How to Fix a Separated Zipper

How to Fix a Separated Zipper

Of all the frustrating zipper mishaps, a set of teeth that refuse to keep closed are some of the most aggravating. Luckily—if you can locate needlenose pliers, and a needle and thread—there's an easy fix.

1 Using a small pair of needle-nose pliers, pry off the zipper's metal stop.

How to Fix a Separated Zipper

2 Move the slider all the way to the bottom of the zipper, going just below the bottom-most teeth.

How to Fix a Separated Zipper

3 Use your hands to realign the teeth so that they mesh.

How to Fix a Separated Zipper

4 Zip the zipper by sliding it to the top.

How to Fix a Separated Zipper

5 Thread a needle with embroidery or another very strong thread, and knot it off.

How to Fix a Separated Zipper

6 Starting with the thread on the back side of the zipper, make six stitches the size of the old stop across the bottom of the zipper where the old stop was.

How to Fix a Separated Zipper

7 Tie a knot on the underside of the fabric to secure the "stop".

How to Fix a Separated Zipper

THE HISTORY OF THE ZIPPER

Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine, patented the "automatic, continuous, clothing closure" in 1851 but he never tried seriously to market or publicize the clever gadget. Fortytwo years later, Whitcomb Judson marketed the "clasp locker," taking the same technology a bit further, and debuted it at the Chicago World's Fair. Thus, Judson is generally credited with inventing the device. B. F. Goodrich was the first to call it a "zipper," but it didn't enjoy popularity until 1937, when Esquire magazine touted it as the "newest tailoring idea for men."

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