I wanted to reuse this purple elastic with a new clasp. The first one broke and the new one came with white elastic. I couldn’t use that! Anyway, I learned some time ago that I’d been using my seam ripper wrong, ever since I learned to use it in grade school! I saw a video by Pam Damour, the Decorating Diva, and it changed my ripping life!
First you need to be sure you have a good, sharp seam ripper. My favorite has always been this one. (29273)
I have one at my sewing machine, one at my Handi Quilter, and one at my computer desk. That makes it sound like I’m ripping all the time, but I just like to know one’s handy whenever I might need it.
Take out a few stitches first, and put the small end with the red ball inside the seam. Then slowly move forward.
The inside leaves cut threads, and the other side has just a single thread.
The red ball keeps the ripper from making a hole in the fabric. If you’ve been using your seam ripper backwards, too, try it a few times with some scraps, and you’ll get the hang of it. It’s amazing! Let me know how you like it by commenting below.
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