6 Ways to Fix a Zipper

A broken zipper doesn’t have to be the end of your favorite jacket, boots, or pair of pants! Here are six video tutorials for how to fix a zipper.

A broken zipper doesn't have to be the end of your favorite jacket, boots, or pair of pants! Here are six video tutorials for how to fix a zipper.

1. How to Fix a Separating Zipper

(Or: How to Fix a Zipper that Doesn’t Close)

This is my most common zipper problem, for sure, and I bet I’m not alone. Here’s how to fix a stubborn zipper that refuses to stay closed:

Related: 7 Crafts You Can Make Using Zippers

2. How to Replace a Broken Zipper Slide

If the whole slide mechanism is broken, you can replace it with a new one:

3. How to Get Your Zipper Back on Track

If one side of your zipper has fallen off of the track, you can fix it with this video tutorial:

Related: Do you have the right to repair your own products?

4. How to Replace a Zipper on a Pair of Pants

Sometimes, your zipper is just beyond repair. Replacing zippers on some things is pretty easy, but for pants, you might need a little guidance:

5. How to Fix a Zipper with Missing Teeth

It turns out that missing teeth don’t have to mean the end of a zipper. Here’s how to fix a plastic zipper that’s missing some teeth along the track:

6. How to Replace a Zipper Pull

If just the pull part of your zipper is broken, you want to replace it with something nice and strong. This fix is perfect:

Have you repaired a broken zipper issue that isn’t addressed above? I’d love to hearย about your zipper repair adventures, too!

A broken zipper doesn't have to be the end of your favorite jacket, boots, or pair of pants! Here are six video tutorials for how to fix a zipper.

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Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with โ€œsleepyโ€), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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  1. I had a pair of jeans I had only worn a few times when the zipper came off track. I thought they were a lost found this site watched the video and was able to repair and save my favorite jeans!

  2. I have one more. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is for zips that are beyond repair and when they aren’t that visible (like in an outdoor coat under a flap) or in clothes that aren’t that valuable (working in garden jacket etc.). Cut out the teeth of the old zip, sew new zip onto the old zip with small zigzag. Hardly noticeable, takes much less time and effort than taking out the old zip and sew new and works perfectly!

  3. YOU ARE A GENIUS… You just saved me $20. I bought this clutch, brand new from TJ Maxx, few days later the zip won’t shut anymore. I thought that I should’ve bought the $20 one and not the $12, as its crappy one. But after seeing your video on how to press the zipper with a plyer…. I tried it and ‘taddah’ it worked. Thank you

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