How To Fix A Zipper On A Jacket

If you learn the mechanics of a zipper you can easily learn how to fix a zipper on a jacket in no time.  All that is needed to fix a zipper on a jacket is a minor adjustment to the slide and a little lubricant. This can be done by using a few common household tools.

Things you will need to fix a zipper.

  • small pliers
  • clear waxing pencil
  • wax paper ( if needed)
  1. Take a look at the slide. This is the part of the zipper that joins the teeth together and has a little tab to pull the zipper open and closed.  Look at the size of the opened slits on each side of the slide. A slide that works well should have even openings on each side. This is the first thing you need to pay attention to in order to fix a zipper.
  2. Take pliers and gently press down the larger opening of the slide to make even. Do this a little at a time until you fix a zipper and it works properly. Caution: Be very careful to use a slight amount of pressure as zipper slides are made out of brittle metal. If bent too quickly the slide will break.
  3. Lubricate the teeth of the zipper with the wax pencil. Rub a waxing pencil up and down on each side of the zipper's teeth. Pull the slide up and down several times. This will lubricate and spread the wax evenly throughout the zipper on a jacket. Warning: Make sure not to get wax on the material of the jacket because it may stain.  You can find the wax pencil at any craft store or sewing shop. Lubricating the teeth on a zipper will keep it from sticking.
  4. Lubricate zipper with ordinary kitchen wax paper. If you can't find a wax pencil use ordinary wax paper from the grocery store. Cut a six inch piece of wax paper off the roll. Enclose the zipper on a jacket with the piece of waxed paper in your hand and slide the paper over the teeth of the zipper using an up an down motion. Wax paper may work better when you fix a zipper on a jacket that is made out of fragile material, for example silk. When you first buy a jacket, it comes from the manufacturer already waxed so it slides easily. As the zipper is used the wax wears off and needs to be reapplied to work smoothly.
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