Working with sewing machines requires some practice. Understanding this, the time will definitely come when someone may need to rip out a seam to correct a mistake made when sewing. Thankfully, seam ripping is very easy to do with one of the most basic of sewing supplies and something every sewer should have on hand. Whether sewing with standard sewing machine models, or even on something more advanced like a Juki M0654DE serger, ripping out seams is quick and easy using the right tool.

Why Rip Out A Seam?

Sewing mistakes happen, and a crooked, puckered, or otherwise incorrect seam can ruin the entire project if not removed and resewn. Rather than leave an imperfect seam, ripping it out and sewing it again is a very simple thing to do. The project will look better in the end and the sewer be happier with their work. An added bonus is that sewers will also gain more practice with their sewing machines in sewing straight, attractive seams.  

What is a Seam Ripper?

Seam ripping is quickly and easily done with one simple tool that should always be in every sewer’s box of sewing supplies:  a sharp seam ripper. Seam rippers are little hook-shaped tools that are sharpened at the curve of the hook for cutting sewn threads without damaging fabric. There are two points on a seam ripper, a longer one, and a second one under the hook area, which should be capped with a little ball. The ball protects the fabric while using the ripper to prevent snags.

Some seam rippers even include a rubber or sticky end on the handle to help quickly remove all the bits of cut thread once the seam has been cut. By using this one item, anyone can rip out an incorrect seam in just minutes sewn with a sewing machine such as a Juki M0654DE serger.

How Do You Use A Seam Ripper?

There are two simple steps to ripping out a seam using a sharp seam ripper:

  • Step 1 - At one end of the seam, start out by using the long point on the seam ripper, going underneath the first few sewn threads, lifting them up and pulling them out. Once a few threads have been manually pulled through in this manner, there should be about an inch of the seam opened up.
  • Step 2 - Holding the top layer of the unstitched fabric, slide the seam ripper between the two layers so that the hook is pushed into the seam, "hooking" the thread. Then, very gently begin to push the ripper so that the threads are cut in the curve, sliding the seam ripper all the way up the seam. Be careful to only cut the sewn threads and not snag on the actual fabric itself. With a sharp seam ripper, the ripper should slide right up the seam quite easily, cutting the threads along the way. If the threads do not cut easily, it means the ripper is dull and should be replaced.

Once having cut along the entire seam, all that is necessary is to go back and pick out all the bits of cut thread that are left behind. At this point, the fabric should be clean and ready to be sewn again.

Before getting too upset when any seam sewn with a Juki M0654DE Serger or other brand of sewing machine just does not look right, simply reach for the sewing supplies. With a sharp seam ripper, any seam can be quickly undone, providing another chance to sew a perfect seam!

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