There is something about a broken zipper that brings out the worst in us. You know, that feeling that you are going to tear your hair out in frustration and end up looking like a crazy person. It’s time to pull out that cool, calm, and collected you again because fixing a broken zipper can be super easy if you are the know-how. We all have those moments when we just go “ugh!” but trust us on this one. You can fix your ripped jeans in no time. But first things first, don’t panic! Here are some tips on how to fix a broken zipper on jeans:
How To Fix Broken Zipper On Jeans
Work from the inside out
The best way to fix a broken zipper is to start from the inside out. You need to take off your jeans and do a thorough inspection of the damaged area. Start by removing the belt loops, then unzip the jeans one finger at a time until you’re able to see what’s going on. Once you’ve identified where the damage is, try and work it back and forth in an attempt to ease it back into place. If that doesn’t work, try pinching it with your fingers while gently pulling one end only. If you still can’t fix it, then you may need professional help!
Apply some heat
You may have heard that applying heat can help mend broken zippers on jeans, but this method is not exactly recommended because applying heat can cause damage to clothing and even your skin if used too often or for too long. So instead of using this method, we would recommend using a hair dryer or an iron as it won’t damage any of your clothes or skin. You will also be able to see exactly where the zipper needs mending so you won’t accidentally pull out more than you intended for fixing your pants!
Tape It Up!
If your jeans don’t have a zipper, then you may have to try and tape the broken area back together. You can use a wide tape to fix the broken zipper on jeans or use more narrow tapes to secure the broken area.
Get A New Pair Of Jeans
If you really want to save yourself some time and effort, it might be better to just get a new pair of jeans, instead of fixing them! It will be easier to find a new pair that doesn’t have any rips or tears, which makes it easier for you to just replace them with another brand of jeans that has no rips or tears in them.
Use A Sewing Kit
The best way to fix a broken zipper on jeans is to use a sewing kit. This will allow you to create a new seam for the broken zipper on jeans. If you have the necessary tools, then you can easily fix your ripped jeans in no time!
Check Why The Zipper Is Broken
- The zipper may just be broken. If the zipper is just broken, it will probably still work. You can fix this by taking a pair of scissors and cutting off the broken part.
- The zipper may be broken because it got caught on something when you were putting on or taking off your jeans. If this is the case, you will have to cut off the rest of the zipper so that you can replace it with a new one. Take extra care when cutting out this part because if you cut too much, your jeans won’t be able to fit properly anymore and you’ll have to buy a new pair of jeans!
- The zipper may also be damaged because you accidentally wore them too tight or they are really old and raggedy that they are not meant to fit anymore even though they were just fine before! This is why we always recommend buying a good quality pair of jeans instead of buying cheap ones that break easily! Buying good-quality jeans means that they’re made with sturdy zippers and won’t break easily as cheap ones do.
- Another reason why your zipper might have broken is due to general wear and tear as well as being washed too many times without being taken out of your jeans first! As with any other thing in life, if it’s been worn out for too long, it might need replacing altogether! This means buying a new pair of jeans altogether! But don’t worry, we’ll show you how to fix this too!
- If you can’t figure out why your zipper is broken, you can always call a professional! You may need to take your jeans to a tailor or seamstress if the zipper is really damaged. These professionals will be able to repair it at the most affordable prices. But if this is not an option, then the next best thing is replacing the zipper tape with a new one!
Sew A Temporary Zipper Track
- If the zipper has come undone and is hanging open, stitch a new track along the length of the zipper. This will keep it from opening and closing on you. You can also sew a temporary track along the bottom seam if you’re trying to fix an unzipped fly.
- Cut a piece of denim and sew it to the zipper tape for extra strength.
- Thread your needle with thread and make a few stitches through the zipper tape to secure it in place so that you can close your jeans without having to worry about them opening up again.
- Close your jeans, making sure that you have all of your stitches through both sides of the zipper tape before you zip them up again!
- Repeat steps 1–4 until all of your zippers are repaired!
- To keep your stitches looking neat, you can sew a piece of fabric over the ends of your zipper tape. This will hide any hard-to-see stitching and keep it looking new!
- If you have more than one zipper to fix, you can also sew a sleeve over each zipper so that they don’t move around while you’re wearing them.
- To make sure that the denim tape stays in place, use clear glue or a quick dry adhesive such as Sticky Stuff to fix the ends of the denim to the zipper tape.
Fix The Original Track
- Make sure your sweater track is still intact. If it’s damaged, you will have to replace it with a new one.
- Get the zipper pulled off and take the jeans off the garment bag. Take note of where the zipper starts and ends because you will need to use this as a reference when you are fixing it.
- Pull on one side of the broken track and make sure it can still slide smoothly in and out of the clothing track. If not, you may need to replace your sweater track or get a new zipper altogether!
- Continue pulling on one side until all of that side is out of the clothing track (this part is crucial) then pull on both sides at once until all four sides are out of that clothing track!
- Take note of where each end starts and ends so that when you put them back together, they will line up properly before you put them back into your jacket! This part is really important because if they don’t line up properly, they could start coming apart again! Make sure they are lined up before putting them back in your jacket so that there aren’t any unwanted surprises when you put them back into your jacket! Put them back into position then zip up your jacket and enjoy having a perfectly functioning zipper again!
Use Fabric Glue To Reinforce The Break
- Take the jeans to your local tailor and ask them to fix the zippers. There are many types of zippers out there and most of them can be easily fixed.
- Get your tailor to sew your broken zipper back together using strong thread so that it doesn’t come undone again.
- Check if you have a way of reinforcing the broken zipper as well. You can use fabric glue or sew it again with a stronger thread.
- To reinforce the zipper, cut 2 pieces of fabric that are a little bit bigger than the broken zipper and glue them onto the top and bottom parts of your jeans so that they stay put while you wear them.
- Now you’re ready to wear your jeans again!
Zipper Repair With A Needle And Thread
- The first thing you want to do is take the jeans off and unzip them. If you have a zipper that comes up on top, take it off by lifting it up and pulling it down.
- Next, go to the back of the jeans where you can find the area that’s torn or ripped.
- Now, use a needle and thread to sew that part back together. You can use a regular sewing needle or if you have one of those super long ones, go for it! The important thing is to make sure that you sew through all of the layers of fabric so there is no loose thread when you’re done with your repair project.
- In order for your jeans to be as good as new, we recommend ironing over the spot with fabric glue and ironing over it again with an iron set on “dry” just so everything is nice and smooth. But again, this isn’t necessary if you don’t want to do these steps because they are optional!
- Fold the jeans over and put them on, making sure that the seam is right in front of your zipper so it’s easy to get to.
- Get out your sewing machine and run a stitch down through the hole you just made. You can use a regular sewing machine if you have one but if not, you can easily do it with a sewing machine or needle and thread like we mentioned earlier. Make sure that you sew through all of the layers of fabric because otherwise, the thread could break or pull out later on.
Hopefully, you’re feeling more empowered now that you know how to fix a broken zipper. It’s an easy task to do provided you know what went wrong and what to do to fix it. We definitely suggest that you go ahead and fix your jeans before they go out of style.