Monday, December 10, 2012

Ripping out a seam

Seam-rippers aren't just for novice sewers. Even my mom finds herself messing up and re-doing a seam once in a while.

To rip out a seam, you simply grasp the fabric on either side of the seam and gently pull them apart enough to expose the thread that is linking them. I usually use my snips (carefully) on this first thread, as it might be fixed. Then, gently pull the two pieces of fabric away from each other. You can sometimes get about 2 or 3 of the stitches to come out on their own, but whenever the fabric halts and can't come away with gentle pulling, you want to put your seam ripper in under that expose thread and pop it out.

It actually doesn't take that long with a seam-ripper to remove a seam, and when you do it right, your fabric is still in good shape and you can make a second attempt.

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