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Old 05-05-2015, 05:48 AM
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Does anyone out there in our sewing world know how to sharpen dull seam rippers? Years ago,I had a young male friend that kept mine sharp using his pocket knife.I was always too busy to watch him. Now I wish I had just taken the time, as he was killed in an accident in his 20's , and I lost my ripper sharpener. Anyone out there that can help me? I have a lot of very dull seam rippers.,both,cheap and expensive, they all get dull in time.
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Old 05-05-2015, 05:59 AM
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I don't know, but I'm interested to watch this thread!

I just replace them. I have taken to using a scalpel-style ripper now so I just replace blades instead of the whole thing. I'd love to learn how to sharpen the more standard kind though; I do still use them sometimes and I hate throwing things in the trash.
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maybe a chain saw sharpener, they are small and round.
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Old 05-05-2015, 06:04 AM
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Sorry I can't helps as I don't use a seam ripper. I prefer to use my tiny pointed thread snips and cut every third thread on one side of the seam. I pull the thread on the other side after clipping and it's done.
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Old 05-05-2015, 07:40 AM
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Tartan, how tiny are those snips? I have a couple pairs of snips and a pair of 'good' small scissors special for cutting applique, but nothing would stick into a machine-sewn thread.
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Betty I just replace them, although my Janome has the very best point of any of them for sneaking under a thread, and I am using it tho' somewhat dull.

I use a scalpel with curved blade for ripping PP tiny stitches out. Carol Doak had it in her video
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:04 AM
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I love my F&P seam ripper that I actually own 3 of them. I don't have a problem with any dullness and they fit the hand comfortably.
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When mine get dull I toss it. I find them on sale or clearance and buy several at a time.
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:33 AM
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Here is a picture of my 4 inch thread snips. I LOVE them for there extremely pointed tips that allow me to clip sewn stitches. The spring action is also so easy to use. The curved blade are nice for trimming close to an appliqué to trim threads without cutting the background. The name on the package is Infiniti made by H.A. KIDD and company limited and I got them at my LQS.image.jpg
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I like the cuticle nail scissors with the tiny narrow points - they are great for snipping and thread cutting!
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I use the smallest rotary cutter if near by. I have about 5-6 seam rippers and exacto knives with replaceable blades. I pretty much use what's nearby. I also have a utility knife for scrapbooking with breakoff tips. I have couple razor blades that I tape one end so I don't cut myself.
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