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    Seam ripper help!!

    My seam rippers (all of them) are dull, they all have been with me for a long long time. I am ready to buy a good one (I will have to buy more than one) I read that the Fons and Porter one is great, is there any other seam ripper that you can recommend? Thanks!!!
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    I have one that has a wooden handle and a small curved blade. Wow, best seam ripper I ever had.

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    I like the white Cover with the bigger handle. I rip pockets off blue jeans and the other seam rippers just snap and break on me.

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    I know several people who actually use embroidery scissors. They say the point is smaller and gets into the stitch better and makes it easier to cut. Haven't tried it myself but am seriously thinking about it.

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    i wouldn't know how to go about buying the ones i like... they cam with my sewing machines. they are much sharper than the few i have purchased.
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    I LOVE my seam ripper. It is the one with the surgical blade.

    http://www.nancysnotions.com/product...hole+cutter.do

    I change the blade once in a while. I haven't found anything that I like better. And it was confirmed how much better it is that the 'regular' ones - I had to take out a very LONG seam on a gathered skirt for a princess dress. The real issue was that one fabric was satin and the color was sheer. I had perfect control and did not cut the fabric instead of the thread on any of it.
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    I couldn't pull up the page on Nancy's Notions, but the seam ripper with the surgical blade is fantastic! It is super sharp! You barely have to touch the thread and it tears apart. Nothing like it at all. I bought a man's beard shaver for $11 and it works so well that I use it mostly, but the surgical blade is superb! There are two kinds out there, one is crappy, don't get it. It is from Gingher. Believe it or not, it is dull. It's the other one. You can get it at www.ihaveanotion.com.
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    Nancy i agree with you. Those are the best.
    yes,im buying a new seam ripper, it came with a sewing machine.

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    Ones that came with my brother machines are the best, super sharp, love them

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    I use scapels. #11. They are disposable, cheap, and very sharp

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    I forget the brand, thinking maybe Dritz? It is in the notions section of JoAnne's, has a thick handle, pink/lt lavender, ergonomic - it's easy to hold, sharp and the colored handle means I don't lose it as often as I do the little white one that came with my machine They are both my go-to rippers (Jack and Jackie?) right now.
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    Just got a new seam ripper: the Seam-fix. The actually seam ripping end is much smaller in blade thickness. The cap has a silicone top to just lightly rub away the threads you have ripped.

    I like my Clover but it doesn't have a cap, so I enclosed the top with part of a straw. Hey, it works.

    I also have some folding seam rippers from Germany. They fit nicely in my pocket when at a retreat or sewing with others. Haven't lost one yet. I forget who sells them here.

    I bought a very fine bladed round file that I have been using to keep my Clover seam ripper sharp. After so many years it did finally need some attention. It worked.

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    I use the white handled Clover, but more often I use my rotary cutter for long straight seams. It is great, bast and a bit of masking tape clears up the strings.
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    Least expensive solution go to any place that sells vet supples or farm supplies. Buy a handle and surgical blades. Replacement blades are only $2 something for pkg of 6. Travel toothbrush holder works well to store them. You can choose from several blade styles including hooked. I'm about ready to buy a bunch and resell them. The price quilt stores are getting is ridiculous. You do want to use pliers when changing blades. A slip of the finger could result in a nasty gash.
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    I should have added, I am klutsy around anything sharp, so I think the scapels are out of the questions for me. I looked at nancy notions and they look lethal. I would love to have one, but can see the blood and stitches already. I once got 8 stitches when I was cutting butter (dh sharpened all the knives for thanksgiving day) - spent the holiday meal in the ER with a bunch of other people who just about did the same thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by nhweaver View Post
    My seam rippers (all of them) are dull, they all have been with me for a long long time. I am ready to buy a good one (I will have to buy more than one) I read that the Fons and Porter one is great, is there any other seam ripper that you can recommend? Thanks!!!
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    I have several different ones. Some with larger handles and others not so large. My favorite seam rippers come from Walmart and are not very long so I have better control than with the larger ones. I Think they cost 1.39
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    I'm a fan of the Clover one. I use an old cotton reel (paper) as a cap.

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    I have a tendency to lose my rippers, so I buy as cheap as I can. Just bought another for $1 and it works fine. While I try very hard not make make the oops that require ripping, it does happen. I just don't want to think that I spent $10 on a ripper to fix my mistakes!

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    I use the surgical seam ripper by Havel's. I love, love, love it.

    http://www.havelssewing.com/seam-rip...pro-18950.html

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