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Thread: Is there a good seam ripper?

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    Super Member wesing's Avatar
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    I had to frog sew two lines of quilting off the last quilt I did. Unsewing is bad enough, but using a dull rough ripper made the job ten times worse than it should have been.

    IF I go out on Friday or Saturday I have to buy a seam ripper (or maybe 6). We have never bought anything but the cheapies, but if there is a good one out there I'm ready to give it a try. Is there such an animal? Please provide your recommendation.

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    Darren

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    There was a topic awhile back about people using those little eyebrow razors. I've not tried it, but it sounded interesting. I lose mine so often they don't seem to have time to get dull. I usually buy 2 at a time. I suspect they all get dull, just the nature of a blade.

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    That's the problem with all blades they all get dull.

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    i don't use a seam ripper anymore...I much prefer a very sharp pair of thread snips w/ thin blades. I started using them when i worked in a factory making firefigher uniforms...Snip every few threads and pull apart - easy peasy..

    The ones we used at the factory was from Wiss - I saw there is a pair from Fiskars at JoAnn's - the key is to look for a thin blade w/ sharp points to snip the thread.

    I was looking for a picture:
    http://www.drillspot.com/products/39...ead_Shears?s=1



    If you google 'Wiss Thread Snips'. you'll find several places that sell them and probably cheaper - but they're worth the price

    ETA: Gingher has a pair that looks similar DO NOT get those - the blade is too thick to snip the threads - great to cut thread off the spool, but not to snip threads to rip out

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    I use the snips too, but I also use my seam ripper. I don't like the snips on the bias edges.

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    that is true - pulling a piece apart that is cut on the bias would definitely stretch it out....

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    I use a seam ripper, the snips at times, but if it's the whole seam to separate I use an old disposable scaple! (medical one I've had nearly 30 years!) It is finally getting dull. Wish I had more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingGrannie
    I use a seam ripper, the snips at times, but if it's the whole seam to separate I use an old disposable scaple! (medical one I've had nearly 30 years!) It is finally getting dull. Wish I had more.
    You can pick up a scalpe at Tractor Supply in the cattle/sheep medication dept. Same place they have needles/syringes.

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    I have the thread snips and like them a lot. They remain sharp for a very long time.

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    I just keep a bunch of cheapies and throw them out as they dull.

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