Kids have a way of breaking anything they get their hands on and that definitely includes their clothes.
If your daughter or son has a zipper on their jacket or jeans that will not stay zipped from the bottom, do not give up on that clothing item.
There is a quick and very easy solution to make that zipper start closing again in no time. This zipper trick will not only help with your kids clothing attire but is also helpful for parents as well.
Many purses and bags will eventually have the same issue of not staying closed and this trick will work for all zippers.
Hiram from You Can Zippers USA took his zipper knowledge to the internet to share his trick for the masses.
Hiram notices this zipper issue mostly on bags. When he explains why bags are more likely to have their zippers not being able to stay closed, parents will understand why their children break their zippers the same way.
“The reason why is because on bags there’s constant pulling and the slider starts wear out and when you’re pulling this way and you’re pulling it that way, the slider opens up a little bit and as it opens up it doesn’t engage on the teeth of the zipper,” Hiram explains.
Children treat all zippers like many treat their bags. They will pull the zipper up and down more than it really should be done.
What kind of teeth are we talking about here?
Before we get into how to fix your zipper, it is important to know the terminology of zippers. In the video, Hiram uses the words slider and teeth without explaining. No he is not talking about slider doors or the teeth in your mouth. Above is a very helpful picture that will let you better understand what he is talking about.
To fix your zipper you will only need one item: a pair of pliers.
It really is that simple of a trick. Using your pliers, you will want to gently clamp down on the slider, before pulling the slider up a small amount. Gently is the key word in the previous sentence. If you clamp the slider with too much pressure it will make the slider become to sticky to the teeth which you do not want. You will notice that gently clamping the slider will let the zipper start closing again.
“By gently clamping down here you’re gonna make it engage. Now you want to go just a little bit at a time and test it out,” Hiram states.
Once you have gently clamped the slider and slid it to make sure the zipper teeth are staying closed, you can move the slider below the area that was not staying closed. Once you bring the zipper back up every part should stay closed now.
Ta-da, you have a working zipper again!
If you think that it cannot be that easy, just read some comments from people that tried it. Such as,
“Fixed my favourite backpack that I thought I’d have to throw away. Thanks.”
“First time commenting on YouTube just to say thank you- saved the zipper on my hot air electric clothes dryer.”
“Thanks so much for this! Fixed the zipper on my son’s shorts.”
Watch the easy tutorial in full right below.
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