How to Fix Purse Zippers

By Scarlett Gauthier

Purses are useful accessories that help you carry various necessary items, such as a wallet containing your identification. Most purses have zippers that protect the items inside the purse, but if the zipper is broken or stuck, it renders the zipper useless. Professional replacement of a zipper can be costly and often the problem is self-repairable. Luckily, there are various simple methods that allow you to adjust and repair your purse zipper, whether it is a stuck zipper or a problem with the zipper teeth.

A clutch is just one of various types of purses that use zippers.

Stuck Zipper

Step 1

Locate any obstruction in the zipper, such as a foreign substance stuck in the zipper, or pieces of cloth or hair entangled in the zipper.

Step 2

Pull the zipper up and down gently to remove the obstruction. Pull on the cloth or foreign substance to remove it from the zipper.

Step 3

Close the zipper fully. Open and close the zipper to ensure it is functional. Push the cloth inside the purse out of the way so it does not get stuck again.

Slider Unzipping

Step 4

Locate the stop of your purse zipper at the end of the zipper. A stop that is no longer functional or broken can cause the slider to come off the teeth.

Step 5

Thread a needle. Sew a new stop from one side of the purse's zipper fabric to the other side.

Step 6

Sew several layers of thread to create a barrier where the slider can stop. Test the zipper to ensure it no longer comes off the teeth.

Split Zipper

Step 7

Pry the back of the slider open with a flathead screwdriver. Move the slider over the zipper until it is before the split area.

Step 8

Crimp the bottom of the slider with pliers by applying even pressure on the slider.

Step 9

Close and open the zipper by sliding it over the previously split area. Loosen the zipper slider with a flathead screwdriver if it is too tight, or crimp it tighter with pliers.