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Thread: I need a new seam ripper!!!

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    Senior Member kathyd's Avatar
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    As much as I hate to admit it ... I need a new seam ripper. The one I prefer to use is about 5 inches long and very narrow. I have had it for over 20 years and the point is poking through the end of the cap when it's on. Ouch!! I have smaller ones but they seem to get lost in my hand as well as the drawer of my sewing desk. I saw the Ergonomic Seam Ripper by Fons and Porter and was wondering if it was a good one. Any comments?

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    I could not get along with just one seam ripper.....I make a mess qwhen I sew and everthing is all over. I get seam rippers that are about 7 inches long at the dollar stores.........I have about 6 .......toss them when they are dull........if i am lucky i can find one when i need it :D :D :D :wink: :wink:

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    I'm going to give your tiny scissors idea a try. Thanks :D

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    I have about 10 seam rippers floating around my sewing room. I lose them left and right! I'll put it down and it seems to walk away.

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    Would you believe that yesterday I broke the seam ripper that came with my sewing machine? I've only had it a few days! Now I'm back to the two old ones from dh's set. :( Oh I couldn't use the little scissors, with my thumb I'd hurt worse than when I just sit haunched over seam ripping. :D

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    I have a few seam rippers, but my favorite is the Fons and Porter. it is easy to hold, and big enough so you can find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3incollege
    I have a few seam rippers, but my favorite is the Fons and Porter. it is easy to hold, and big enough so you can find it.
    Ya know... hubby says that if I clean up my sewing room, I might find them. I keep telling him that if I clean up my sewing room and have EVERYTHING put away, then that will leave empty spaces where I would have to buy MORE fabric!

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    I'm with Loretta on the manicure scissors, they work wonderfully and I found that they actually cause less hand pain than a traditional seam ripper. You can buy them now that have the tiny blades, but longer handles and bigger finger holes (yes thats the technical name for the loopy ends where we stick our fingers LOL). They cost a bit more, but they also last longer. I think they were made for folks with hand problems, arthritis, etc.

    Terri, clean girlfriend clean!! Fill those empty spaces LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbsstrawberry
    I'm with Loretta on the manicure scissors, they work wonderfully and I found that they actually cause less hand pain than a traditional seam ripper. You can buy them now that have the tiny blades, but longer handles and bigger finger holes (yes thats the technical name for the loopy ends where we stick our fingers LOL). They cost a bit more, but they also last longer. I think they were made for folks with hand problems, arthritis, etc.

    Terri, clean girlfriend clean!! Fill those empty spaces LOL
    I'm working on it! Don't rush me!!

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    I have a batch of them - the larger handled, ergonomic ones fit my hand better. I also use one that stands in a magnetic pincatcher a lot. About the only kind I have not had luck with are the ones with the curved razor-type blades, like an exacto knife. They cut through thread and fabric, both. I found I had to be so careful that it actually took longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    I have a batch of them - the larger handled, ergonomic ones fit my hand better. I also use one that stands in a magnetic pincatcher a lot. About the only kind I have not had luck with wre the ones with the curved razor-type blades, like an exacto knife. They cut through thread and fabric, both. I found I had to be so careful that it actually took longer.
    It's bad enough I stab myself with mine, wouldn't want one with a little razor, I'd be cutting myself all the time

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    My son, an EMT, brought home some disposable scapels (he was using them to carve a pumpkin for Halloween). A couple of them had a curved blade like my favorite little seam ripper, so I "borrowed" them from him. They have a longer handle than the seam ripper, but they are VERY sharp.

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    I'm with tirnhi. Mine weem to get lost almost daily! I keep buying more, but they still disappear. If I ever find them all I'll offer a special sale on seam rippers!

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    I recommend Clover.

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    I bought an ergonomic seam ripper at JoAnns & it has a pink handle but I don't remember the brand name. I like it very well and it has a small point. If I have a lot of seam ripping to do I use a little hobby clamp that suctions down to my table to hold material on one side of seam while I gently pull the material on the other side of seam. This helps my hands so that they don't get so tired & it exposes the threads better so that I don't catch the material by mistake (hate it when that happens).

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    I used the same one since 1969 until just recently and didn't even know how dull it had become until I used a new one.

    Many times I start with the seam ripper and then use the rotary cutter from there. Probably got that idea from the posts in the past on the board.

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    Thanks everyone for the input. It is lots of fun to read the comments that are sent back, and the turn a topic takes!

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    I use a Clover seam ripper, also.

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    Ya know... hubby says that if I clean up my sewing room, I might find them. I keep telling him that if I clean up my sewing room and have EVERYTHING put away, then that will leave empty spaces where I would have to buy MORE fabric!
    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Hmm--seam rippers get dull? :shock: I, uh, didn't know that. Good thing I'm here. I have one seam ripper--I've used it a LOT :!: :!: :!: Every time I can't find it, it's under my sewing machine. It always takes me 5-15 minutes to remember to look there. :roll:

    I should invest in another and see what it's like to use a sharp one. :D

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    I bought a case of Clover seam rippers. My husband pulled the ripper part out of the handle and turned wooden handles. They are big and easy to handle.

    That said, I prefer the ripper that came with my bernina, because it's smaller (the tip) and is easier to get into and under the threads. Now I need to get him to make a handle for my little bernina ripper.

    M

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    I found that I prefer the scissors over a seam ripper also.
    I'm known as the "Frog Quilter". You know, rip it, rip it, rip it.
    :lol:

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    Absolutely LOVE IT! I would recommend this to anyone. Thank you. GiGi

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