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    Super Member ranger's Avatar
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    Does a seam ripper get dull/blunt? Lately, when I use mine, it seems like it's more difficult to remove stitches.

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    Sure it does, just like any other blade ~ it will get dull and need to be replaced.

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    I think mine needs to be replaced more than normal because I use it so much. :-) :-) :-)

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    Yes, and the chance of actually ripping into your fabric increases. Ask me how I know.

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    I am having a very loving relationship with mine (all of them). When I sew I make sure there is one in hand, because I know I will need it. I keep several, because when one needs to be replaced, there is another one.

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    Yes they definitely do get dull, and mine are at the point right now lol. I use mine more than others as well. Especially when I try to do "sleepy sewing" NOT a good idea ;)

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    Guess I need to replace mine, since I probably wore out it taking apart about 80 half triangles sewn together!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piedmont Quilter
    Sure it does, just like any other blade ~ it will get dull and need to be replaced.
    this is so true, and it depends on how much you use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahoma Suzie
    Quote Originally Posted by Piedmont Quilter
    Sure it does, just like any other blade ~ it will get dull and need to be replaced.
    this is so true, and it depends on how much you use it.
    I just bought a couple more, as mine were dull. Wish I could sharpen them!

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    The wonderful owner of my LQS told me that the one thing quilting ladies/gentlemen never replace are their seam rippers and it should be the one gift they treat themselves to.....

    I get a new one about ever 6 months (I rip a lot LOL)

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    I have 4 of them right now...one is going to be retired soon LOL I do keep a dull one for other uses though :wink:

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    Yes, and I have replaced mine recently. I can tell when the threads don't cut as quickly, and I have to keep going over it.

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    sssssshhhhhhhh.........i hid my seam ripper (spoken in a whisper ) so I wont make any mistakes..... :lol: :lol:
    I will let you know if it works....

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    I like to use small sissors better than the seam ripper. But I must say I never thought about them getting dull.

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    There is a surgical seam ripper out there that comes with replacement blades. I love them and have sold A LOT of them at my quilt retreats. I have everybody hooked on them. They cost more up front but I think are well worth the extra cost.

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    what about the lighted seam ripper? Anyone got opinions on that? I bought one, personally not impressed!Seam ripper works well, but as far as the light goes,not so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltsbybarb
    There is a surgical seam ripper out there that comes with replacement blades.
    This sounds like a good idea. Is there a brand name or certain way I should look it up on the 'net? Or do you get them at an lqs?

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    Its a good idea to replace your seam ripper sometimes. Yes, they can become dull. You don't notice the how dull they are until you repace it with a sharp one.

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    Doyou realize that there are different size seam rippers?
    It's a good idea to look at the "shaft" of the seam ripper because some are very large and if you are sewing with smaller stitches, you would have a hard time use the larger one.
    Just a" for you info".

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    One of my friends was COMPLAINING about un-sewing. I looked at her seam ripper, asked "how old is it?" She said "it's the one that came with the sewing machine" (sewing machine is probable 20 yrs old). I MAKE HER buy a new seam ripper. Then she is saying "OMG, OMG this is so much easier".

    About the 'Lighted' seam rippers. IMHO not worth the money. The blade area is to thick and not to sharp. Light idea is great, but.... I will stick to my little white clover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Yes, and the chance of actually ripping into your fabric increases. Ask me how I know.
    :lol:Martina, shortly after I posted the question, I ripped a tiny hole in the backing. Thankfully, the patterned backing will hide my repair.

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    Thanks for the replies. I use my ripper a lot so I'm going to get a new one today.

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    Yeah...who knew? I only discovered how nice a new one is when someone gifted me with a really nice Fons & Porter one. I had inherited mine from my Mom...didn't know there was such a thing as a sharp seam ripper :oops:

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    I was surprised at a recent quilt class I went to and so many of the quilters had the cheap blue handle seam rippers. I loaned my Clover seam ripper to the lady next to me and she was beside herself at how great it was. She went to every one of her friends and said try this. Then she said she always bought the cheap ones, didn't think the more expensive ones were worth it and now she knows better. I use the Gingher seam ripper, the best I've ever used but it doesn't leave my sewing room.

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    My husband has sharped them. But the cost for a new is very cheap. I live 25 to 30 miles away from a place to get them.If I need it sharped it's nice to know he will sharpen them. I keep two because I lose them. Not so much since I cleaned my sewing room.

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