Fixing a Zipper on Jeans

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This is a page about fixing a zipper on a pair of jeans. It is common for a zipper to occasionally become stuck or break in a pair of jeans that is otherwise in perfect condition.


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As a fix, I have rubbed a #2 pencil on the zipper. It sometimes does the trick. Also you can try rubbing the zipper with bar soap. Anything is worth a try so you won't have to replace the zipper.

By Elaine D. from Niles, IL

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You know those zippers you have (usually on jeans) that just don't want to stay up no matter what? Paint the zipper teeth with clear nail polish. You may need to apply a couple of coats depending on how loose the zipper is, and reapply when it starts to fall again!

By Momof1 from Wilkesboro, NC

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I have a couple of pairs of jeans with zippers that are difficult to zip up. They do not zip as smoothly as they used to. I took an old tapered candle and rubbed it up and down both sides of the zipper to coat the metal teeth. Zips so much easier now!


By Patty from East Peoria, IL

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April 30, 2011

What's the easiest way to repair a broken zipper for jeans?

By gennyf from Los Angeles, CA


May 4, 20110 found this helpful

There really isn't an easy way to that, you pretty much just have to buy a replacement zipper and either sew it in yourself or have someone else do it.

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August 29, 20110 found this helpful

Take the pull thingy right to the bottom of the zip and using your sissors snip the teeth of the zip on the opposite side, slide the pull gently into the teeth and pull up~now you have a working zip again.


Stitch firmly just above the snip you made making sure you catch both teeth as if you pull the zip down below the cut you made it will pull off.

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April 18, 20170 found this helpful

Take zipper off and replace with another piece

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March 25, 2010

I have a favorite pair of jeans but the zipper will not stay up. It goes up but when I move or bend down it goes down. I did see a post here that suggested to paint the zipper with clear nail polish. If I do not get any other solutions I may try that. Thank in advance.


Sandi from IL


Jeans Zipper Won't Stay Up

This has happened to me. Here's a simple and cheap idea.

I've used a medium sized safety pin to close my jeans. Put the open side of the pin through the hole in the zipper pull, then through the buttonhole and shut the pin. Button your pants normally.

Practice a few times, to make sure the pin is hidden as much as possible.

Much - much cheaper than having a seamstress replace the zipper, or just tossing the pair away.

Give it a try. (02/17/2009)


Jeans Zipper Won't Stay Up

Take them to a tailor or a cleaners that has a seamstress and have a new zipper put in them. It's not that expensive and being that they are your favorite jeans it's money well spent :-) (02/17/2009)

By Deeli

Jeans Zipper Won't Stay Up

Sounds like your zipper doesn't have a "lock". If you don't want to get the new zipper, what I have done is to loop a rubber band in the zipper pull, then before I button or snap the jeans, put the rubber band around the button or snap, so that when closed, they hold the rubber band up, which in turn, holds the zipper up. You could use a hair rubber band that would match the jeans, but I have never had one that showed. (02/17/2009)


By Jill

Jeans Zipper Won't Stay Up

I agree about your zipper lacking a lock - or perhaps you haven't been locking it - the tab which you use to pull down the zipper also moves back to lock the zipper in place when fully zipped. Are there any teeth missing at the top of the zipper? if there is not a "stopper" then the zipper won't lock. I have sewn in a stopper with thread. Also check the teeth at the top of the zipper and see if they have to be re-aligned. (You can do that with a pair of pliers.) (02/17/2009)

By pam munro

Jeans Zipper Won't Stay Up

Try taking a pliers and squeezing the metal slide around the zipper to make it snug around the teeth. This should help. (02/17/2009)

By guest

Jeans Zipper Won't Stay Up

I have one pair like this that I wear out to the clubs and this always happens, I simply spray the zipper with hairspray and that seems to help. (02/17/2009)



Jeans Zipper Won't Stay Up

Thanks to everyone for all the super ideas here. I will try them all and see which one works the best for me. If none do, I will have the zipper replaced. (02/17/2009)

By Sandi

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