|A seam ripper is used
for ripping seams. The seam ripper must be used with care because both the
point and the blade are very sharp. A seam ripper has a sharp point to
help you get under the stitches you need to rip out, and it has a blade in
a "U" shape that you can slide the stitch under to rip it. It also is used
to open button holes ones you have made them.
When using a seam ripper be very careful not
to mistake your sewing thread for the threads on the fabric. If you pull
the threads on your fabric this could cause "runs" in your fabric.
A seam ripper could be your worst enemy or
your best friend, depending on how you look at your sewing work. It can be
used to take out temporary basting stitches, and open up button holes.
Still, many of our students call it "The Nasty Seam Ripper", because in
most cases, if you need the seam ripper to rip a seam out, it's most
likely because you made a mistake. However, we have slowly turned the
negativity around regarding seams rippers in the studio. If it wasn't for
them, how would we rip out seams.