Whether you are a novice sewist working on a Juki Exceed HZL F300 or have been using sewing machines for years, eventually you will make a mistake and need to rip out a seam. As violent as seam ripping sounds, it is actually something that requires care and precision to preserve your fabric.
Do you know how to use a seam ripper? Take a few minutes away from your Juki sewing machines to learn this simple technique before you need to use it.
Know Your Seam Ripper
A seam ripper has three important parts as follows:
- Point - The long point is useful for loosening individual threads or plucking out thread pieces once the seam is cut.
- Blade - The blade is in the curved area between the point and the ball tip, which is where the actual cutting is done.
- Ball Tip - The shorter ball tip protects the fabric while you are cutting the seam. It is placed between the layers of fabric stitched on sewing machines and allows the blade to work without snagging.
Some seam rippers include a rubber end that is useful for rubbing bits of cut thread out of the fabric after the seam has been ripped.
How to Properly Rip A Seam
Seam rippers are easy to use; however, they do require a certain touch to prevent fabric damage. Try using your seam ripper on scrap fabric by sewing a line of stitches with your Juki Exceed HZL F300 or other Juki sewing machines, then following these steps:
- Open the Last Few Stitches - Using the longer, pointed tip of the tool, manually cut and remove the last 3 to 5 stitches of the seam so you have long tails on both sides of the fabric. This leaves an opening at the end of the seam to properly insert the blade.
- Position the Ripper - Turn the seam ripper over and slide the shorter, ball-covered tip between the fabric layers. Position the ripper so the blade hooks the next stitch on the seam and the long point remains at the open edge of the seam allowance.
- Gently Open the Seam - Press on the layered fabric behind where the ripper is inserted with your free hand to secure it. Start pushing on the ripper. As long as the blade is sharp, it should easily slide through the two fabric layers, cutting the seam thread along the way. Slide the ripper slowly along the entire seam length until it has been completely opened. If the fabric pulls when you use the ripper, it is probably not sharp enough.
- Remove Cut Thread Pieces - Once you have ripped the seam, go back and remove the bits of thread left behind. The fabric should be undamaged and ready to be sewn.
- Alternate Method - When you must remove only a part of a seam stitched on sewing machines like the Juki Exceed HZL F300 or if the fabric is too delicate to rip the normal way, you can use this alternative method. Slide the long point under individual stitches on the right side of the seam and cut them. Turn the fabric over and pluck out the cut stitches from the back. You can rip as few or as many stitches as you need to in this manner.
If your seam is crooked or the tension is off, grab your trusty seam ripper. When used correctly, this simple tool gives sewists the ability to quickly remove imperfect seams made on sewing machines without damaging the fabric. No matter if you work on Juki sewing machines like the Juki Exceed HZL F300 or more advanced models, you can fix your mistakes fast with a sharp seam ripper!