Have you burst your zip? Does the zip keep sliding down on your pants, usually at the worst possible moment? Does you zip get stuck?
All is not lost if the zip has gone on your favourite sweat shirt, pants or dress. You don’t have to throw them out, or use safety pins and hope no-one notices (Yes, I’m ashamed to say I’ve tried that) or just wear the jacket without doing it up. We’ve collated a few different pages that explain exactly how to repair or replace your broken zip. But first a few tips before you head off to the other pages:
When replacing or repair a zip, it’s best to first work out why the zip may have broken.
- Is it too short, causing too much strain on the bottom of the zip when the garment is put on? This would cause the zip to break at the bottom. You maybe able to repair the break.
- A zip that is too lightweight for the job will usually burst apart at the centre and needs to be replaced with a heavier zip.
- A zip can wear out or the pull break. You could replace it with the same type of zip as the original.
Before you start doing anything have a good look at old broken zip, so you can see how it was inserted, making it easier to put the new one in the same way. Maybe even snap a few photos with your phone for later reference.
Repairing Broken Zipper Tuts
Wikihow has a great tutorial on how to fix:
- Rough or sticky zippers;
- Teeth that no longer close;
- Zippers with broken or missing teeth;
- Zippers that slide down (unintentionally!);
- Zippers with broken sliders; and
- Zippers with broken zipper pulls.
They use lots of hand drawn pictures to demonstrate what to do and everything is clear stepped out. It’s a great resource. The link is here.
Manmadediy.com will show you how to fix;
- A missing or broken zipper tooth;
- A broken zipper pull; and
- A split zipper.
ManMade’s DIY Tailor show you how to repair the zips, demonstrating via photos on a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt. The link is here.
Replacing Broken Zipper Tuts
Make Ezine have a good tutorial on how to replace a broken zipper in a coat or jacket. The tutorial has clear photos on what to do.
The link is here.
Threads Magazine has good photo tutorial on how to replace a zipper in a pair of jeans.
The link is here.