How do you repair a zipper that comes apart while zipping up a sweatshirt?
By Dana from Palo Alto, CA
Replace it is the only thing to do, good luck.
Don't throw it away!
Take a pair of pliers and clamp the slots on the pull to where they are a little closer together (narrower) this aligns the teeth of the zipper more securely. This has worked for me several times on different items.
If it's a plastic zipper you will most likely need to replace it.
Yes, follow Old Dog's response. I went to the local cleaners and watched them replace that zipper pull with a used one and they charged me 25 dollars! Outrageous!
Take a close look at the zipper teeth to see if any are bent, or missing. If this is the case you need to replace the zipper. Do you have a friend who sews, if you don't? Maybe trade her skill for something you can do for her. No money changes hands and you both benefit. Good luck.
Old dog is a genius. I pinched the slots on my plastic jacket zipper and it works like a charm. Thanks!
Thank you! Saved my blouse! Pinching the zipper worked!