How to fix a zipper that came off the track on jeans

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How to fix a zipper that came off the track on jeans
You can get the pull tab back on the track of your jeans and keep it there. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Fixing a zipper is a bit more daunting than mending an open seam or torn fabric. After all, people buy jeans with holes and visible repairs, but if a zipper does not work, you may not be able to put your jeans on or take them off. Jeans have a heavy zipper, so usually the zipper pull comes off the track in a space between the teeth. You must repair the gap or the zipper pull will come off again.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Find the gap in the teeth where the zipper came off the track.

  2. 2

    Hold the top of the zipper so the rows of teeth are even on each side. Run the zipper pull along the track it is still on until the top of it is just below the gap in the teeth on the other track.

  3. 3

    Bend the track with the gap to the side just below the gap, widening it. Thread the teeth above the gap into the opening in the top of the zipper. If you cannot get the teeth into the pull you may have to cut out another tooth. Remove the first one below the gap.

  4. 4

    Zip up the zipper. If the top of the zipper is not even, remove the pull and try again.

  5. 5

    Sew the zipper together by stitching over the damaged part. Start stitching just below the damage and stitch over the teeth to a spot just above the first undamaged tooth. Bring the needle up just outside the tooth on one side, stitch over the closed teeth and put the needle in close to the teeth on the other side. Bring the needle behind the teeth and bring it out just above the first stitch. Continue this way until you are above the first undamaged tooth. Keep your stitches tight and close together.

Tips and warnings

  • The opening in the zipper will be smaller after the repair. If it is too small you must replace the zipper.

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