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« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2004 12:16:05 PM »

Okay I've been taught to use the longer side (the side without the ball) to rip stitches. I've done this for years and so have all the women in my family (dating back at least as far as my grandma, who was a seamstress). Anyway, if you google seam ripper instructions, you'll find that the ball side in fact does not go in the seam. I suppose you could do it but I don't think it's the correct way, per se.

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« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2004 03:02:46 PM »

Okay, so what is the ball for then? I'd like to make a sigh of relief now because for aminture there I was thinking I had been doing it wrong for years. Aperantly I've been doing it right after all.
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« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2004 03:28:11 PM »

I think the ball, like someone said, is to keep you from hitting yourself with that end? I dont know. It might work both ways Smiley

« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2004 04:04:29 PM »

ok wait i'm confused, would the ball even stop the seam ripper from stabbing you w/ the other end bcuz isn't the other end longer? I actually stabbed myself in the hand w/ the other end yesterday and it hurt like no other, now i have a bruise and a cut from it.
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« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2004 04:23:53 PM »

I recently found out that I was using the seam ripper "wrong," but not in the "ball v. pointy end" way. I was using the pointy end (which works for me). But what I was doing was sort of pulling the two pieces of fabric apart and ripping between them (sometimes also ripping holes in the fabric in the process).

What I learned was to "rip" (or cut) every three stitches on "top" of the fabric... and then pull the thread off of the back and all the little ripped pieces on top get brushed off. I even use very sharp tiny scissors for this now.

I went to the Clover website, and they have a picture of this:

I'm not sure how you would get the ball end under the thread, if the thread was sewn tightly.

Perhaps the differing ends are for differing ripping styles? Ball end for the "pull apart two pieces of fabric" method (which may cause less fabric tearing) and pointy end for the "clip every 3rd thread" method? This, of course, is just my .02 -- use it however it works for ya!

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« Reply #25 on: November 02, 2004 04:47:03 PM »

i'm agreeing with you kaesea cause i just sewed two pieces of scrap together to try it out. the ball way has gotta be for the pull apart way. it does work a bit better. but the pointy end is for the top way. which is what i do. it saves a lot of time. and being a quilter i am always taking stuff apart Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: November 04, 2004 07:47:51 PM »

OK... I must be dumb, because I have been using the seam ripper wrong MY WHOLE LIFE.
It took me FOREVER to rip out seams because I wasn't putting the ball part of the seam ripper INSIDE the seam, I was putting the pointy part inside the seam and the ball part was on top....

My husband just taught me that the ball end should be inside the seam and it goes SO MUCH FASTER!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ahahahahahahaha what a dumbass I am!

So I am posting this in the hopes that anyone who is using the seam ripper wrong will get it right before they waste thousands and thousands of minutes ripping seams BACKWARDS

The ball part?!?!?!?!
But the pointy end is so...Pointy!
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« Reply #27 on: November 04, 2004 08:20:51 PM »

HOLY CRAP! are you kidding me? haha, wow, that makes sense, I hate it when you (using it the wrong way of course) accidentally poke through the fabric while rippins seams and end up ripping fabric as well......well I feel dumb..

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« Reply #28 on: November 04, 2004 08:28:25 PM »

And all this time i thought the seam ripper was wrong...  Wink
this one project i did, the last seam needed ripping and i destroyed part of the fabric! it was very very annoying.

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« Reply #29 on: November 05, 2004 08:17:17 AM »

Wow I wish that I had known this earlier it would have made things a lot easier

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