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Date: 7/22/13 9:22 AM

Always a sucker for a new gadget, I've been looking at The Quick Ripper.
Since I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time picking out stitches, it looks like it could be a good investment.
Anyone tried it?

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Date: 7/22/13 4:32 PM

I watched the video, it reminds me of an electric razor.

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Date: 7/22/13 4:47 PM

I'm afraid of tearing fabric with a regular seam ripper - I'd be paralyzed with that thing!

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Date: 7/22/13 4:58 PM

Quote: diane s
I watched the video, it reminds me of an electric razor.

Reminds me of a beard trimmer or hair clipper. Very interesting idea, though. I've had to rip out long quilting strip set seams before; the quick ripper would have been just the thing. There seems to be little or no distortion of the fabric. I would have gladly paid $20-$25 to have avoided that time-consuming process, so this doesn't appear over-priced to me, comparable to the price of a couple of delivery pizzas, perhaps.

I suppose, if you have an electric beard trimmer or hair clipper in the house, you could try that, but you will probably have to experiment with different blade guards/guides and settings before you find the adjustment that works best. It's also possible that none of the guides or adjustments will be just right to cut the threads as demoed in the video.

Anyway, these are the things I think of when I consider buying a new notion. My time is worth money, too, even if this is my hobby. YMMV, of course.

ETA: Another sucker for new gadgets here, but I do enjoy the gadgets, for the most part.

CMC

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Date: 7/22/13 7:58 PM

Do you have a scalpel type SR? (There are several advertised in the sidebar of your link.) I just got one and OH HOLY COW, hot knife through butter!! It was a little alarming, actually, how swiftly it went. I don't find it a replacement for a traditional seam ripper; the blade is too flexible to "hook" into the stitches like you need, to really get into backtacks and other tight areas, but for long passes of seams, it's amazing. I just used it this afternoon to cut the crown off a straw hat. :)

Oh... and it was like $3.00. ;)

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Date: 7/22/13 8:46 PM

I think this is for embroidery stitches. If you're looking for a regular sewing ripper, see my technique HERE and here's a photo of the ripper: click here I like the ripper because the blade is flexible; bends just enough to get under the stitch without tearing the fabric.

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Date: 7/23/13 7:49 AM

I am a seamstress in an alterations shop. We use standard seam rippers for fiddle bits, and single edge razor blades for seams. Cheap and works well.

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Date: 7/23/13 1:59 PM

I do have a battery beard timmer, and it works well as long as you have a way to hold one side of the seam and don't pull too hard. The teeth on the clipper are small enough that fabric doesn't get cut unless you pull too hard on the seam and pull the fabric in or it's thin/fine fabric. A way to hold the fabric just makes it easier and faster, I noticed in the video that she had to keep stopping and readjusting.

I've never been able to figure out how to use this to remove machine embroidery, although I know some people do.

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Date: 7/23/13 2:50 PM

Additional info:

Another Quick Ripper video demo, showing the QR held at a different angle

Quick Ripper erasing embroidery video demo

Video Demo for Stitch Eraser, a different product designed for specifically for removing machine embroidery

Peggy's Stitch Eraser, for sale on Amazon

I assume that each of these products has blades that are designed/selected and adjusted to make them work especially well for their designed purpose. The Amazon page claims that the Stitch Eraser blades are designed for cutting thread in particular.

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