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Thread: I need a GOOD Seam Ripper!!

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    Senior Member Zebra2's Avatar
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    Does anyone have a recommendation for a good seam ripper?? I've used the cheap ones. I have a gingher (which I hate to say, I really DON'T like). I want something that is really sharp clear down to the point!

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    Seems everyone at Guild is now using the mustache trimmers at the $$$ store!
    I have not found a really good one either--the big ones you can hold are not sharp and those darn little ones are hard to hang onto.....

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    I use the surgical scalp like ones with the blue handles.

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    I use the Alex Anderson's 4 in one tool. It has a pretty good seam ripper.

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    Clover brands; the Japanese make the BEST sewing tools!

    Jan in VA

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    I also like Clover.

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    I use a pair of Havel snipeze to snip the threads on one side of the seam. They are super sharp and work better than any dull seam ripper.

    Here's a pair,
    <http://thesewingcenter.com/havel-sni...rs-p-5370.html>

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    I have the Surgical Seam Ripper (2 of them in fact) from Nancy's Notion's. They're super sharp and I haven't poked a hole in fabric since I got them! I use one for my hand embroidery and the other stays on my sewing machine.

    Tried to post a link but it doesn't work. I'm new - haven't got the hang of that yet! You can find it in her on-line catalog.

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    I like Havels seam ripper, alot like a scalpel and it works great. Comes with extra blades too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebra2
    Does anyone have a recommendation for a good seam ripper?? I've used the cheap ones. I have a gingher (which I hate to say, I really DON'T like). I want something that is really sharp clear down to the point!
    I'm an excellent seam ripper but the airfare might be a wee bit expensive! LOL

    I love the seam ripper that came with my Husqvarna Viking machine. If you're near an independent dealer, they could order you one if they don't have them in stock.

    Also, I got a folding seam ripper in the Fons and Porter section at JoAnns and I love it. It folds up so I don't ever have to worry about losing the cap! It was a decent price too.

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    I'm still using my original Dritz seam ripper that I've had for years (40 yrs at least)!

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    Ditto what Jan said. Love the Clover seam ripper. I bought the Fons and Porter one, and don't like it quite as much.

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    I love the purple seam ripper with the ergonomic handle ... made of rubber. It is at Joanns and costs about 4.00 but well worth it. Sharp and excellent on preventing strain on your hands. I don't know the brand... Just that I have 2 of them for me and any friends that come over.

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    I didn't have a seam ripper until two months ago and everyone bragged about Clover. Never used one before but since I bought it, have had to use it.

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    Fons and Porter from my experience.

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    I rip with the Wahl trimmer. love it, love it, love it!!

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    I use the scalpel. It is so fast.

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    I'm pretty good at ripping seams, but you can't afford me! (LOL)

    I use the cheapo that I can buy at Walmart. I tried an ergonomic one and it was very difficult for me to use because the handle was so fat. I should have known because I have an ergonomic handled potato peeler that has sat unused in my kitchen drawer for about 5 years.

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    I love the Fons and Porter too. The point is small and sharp and gets behind those tough threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Clover brands; the Japanese make the BEST sewing tools!

    Jan in VA
    I do too. Anybody else have this problem with other brands as well? When you're sitting under a bright light to un-sew the light glinting off the ripper is a real annoyance. Maybe its just me. That product Zap did a nice job of taking the shine off all my sink chrome, maybe I should try that!

    How on earth do you use a beard trimmer?

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    I just read another thread here about sharpening them...check it out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjnicholson
    I'm still using my original Dritz seam ripper that I've had for years (40 yrs at least)!
    me too. but maybe only about ten years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamstome
    I use the surgical scalp like ones with the blue handles.
    This is my favorite also & it came with several different blades. It's not too dainty nor too fat to hold onto. I believe mine was a Sullivan's brand but I could be mistaken and I don't see anything like it on their website. I bought several at a Hancock's Fabric store that was being shut down. I had previously used a smaller version that I got at Shirley's Sewing Stuff but it disappeared: http://www.shirleyssewingstuff.com/t...ing_tools.html I would recommend either. Even though Shirley's is smaller than the one I use now, it was easier to hold onto than the little round traditional type seam rippers. Believe it or not, I have injured myself and my fabric much more often with the traditional pointy style than I ever have with the razor blade/scalpel style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tellabella
    I just read another thread here about sharpening them...check it out...
    Thanks! May also be good to dull the shininess.

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    I'm just relieved to hear that someone still needs to use a seam ripper after 40 years. As a beginner, this tool has become my new best friend but I had hoped that we could eventually become like casual acqaintances---seems that I'm in for the long haul.

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