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How-to Repair a Zipper With


The Dritz Fix-A-Zipper is a replacement zipper slider for 5mm zippers. Use it to fix broken nylon coil sliders without replacing the entire zipper. Ideal for jackets, coats, sleeping bags, tents, purses, duffel bags and luggage. Zipper pulls break overtime and now they can be easily fixed with Fix-A-Zipper.

Step-by-Step instructions:

Step 1

Before starting your project, confirm zipper is a Size 5 (5mm) by measuring the width of the closed teeth with a ruler

Step 2

Remove the broken slider by using a pair of cutting pliers

Step 3

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

Step 4

To open slider, push lower jaw of slider down with tool while holding pull tab firmly; slider will open

Step 5

For separating (open-end zippers), start at bottom of zipper and place slider above retainer box; press jaws of slider firmly together. Insert pin into top of new slider to close zipper

Step 6

For non-separating (closed-end zippers), place slider over closed zipper teeth (A); press jaws of slider firmly together. If teeth are completely open (B), place slider over one side of teeth; insert other side of teeth into slider and firmly close