SEAM RIPPING 101
First lesson: We
all gotta rip sometime.
lesson: When I was a quilt newbie, I ripped seams like I had
been taught, moons ago...
every fourth or fifth stitch. (Arrg. It takes t-i-i-i-me to get that seam ripper
into those stitches.)
the two pieces of fabric starting in the middle somewhere and work the stitches
apart to either end.
Still do it this way, too?
lesson: Scissors make the job much faster
and more pleasant.
right handers (adjust if you're a lefty):
fabric flat on table as shown, and peel up the corner of the top layer of fabric.
the tips of some standard shears, clip the first threads in between the two layers.
(Do NOT use your pointiest, sharpest scissors, or you will cut your fabric
at some point.)
the tips of the shears flat to the table, holding down the bottom layer of fabric.
the top layer with thumb and forefinger, rip back gently as far as it will go
(a few stitches). Repeat steps 2-4.
this and you probably won't mind ripping as much
(sure, it is
tolerate ripping...!) Save your
seam ripper for mid-seam
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