Zippers were invented to make our lives easier (imagine if you still had to button everything), but most of us have experienced the frustration of a zipper head deciding to jump ship on our most well-loved hoodies or jackets. Well, it turns out there’s an easy fix.
A Reddit user recently shared how she attached the zip head to a dress in a matter of seconds using a regular fork. First, she put the head on two prongs of the fork, then lined the tracks of the zipper on each side, and guided the fabric as you normally would while zipping up and voila! Totally good as new! You can see how it works at the 4:50 mark in the video below:
You might be noticing something that other users in the Reddit group helpfully pointed out. As you can tell in the video above, the trick is mostly used by people sewing something from scratch. For those of us who’ve lost the zipper head on items we bought at the store, it’s a little bit trickier, but not hopeless! You just need some very basic sewing skills.
Seriously, you don’t need a machine or even be a whizz when it comes to using a needle and thread. Simply cut the original strands of thread at the bottom of the zipper tracks (which might already be frayed and the cause of your zip coming off to begin with) — just be careful not to cut the surrounding cloth of the item — then reattach the zip using the fork method, and secure it again by hand-stitching a few new lines of thread at the bottom of the tracks. It’s a piece of cake! The whole thing shouldn’t take you more than five minutes.
Plus, this is definitely a cheaper option than just buying a new piece of clothing.