Save your clothes with these easy fixes for common zipper problems.
You go to pull up the zipper and oh dear. The slider part is attached to only one side; or you think you've zipped but then the thing unzips from the bottom, what? Or even worse, the whole zipper slider slides off entirely. What to do? I have always relied on the fidget-and-force-until-frustration-sets-in method and then tried fixing things with safety pins and generally end up shelving the garment until I am ready to frustrate myself again or take it to the tailors. How shortsighted I have been! I fancy myself as Lady MacGyver, I relish in fixing things, but somehow I have let zippers slide. Or not slide, as the case may be.
But then I met the zipper whisperer. Well actually I didn't really meet him and as far as I know I'm the only one who has called him the zipper whisperer, but I stumbled into the YouTube channel for zipper manufacturers UCAN Zippers and I'm a changed woman. Said zipper whisperer, Hyrum Mai, is one of the two brothers who run this LA-based zipper emporium and in the video series "Everyone Loves Zippers" he shows how to repair everything from a broken sweater zipper to a malfunctioning cosmetic bag zipper. The following are three of the most common problems (and the ones that this now-zipper-master can tackle).
1. A zipper that doesn't close correctly
You pull the zipper up, and it splits open from the bottom. Over and over. Embarrassing.