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Effective Ways to Use a Seam Ripper

Andrew shows you the best most effective ways to use a seam ripper. Cool tricks for every skill level!


"Hey everyone this is Andrew MacLaine, and welcome to Sew What. We are talking about super basic sewing techniques and terminology. Today, the seam ripper. A lot of different ways to use it, some good, some bad, but it all has the same ending. So I have a seam ripper here. You will see that it has the pointy end, and it also has an end with the ball on it. We're going to talk about what those mean.


Ok so we're going to take off this seam right here. There are a couple ways to do it. Take your pointy end into the middle of the seam, and you can just push. And there you go, an open seam. If you want to be a little bit more safe, you can start opening your seam with the pointy end, but if you turn it around to the ball you can push it through, and that way you won't have as much of a danger of poking through your fabric. 'Cause you know once you actually rip your fabric it's kind of like "Oh no I ripped my fabric! I need to get more!" You have your open seam on that. You're going to have a lot of threads to pull out, so take a few minutes do that. Now you have your open seam. Now I'm going to show you a better way to rip your seam open, so that you don't get all these extra threads that you're going to have to pull apart then make a big mess. Now instead of poking through to the openings, actually if you take your fabric, and fold it right sides to right sides, you're going to see that the stitching line is right there. It's actually a little bit cleaner to take your pokey end of your seam ripper, maybe every once in awhile break the thread. Then flip it over. You can actually pull up the other side, and pull it out by hand. See how easy that is? And then just open that thing up. Now look how much cleaner that is. You don't have all these extra threads. And that is a great way to take out the threads out of a seam so they can start a new one, fix your favorite garments. And there you go, seam is gone, nice and clean. And that is the way to remove a seam using a seam ripper. I'll see you next time! ~Andrew



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Comment by Jan on April 6, 2012 at 12:01am

Another cool trick for if you ripped the seam where it left lots of thread pieces, put a piece of tape on it and it will quickly get all those little pieces off your fabric!

Comment by Kathleen on April 5, 2012 at 1:42pm

Remember seam rippers come in various sizes as far as the "pointy end", one is finer for thin fabric, one is thick for hardy fabrics.  Chuck them out next time you are in a store!  Seam rippers do dull, especially with man made fabrics and thread.  Replace them often if you use them lots.  A sharp seam ripper like a sharp knife is a SAFE tool.

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