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Old 05-17-2020, 08:18 AM
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I think a never-gets-dull seam ripper is on every quilter's wish list along with never-ending bobbins. I really liked the Alex Anderson 4-in-1 model, it has a seam ripper on one end, a stiletto on the other, the caps for both are wooden and are shaped to be used as tools. It's square and easier to grip than those teeny rippers. Alas, it too has become dull.
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Old 05-17-2020, 03:09 PM
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I Love Clover 482's! Super sharp with a comfortable handle. I drill holes in the handles and put a shoe lace through it so it's easy to find if my quilting area gets chaotic. Hahahahaha! Who am I kidding? When it gets chaotic. I use a wide, very bright lace.
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Old 05-17-2020, 04:01 PM
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I had one that DH turned for me (he's a woodturner) using an Arizona Silhouette kit. I adored it, but someone it went missing in our last move (ironically our shortest - just across town from our temporary rental to the home we built). Sadly, AS sold to another company. He's since made me one with another kit, but it's not as sharp.

I have a Clover and like it, but that one from AS was a the best.
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Old 05-17-2020, 05:16 PM
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There are a few Brothers for sale on line, if that helps anyone. I will keep them in mind for next time I need one.
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Old 05-17-2020, 05:21 PM
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I looked it up but cannot tell if the handle is round. I had one with a round handle and got truly sick of having to pick it up from the floor!
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Old 05-17-2020, 06:33 PM
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My daughter gave me one with a magnifying glass and an LED light! I liked to so much that when I saw another at Joann's, I bought it to keep with my mid-arm.

BTW, when the point gets blunt, you can sharpen it with a whetstone like for knives. Or any stone, really.
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Old 05-17-2020, 07:03 PM
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I 'think' I have 7 somewhere around my sewing room. There is never ever a ripper near at hand when I need it. Which do I prefer? The one that I can find!! Honestly! There are days that finding one is like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, or hens' teeth in a chicken coop!!

I prefer the larger ergonomic handles, especially the oval ones that might roll in a circular motion but not on to the floor. I have had some success in sharpening the blade by ripping thru a piece of aluminum foil.

If you have access to a Lee Valley outlet or catalogue, they have a phenomenal surgical steel seam ripper. It is amazing!! and you can order replacement blades!! Here is a link: https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop...eam-ripper-kit

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Old 05-18-2020, 06:36 AM
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I counted the seam rippers in the basket I use. 17 of them And several laying around the sewing room. I never look for them, I get another out of the basket. They all show up eventually and go back in the basket. Same with scissors. I can lose a ripper and scissors in five seconds after using one. LOL Clover makes round and flat handles. Why Clover made the flat handle one an ugly brown color is a mystery.
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Old 05-18-2020, 07:43 AM
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The name escapes me right now but I love mine. It's the one with the rubberized tip on the top, great for picking out threads. It's usually the type sitting in quilt stores up by the cash register. I think I have 4 of them.
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Old 05-18-2020, 02:11 PM
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I like the ones that come with my Pfaff sewing machine. They are sharp and stay sharp for a long time.
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