Signs of wear and tear are normal and definitely not a reason to throw something away. Many flaws can easily be repaired (even while out on tour). Our experts Benni and Paul have a few useful tips and clever hacks ready for you (see videos on the left). If a repair is too complicated, check whether the manufacturer offers a repair service or talk to a place that does clothing alterations, which can often perform miracles at very little cost.
Is your zipper stuck or zipping badly? You can get it running smoothly again by “lubricating” the teeth with a pencil lead or a candle.
If the teeth are twisted, you can try to carefully straighten them again using pliers.
If the pull tab has broken off the zipper, thread a ribbon, key ring or similar through the hole as a replacement.
If the zipper slider is defective, you can remove it using cutting pliers and replace it with a new one – make sure that it’s designed for the same kind of teeth.
HOOK AND LOOP FASTENER
If the hook and loop fastener no longer sticks, it’s normally due to dirt and debris. Remove any fluff, threads, etc. using a comb or a thicker needle. If it is blocked with dirt or oil, wash it in lukewarm water (not too hot, as this will damage the hooks). Finally, use an object to brush against the grain so that the hooks stand up properly again. If none of these solutions work, you can replace the hook and loop fasteners on your product with new ones.
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