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Thread: Seem ripper the right way.

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    Super Member deedum's Avatar
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    My friend said "Most people don't know the proper way to use a seem ripper". Did you know there is a proper way? I spend enough time ripping things out that I thought I had better learn the right way. Then I found there are several ways to this. What is the best way? Do you have a technique that works best? Maybe others might like to know too!

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    I like to try and pull the long thread on the bottom gently as if gathering until it comes out and then the top one just falls off. If that doesn't work, then whatever method doesn't damage the fabric or make a sailor blush would be the right way.

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    Sorry -- I use a small rotary cutter to rip seams. I use the seam ripper to start. I did not know there is a right way, except if you try to glide it down a seam you can rip a lot of fabric -- I have more control with the rotary cutter.

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    Not sure if it the 'right' way but if you use one that has the little ball knob on it put that towards the fabric as it helps eliminate accidentally ripping your fabric while you are ripping the threads.

    I also use mine like a knife instead of under each stitch I just cut several threads at once. I used to use a scalpel as I had a few disposable ones. But after 30 years they finally got dull and I can't get anymore.

    And then there is also if you just rip a few stitches out here and there along the seam you are taking out, you can pull the threads and have a longer piece of thread instead of a bunch of little ones.

    And then...... next ----- how does everyone else use there's?

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    Oh she must be a QPO(quilting police officer), no laws or rules here. I use mine how ever the need calls for it to be used. Some time I rip, tear, pick, sometimes I use my toes and teeth to help hold the fabric. Wonder if thats ok in the the book of rippers?

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    Lisa, my way Exactly! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaGibbs
    I like to try and pull the long thread on the bottom gently as if gathering until it comes out and then the top one just falls off.
    I do this too! Still pick out a few little stitches.

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    This is how I was taught to do it..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5XK-eEpAaQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    Oh she must be a QPO(quilting police officer), no laws or rules here. I use mine how ever the need calls for it to be used. Some time I rip, tear, pick, sometimes I use my toes and teeth to help hold the fabric. Wonder if thats ok in the the book of rippers?
    Ditto for me...I think we were seperated at birth lee...lol

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    My way is to cuss out the seam good and proper first. :twisted: Then I cut every 3rd or 4th stitch on the top and the pieces just pull apart when you're done!

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