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Ripped out a hem? ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, rounded up gadgets hawked on TV as quick-fix solutions to wardrobe malfunctions, then put them to the test in its labs.

Only one was a winner. Most were letdowns because they weren’t as easy to use as they look in the ads, or they didn’t work any better than a needle and thread.

Worth a try

Style Snaps

Price: $10 plus $6.95 shipping and handling.

What it claims: A fast way to change the hem length on pants without sewing, ironing or gluing.

How it works: Style Snaps come in sets of two. Just pull off the backing of one snap to reveal the sticky side and position it on the inside of the hem. Cuff the leg, then remove the backing on the other and attach.

What testers found: It works best on straight-leg pants that are too long. Boot-leg and other flared styles will have some excess fabric, which means hems won’t lie flat.

ShopSmart says: These Band-Aid-like gizmos can come in handy if you rip a hem or you want to temporarily change your long pants to ankle length to wear with flats. Just unsnap and your pants return to the original length. They can also be used for such wardrobe mishaps as closing a gap between buttons on a blouse or keeping a wrap skirt from flying open.

Not worth it

Buttoneer

Price: $14 plus $6.95 shipping and handling.

What it claims: Attaches buttons in seconds without sewing.

How it works: The Buttoneer drives a clear U-shaped plastic fastener into buttonholes, and small prongs hold the button in place.

What testers found: It’s not easy to use; even the directions say to give it a test run before using it on a good garment. And it only works on small buttons. It also works best on thin, tightly woven shirts or shirt plackets.

ShopSmart says: A needle and thread do the job best, plus they work on most buttons.

Easy Fit Buttons & Hooks

Price: $10 plus $6.95 shipping and handling.

What it claims: Pants too tight? This product will extend a pant or skirt waistband up to 2 inches.

How it works: It’s called Easy Fit Buttons & Hooks, but when you read the product info on the website, you’ll discover that you get one or the other – buttons OR hooks. ShopSmart got the waist-extending fabric strips with buttonholes on one end that slip over your own pant button; a small sewn-on button on the other end attaches to your garment.

What testers found: It works only if the button on your garment is the same size as or smaller than the Easy Fit button. And when the extender strip is on, zippers can’t be zipped up all the way, which creates an embarrassing gap.

ShopSmart says: You’ll need to wear a long, roomy sweater or an untucked shirt to conceal the zipper gap. Simply moving the button over a bit with scissors, a needle and thread is a better fix.

Zip Tips

Price: $2 plus $3.98 shipping and handling.

What it claims: Repairs broken zippers in seconds so you don’t have to replace them.

How it works: Remove the old broken zipper slider and clip on the correct size Zip Tip.

What testers found: It sounds easy enough, but what the ad doesn’t tell you is that you may still have to make repairs such as replacing the zipper stop (the bottom clamp) to make this gizmo work. The hard plastic Zip Tip slider easily popped off the repairs ShopSmart made, and even the smallest size is too big for light-duty dress zippers.

ShopSmart says: Skip the Zip Tip and buy the FixNZip, $10 plus $2.99 shipping and handling, instead. The sturdy all-metal zipper slide is a bit bulkier than most slides, but it comes in adjustable sizes so that it fits most zippers.