Wow, I can hardly believe that National Sewing Month 2013 is almost over. Sara from Craft Snob is here today to share one of the most despised tools in everyone’s sewing basket… The Seam Ripper! Whenever I reach for this small tool I know I am in trouble! Let’s check out some seam ripper anatomy before she gets started.
Hi, I’m Sara, creator of WE SEW Crooked, a fun online course for new and nervous sewers.
The seam ripper is my most essential (and favorite) tool for sewing because… mistakes are waiting to happen! Instead of starting over or tossing a project to the scrap bin, the seam ripper allows me to back up a couple of steps and then continue sewing.
How to Use Seam Ripper
With all the cool and clever tutorials shared on The Sewing Loft for NSM, surely a few sewing mistakes have been made. So this tutorial is all about undoing some of the cool things you’ve sewn while sewing along with TSL this month.
You can use seam rippers to:
- Undo mangled messes of thread (like when your bobbin starts acting up or your tension is not set right)
- When you sew the two inch opening closed on accident (when you were suppose to leave it open)
- Or you just don’t like the seam
Steps for using a seam ripper:
Lay the seam flat. Locate the part of the seam you want to remove and insert the pointed end of the ripper under the thread. The curve in the seam ripper is the part that will cut the thread.
Once you have cut one stitch, remove the ripper and continue the previous step for every two to four stitches, depending on how tight or loose your stitch is.
Remove the cut thread to reveal your opening.
Now you can continue with your sewing project and no one will ever be the wiser!
I have multiple seam rippers stashed throughout my sewing area. So confession time… how many seam rippers do you have? I won’t assume that the number of seam rippers you own is proportional to your sewing blunders!
Join the Craft Snob Facebook group to download your free pattern set.
If you are new to sewing, then follow Bite Sized Sewing, a series of free patterns and tutorials for the beginner sewer.
Thanks to The Sewing Loft for allowing me to celebrate National Sewing Month with all of you!
I love how Sara broke down the dreaded task of tearing out a seam into bite size bits! Speaking of bite size bits…. did you know that the Dritz Make Something Blog has been running a month-long series for National Sewing Month? Each day they have highlighted one of their tools in a clever way. You can check out the enter series here.
ps- Don’t forget to enter the National Sewing Month 2013 giveaway! If you have not already entered you will want to check out the amazing prize packages and enter to win here.
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