Broken Zippers & Lost
Buttons: Quick Fixes For
Common Wardrobe Malfunctions
There aren't many things more frustrating than breaking a zipper, popping a button, or ripping a seam on one of your favorite outfits. It's even worse if it happens to you in the middle of the day, away from home and without the proper sewing tools to mend the problem. Not every wardrobe malfunction can be mended swiftly, especially without the right tools on hand, but when it comes to zippers, seams and buttons, the problem is usually a quick fix. Learn how to fix broken zippers, ripped seams, and popped buttons on the go with this fix-it-up guide to wardrobe malfunctions.
Mending Broken ZippersZipper Teeth Won't Close
The most common broken zipper problem occurs when the teeth don't seem to close. You zip up and the zipper doesn't zip, leaving the slider stranded in the middle or at the top of your clothing. In most cases, this doesn't have to do with the teeth of the zipper. It's the slider that needs your attention. If you have access to pliers, all you have to do is tighten the sides of the slider to make sure it will actually grab the teeth and push them together into the proper pattern as it slides up.If Your Zipper Is Stuck
If your zipper is stuck, don't panic. It's usually a quick fix. All you have to do is lubricate the teeth. Any kind of liquid soap will usually get the job done in a jam. The graphite from a pencil will also do the trick. Gently apply the soap or graphite to the teeth until you're able to get the zipper free. Zippers are one of those features that are easier to fix than they seem. It helps to know how zippers work, but if you run into any complicated zipper issues, visit a tailor and get it replaced.
Fixing Popped ButtonsNo Needle, No Thread
If you have some needle and thread, it's easy to learn how to sew a button. But what if you don't have any supplies? Luckily, there are a few nice substitutes for thread that can be used when you pop a button and don't have an emergency sewing kit. You have to work with what you have in the office, the restaurant or wherever you lose your button, so look for items that will be able to fit through the button holes and tied together inside the garment. Twist ties are a great example.Safety Pin Savior
Losing a button isn't the end of the world in many places on your outfit, but losing the button on your pants, capris or cargo shorts is cause for concern. In this case, twist ties probably won't cut it, but if you have a safety pin, you can easily fix this annoying situation in less than a minute. All you have to do is poke the safety pin through the spot where you want the button to be (do this from the inside). Then slide the button onto the pin, poke the pin back through and fasten it up.
Sewing Ripped Seams
It's always demoralizing to rip a garment, but most of the time it's not as damaging as it appears. Most often, rips and tears occur at the seams, and if these seams were sewn, they can be resewn. Split seams are one of the most common wardrobe malfunctions, and over the years there have been a few notable inventions that make fixing seam problems seem pretty easy, such as double sided fashion tape, which is perfect for when you don't have a needle and thread within reach. If you happen to rip your clothes or create a hole that's not along the seam, you can always patch the area. It's a rare situation where you can turn an unfortunate accident into a creative project.
An Emergency Sewing Kit
If you've experienced any of these wardrobe malfunctions, then you know how helpful it can be to have sewing essentials on hand. It's easy to put together an emergency sewing kit that'll cover most bases when your fashion needs fixing. The most important item to have is a sewing needle and thread. If you want to save space, pick two neutral color threads that contrast, such as black and white. It's also a good idea to keep a few extra buttons on hand in case the one that pops off is lost. Pick colors that match your wardrobe. Lastly, you'll want something to cut thread. Speed cutting scissors are compact and more efficient than ordinary scissors when working with clothes.