Admittedly, I’m a gadget girl. We have a page full of gadget-y links. I love to try new things just to see how they work, and lots of those things, disappointingly, fail to rise the level of share-worthiness. But not this one!
There is no sewing without a seam ripper. Well, there’s sewing, but only to a point. Scissors don’t cut it for long. (Ha! Okay. Not that funny. Let’s pretend.) It’s a basic tool that’s included in even the cheapie dollar store sewing kits because we all need it sooner or later. Or all the time.
I wanted to try this one (affiliate link) just because it looked different, and possibly more efficient, than the pointy one I’d been using. Holy moly, there are a lot of options out there. (Because I’m a gadget girl, if you have another you love I’m happy to check it out too, just leave your link in the comments.) This scalpel-like one promises efficiency with a bit of adrenaline rush. Will-I-or-won’t-I-need-stitches? In reality, I find it less scary than the pointy basic kind, because I haven’t accidentally poked myself.
It’s as great for straight stitches as a regular ripper, and it’s really REALLY great on knit serged edges because it doesn’t poke into the knit fabric as you slide a long, which annoys me with regular seam rippers. Funny that I find this a useful complement to a serger, which I’d say is another contender for scariest sewing tool. (But so seductively useful.)
So, yeah. The bad news is I have some seam ripping to do today. It’s what happens when I sew with “helpers” close by. The good news is that it reminded me to share this guy. Whose name is Jack, of course. As far as a detailed description, he’s about 3.5″ long and very lightweight and a little flexible. I keep him in his little sleeve on the magnetic board closest to my sewing machine, out of reach of little fingers.