Don’t Forget the Zipper Fix

 Don’t Forget the Zipper Fix

It can be a nightmare when we are out and about and our zipper decides that it wants to give up. It becomes even worse when we notice that we were completely unprepared and don’t have anything that we can use to fix it.

I started carrying a simple sewing kit and tools for a while after it happened to me during the first day of an extended camp in the middle of nowhere. That was until I came across the FixnZip that makes the repair easy without needing any extra tools or equipment.

Why Does a Zipper Fail?

There are a number of reasons why a zipper may fail. My mishaps usually happen when I zip up and then notice the teeth just slipping back apart. In these cases, it is usually just that the teeth have worn down and can’t lock in to the other row of teeth. Being too rough on a zipper can also force the zipper to come off of the tracks. No matter the reason, FixnZip can help you out.

Introducing The FixnZip

The FixnZip is not your average zipper repair kit. This is so simple to use it is unbelievable and it will work on both metal AND plastic zippers. They come in three different sizes so you will need to make sure that you get the right ones. I ended up buying a set that had one of each size included so that I will have an option no matter whether it is the zipper on a sleeping bag that breaks or the zipper on a jacket.

With most repairs that we make we understand that they are only temporary and will need to be dealt with properly as soon as possible. The FixnZip is different in that it is a PERMANENT solution that can be sorted in seconds.

Checking Zipper Size

I quickly mentioned that these come in three different sizes and you need to make sure that you buy the right one. In most cases, if you turn a zipper over, there will be a number between one and ten embossed on the back of the slider. This is the size that you need for that specific item.

Once you have your number, use the table below to determine the right FixnZip size for you.

Number from ZipperFixnZip Size to Order
1-4Small
5-7Medium
8-10Large

In some cases you may not find any number embossed on the back of the zipper slider but don’t worry as we have another option for ensuring that we get the correct size. We can simply measure the width of the teeth in millimetres or inches. Again, use the table below to make sure that you get the right size.

Zipper Teeth Width (mm/in)FixnZip Size to Order
1-4.5mm / 0.04-0.18inSmall
5-7.5mm / 0.19-0.30inMedium
8-10mm / 0.31-0.40inLarge

How to Use the FixNZip

The FixNZip is so easy to use on all kinds of different zippers. If you want to repair an open-end zipper such as those you would find on a jacket or a sleeping bag, you can do the following:

  1. The screw of the FixNZip should be on the outside of the item to repair.
  2. Loosen the screw and place the slider onto one of the rows of teeth on the zipper.
  3. Place the slider close to the zipper box. Tighten the screw all the way down but then loosen it again for a 1/4 turn.
  4. The FixNZip will now be attached to one side and looking just like an unzipped item.
  5. Use as you would use your usual zipper.

If it is a closed-end zipper like you would find on a tent or your pants then you can do the following:

  1. The screw of the FixNZip should be on the outside of the item to repair.
  2. Loosen the screw and place the slider onto one of the rows of teeth on the zipper.
  3. Place both rows of teeth into the slider and move the retaining box as close as possible and tighten the screw fully.
  4. Squeeze the top and bottom of the slider at the same time. With your other hand, firmly grasp the zipper box.
  5. While still squeezing the slider, pull it up the zipper 1-2 inches. Then, retighten the thumbscrew if needed and continue up the zipper.

Lastly, if the zipper is an invisible/watertight one such as those found on wetsuits and athletic wear, you can do the following:

  1. The difference when starting with this kind of zipper is that you need to position the thumb screw on the inside of the item instead of the outside.
  2. Use the additional slot on the underside of the slider to attach the cord pull.
  3. Follow the instructions as needed from open or closed-end zippers from above.

The Teeth Won’t Stay Closed

If you find that the teeth will not stay closed and are still separating after using the FixNZip then you need to squeeze the teeth that are directly behind the slider together with finger and thumb as you pull the zipper slider.

Will it Work on Zippers With Broken Teeth?

With a lot of quick and easy fixes for zippers, they just wouldn’t work if any of the teeth are damaged or missing. This isn’t the same with the FixNZip as it should still work perfectly fine. The only time that the FixNZip may not work is if the zipper is a nylon coil zipper, and the coils have come undone. In this case it would be better to have it looked at by a professional.

Have you needed to use the FixNZip in an emergency? Let us hear how you got on in the comments below.

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