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Posted on: 3/4/10 5:55 PM
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I can't tell you how many times I have accidently cut several threads on the sides (not ends) of buttonholes using my seam ripper to cut them open. I have used a button hole chisel, but found an easier way (for me) to cut open button holes than using a chisel and block...

I used a box cutter/ utility kife that was in my kitchen drawer one day. It worked great! I find I have more control with it than with a seam ripper. Use it by angling it just so the corner of the exposed blade is used for cutting, lay the item flat on a cutting mat to cut through. I now keep an extra boxcutter in my notions box just for this purpose.

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MerryMe said... (3/19/10 8:44 AM) Reply
Great, I keep one in my sewing desk but never thought about using to cut the buttonholes open. Thanks for sharing
catsmeow said... (3/16/10 0:22 AM) Reply

catsmeow said... (3/16/10 0:21 AM) Reply
Great idea! I've always used an Exacto knife. Its blade is very fine and sharp. Never did use a seam ripper because I was afraid that I would cut the buttonhole threads.
sewme47 said... (3/11/10 9:46 AM) Reply
Thanks for sharing this idea...I'm going to try it!!
Everyday Sewist said... (3/7/10 8:43 AM) Reply
I can't remember who it was (some sewing professional) that recommended an X-acto knife. I agree, a razor-sharp knife blade seems like it would be a lot more precise and easier to control.
sosoatsewing said... (3/6/10 2:30 PM) Reply
It's really not any more dangerous than using a sharp seam ripper, chisel, scissors or rotary cutter in sewing. I've poked myself with a seam ripper before, but never a box knife. Pin the ends of the button hole and you won't even be near the blade.
kws said... (3/6/10 11:27 AM) Reply
Sounds dangerous.
callmeRuth said... (3/5/10 10:15 AM) Reply
Great idea! Thank you. I can always use another sewing notion. :)
SandyinMO said... (3/5/10 8:31 AM) Reply
I use this tool as a seam ripper all the time. I don't know why I've never thought to use it as a buttonhole cutter. I'll definitely try it next time!
JeanK said... (3/4/10 6:56 PM) Reply
I like it! Thanks for the tip, I will try it.
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