This is an easy clothing hack to fix a zipper without sewing. Used when the slider has broken off.

How to Fix a Zipper Without Sewing

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It’s spring around here so that means put away the winter coats, hopefully for good, and get out the spring coats. Both of my boys have grown this past winter, I needed to go through the D-Man’s old coats for Big-C to wear. I dug up this cute fleece coat and remembered that right around the time D-Man outgrew it the zipper got caught in a door jam. It came apart and I was unable to repair it. That was 2 years ago, now I know how to fix that broken slider.$1 Craft Supplies at Dollar Tree!

You won’t need to sew!

That’s the best thing. I thought I was going to have to take out the original zipper and sew in a new one. If that was the case I might of just gotten rid of the whole coat. Instead I figured out a way to fix the broken zipper without needing to replace the entire thing. This little endeavor took me about 5 minutes to finish and was well worth the effort.

This is an easy way to fix a zipper without sewing. Used when the slider has broken off.

The first and most important step

Go on a hunt through your house, you are looking for a slider to put on the existing zipper. Search for another zipper that is similar to the one you are replacing. I looked through my sewing box, I knew I had purchased zippers previously when I was making my son’s sleep sacks. Those zippers were definitely not the right size. Look for the zipper teeth to be the same size and the spacing between the teeth to line up. Hopefully you can find one. I found my in a pile of clothing that was going to be donated.This is an easy way to fix a zipper without sewing. Used when the slider has broken off.
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The only tool you need is a scissors

Once you’ve located the zipper and checked out the size, get our your scissors. You are going to separate the slider from the zipper. This is easily done with a slit cut any where along the zipper line and then just slip the slider off.This is an easy way to fix a zipper without sewing. Used when the slider has broken off.

Next grab your coat that needs a new slider. Take your time and figure out which side the slider needs to go on and which direction it will face on the zipper. At the top of the zipper make a small cut and fold back the stopper. This is an easy way to fix a zipper without sewing. Used when the slider has broken off.Place the slider over the slit and slide your zipper on. Don’t be too worried about the zipper sliding off. This is an easy way to fix a zipper without sewing. Used when the slider has broken off.The slider spends most of it’s time down at the other end and will typically be attached to the whole zipper if it’s at the top. If you are concerned you could place a little material square over the top of the zipper.This is an easy way to fix a zipper without sewing. Used when the slider has broken off.

Try it a couple times make sure it slides well and engages and disengages with the whole zipper. Prior to putting it on your child, because they squirm when they think they are stuck in a coat.

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This is an easy clothing hack to fix a zipper without sewing. Used when the slider has broken off.


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14 thoughts on “How to Fix a Zipper Without Sewing

  1. I honestly would never have thought of this as a way to fix a zipper. But this is the most common zipper issue, and you definitely don’t need to rip out the old one and sew a new zipper in. Thanks for this time saver!

  2. Thank you so much… I can’t count how many jackets or other pieces of clothing that I have thrown away because of a zipper. I really will use this and thanks again for sharing this and having clear steps with pictures!

  3. This is such awesome information. How many times have we given up and thrown out an item with a broken zipper. Thank you for sharing this post in the All For Mamas Link Party Week 9 #allformamas. It is going to help so many Moms.

  4. What a hugely helpful hack. I am intimidated by sewing a zipper, especially in a coat. Congrats, you’re featured this week at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

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