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Zipper Repair or Replacement: How to Make the Right Choice

by Jordi Drieman 11 Sep 2023

Everyone has experienced it: you pull the zipper of your favorite jacket or pants, and suddenly it opens or breaks off. It's a common problem, but the solution may vary depending on the condition of the zipper. In this article, we'll discuss how to determine whether you need to repair or replace a zipper , and provide helpful tips to help you get started.

1. Check the Runner

The first thing to do if you have a broken zipper is to check the runner. If the runner is worn or bent, it can cause the zipper to pop open. If the runner is slightly bent, you can try to gently bend it back. If this solves the problem, you do not need to replace the zipper.

2. Types of Runners

It is essential to know which type of zipper you have before purchasing a new runner. Runners for metal zippers differ from those for plastic zippers. In the Zipper Repair department of you will find a handy overview of the different types of runners. Most of our runners accept YKK zippers, which often have a number on the back of the runner. This number indicates the tooth width. Narrower metal zippers typically have a lower number than wider ones because the teeth are wider.

3. New Tractor for the Runner

If the runner is still in good condition and only the trigger is missing, all you need to do is install a new trigger . In case of emergency you can even use a paperclip, but that is not an aesthetic solution.

4. Missing Teeth or Severe Damage

If teeth are missing or the closing point of a split zipper is damaged, it is often best to replace the entire zipper. Replacing and resewing a zipper is the most sustainable solution. At we offer a wide range of zippers for trousers , skirts and divisible zippers for jackets.

In conclusion, the choice between repairing or replacing a zipper depends on the condition of the runner, the type of zipper and the degree of damage. With these tips you can make the right decision and quickly get your garments back into perfect condition. Feel free to take a look at for high-quality runners and zippers to make your repair projects a success.

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