Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Seam Ripper

Mistakes happen; this handy sewing tool lets you fix them.

If you make a mistake, change your sewing project, or simply want to deconstruct something, you need a seam ripper.  As a matter of fact, most sewists and quilters have several. Their primary function is to cut and remove unwanted stitches, but here we’ll share some product tips and information you might not be aware of.

Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Seam Ripper


Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Seam Ripper

First, let’s learn the parts and how they function. The point of the ripper catches the stitches, while the blade cuts them.  Ever wonder what that little red ball is for? To protect your fabric, of course! Many different handle styles are available – pick one that suits you!


Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Seam Ripper

Ripping out seams and hems is easy with a seam ripper. Tuck the point of the ripper under a stitch and lift; use the blade to cut. You can remove one stitch at a time, or multiple, depending upon how tight the stitches are.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Seam Ripper

Ergonomic seam rippers are easy to handle, and feel comfortable in your hand. There are several Dritz sizes and styles available, and choosing which ripper is the one for you really comes down to personal preference.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Seam Ripper

The Dritz curved blade seam ripper is extra-sharp. Its thin blade easily slides under stitches, and smoothly cuts through serger stitches. TIP: Remember to keep the protective cover on your seam ripper when it’s not in use.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Seam Ripper

Did you know that you can use a seam ripper to open up buttonholes? Just insert the ripper’s point between stitches, and slide the blade to cut.  TIP: Insert a pin at the end of the buttonhole to avoid cutting through the end stitches.

We hope you’re better acquainted with the seam ripper, because no sewing or
quilting basket is complete without one. In fact, many sewists consider the
seam ripper to be the most important tool in her basket! Tell us, how many seam
rippers do you have in your stash?

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