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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > It's a sad day when a seam ripper grows dull! ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 7/24/13 0:13 AM

I discovered a badly cut charm from a charm pack while piecing a baby quilt recently. I picked up my seam ripper to remove the errant charm and discovered that it was pulling threads rather than cutting them... I pulled a few more threads, no, definitely dull... Sigh... I could only sit back and ponder this nagging problem. Likely thinking too much about it rather than dig through my notions for another I am sure is buried somewhere...

Have I ripped so many seams that my seam ripper has grown so dull? Does mean I am a perfectionist? Does it mean it can only cut so many stitches before it needs replacing? Is it a reflection on my sewing? Are some threads more prone to dulling an edge than others? Can they build a better seam ripper? Should they? I should just throw it away and move on... No, but wait! This was my first seam ripper likely in my sewing box for years… 25 maybe 30 years! I can't throw it away! Well now, that is an old seam ripper.... I think of the early Mac computers I saw in the Smithsonian Institute, Remember the old Mac SE. That was my first computer too! Ugh! Should I send my seam ripper to the Smithsonian to go into the archive of Sewing Notions. Wow! Would you go to see an exhibit like that... probably not. But my sewing room is full of useful things, why should I hang onto it if it's dull? I look at my dog who is curled on the floor at the end of my sewing table... he certainly doesn't have anything to say and would never know any difference... nor would DH... and neither would you if I had not shared.

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Subject: Its a sad day when a seam ripper grows dull! Date: 7/24/13 1:27 AM

seam rippers are inherently disposable.

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Subject: Its a sad day when a seam ripper grows dull! Date: 7/24/13 4:27 AM

Yes they're not made to last forever. But I do have the first seam ripper I ever owned from childhood. My brother gave it to me one Christmas when I was small (he has since passed away) so I hold onto it even though it is too dull to cut threads anymore. I use it as a "better finger" or like an awl to hold tricky bits on the lead up to the sewing machine needle. Its sentimental and still useful, although no longer for ripping seams.

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Subject: Its a sad day when a seam ripper grows dull! Date: 7/24/13 4:34 AM

A sad day indeed :(

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Date: 7/24/13 7:50 AM

Well this certainly made me smile. I have so many dull seam rippers but cannot seem to part with them. Each new machine comes with one and then I buy any new fangled one I see at the sewing expos and stores. I always think the newest one will be the best but alas, it never stays the favorite for long. Probably because it becomes dull; obviously I rip alot of seams!!

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Date: 7/24/13 8:25 AM

I have kept all my old and dull seam rippers.. as I am convinced that there has to be a way to sharpen them just haven't had the time to figure out how.. But I will say I don't think I am the only one that makes it a habit to buy a couple every time they have a notions sale..
So.. has anyone ever tried to resharpen them ?

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Date: 7/24/13 8:28 AM

Pamdamour.com (The Decorating Diva). Her brass seam ripper (under products/notions, and 3/4 way down the page) is $18.00 I've only had mine a year, so I can't attest to the claim that it will be the last one you buy. I got mine on her stuff your stocking special last year -- you got the awl and the ripper both for a reduced price. You might want to sign up for her newsletters etc, and wait for a deal on it. And, of course it's not the last one you'll buy because you'd never want this baby to leave your home.

But, I LOVE mine. It's super sharp, though -- so like my little Kai embroidery scissors, you could hurt yourself or your fabric. And for those with hand problems it's not very ergonomic. But, it's still as sharp as the day I purchased after a year, and I have no problems holding it, nor do I find it difficult to maneuver.

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Subject: Its a sad day when a seam ripper grows dull! Date: 7/24/13 10:05 AM

Ha. I lose mine before they can get very old. 25 years - you might be a winner. I took a Craftsy class with Angela Wolf and she talked about seam rippers and how everyone keeps them. She replaces hers almost every week.

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Date: 7/24/13 10:05 AM

LOL! I am guilty of holding onto dull seam rippers too.

Why? I honestly couldn't tell you! I guess I am thinking the seam ripper sharpener fairy will come visit while I am sleeping.




Hasn't happened yet, but you never know!

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Date: 7/24/13 10:17 AM

I keep 3-4 of my fav ones on hand as backups for when I toss the dull ones. I don't use the one that comes with my machines because I don't want them to get dull. :)

My fav is the Clover 482/W. When one of my local stores has a better price than amazon, I will buy from them (I usually can find it cheaper locally). Otherwise, I will just order a couple of them at a time from amazon.

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