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Sewing Supplies: Seam Ripper


A seam ripper is used to rip open seams.
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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.





Here are three different kind of seam rippers we have here at Love to Sew Studio. They all serve the same purpose.


This seam ripper is very small and compact in size and was included in with all the extra sewing supplies when we bought are new sewing machines.


This is a good and sturdy seam ripper that cost a little more money. It is more comfortable to use because it has the nice big rubber grip for the handle.


This is just your typical seam ripper you can find at a convenience store made from cheap plastic, but it does the job.



This is a close-up photo of how most people attempt to rip out a seam using a seam ripper.



Sometimes it is much easier to rip out a seam with a seam ripper by opening up the seam and using the seam ripper this way.



This is a close-up photo of how to use a seam ripper to open a button hole you just created. Poke the point of the seam ripper within the button hole and then pull the seam ripper so that the "U" shape blade can rip up the button hole. Be careful not to rip the threads on the button hole you just created.


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