Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 23

Thread: Best Seam Ripper? Techniques?

  1. #11
    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    1,ooo miles from home
    Posts
    12,436
    Blog Entries
    2
    I tend to "rip" out seams the Eleanor Burns way, with my smallest rotary cutter. I hold the item in my left hand and right to spread the seam open and take my rotary cutter (also in right hand) held upside down and touch the treads as i go along. works fine for me for most ripping out work.

  2. #12
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,671
    Blog Entries
    2
    I use my rotary cutter or a very sharp seam ripper. I also have a magnifying floor lamp with light that is essential for me.
    Got fabric?

  3. #13
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Chula Vista CA
    Posts
    2,544
    Depending on what I am ripping out - if it is a seam then I have the electric ripper (got it at the Road to California show and LOVE it) if I am taking out quilting then I used my standard ripper and do the every so many stitches and pull the other side. The electric one is like magic, what used to take several minutes is now done in seconds and one side stays long. For those pesky little pieces I use the sticky lint roller.

  4. #14
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Kansas City Mo
    Posts
    1,600
    Blog Entries
    1
    I have the one that has a magniifier and a light I love it but sometimes I use a seam ripper or a box opner

  5. #15
    Super Member TerryQuilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Vista, CA
    Posts
    1,460
    I have the battery powered one, and it works best on straight seams. I tried it when I had to rip out some quilting but it didn't work nearly as well. I had to rip out binding and it zipped right along in nothing flat.
    The Trike Riding Quilting Diva

  6. #16
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Mechanicsville, IA
    Posts
    1,263
    I got a LED lighted magnifier at the Des Moines, IA quilt show. That and my white handle Clover ripper makes this chore easier. I even use the lighted magnifier when hand stitching binding. It's called the Craftlite Dublin Magnifier Light.
    Cheryl Robinson
    http://www.silverneedlestitching.com
    APQS Millenium Longarm with Intelliquilter

  7. #17
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    115
    Quote Originally Posted by SherriB View Post
    I found a You-Tube video that showed an easy technique. On one side of you seam, use the ripper to cut one stitch every 7 or so. Then on the other side, just pull the thread out in one long piece. It works great and less tiny threads to have to pick.
    I do mine every 5 stitches and then pull the thread from the otherside. This method has made me become a very happy ripper!

  8. #18
    Senior Member TeresaS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Washington state
    Posts
    427
    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    rather than looking for light or magnification specific to the ripper, I would look at an over all solution for those problems.
    I beleive every quilter has a turn and ripping and i can speak from experience..in the beginning I was ripping alot. I think it comes with practice and that she is doing a great job already for asking for help......which is "looking for problems" Not sure why but that statement of yours sounded harsh.

  9. #19
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    sydney australia
    Posts
    129
    Re the question about cutting fabric with the ripper --YES! I was given a new ripper for Christmas (the type with the rubber end to rub away loose threads) and started to rip out some wonky binding. I was amazed at how easy it was because the new ripper was so sharp, and the next minute I had sliced into the fabric as well. Obviously my old rippers had gradually blunted and I hadn't realised it - so be careful with a new tool.

  10. #20
    Super Member DOTTYMO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    England Alton Towers
    Posts
    3,746
    Blog Entries
    1
    I love my seam-fix which has a seam ripper but when the ripper is closed is a large white tip which is great for removing all those tiny threads left after following the steps above. No idea where it came from do a google search if interested.
    Finished is better than a UFO

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 1 2 3 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.