitacre10 months ago
I've done this same thing for 50 years. Your description is very good. I don't bother if the zipper is too far gone (broken teeth or cheap) but it saves the day, for sure. Thanks. I'll vote for you. (Since I do it too, I know how helpful it is.)
marcellahella (author)  kwhitacre10 months ago
Thanks!
Machine10 months ago
Nice job - thanks for showing us.
pcelica0710 months ago
Thanks for sharing!:))
Olga10 months ago
That works with a "separable" zipper, but do not on the other ones....
rippa700 Olga10 months ago
With the other ones you have to unstitch the bottom end and put the pull on there and stitch it back up. Still a great 'ible.
marcellahella (author)  rippa70010 months ago
Thanks! that's just what I wanted to write
aebe10 months ago
No more snow flying into my parka ? Warm and dry ? That'll work . :)
whelp10 months ago
Great one Marcella, as winter has set in in South Africa your post just helped me repair my winter jacket, thank you.
Keep safe
koklimabc10 months ago
very fun for This trick to DIY repair by your own.
HollyHarken10 months ago
Nice job with this instructable:) You can buy replacement zipper parts at many major craft and fabric stores. Or just do a search for a zipper repair kit. I've bought a few over the years to replace tent door zipper pulls.
It is always better to repair something than it is to throw it out.
Graham Leach10 months ago
This is a good instructable that covers the "low hanging fruit" of fixing a zipper that refuses to "knit" any more. Good job. Great photos. Nicely explained process. Please keep it up!
redrobin1210 months ago
Great Instructable , your photo's are very clear to see and understand, when I think of all the good clothing that I have thrown away because of this very problem !!
Thank you.
foobear10 months ago
yay! finally a solution to this problem!
lmedina110 months ago
Very nice explanation and photos. Last week I repaired the zipper puller of an old jeans; but I didn't have to remove it at all. I just pulled it all the way down and used the pliers to align its sides. It worked like magic.
mickryobe10 months ago
Thank you Marcellahella,

You have just rescued my favourite jacket.

Now for my camera bag,

Mickey
marcellahella (author)  mickryobe10 months ago
I m happy about that!
MrCafe10 months ago
I shall be trying this, thank you for a great instructable.
marcellahella (author)  MrCafe10 months ago
You are welcome!
capo4710 months ago
Excellent!!!
nsadewater10 months ago
This process will work if the zipper pull is damaged but not if the zipper has lost any of the "teeth" of the zipper, then you will need to replace the zipper.
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