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Thread: Seem ripper the right way.

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    My friend said "Most people don't know the proper way to use a seem ripper". Did you know there is a proper way? I spend enough time ripping things out that I thought I had better learn the right way. Then I found there are several ways to this. What is the best way? Do you have a technique that works best? Maybe others might like to know too!

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    I like to try and pull the long thread on the bottom gently as if gathering until it comes out and then the top one just falls off. If that doesn't work, then whatever method doesn't damage the fabric or make a sailor blush would be the right way.

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    Sorry -- I use a small rotary cutter to rip seams. I use the seam ripper to start. I did not know there is a right way, except if you try to glide it down a seam you can rip a lot of fabric -- I have more control with the rotary cutter.

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    Not sure if it the 'right' way but if you use one that has the little ball knob on it put that towards the fabric as it helps eliminate accidentally ripping your fabric while you are ripping the threads.

    I also use mine like a knife instead of under each stitch I just cut several threads at once. I used to use a scalpel as I had a few disposable ones. But after 30 years they finally got dull and I can't get anymore.

    And then there is also if you just rip a few stitches out here and there along the seam you are taking out, you can pull the threads and have a longer piece of thread instead of a bunch of little ones.

    And then...... next ----- how does everyone else use there's?

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    Oh she must be a QPO(quilting police officer), no laws or rules here. I use mine how ever the need calls for it to be used. Some time I rip, tear, pick, sometimes I use my toes and teeth to help hold the fabric. Wonder if thats ok in the the book of rippers?

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    Lisa, my way Exactly! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaGibbs
    I like to try and pull the long thread on the bottom gently as if gathering until it comes out and then the top one just falls off.
    I do this too! Still pick out a few little stitches.

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    This is how I was taught to do it..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5XK-eEpAaQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    Oh she must be a QPO(quilting police officer), no laws or rules here. I use mine how ever the need calls for it to be used. Some time I rip, tear, pick, sometimes I use my toes and teeth to help hold the fabric. Wonder if thats ok in the the book of rippers?
    Ditto for me...I think we were seperated at birth lee...lol

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    My way is to cuss out the seam good and proper first. :twisted: Then I cut every 3rd or 4th stitch on the top and the pieces just pull apart when you're done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum
    My friend said "Most people don't know the proper way to use a seem ripper". Did you know there is a proper way? I spend enough time ripping things out that I thought I had better learn the right way. Then I found there are several ways to this. What is the best way? Do you have a technique that works best? Maybe others might like to know too!
    You mean your friend didn't show you the right way? Surely she must know, since she knows that most of us don't know it. So is she keeping it secret, like her secret recipe? LOL (For me, whatever works, and sometimes it ain't pretty.)

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    Great Video! Like everyone else I didn't realize there was a right or wrong way. Any way is great as long as the offending stitches are gone!

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    You mean your friend didn't show you the right way? Surely she must know, since she knows that most of us don't know it. So is she keeping it secret, like her secret recipe? LOL (For me, whatever works, and sometimes it ain't pretty.)[/quote]

    Oh gee, when my friend said that, I didn't have the heart to say" oh, I didn't know there was a right or wrong way". So I thought I would ask my quilter friends here :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjnicholson
    My way is to cuss out the seam good and proper first. :twisted: Then I cut every 3rd or 4th stitch on the top and the pieces just pull apart when you're done!
    Me, too, only I use the thread nippers I had to buy when I worked at a sewing factory.

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    I've never seen it done this way, but it looks so much easier and quicker than all the other ways I've tried. It makes me want to make a mistake just so I can do this. Thanks for posting this, mythreesuns! I'm also looking forward to everyone else's responses to how they rip seams.

    Quote Originally Posted by mythreesuns
    This is how I was taught to do it..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5XK-eEpAaQ

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    For long seams, I use the foot of my sewing machine to hold one end of the seam, then hold the end toward me with my left hand. My right hand pushes the ripper toward the machine. Because the fabric is held tight, you can just zip through the seam quickly. For smaller pieces, I would rip them out like in the video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuv2quilt
    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    Oh she must be a QPO(quilting police officer), no laws or rules here. I use mine how ever the need calls for it to be used. Some time I rip, tear, pick, sometimes I use my toes and teeth to help hold the fabric. Wonder if thats ok in the the book of rippers?
    Ditto for me...I think we were seperated at birth lee...lol
    Oh dear god we are triplets!!!!

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    I didn't know that was a certain way either, although after watching the video - I realized 90 percent of the time I do use it that way -just because you don't rip your fabric and it makes you feel good when you do long sections all at once on the second step.

    I have a story to tell - At a recent retreat I had to use my ripper several times and after awhile I would just announce that I had another date with "Jack", at first it took people a while to ask me what I meant, who was Jack? "Jack the Ripper" - so by the end of the retreat the ladies in my corner of the room had named all their rippers different names -- some based on their male or female colors and you would hear announcements everytime they had a date with Antonio (he was classy), George(plain and reliable) or Jacques (cause he was lavender) etc. It added fun to our retreat.

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    I was taught to rip out every few stitches also. That way the material won't stretch.

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    Years ago, we were taught to "rip" every 3rd stitch all along the offending seam. Then pull the 2 pieces of fabric apart. The seam just disentigrates, but you are left with all those lovely micro-pieces of thread.

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    leatheflea, your reply made me lol,,, that was a good one. :lol:

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    yup, that's me too Lisa! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltlady
    I didn't know that was a certain way either, although after watching the video - I realized 90 percent of the time I do use it that way -just because you don't rip your fabric and it makes you feel good when you do long sections all at once on the second step.

    I have a story to tell - At a recent retreat I had to use my ripper several times and after awhile I would just announce that I had another date with "Jack", at first it took people a while to ask me what I meant, who was Jack? "Jack the Ripper" - so by the end of the retreat the ladies in my corner of the room had named all their rippers different names -- some based on their male or female colors and you would hear announcements everytime they had a date with Antonio (he was classy), George(plain and reliable) or Jacques (cause he was lavender) etc. It added fun to our retreat.
    That's fun. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Okay, I learned something new from that video. Thanks. I needed that. I sometimes resist the urge to rip but I won't anymore. *She starts chanting, the seam ripper is my friend, the seam ripper is my friend*

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    Quote Originally Posted by mythreesuns
    This is how I was taught to do it..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5XK-eEpAaQ
    Me, too.

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