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Thread: Help with Seam Rippers

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    :? Hi all need your help. What is it with seam rippers. I want to get a new one. The price I see is from $1.79 to $24.99. What is the difference? Don't they all just rip seams. I know some have mag. on them, some have lights. The ones I am talking about are just regular rippers. The one I have now has a sharp end and the other end has a round ball. Does the ball go between the fabric and the seam? Sounds dumb I know but.....

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    There are better seam rippers out there...I have a Clover that folds in half and I love it, it has a nice fine blade for ripping out stitches. I also have a couple of bigger "brutes" that I paid alot for, but, are not near as sharp and seem to be a bit bulkier to handle.

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    I use the cheap Wal Mart kind. Works great.

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    I like the little white ones that came with my Janomes. I even purchased one from my dealer after I broke one (stepped on it with shoes on). Sometimes I wouldn't mind a better handle though.

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    i like the clover handle bigger than most-- also it is sharp--i watched a fellow quilter unsewing a long seam once she got a couple of inches going then she pinned one end to her machine cover used it like a third hand--i have copied this several times since--i think i have mentioned i have a degree in unsewing !!!

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    http://www.daystyledesigns.com/seamripper.htm This is the one that I have used for the last 3 years, and it is still lovely n sharp, wouldn't be without it. Definitely worth the few extra pennies :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaK
    :? Hi all need your help. What is it with seam rippers. I want to get a new one. The price I see is from $1.79 to $24.99. What is the difference? Don't they all just rip seams. I know some have mag. on them, some have lights. The ones I am talking about are just regular rippers. The one I have now has a sharp end and the other end has a round ball. Does the ball go between the fabric and the seam? Sounds dumb I know but.....
    first = the razor portion of all of them is about the same and like all cutting tools, they go dull after a while = since I like sharp ones, I buy cheap and replace every couple of years. I do like ones with a larger handle because I have large hands. Also - I never thought about putting the ball end between the seam and the fabric, I just figured that the ball was to keep me from piercing the fabric from that end of the moon shaped blade...a safety thing.

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    Speaking of Seam Rippers, didn't someone (a long time ago) give instructions for sharpening a seam ripper? I don't mind getting new ones, but never seem to remember to buy one, then when ripping, wish I had!

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    I always prefer the seam rippers from Clover, either the brown flat ones or the white round-handle ones.
    They have the smallest point for getting into tiny/close together stitches and have the sharpest edge, in my opinion

    I have several in various locations. They are replaced a couple times a year, just like replacing needles and rotary blades, for best effect. I buy them 2-3 at a time when I can find them on sale or at a good price. They are my favorite stocking stuffer.

    Jan in VA

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    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK
    http://www.daystyledesigns.com/seamripper.htm This is the one that I have used for the last 3 years, and it is still lovely n sharp, wouldn't be without it. Definitely worth the few extra pennies :thumbup:
    This is the one that I use as well. I like the way it feels in my hand and the sharp end seems to be the right size and shape. I'm thnking about getting a couple more so I can keep one with the sewing machine I take to classes and have an extra one.

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