Sam to the Rescue!

Jammed zipper? Suspicious stain? REAL SIMPLE. REAL LIFE. fashion expert Sam Saboura reveals his quick repairs.

stuck-zipper
Photo by Andrew Rowley
If your hem is coming undone…
…Apply a dab of Fray Check. The $3 sewing kit favorite―a plastic sealant―stops shredding and fraying at the ends of fabric, and can also be used to glue hems and seams back into place.



If your zipper is sticking…
…Gently rub the end of a candlestick against the metal teeth; the wax should help it slide again with ease.


If your white shirt looks dingy…
…Wash it with Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing, an iron-based solution that restores fabrics to their original bright white. (To use, dilute up to ¼ teaspoon of the product in a quart or more of cold water, then add the mixture into the machine.)


If you have a makeup or deodorant stain on a garment…
…Rub a clean dress sock that contains a bit of polyester against the stain. The stiffness of the polyester will rub it off without damaging the fabric.


If your pants won’t button…
…Pull a thick rubber band through the buttonhole, then loop it into a slipknot and attach one end to your button―it’ll buy you about an extra inch at the waistline. (Perfect for the early stages of pregnancy!)


If you have unsightly marks on your white sneakers…
…Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser cleaning pad. Designed to remove set-in stains from floors and other household surfaces, the $8 eraser can also make your sneaks look like new.