I put on these jeans and the zipper broke. In the above picture, the zipper slider came off the zipper track. So, I had to do a quick fix to get the slider back on track. It seems that it should just slide back on to the tape part, but trust me, it’s an impossible task. Plus, I know that to replace the zipper entirely would take awhile. Replacing an entire zipper means that you have to rip the zipper out of the garment. Then, its a detailed process to put in a new one.
So, here’s a quick tutorial on fixing this broken zipper and getting it back on track.
First, you have to get the zipper slider back on track. To do this, cut a slit between the teeth of the zipper tape. It should be a deep open slit so that you’ll be able to insert it into the zipper slider.
Slide the zipper slider all the way down. Insert the slit part into the zipper slider. Zip up.
You’ll notice that there is an opening when zipped. Now, you have to repair this opening so that you’ll be able to slide the zipper up and down without slipping off the track.
Using a needle and thread, you will make a temporary stop for the zipper slider. (Use a matching thread color if possible. I’m using a loud color so that you’ll be able to see this tutorial better.) Start by inserting the needle under the teeth and coming up through on the other side. It’s like a wrap-around sewing technique. Keeping wrapping under and around until you have a thick stop.
Now, you have a temporary fix until you can have your zipper replaced. The best part is that you can zip the zipper up and down. Plus, you now have it back on track!
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