Nothing’s more irritating for a jeans owner than a busted zipper. Not only could this lead to the embarrassing “Your fly is open” moments, but it often prompts wearers to throw away an otherwise perfectly good pair of jeans.
In most cases, you don’t have to chuck those jeans into the trashcan. Our longtime partners at Lee Jeans recently cited this article at About.com on how to repair a damaged zipper and keep your jeans for a while longer.
A condensed version of instructions:
- Remove the metal stopper at the bottom of the zipper with pliers.
- Zip the zipper to the bottom, stopping just below the last set of teeth.
- Rearrange the teeth of the zipper so one side isn’t bunched.
- Slowly zip up the zipper halfway, ensuring the teeth are interlocking.
- Using needle and thread, sew about six stitches in the area where the metal stopper was.
- If the zipper misaligns in the future, just remove the stitching and repeat the repair.
If you need more of a visual guide, seamstress Debrah DeMirza provided this how-to video: