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How to Use a Seam Ripper in Quilting

Learn how to use a seam ripper from quilting expert Cathy Izzo in this Howcast video.


If you're a sewer one thing is for certain, you will end up making a mistake at some point in your career. And for that, to remedy that, you need this essential item in your toolkit. It's a seam ripper. Very simple but very important.

So, we've sewn these two fabrics together and they're not right. The first way you can take them apart is go to the beginning of the seam, slide the point of your seam ripper into the first stitch and gently pull.

And you'll rip a stitch or two. And you just keep going along gently slicing stitches and pulling. Eventually your whole piece will come undone.

Another way if you have, I'd say, light fabric on a dark background. So it's very easy to see you can go to the back, the backside, the bobbin thread and slide your point under every fourth or fifth stitch.

And, if you have a nice sharp seam ripper it works really well. And then when you've done that it should just sort of come apart very simply and easily. And that's the fastest way.

So, this is your seam ripper. Keep it close by and don't be afraid to use it.

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