Having multiple layers of thread to ‘cut’ calls for a Seam Ripper Alternative
Have you tried using a seam ripper to cut reinforced threads but the seam ripper tip is actually too thick to get under the threads? I have experienced this and it is FRUSTRATING! To eliminate your frustration, it is VERY HELPFUL to have a Seam Ripper Alternative.
Situations Where You May See Reinforced Threads
Stitching Multiple Layers of Fabric
Collar construction is one place where you have multiple layers of fabrics and this can make using a seam ripper challenging.
When stitching two seams together, I tend to also do a bit of backstitching just to reinforce the seam to make it stronger. Some machines actually have a ‘reinforced stitch’ which has three layers of thread.
Sewing with denim and having a couple of layers sewn together can make ripping a seam challenging just because of the ‘tightness’ of the thread and fabric together; especially if a thicker denim thread is used.
What a seam ripper is perfect for…
A seam ripper is PERFECT for removing zig zag stitches and ripping out thread from a regular seam using cotton fabrics. Ripping out regular seams with a seam ripper goes quite quickly but then there are those other situations when it is to your benefit to have choice in the tools you can use.
Check out these seam ripper alternatives…
Embroidery Scissors are a great alternative because they have long slender, pointy blade tips; the scissor tips can get under layers of thread easier than a seam ripper.
Thread Snippers have very sharp blades which can be easily inserted thru a layer of thread for cutting; thread snippers can have straight blades or curved blades.
Curved Blade Thread Snippers
Curved Blades minimizes the chance of damaging fabric while snipping threads.
Straight Blade Thread Snippers
Straight blade snippers work great in places where you may need to clip threads between layers of fabrics.
Package Purchase: Seam Ripper, Thread Snips and Embroidery Scissors
This package deal is AWESOME if you are just starting to add to your collection of Sewing Tools!
After I use one of these seam ripper alternatives to cut thru reinforced threads, most of the time I’ll then switch back to using the seam ripper to finish pulling out threads if using the seam ripper makes more sense.
Be sure to check out the ‘Seam Ripper Alternative’ bundle kit and be prepared for the next time you may need a companion for your seam ripper; 😉 and make sure that safety comes first when using Sharp Sewing Tools.
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