By Scarlett Gauthier

A purse is almost like everyday companion, so if the zipper happens to break, it can be a huge inconvenience. Luckily, it's a pretty easy DIY fix.

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Stuck Zipper

Step 1

Locate any obstruction in the zipper, such as a piece of debris, cloth or entangled hair.

Step 2

Pull the zipper up and down gently and as you pull the stuck object out.

Step 3

Open and close the zipper to make sure it's functional.

Slider Unzipping

Step 1

Locate the stop at the end of the zipper. (A stop that's broken or no longer functional can cause the slider to come off the teeth.)

Step 2

Thread a needle. Sew a new stop from one side of the zipper's fabric to the other side. Sew several layers of thread to create a barrier where the slider can stop

Step 3

Test the zipper to ensure it no longer comes off the teeth.

Split Zipper

Step 1

Pry the back of the slider open with a flathead screwdriver.

Step 2

Move the slider over the zipper until it sits before the split area.

Step 3

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

Step 4

Close and open the zipper by sliding it over the previously split area.

Step 5

Loosen the slider with a flathead screwdriver if it's too tight, or crimp it tighter with pliers.