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Repairing a Zipper That Zips and Then Splits Open?

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How do you repair a zipper that comes apart while zipping up a sweatshirt?

By Dana from Palo Alto, CA

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January 21, 20109 found this helpful
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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.

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August 31, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for this tip! u saved my favorite leather jacket!

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January 18, 20180 found this helpful

Thank YOU for your idea! It worked GREAT!!

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March 19, 20180 found this helpful

thank you I'll try that
jenny

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March 19, 20180 found this helpful

Just repaired my son's jacket. It worked a treat. Thank you ever so much for that great tip
regards
jenny

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Anonymous
March 29, 20180 found this helpful

This worked perfectly! Thank you so much! You saved me HOURS of rippling out an $15 for a new zipper!

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July 31, 20180 found this helpful

Fantastic!! Squeezed sides of puller and got the zip going again. Thanks

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Anonymous
November 24, 20180 found this helpful

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

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February 25, 20190 found this helpful

Worked great on Great Grandsons nylon zipper on jacket! Thank You

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April 14, 20190 found this helpful

OMG I love you!!!! Thanks so much!

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December 30, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you so much for your fix. My son was very upset about the zipper not working and when I did what you said to do it fixed the problem.

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January 25, 20101 found this helpful
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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?

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Maybe trade her skill for something you can do for her. No money changes hands and you both benefit. Good luck.

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January 21, 20100 found this helpful

Replace it is the only thing to do, good luck.

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October 26, 20180 found this helpful

that's kind of wasteful and not true for the most part..

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January 23, 20100 found this helpful

If it's a plastic zipper you will most likely need to replace it.

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January 23, 20100 found this helpful

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!

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November 5, 20112 found this helpful

Old dog is a genius. I pinched the slots on my plastic jacket zipper and it works like a charm. Thanks!

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December 16, 20141 found this helpful

Thank you! Saved my blouse! Pinching the zipper worked!

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January 4, 20170 found this helpful

Plastic zip keep separating what can I do to repair it

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April 25, 20170 found this helpful

Pinch the zipper it will work! Thank you so much so helpful! Works on bags too :)

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