We looked in my earlier article on sewing tools at sewing machines. How much should you spend? Will buying an expensive machine make you a better sewer or get you better results. Or should you just go with the best machine your budget allows? I'm a frugal kinda gal and am sticking with my budget Brother machine, but that doesn't mean I might not want to upgrade some of the other more modest sewing tools in my collection.
So in this series we will take a look at what I currently use and what I might upgrade to or in some cases downgrade to where a budget version works just fine too. Will upgrading any of these tools get me better results or save me time in the sewing room? Today the seam ripper.
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As much as we don't want to need one, a seam ripper often gets used more than we would like and is a very necessary sewing tool. I've always been ok with the budget models, but then I realised that in about 3 years of sewing, I've now collected about 6-8 seam rippers, and not one of them is any good any more.
You can see here, I even started buying in bulk and bought all of those 4 blue ones at one time when I realised they just didn't stay sharp for very long.
They probably didn't start out too sharp anyway, but now all but one is useless and the one I do use really needs to be replaced. It's just not sharp enough. I made a big mistake trying to install a magnetic snap. The seam ripper pieced OK, but then when I pushed it forward to make the little incision to insert the snap, it didn't cut. So I pushed it a little harder. Nothing. So I gave it a bigger push and oh darn, it slid about twice as far as I needed it to and made a big cut in the front of my bag 🙁
Time for a new seam ripper. Actually I wasn't disappointed because I've had my eye on a very special one – the gold star of seam rippers and one to last a life time. I figured in 3 years I had spent the same on all those cheap ones that I would have spent on a single good one. This is it – I have it on order from Amazon. A brass seam ripper. I understand it has a lifetime guarantee, and it at any time you need a new blade, you can send it back to the manufacturer and they will replace it just for the cost of the postage.
This is the video that convinced me that I needed one. Look how smoothly this goes through with such little effort. I've never owned a seam ripper that cuts even half as well as that, even when brand new. I'm 100% sold that investing in a good quality seam ripper is better in the long term than all the cheap ones. It's on order 🙂
Mine has to arrive with a friend from overseas so I won't have it for a while yet but I'll tell you more about it once it arrives. I've a feeling I could do some real damage with this tool, and actually might make ‘mistakes' just so I could have the pleasure of using it.
Anyone else got one? Hoping you'll tell me it's as awesome as I'm hoping for.