Use a pencil to fix a zipper
If your zipper gets stuck moving up and down, lubricate its teeth by rubbing them on both sides with a lead pencil. To ward off stickiness in the first place, run over each new zipper with a piece of wax paper. The waxy finish will allow your zipper to move more freely. These other uses for wax paper will help you finish up the rest of the roll.
Attach a button with a paper clip
Don’t hide in your office if you lose a button at work. You can fix it easily. Using the holes made by the original thread, push a straightened-out paper clip up through the garment, through one of the holes in the button, down through another hole, and back through the second original hole in the clothing. Twist the ends of the paper clip together, and bend them until the metal lies flat against your garment. Now get back to work!