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It’s finally windbreaker weather in most parts of the country, and after freezing through the cold winter, I’m welcoming it with open arms. Unfortunately, my spring jacket won’t open at all—when I tried to pull it on this morning I realized the zipper was jammed!
When a zipper gets stuck, as these dandy devices are prone to do, don’t wrestle with it. The pressure could cause permanent damage to the zipper—and possibly the garment it’s attached to. Instead, take a deep breath and use one of these two gentler fix-it strategies:
Lubricate it. Just use any of these common household products:
In each case, rub your fixer of choice along the teeth of the zipper, both above and below the sticking point (being careful not to get any of the stuff on the adjacent fabric).
Soak it. Add 2 cups or so of dishwashing liquid to a bowl or sink filled with warm water. Submerge the zippered area of the garment, and let it soak for about an hour so the concentrated soapy solution can penetrate both the slider and the teeth. Bingo—that dandy closing device should be back in business!
You say your zippers are all working just fine, but your stiff joints or finger injuries make it nearly impossible to manage the zipper pulls? The simple remedy: Make the task easier by attaching a small notebook ring (available in office-supply stores) to each zipper’s tab. Note: This maneuver works just as well for small children whose tiny fingers have yet to master zipper management.
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