DIY quick-fix: Six easy, fuss-free ways to fix stubborn zips

  • Aditi Caroli, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: May 07, 2015 15:33 IST

Has it ever happened that you had a glam soirée to attend, and as you slipped into that sexy dress, your zipper declared mutiny and refused to stay put? Applying force to pull up your zipper can break it, and a dress swap at the very last hour may not go with your hairstyle and make-up.

Fret not, as we tell you easy ways to fix your arrogant zipper without much fuss:

1Pencil trick: Rub the tip of a pencil on the teeth of your zippers, focusing it on the area where it gets stuck. The graphite of the pencil acts as a soothing agent and will help the zipper travel all the way up smoothly. This trick also helps if fabric gets stuck in the zipper. You can also use soap, candle wax, glass cleaner or a lip balm as a soothing agent to make the zipper obey.

2Fix the tooth: Many a times, the tooth of the zipper is a major problem as it bends or sticks out. Use a needle-nose plier or a tweezer to carefully place the tooth back in its shape. Press the top and bottom of the slider of the zipper together using a plier for better grip.

3Make it stay up: While some zippers refuse to go up, others refuse to stay up. If your zipper has a button on the top, (like in case of your jeans), take an empty metal key ring, slide it into the hole of the zipper and pull the zipper up and slip it on the button of your jeans. This will not let your zipper fall down. You can also use a rubber band instead of a key ring.

4Zip rescue: What if the zip slider breaks and comes off? You can still pull the zip up. Use a paper clip or a key chain in its place to help you slide up your zip.

5Safety pins: If your zipper can’t be fixed at all and there is no time to run to a tailor, you can still zip up your dress in a quirky way. Take oversized golden safety pins and use it to close the area around your zip in a criss-cross pattern. This will add instant quirk to your outfit and no one would guess that it’s a quick fix for a dress malfunction! You can also use cool badges instead of zips for the same purpose.

6Button it up: Instead of zipping up your jeans, button it up. Cut the teeth of the zipper out, so it wouldn’t get in the way. Stitch two small-sized buttons on the fly. Cut a ribbon the size of the zipper to use as a button tab. Make two eyes according on the size of buttons and stich it on the other part of the zip area.

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