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Just after you take your first stitches, you will also start taking out those stitches. Seam ripping – “Unsewing” – Reverse sewing. What ever you wish to call it, is totally natural and normal. It might seem frustrating at the time, having just spent the time putting in those stitches. But taking them out does not have to be frustrating. You can do it quickly with a little know how. Keep reading to learn about the different types of seam rippers, how to pick the best one for you, and a few tips and tricks. If you are removing Serging, check out this post.

This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission which helps keep my blog up and running but it won’t cost you a penny more)!

Don’t forget to check out the Fabric Ninja Freebie Library for lots of easy project, like this gift bag for the beginning seamstress and the “Sewing Machine Log Printable – Oil & Needle Change Log” that everyone needs.

close up of my favorite seam ripper

The Basics

Most seam rippers look very similar. A long and a short “finger” with the cutter in the curve between them. These are the seam rippers that I buy most often. They are very basic, but they cover two features that are essential in a seam ripper. You can find a list of my other favorite tools here.

Picking the Best seam ripper for you. #sewing #beginnersewing #Easysewing

 

 

They are sharp!

This is really important. A sharp seam ripper will ALWAYS be my favorite seam ripper. This is why I buy so many. Plus when you can buy 30 for around $12, it’s an economical choice. (I also use them a lot.) If you’ve been using a seam ripper for a long time, it’s probably dull. This makes it harder to used, so much harder than you realize.

It’s like using dull scissors or a dull rotary cutter. You don’t realize it, but when you use a new one it’s sooo much better and you wonder why you didn’t get a new blade or sharpen your scissors sooner. That dull blade is causing you to push harder, which means that it’s easier to accidentally cut your fabric. So when your seam ripper starts to feel dull, replace it.

You can mark and save dull seam rippers, then use them for pulling out corners, or as a stiletto when sewing. (The Easy Sew Gift Bag is a great project to practice corners on.) When it’s time to toss your seam ripper make sure you put them in a sharps container, or empty Altoids type tin you keep around, or wrap tape around it so on one gets accidentally poked.

 

What’s the red ball for?

I’m glad you asked. This is another essential seam ripper feature. This ball allows you to slide the seam ripper along a seam for quick reverse sewing. The red ball goes between the layers of your fabric and holds them apart so that they are not cut when the thread is. If this doesn’t make sense, check out the video. It also helps align the seam with the blade of the seam ripper for easy cutting. If your seam ripper doesn’t have this ball, it’s ok. But I don’t recommend sliding it down seams. When you get a new one, make sure it has a ball. Serger stitches are easily removed with out the ball, see how to here. Those are the two most important features. Now let’s look at some optional features and creature comforts.

 

The Handle & Cap:

The seam ripper that I linked above has a clear plastic cap that goes on the handle when you open it. It’s a great place to store the cap and it also make the handle a great length for me, but still too short of some people. However, getting the cap back off when I’m done is nearly impossible, so I don’t do it.

If your really need to be able to close your seam ripper (for travel or because you have little ones around) I suggest one of theses folding seam rippers. You can never loose the cap, because it’s attached! I keep one of these in my purse.(Ya know, just in case) I was first introduced to them at a quilt show I went to with my mom. So, I’ll admit, their might be a bit of nostalgia here.

If you prefer a seam ripper with a longer handle or a thicker "ergonomic" handle (better for people with arthritis or carpel tunnel), their are several styles around. I like this rounded shape of this one. That handle is slightly soft to the touch, but not squishy.

When I had pregnancy carpel tunnel I found the smaller seam rippers harder to use.

Products from Amazon.com

  • CLOVER Sew for Fun Retractable Seam Ripper Seamripper
    CLOVER Sew for Fun Retractable Seam Ripper Seamripper
    Price: $7.44
  • Bohin Folding Seam Ripper


    Bohin Folding Seam Ripper
    Price: $14.98
  • Dritz 5101  Ergonomic Large Seam Ripper

    -6%
    Dritz 5101 Ergonomic Large Seam Ripper
    Price: $6.39
    Was: $6.79
  • SINGER 50002 ProSeries Folding Seam Ripper
    SINGER 50002 ProSeries Folding Seam Ripper
    Price: $5.90

Additional Features

The Seam-Fix seam ripper has a rubber head that helps remove small bits of thread when you are done seam ripping. It’s pretty amazing. It comes in two sizes. I prefer the Mini version because the cap fits on to the handle for safe keeping.

On the larger size, you can’t put the cap on the handle. So I loose it, or my children run off with it. If you do want a larger handle, regular size is a great option too, just try to put the cap in a safe place. I really like having the thread remover right there on the seam ripper, but you can use a rubber eraser with similar results.



Products from Amazon.com

  • Dritz Seam Fix Seam Ripper


    Dritz Seam Fix Seam Ripper
    Price: $5.99
  • Dritz 665 Seam-Fix Seam Ripper, Large -1%
    Dritz 665 Seam-Fix Seam Ripper, Large
    Price: $4.94

And now for something completely different!

This is a Surgical Seam ripper. I personally have never really gotten use to this type of seam ripper. Some people swear they are the best thing ever and will never go back to the other type. I know one thing for sure, they are sharp! Don’t forget to put the lid on. Although they are not my choice for seam ripping they work rather well for opening buttonholes. I do still recommend a buttonhole cutter.



Products from Amazon.com

  • CLOVER Button Hole Cutter

    -22%
    CLOVER Button Hole Cutter
    Price: $7.60
    Was: $9.75
  • Ultima 5.5
    Ultima 5.5" Razor Sharp Surgical Seam Rippers/Seam Cutters (4 Pack)
    Price: $12.80

Don’t forget to check out the Fabric Ninja Freebie Library for lots of easy project, like this bag for the beginning seamstress and the “Sewing Machine Log Printable – Oil & Needle Change Log” that everyone needs.

Want to remember this? Pin your favorite!Whats that red ball for? Four different looking colorful seam rippers lined up.

All you need to know about seam rippers. 4 different looking colorful seam rippers lined up.

Rip Better Sew Batter. Four different looking colorful seam rippers lined up.

Best Seam Rippers! Four different looking colorful seam rippers lined up.

 

The right way to use a seam ripper. Four different looking colorful seam rippers lined up.

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Just after you take your first stitches, you will also start taking out those stitches. Seam ripping – “Unsewing” – Reverse sewing. What ever you wish to call it, is totally natural and normal. It might seem frustrating at the time, having just spent the time putting in those stitches. But taking them out does not have to be frustrating. You can do it quickly with a little know how. Keep reading to learn about the different types of seam rippers, how to pick the best one for you, and a few tips and tricks. If you are removing Serging, check out this post.

Don’t forget to check out the Fabric Ninja Freebie Library for lots of easy project, like this bag for the beginning seamstress and the “Sewing Machine Log Printable – Oil & Needle Change Log” that everyone needs.

My favorite seam rippers.- 30 Pc for $11.99

The Basics

Most seam rippers look very similar. A long and a short “finger” with the cutter in the curve between them. These are the seam rippers that I buy most often. They are very basic, but they cover two features that are essential in a seam ripper. You can find a list of my other favorite tools here.

My favorite seam rippers.- 30 Pc for $11.99

They are sharp!

This is really important. A sharp seam ripper will ALWAYS be my favorite seam ripper. This is why I buy so many. Plus when you can buy 30 for around $12, it’s an economical choice. (I also use them a lot.) If you’ve been using a seam ripper for a long time, it’s probably dull. This makes it harder to used, so much harder than you realize. It’s like using dull scissors or a dull rotary cutter. You don’t realize it, but when you use a new one it’s sooo much better and you wonder why you didn’t get a new blade or sharpen your scissors sooner. That dull blade is causing you to push harder, which means that it’s easier to accidentally cut your fabric. So when your seam ripper starts to feel dull, replace it. You can mark and save dull seam rippers, then use them for pulling out corners, or as a stiletto when sewing. (The Easy Sew Gift Bag is a great project to practice corners on.) When it’s time to toss your seam ripper make sure you put them in a sharps container, or empty Altoids type tin you keep around, or wrap tape around it so on one gets accidentally poked.

Whats that red ball for? All you need to know about seam rippers. Seam ripper review and tutorial. #sewing #seamripper #sewingbasics

What’s the red ball for?

I’m glad you asked. This is another essential seam ripper feature. This ball allows you to slide the seam ripper along a seam for quick reverse sewing. The red ball goes between the layers of your fabric and holds them apart so that they are not cut when the thread is. If this doesn’t make sense, check out the video. It also helps align the seam with the blade of the seam ripper for easy cutting. If your seam ripper doesn’t have this ball, it’s ok. But I don’t recommend sliding it down seams. When you get a new one, make sure it has a ball. Serger stitches are easily removed with out the ball, see how to here. Those are the two most important features. Now let’s look at some optional features and creature comforts.

The Handle & Cap:

The seam ripper that I linked above has a clear plastic cap that goes on the handle when you open it. It’s a great place to store the cap and it also make the handle a great length for me, but still too short of some people. However, getting the cap back off when I’m done is nearly impossible, so I don’t do it. If you really need to be able to close your seam ripper (for travel or because you have little ones around) I suggest one of theses folding seam rippers. You can never loose the cap, because it’s attached! I keep one of these in my purse.(Ya know, just in case) I was first introduced to them at a quilt show I went to with my mom. So, I’ll admit, their might be a bit of nostalgia here. If you prefer a seam ripper with a longer handle or a thicker "ergonomic" handle (better for people with arthritis or carpel tunnel), their are several styles around. I like this rounded shape of this one. That handle is slightly soft to the touch, but not squishy. When I had pregnancy carpel tunnel I found the smaller seam rippers harder to use.



Products from Amazon.com

  • CLOVER Sew for Fun Retractable Seam Ripper Seamripper
    CLOVER Sew for Fun Retractable Seam Ripper Seamripper
    Price: $7.44
  • Bohin Folding Seam Ripper


    Bohin Folding Seam Ripper
    Price: $14.98
  • Dritz 5101  Ergonomic Large Seam Ripper

    -6%
    Dritz 5101 Ergonomic Large Seam Ripper
    Price: $6.39
    Was: $6.79
  • SINGER 50002 ProSeries Folding Seam Ripper
    SINGER 50002 ProSeries Folding Seam Ripper
    Price: $5.90

Additional Features

The Seam-Fix seam ripper has a rubber head that helps remove small bits of thread when you are done seam ripping. It’s pretty amazing. It comes in two sizes. I prefer the Mini version because the cap fits on to the handle for safe keeping. On the larger size, you can’t put the cap on the handle. So I loose it, or my children run off with it. If you do want a larger handle, regular size is a great option too, just try to put the cap in a safe place. I really like having the thread remover right there on the seam ripper, but you can use a rubber eraser with similar results.

Products from Amazon.com

  • Dritz Seam Fix Seam Ripper


    Dritz Seam Fix Seam Ripper
    Price: $5.99
  • Dritz 665 Seam-Fix Seam Ripper, Large -1%
    Dritz 665 Seam-Fix Seam Ripper, Large
    Price: $4.94

And now for something completely different!

This is a Surgical Seam ripper. I personally have never really gotten use to this type of seam ripper. Some people swear they are the best thing ever and will never go back to the other type. I know one thing for sure, they are sharp! Don’t forget to put the lid on. Although they are not my choice for seam ripping they work rather well for opening buttonholes. I do still recommend a buttonhole cutter.



Products from Amazon.com

  • CLOVER Button Hole Cutter

    -22%
    CLOVER Button Hole Cutter
    Price: $7.60
    Was: $9.75
  • Ultima 5.5
    Ultima 5.5" Razor Sharp Surgical Seam Rippers/Seam Cutters (4 Pack)
    Price: $12.80

Video

Now that you know how to pick out a seam ripper, see all these different seam rippers in action and Learn how to remove serger stitches here. Don’t forget to check out the Fabric Ninja Freebie Library for lots of easy project, like this bag for the beginning seamstress and the “Sewing Machine Log Printable – Oil & Needle Change Log” that everyone needs. https://youtu.be/Lr2CWR4vRzo This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission which helps keep my blog up and running but it won’t cost you a penny more)!

Pin your favorite!

Best Seam Rippers & All you need to know about seam rippers. Seam ripper review and tutorial. #sewing #seamripper #sewingbasics

Rip Better Sew Batter & All you need to know about seam rippers. Seam ripper review and tutorial. #sewing #seamripper #sewingbasics

Best Seam Rippers & All you need to know about seam rippers. Seam ripper review and tutorial. #sewing #seamripper #sewingbasics

Whats that red ball for? All you need to know about seam rippers. Seam ripper review and tutorial. #sewing #seamripper #sewingbasics

The right way to use a seam ripper.. Review and tutorial. #sewing #seamripper #sewingbasics

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