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    seem ripper

    What is the best ripper available with a fine point? I have to rip out and entire binding on aquilt and it is really sewed tight. I have a good one but it is only about 2 or 2.5 inches long and my hand cramps up using it very long. My other one is to big onthe tip to get under the threads.
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    I love my Havel which has like a thin razer blade tip, you just need to be very very careful as it is very sharp.
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    Gosh, I'm not home right now, dogsitting for dd, so I can't look. I do know when you go to buy one they have wonderful new ones that have nice thin, sharp points and they stitches just break apart. Have to watch the edges thought like Deborahlees says.....Havels are good. I'll have to watch this thread and see other suggestions. Always good to learn more.....I handquilt so not tight stitches but do machine piece too.
    I only use tight stitches when Paper piecing.....Good luck
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    I personally like the small ones the best. However, I just bought the Mighty bright at a show. It has a light and a megnafying glass, so you can see your stitches better. Google the words in and see who has it. Also, when you use your little one, cut only a stitch every inch or so, the go to the backside of your work and pull on the thread. It will come out easy and saves time.

    Quote Originally Posted by evelyn5269 View Post
    What is the best ripper available with a fine point? I have to rip out and entire binding on aquilt and it is really sewed tight. I have a good one but it is only about 2 or 2.5 inches long and my hand cramps up using it very long. My other one is to big onthe tip to get under the threads.
    Thanks,
    Evelyn

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    One friend actually uses her rotary cutter to rip out. She is very efficient and fast. I would be scared to death.
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    I just buy the small inexpensive ones with the narrow tip and pitch them when they get dull. I usually unsew seams by using my narrow pointed scissors. I cut the bobbin thread every 3 to 4 stitches and then pull the top thread to remove the stitching. If the stitching line is really tight with tiny stitches, I pull the 2 fabrics apart to expose the thread and touch a little eye brow trimming wand to the thread. I got the tip here on QB to buy the eye brow shaper. It has a tiny razor blade with a mesh guard to trim hair without cutting yourself. It works well to cut the thread without cutting the fabric.

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    Clover ... no doubt in my mind

    I hate the small free ones that come with the machine, they don't fit my hand properly (and I have very small hands) and when I grip them, the cap keeps sliding off.

    The Clover has a wonderful comfortable handle and it is very sharp and has a nice point. I bought it for the handle, and after I used it I couldn't believe how much better the business end of it was than the cheapo ones that I was using.
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    The very best in the world is the one is here... http://www.southwestsewingmachines.c...oductid,,116RZ. It has the razor on the end. It is very sharp and work excellently. Also, I bought a man's electric hair razor and it is awesome!!!! You don't even have to touch the thread and it clips it. It only costs $13. And they had cheaper ones. I got it at Rite Aid as I won't go into WalMart. I wish
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Clover ... no doubt in my mind

    I hate the small free ones that come with the machine, they don't fit my hand properly (and I have very small hands) and when I grip them, the cap keeps sliding off.

    The Clover has a wonderful comfortable handle and it is very sharp and has a nice point. I bought it for the handle, and after I used it I couldn't believe how much better the business end of it was than the cheapo ones that I was using.
    I just did the same bought the clover with the big handle .. why did I wait so long. You don't realize the difference in that little one to the big handle till you use it for a bit... I would like to believe I don't need one as much as I used too .. but I guess that part of quilting never really dissappears.

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    I bought The Quick Ripper on line not long ago well today I put it to good use. It is the fast thing ever for getting stitches out. I love it were has it been all my life. I saw it on a thread here. and then I bough it on etsy, Here is a youtub www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA_2m0ZO8EA The Quick Ripper is a battery operated seam ripper ( like a mustache trimmer ) it is very fast I love it

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    My favorite is the Fons and Porter. It has a fine sharp tip, and the round red handle end is great for brushing away the tiny threads bits. I flatten off one side of the grip to keep it from rolling. The fat round handle works well in my arthritic hands and reminds me of something OXO would make.



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    I use my rotary cutter most times. I have never cut into the fabric using it. The blade only touches the thread in the seam. Sew a seam on scraps and use your rotary cutter to rip. It's fast when there is a lot of seaming to unsew. I like Clover, Fons and Porter and the new surgical blade rippers. I use the $1 ones about twice and toss them out. They are not worth having.
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    Except I did a real fancy stitch on my machine and can't even describe it. not just a ziz zag lol. lots of thread thanks for the info though. be on Google here in a few seconds. The Havel sounds good too. Was reading reviews on them last night.
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    I am going home and try my husbands mustache trimmer. Never thought of anything like that before.
    Thanks for the tip
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    I use a medical scalpel. #11.. They are extremely sharp, and are cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evelyn5269 View Post
    What is the best ripper available with a fine point? I have to rip out and entire binding on aquilt and it is really sewed tight. I have a good one but it is only about 2 or 2.5 inches long and my hand cramps up using it very long. My other one is to big onthe tip to get under the threads.
    Thanks,
    Evelyn
    Fons and Porter has a very fine point, and a handle that is a godsend------------but they break easy
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattieMae View Post
    My favorite is the Fons and Porter. It has a fine sharp tip, and the round red handle end is great for brushing away the tiny threads bits. I flatten off one side of the grip to keep it from rolling. The fat round handle works well in my arthritic hands and reminds me of something OXO would make.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    I love my Havel which has like a thin razer blade tip, you just need to be very very careful as it is very sharp.

    I've been tempted to buy the Havel snippers that fit into a case you wear around your neck-----------but good heavens, they are expensive.
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    If you don't have a medical supply place to get a medical scalpel, any farm supply store will also carry a scalpel handle and extra blades in their vet supply area. I also like the Clover Rippers. Can't find them in local shops so I ordered a dozen direct from Clover online to save on shipping.
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    I love my Havel and some Havel type seam rippers. I clearly remember my grandmother using a straight razor and my mother would tape one side of a safety razor. I have seen people use rotary cutters but my hands are too shaky. I am dangerous enough with the Havel.
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    Clover. No other for me.

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