Tutorial: How to Repair a Broken Zipper Slider with Dritz® Fix-A-Zipper™

Handy replacement zipper sliders prolong the life of a zipper.

It’s a bummer when a zipper slider on a favorite garment or accessory fails. When that happens, you might think it’s time to put that favorite item in the donation pile. Here’s a no-sew solution to consider: make an easy DIY zipper slider repair using the new Dritz® Fix-A-Zipper™ replacement slider kit. You can do it!

Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper Slider using Dritz Fix-A-Zipper Replacement Zipper Slider Kit


Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper Slider using Dritz Fix-A-Zipper Replacement Zipper Slider Kit.

What is a Fix-A-Zipper™ anyway? It’s a replacement zipper slider that allows you to fix a broken zipper slider without replacing the entire zipper. They are ideal for jackets, coats, purses, duffel bags, luggage, sleeping bags, and tents.


Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper Slider using Dritz Fix-A-Zipper Replacement Zipper Slider Kit

Fix-A-Zipper™ looks like a standard zipper slider, not a bulky replacement with screws and knobs. There are three different Fix-A-Zipper™ styles. Each slider is metal and fits a 5mm zipper, but you’ll need to choose the Fix-A-Zipper™ style that matches your zipper’s teeth (nylon coil, plastic, or metal zipper teeth).

Note: The type of zipper teeth that each slider works with (nylon coil, plastic, or metal) is printed on the packaging, and also stamped on the back of the coordinating slider. 


Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper Slider using Dritz Fix-A-Zipper Replacement Zipper Slider Kit

Okay, ready to fix your zipper slider? The steps are the same for all styles of zipper teeth. In a nutshell, you’re going to choose the zipper style and then confirm its size.


Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper Slider using Dritz Fix-A-Zipper Replacement Zipper Slider Kit

Confirm zipper size by measuring the closed teeth or placing the closed zipper next to the teeth illustration on the back of the package or additional instruction sheets for coil, plastic, and metal teeth.


Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper Slider using Dritz Fix-A-Zipper Replacement Zipper Slider Kit

If it is still attached, remove the broken zipper slider with a pair of cutting pliers.


Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper Slider using Dritz Fix-A-Zipper Replacement Zipper Slider Kit

Flip pull tab up toward top of slider. Insert tool into middle of slider until it stops.


Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper Slider using Dritz Fix-A-Zipper Replacement Zipper Slider Kit

Open zipper slider by pushing lower jaw of slider down with tool while holding pull tab firmly.


Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper Slider using Dritz Fix-A-Zipper Replacement Zipper Slider Kit

For separating zipper, place the slider above the retainer box at the bottom of the zipper. Press the jaws of the slider firmly together to close the slider over the zipper teeth. Insert the pin into the slider and box to close zipper.


Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper Slider Using Dritz Fix-A-Zipper Replacement Slider Kit

For a non-separating zipper, place the slider over the closed teeth. Press jaws of slider firmly together.


Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper Slider Using Dritz Fix-A-Zipper Replacement Slider Kit

If teeth are completely open, place the slider over one side of the teeth. Insert the other side of the teeth into the slider and close firmly. Be sure teeth are completely inside of the slider before closing. Move slider to close zipper.


Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper Slider Using Dritz Fix-A-Zipper Replacement Slider Kit

Let’s put these skills to work – just so happens we had a fleece that needed its zipper slider repaired. This slider would no longer move up and down the zipper easily because the pull tab had fallen off. We measured the zipper and determined it was a 5mm plastic teeth zipper, so we needed the Fix-A-Zipper™ for plastic.


Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper Slider Using Dritz Fix-A-Zipper Replacement Slider Kit

We removed the damaged slider from the zipper.


Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper Slider Using Dritz Fix-A-Zipper Replacement Slider Kit

Then we placed the new slider over the teeth above the retainer box and pressed it firmly to close.


Tutorial: How to Fix a Broken Zipper Slider Using Dritz Fix-A-Zipper Replacement Slider Kit

That’s it! The new slider was in place and the zipper works again. Took less than 5 minutes!

What types of DIY clothing repairs do you make? Leave a comment and let us know. We’d love to hear what you’re up to! 

 

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