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Old 05-16-2020, 04:45 PM
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I know this sounds a bit like an oxymoron, but do you have a favorite seam ripper? I had one for eons, and decided it really was too blunt to be any good any more, so replaced it with <I don't remember what brand or where from> seam ripper. The new one was so sharp, I loved it! Sadly, it vanished from my sewing table recently (I think it may have rolled off, unnoticed, into the trash), so I bought some replacements (generic brand, Amazon) and I am so disappointed that they seem about as blunt as the really old one I first threw out. Probably serves me right for going generic.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good, reliable, and sharp seam ripper??

And on a fun related note, when I was growing up my mother called this item a "quick unpick", not a "seam ripper". Anyone else familiar with that term?

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Old 05-16-2020, 06:15 PM
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I prefer pointed serrated blade thread snips.
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Old 05-16-2020, 06:25 PM
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Hobby Lobby has the ones I like. They are very like the ones that I got with my Brother sewing machines. They are small and fit my hand better than most and the blade that goes under the stitches is small. It's probably too small for most people. I have been told that I don't use it properly, so there is that too. I like to cut every 3rd or 4th stitch and then just pull the piece apart. Others hold the ripper and push against the sewing threads as the fabric separates. I am always afraid that I will slash through the fabric. I've only done that once. https://www.hobbylobby.com/search/?t...uickview=51980
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Old 05-16-2020, 07:07 PM
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Clover brand is my choice. I have a basket full.
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Old 05-16-2020, 09:11 PM
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i like the flat, blue handle Dritz ones--I buy 2 new ones every Jan--one for sewing room, one for long arm room. I like it cause it's large enough that my hand doesn't cramp, the blade is flat and slips under a seam easily, and the flat handle doesn't roll anywhere. I like the Clover brand with a flat handle/blade too, but it's just a bit too small (handle) to do lots of ripping (long arm sometimes requires a great deal of unsewing )
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Old 05-17-2020, 02:18 AM
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I believe in multiple disposable seam rippers so I buy them often and on sale or with a coupon, I usually get blue (Dritz?) larger handle ones. I have a slightly more expensive padded handled one, I think by Singer (its pink and white, didn't see one quite like it on my search).

The little ones cramp up my hands. I like that pink and white one, not so much since the dog got it and chewed the end a bit but it fit my hand well.
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The best and sharpest ones I have ever had came with my sewing machines. I have several that I have purchased from Brothers over the years and there is nothing like them IMHO.
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Old 05-17-2020, 05:00 AM
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I agree, the best ones come with my machines. I've purchased 'fun' ones, and just are not as sharp.
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I had a Clover for years that I loved. I accidentally threw it in the fireplace while we had a fire going. Have not idea how I did such a stupid thing! It had a long brown handle. I have tons of rippers but I agree that the ones that come with machines are good.
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At a sew day the sewer next to me was tugging and pulling on the threads to take out, she was literally breaking the threads with force using her seam ripper. I offered my seam ripper saying it's very sharp. She said, I've had this seam ripper for years and it's still good. I couldn't' help myself and said good for what? She reacted in one of these two ways. She huffed up and pouted the rest of the day, She laughed and said I guess it does need to go in the trash after all and borrowed mine.

She chose to laugh and I gave her a new seam ripper the next sew day. We are good sewing buddies now.
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