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Frugal Tip: Fixing a Broken Zipper

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, June 02, 2017 | 0 comments
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What do you do when a zipper breaks? Toss the item of clothing?

Save that favourite piece of clothing with this handy tip!

This will work on any kind of zipper, whether on clothes, bags, and even on furniture covers.

Doing this is much cheaper than having to completely replace the whole zipper!

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How to repair a broken zipper
Sometimes the teeth on a zipper don’t line up right, causing the zipper to catch.

Follow these basic instructions to easily fix your zipper.

You will need:
-- A pair of pliers
-- Scissors
-- Thick thread – This is thicker than regular sewing thread, often used for buttons or repairing jeans.
-- Needle


From our Facebook fan page:

Becky Kufner-Allcox posted: OMG, this is perfect! Pretty much every one of my husband's hoodies is broken.

Jennifer Logan posted: I'm gonna get some good thread this weekend! I couldn't bring myself to throw out my favourite jeans that did this a few months ago ... good thing!!

Jenness Marielouise Moss Stock posted: Or you can take them to your local dry cleaner. They replace a zipper for a very nominal fee. I know that this site is suggesting a more frugal way to do it, but sometimes the time and effort saved is worth letting someone else do it for a small charge!

Michelle Dabomb Brown posted: Use fishing line. May sound dumb but it has saved all my snow gear! It's not cheap and when a strap's stitching comes off on a hill you'll understand. I reinforce every stitch on all our gear immediately after its purchased to make sure no accidents happen!

Amy Madsen Bjerke posted: I hope this will work on my son's backpack.

Gwen Mahar posted: A new zipper is $10-$12 here, so when the kids break a zipper it's not always worth fixing, so good tip.

Image: Ziplon Coil Zipper 14 Inch - Black, by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Made of 100% Poly Tape with plastic coil style interlocking nylon teeth. Closed at the bottom zipper with automatic lock.Image: TEKTON 3504 Precision Needle Nose Pliers - A spring-loaded, self-opening hinge combined with the compact size makes the TEKTON Precision Needle Nose Pliers ideal for use in tight work spaces.
Shopping Suggestions:
Ziplon Coil Zipper
Tekton Needle Nose Pliers
Fiskars Everyday Scissors
Coats + Clark Denim Thread For Jeans

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About Catherine: I have been writing frugal tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three sons, who are all grown up, grandma to three - and happily re-married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and a cat, Bella.

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