How to fix jacket zippers

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How to fix jacket zippers
Don't throw away your favourite jacket simply because the zipper is broken; try a couple different things to get the zipper to work again. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Jackets typically have tooth zippers. This simply means that they have plastic teeth. A #5 is a normal, medium-sized zipper for a jacket. If you are making your own jacket, you can purchase a zipper at any fabric or craft store. You can also replace the zipper on a store-bought jacket. Zippers can break or stop working for a variety of reasons; typically you can fix them without completely replacing the zipper.

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Things you need

  • Zipper
  • Pliers
  • Thread, zipper pull or key chain
  • Candle wax

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    Slider Does Not Work

  1. 1

    Place the teeth of the zipper into the correct grooves of the slider.

  2. 2

    Squeeze the sides of the zipper slider with a pair of pliers. Make sure to do it gently and not to over-squeeze them. You want it to be able to still slide up and down.

  3. 3

    Gently pull the slider up and down to ensure that it is fixed.

    Zipper Pull Breaks

  1. 1

    Pull open one end of the arch that holds the pull to the zipper slider, using a pair of pliers. Be sure not too pull it open too far, or it may break. You just need it open enough to extract the zipper pull.

  2. 2

    Slide the zipper pull off.

  3. 3

    Place another zipper pull under the arch. This can be a purchased item, a key chain, or a simple thread loop.

  4. 4

    Using pliers, close the arch back again.

Tips and warnings

  • Rub candle wax on the zipper teeth to help it open and close more smoothly.

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