Stuck in a Moment: How to Fix a Dysfunctional Zipper

Between the leather jackets, flares, and skirts you’re rocking this season, zippers likely rule your wardrobe. So, what do you do when one breaks right before you’re headed out the door? This.

how to repair a broken zipper

If your zipper gets stuck: Grab the nearest pencil and rub its sharpened point over the teeth of your troubled zipper. The soft graphite will act as a dry lubricant and get your zipper moving freely once again.

No go? Try something more slippery, like Windex, soap, or lip balm. For maximum effect, start the process with the zipper all the way up and work your way down.

If its teeth won’t stay locked together: Make sure no teeth are misaligned. If they are, use a small pair of pliers or those do-it-all tweezers to right them.

Of course, if the teeth are straight but still won’t stick together, the trouble might be with the slider. Make sure there are no stray strings or pieces of material stuck inside it. If you’ve got a loose slider, give it a squeeze with your pliers or tweezers to bring the teeth back together.

If your zipper won’t stay up: You pretty much only have two options here: a temporary fix, like hooking a key ring to the button on your pants, or a total replacement. Just make sure to add a sewing machine to your shopping list, stat.

By Rima Butto, Staff Writer

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December 2, 2013