Fixing a Zipper on Jeans

August 31, 2011

A zipper on a pair of jeans.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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October 11, 2007

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.

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October 21, 2011

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!

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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.

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