Condo Blues: How to Repair a Broken Zipper the Easy Way!

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

How to Repair a Broken Zipper the Easy Way!

The zipper split on my down winter coat. I’m fortunate to have another winter coat to wear but I always grab the down coat when Lacey needs to go outside and the temperature plummets, especially when there is a negative wind chill factor.

Fortunately the zipper got stuck at a point that I could wriggle out of the coat and pull it off over my head. I tried zipping and unzipping the coat. That zipper was stuck. It would not move.

No worries! Fixing a split zipper is a quick, easy, and no sew fix. You don’t need to replace the zipper. You don’t have to take anything apart. All you need is a pair of needle nose pliers and 5 minutes of your time.

Or 15 minutes if you have to hunt for your pliers to do the job. Ahem.

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How to Repair a Split Zipper the No Sew Way!

The reason why a zipper on a coat, bag, purse, suitcase, what have you, gets stuck and splits is the gap between the top and bottom of the zipper’s head is slightly larger than it should be. How can this happen? By pulling on the zipper to zip the item open and closed – basically using the zipper as it is intended.

If we close the extra gap that is so teeny tiny it is not easy to realize it is there until you are stuck in a coat, we fix the zipper head and the day is saved!

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To repair a stuck zipper, gently press on each side of the large top of zipper with a pair of needle nose pliers.

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 Almost done!

Try to use the zipper. If the zipper moves and starts to zip correctly – you fixed it! If not, gently use the pliers to put the zipper head back into it’s original shape being careful not to clamp the zipper closed to the point the zipper will not to repair a zipper that comes apart


After that, go forth and play in the snow!

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Now that we both have warm puffer jackets to wear, Lacey is ready for an extra long walk in the snow!

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