Monday, April 22, 2013

Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper

Zippers have always annoyed me....I am not sure why. I would just prefer buttons over zippers any day.

I think part of the reason is because every time I go to the airport I take a backpack. And every time I take a backpack....this happens.


There is nothing that makes me more annoyed then that. 

So recently my boyfriend told me his zipper on one of his work pants was broken. And I  being the crafty person I am volunteered to fix it. Little did I know it would be broken in the way I hate the most....



UGH. That is all I could think looking at the zipper. but I needed to fix it. I promised and now I will. So here is a tutorial I hope you enjoy and use.

Supplies:
Needle
Thread
Scissors


Drag the pull to the bottom of the zipper leaving about half an inch below the pull!


 Make a tiny cut on the opposite side and slide your zipper on the track!


 Wooohoooo it's fixed! But not really...


 Now we have this tiny little hole....


All you have to do is whip stitch a TEENY bit above the hole on on top of the hole, It doesn't have to be perfect but try to be careful and not make it bulky.


 It should look like this once you are done!


 And now you have a fixed zipper!



Now this will never ever happen to you again! Just always keep a sewing kit with you!


Happy fixing!

39 comments:

  1. You are a GENIUS! Thanks for fixing my problem and saving me money!

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    1. You are very welcome! Glad you enjoyed :)

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    2. I wonder if instead of sewing across the zipper teeth above the cut, you could sew the cut side of the zipper back together close enough to use the full length of the zipper again? knitpurlgrrl@att.net

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    3. Thank you so much for sharing

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  2. This is amazing! I found this on Pinterest and I just fixed my boyfriend's favorite jeans. I have looked at so many complicated tutorials. This one was easy and nit time consuming. thank you so much for posting.

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    1. Glad I could help! Thanks for the comment :)

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  3. That is fabulous! Thank you SEW much!!!

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  4. No problem! Glad you enjoyed :)

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  5. Life makes sense again.

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  6. What is whip stitch?

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  7. You are a life saver!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!

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  8. Holy crap! It worked! I literally just did this! Haha thank you so much!

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  9. I can't get my teeth on the zipper to match up....can't fix it

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  10. Thank you sosososo much for this!!! This happened to my favorite jeans and i was devastated, but this solved my problem! All other tutorials told me i couldn't fix it but you saved my jeans! Thank you!

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  11. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I can't believe that I fixed the zipper on my fav jeans!!! YES you do deserve a medal!

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  12. I fixed my zipper! Yay!

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  13. Wonderful!! Would you please post the address to where I may send you my box of clothes with broken zippers? We do Promise we'll be
    ever-so-grateful! for your efforts!

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  14. WOW! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!
    I APPRECIATE YOU SHARING THIS SO MUCH!

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  15. Thanks so much for this post. Hubbie's favourite denim shorts have just been saved from being relegated to the rag bag. Great photos make it so easy to follow your tute.

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  16. That was exactly what I needed right now - thank you! Son's bagpack saved!

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  17. You saved me a backpack, jacket, and my son's favorite jammies. You're amazing!!!

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  18. You saved me a backpack, jacket, and my son's favorite jammies. You're amazing!!!

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  19. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was so bummed when the zipper broke on my favorite cushion and didn't want to just dump it. You totally saved it! Can't thank you enough!

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  20. I've been sewing for 35 years and have made coats, wedding dresses, upholstery, and repaired just about anything you can think of. But this simple concept NEVER occurred to me. You are BRILLIANT!! Thank you for sharing!

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  21. Thank you so much, u have just saved me $50 on a new school issued laptop case!

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  22. Oh my! This does seem so much better than unpicking a waistband and fly and removing the old zip to put in a new one.

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  23. Zo te zien aan de rits,kun je die niet hoog genoeg omhoog trekken en loopt hij vanzelf weer open.
    Die zit te ver in de taille genaaid!

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    1. moet zijn: te ver in de tailleband genaaid

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  24. Looks like the zipper , you who are not high enough pull up and he runs open naturally.
    Which is too far sewn into the waistband !

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  25. Thank you for this! It just saved my lovely new (from the thrift store) Easter dress :)

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  26. Thank you sooo much for this - easy to do and saved me money AND my favourite old jeans!! ��

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  27. Thank you. I fixed a pair of my favorite dress pants. Bless you. I used the same color thread as the paints and it looks good and you can't see it because I put the cut really low.

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  28. Thank you. I fixed a pair of my favorite dress pants. Bless you. I used the same color thread as the paints and it looks good and you can't see it because I put the cut really low.

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  29. Thank you a million times! It worked great.

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  30. I bought a pair of nice jeans, almost new at the thrift store today and got them discounted to $3.33 because of the broken zipper.
    I used your method, low and behold, it worked. Nice jeans, good price and zipper works great. Thanks!!

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  31. You are brilliant. I regularly have this problem that I brake my zipper, sometimes I can slide it back over, but now the gap was to small, I spent an hour trying to get it back in, no luck. Than I way this, gave one little cut and it slides back in ! You've made my day !

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  32. AMAZING!! just fixed a pair of my favorite jeans. I've literally been holding on to them for almost a year because I just couldn't throw them away. Well,just 10 min. Later they are fixed!! Hehe thank you so much!

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