The Seam Ripper: A Must-Have Sewing Aid?

Sewing is a skill that not each person has even if there are already a lot of modern sewing machines that are easy to use. People who are crafty know for a fact that they cannot create great pieces by just using a sewing machine, pieces of fabric, and thread.

According to some experts and The Fallen Hem, there are other items that need to be present to assist them in creating beautifully sewing items. One of which is a seam ripper, and as self-explanatory as the name may be, you must have a good understanding of it so that you can use them properly.

The Seam Ripper

From the name itself, seam rippers are sewing aids that are used in ripping or removing seams. For a clearer understanding, they are used to remove stitches, cut threads, and open seams and buttonholes.

No matter what brand of seam ripper you choose to buy, it comes with four basic parts and they are the following:

1. Handle:Generally speaking, seam rippers have handles and most of them are made out of plastic. Of course, it’s the part that you will hold so that you can easily do your thing.

2. Blade:The second part of the seam ripper is the sharp area or the blade that is attached to the handle. This part comes in two shapes:

  • U-Shaped: This type of blade does not really look like the perfect “U” since the pointed side is longer than the side that has a plastic ball.
  • C-Shaped: This type of blade is usually sharper than the “U” shape and is recommended if you need to undo several types of stitches.

3. Plastic Ball:As mentioned, seam rippers have a third part, which is the plastic ball on one end of the blade. This small ball allows you to easily “unsew” items since it helps the ripper glide through the fabric smoothly. It also makes sure that the layers between the fabrics are separated so that you won’t accidentally cut them.

4. Cap:Since seam rippers are sharp items, most, if not all, manufacturers make sure that their products come with a handy cap or cover, which is usually made of clear plastic. This part of the seam ripper is not just important for you to be able to carry it safely when you travel but to also avoid accidentally injuring yourself when you scavenge through your sewing kit.

Some seam rippers have removable caps while others have attached ones. For us, we would recommend seam rippers that have attached caps since there is no chance of you losing or misplacing the cap, unlike those that can be removed.

Final Thoughts

Sewing can be both fun and frustrating. Fun because you can create great items; frustrating because you may fail to achieve what you have in mind. Nonetheless, with the help of sewing aids such as seam rippers, sewing will be less daunting. So, go ahead and choose a seam ripper that works best for your needs and sewing style.

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