I think everyone knows what a seam ripper is as it's part of every basic sewing kit. I can remember buying a plastic one in 8th grade which I had for a very long time. Its presence in my sewing kit was replaced by way fancier and better versions. As I have added good looking seam rippers to my collection, I haven't added any knowledge to my brain. That changes today as I report to you facts about seam rippers I have gleaned from research on the internet.
1 Definition - How would you define what one is? I would probably use the word "thingy" so I went to a more professional site. This British page describes is as " a small tool used for unpicking stitches." That sounds good to me!
2. Who invented - There doesn't seem to be much agreement on this. I have seen various names and dates floated around but nothing to substantiate the claim. I did find this patent application. Allie M. Minter, from Petersburg, Colorado filed a patent in the US and Canada, in 1903. I'll give Allie the credit until I find documentation which backs up another claim.
3. Popularity - In order to establish which company sells/produces the most, I referred to Amazon. Of their top sellers, Dritz is way up there.
4. How many - If Dritz is the largest manufacturer, how many types do they have? I looked at their website and I found 10 different ones, many of different length handles.
5. Ways to use - I once again relied on Dritz who show that you can pick out stitches, rip out stitches or slit open buttonholes. Sounds fair!
6. Expensive - I have four seam rippers I use but the one I like the best is my brass seam ripper. You can buy one starting at about 14 or 15 bucks on Amazon. I am sorry, I didn't find any diamond encrusted seam rippers or something really crazy. I have been using this seam ripper for about a dozen years and it still works great.
7. Alternative - I have used small, very sharp tiny scissors and sometimes it's the tool you need. This page recommends you could use a thread snipper but I have never tried that.
8. Best one - I would say the best one is the one that feels the best in your hand. My favorite is my brass seam ripper but you can check out the reviews on Amazon and make your own choice!
9. Cutest - I think the cutest ones are the polymer clay seam rippers. I bought one in a quilt store and one on Etsy.
10. Necklaces - You bet, I have never used this product but it sure is cute! Check out this Etsy page.
11. Electric - By golly there are several. This one seems to get really good reviews. I may have to try one! Check it out.
12. Controversy - Yes, recently this You Tube video claimed that everyone has been using seam rippers wrong, that the ball tip goes inside. She demonstrates how zip, she can slice multiple stitches in a row. I have that exact seam ripper and I can do that same trick with the long side inside. In my opinion, it's all how the seam is sewn and where it's located. But take a look at the video which had people all atwitter.
Now I am going to write an against popular opinion thought. I don't think frogs make a sound that is close to rip it. I think we write ribbit which is close but those pesky frogs, it sounds different. Take a listen and see what you think.
But if you hear it, then yay for you!
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