How to Fix a Zipper (without Replacing It)

1,896,692

745

177

Introduction: How to Fix a Zipper (without Replacing It)

This is a easy way to fix a zipper without replacing it. This method is really fast too. It works when the zipper pull doesn't close the zipper together anymore. I don't really like to replace zippers, because they always come out a little bit wavy when I do it myself.

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

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: What You'll Need

You will only need a pair of pliers.
But if the zipper pull is really destroyed or is made of plastic you will 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.

Step 2: Remove Stopper

Remove the little iron stopper of the top of the zipper, which will be on the same side of the jacket where the zipper puller is.

(Sometimes they are made of plastic, so it is little more difficult to remove and replace. You may need to substitute it with few knot of thread or something else. There is many tutorial out there on how to replace a stopper).

Step 3: Remove Zipper Pull

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

Step 4: Adjust the Zipper Pull

(ONLY FOR IRON ZIPPERS)

With 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 removing it.

(if it is made out of plastic, if it is too bent or if it breaks doing this, you need to find another one of the same size, they are available online, or you can take it from another old zipper).

Step 5: Put Back the Zipper Pull

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

Step 6: Put Back the Tooth

Put back the iron tooth with the pliers.

Step 7: Done!

Done!

Faster than changing it!

Fix It Contest

First Prize in the
Fix It Contest

Epilog Challenge V

Participated in the
Epilog Challenge V

Instructables Green Design Contest

Participated in the
Instructables Green Design Contest

1 Person Made This Project!

Recommendations

  • First Time Author Contest

    First Time Author Contest
  • Scraps Speed Challenge

    Scraps Speed Challenge
  • Work From Home Speed Challenge

    Work From Home Speed Challenge

177 Discussions

0
wells.laurence
wells.laurence

2 days ago

I fixed my zipper without removing the block or the pull from the zipper. A set of pliers is all it took!

0
Quilterjean
Quilterjean

5 months ago

Thought I order 2 week ago.

0
DennisLaw
DennisLaw

Question 6 months ago on Step 7

We put the ZIPPER PULL back on ONE side of the zip.
Never told us how to get BOTH sides of the teeth into the pull.
That's the important part.
Please tell us more about this.

0
crcolin
crcolin

Tip 9 months ago

You can do that without removing the zipper in the same way. If you have to renew the runner go from the top of the zip and remove the stops and if you cannot refit the stops just sew around the last teeth and it will stop the runner coming off.

0
jalas1
jalas1

1 year ago on Step 2

What if there is no stopper? I have a pouch thing and the zipper goes all the way to the other end, what then?

0
caffel
caffel

Reply 10 months ago

See in a lump of thread in its place.

1
BrianM606
BrianM606

Reply 9 months ago

You mean "saw",
no,
umm.
you mean "sew"

0
ArnoldO1
ArnoldO1

10 months ago

no siempre funciona ya que muchas de las cremalleras están fabricadas con materiales que no permiten la presión de las herramientas y se parten con facilidad igual al momento de safar el broche cuando tratas de colocarlo nuevamente se rompe

0
JIMM19722
JIMM19722

3 years ago

What you did was fine. There is a missing tooth in the picture and the zipper won't work very well this way. Sooo how do you handle that?

3
Jaodono
Jaodono

Reply 2 years ago

Had that problem too. Used needle and thread, built it up where it's missing, but not too much. Then, using a toothpick dabbed a bit of fabric glue to stiffen. Mine had plastic teeth. Works, but have to be careful pulling up pass it. Good luck.

0
lisa44244
lisa44244

Reply 10 months ago

Great tip! I love this out-of-the-box thinking!

1
nenoo
nenoo

10 months ago

I just had an idea could it be possible to crimp the zipper with out removing it and try it that way.

0
nenoo
nenoo

10 months ago

very helpful indeed many many thanks

0
GRA68
GRA68

10 months ago

¡¡¡¡ GRACIAS !!!!! JUSTO SE ME ROMPIO EL TIRADOR DE MI CHALECO POLAR QUE LO NECESITO USAR EN CASA, POR EL FRIO POLAR QUE SE NOS VINO ENCIMA, EN ARGENTINA. PASAMOS DEL CALOR AL FRIO, EN UN DIA. INTENTE ARREGLARLO PERO SE ME CAIAN LAS PIECITAS Y LO QUE NO PUEDO ENGANCHAR ES LA PARTE QUE UNO AGARRA PARA TIRAR. NO SABIA QUE SE PODIA SACAR Y ARREGLAR AFUERA. VOY A VER SI CONSIGO DONDE VIVO , UNO NUEVO, PORQUE CAMBIAR EL CIERRE ES UNA LOCURA, ESTA MUY PEGADA LA COSTURA AL CHALECO. PERO GRACIAS POR COMPARTIR. SALUDOS CORDIALES, GRACIELA.

0
FrednBoise
FrednBoise

Tip 10 months ago

Get some hard floor wax. Dip a rag into it to get a good smear (but not gob).
Lubricate both sides of the zipper with a film of it. Will not stain, run and will make the zip zip slicker than.....well you know.

1
pgs070947
pgs070947

10 months ago

Save some aggravation by maintaining it.
This is a delicate mechanism, that needs looking after.
Whenever you get the first signs of less than perfect action, get the WD40 out, a drop or two and gently run the zip up and down. Repeat on a regular basis.

0
Ferrellski
Ferrellski

Reply 10 months ago

Graphite works, too! Run a pencil up and down the area where the zipper is struggling, or up and down the whole zipper. It should work fine after this!

0
Ortzinator
Ortzinator

Reply 10 months ago

Parrafin wax also works

0
kunmingtiger
kunmingtiger

Question 10 months ago on Step 7

Can you fix a zipper on a bag. I am talking about the kind of zip that runs around the circumference at the bottom of a bag so that it can be extended (like a bellows). You get the same thing on the lid of some suitcases so that they too can be expanded.

0
MollyW23
MollyW23

1 year ago

You all just saved me $40 for shoe repair, in addition to extra time / hassle. Thank you!