|I once managed to cut right through the end of a button hole while trying to open it with a seam ripper. Since it was on a hand embroidered blouse I had made for my daughter, I was visibly upset. I know that some people place pins across the ends of the button hole to avoid this problem, but since I don't like the idea of dulling my seam ripper by running it into a pin, I came up with the following idea which has worked for me. Starting at the middle of the button hole I poke the point of my seam ripper down through the cloth and bring it up just before the bar tack at the end. That was when I make the cut, I know that I won't go through the bar tack. I then turn the cloth around and cut from the center to the other end the same way.