2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

March 7, 2015

LIGHT BULB MOMENT...I DIDN'T KNOW THIS!!!

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    1. I know Linda. Somebody should have told us!!!

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  2. Anonymous3/07/2015

    You learn something everyday.

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    1. I know, as long as we remain teachable.

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  3. I'll be making some samples to test this technique - looks fantastic, thanks Faye.

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  4. All I can say is Wow!

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  5. I didn't know the short side goes down! I have to give that a try. Also, it may be time for a new ripper...I've had mine for at least 20 years.

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    1. I'm writing new ones on my "to get list" also. I'm planning on replacing ALL of mine.

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  6. Wow did not know either. Have to many long dates with Mr. seam ripper this will cut our date to down....that's what I'm talking about.

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    1. That's so right Diane. It's a great time saving tip.

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  8. I just learned this from her class at Expo. The other "aha" for me was that when you cut with shears, you must completely close them to the tip every cut. If you stop mid-way & open them again habitually, you will wear a flat (I.e. Dull) spot in the blades. shes a very entertaining presenter.

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    1. Andekate it's always the simple things that we don't know that make sewing sooo much easier and enjoyable. We just need to remain teachable.

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  9. Now this will simplify the process. I think I'll make more occasions to rip now that it's easier. Lol

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    1. Funny! It was so simple wasn't it. There have been times that I really had to struggle to remove stitches.

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  10. oh!my!gosh!!!!! thank you for bringing this to our attention! amazing!!!!

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    1. You are welcome Rebecca. Sometimes I hesitate about posting or talking about "simple things", but think that there just may be some body out there just like me who doesn't know about it too.

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  11. I heard that tip a few years back from Angela Wolf. I too had no idea what that little point with the ball was for.

    Calling the longer point "the stiletto" was new to me!

    Do you know the trick for removing basting stitches? I didn't until 2.5 years ago and it changed my life!!

    Also she makes the join in her piping so quickly...why does it take me so long?

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    1. Never even thought about that little ball or which way the ripper was supposed to be held.
      No I don't know the removing basting stitches trick. Teach me hunty!

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    2. Kyle could you also tell us about joining the piping as well???

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    3. The stiletto isn't the end of the ripper - it is a seperate tool

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  12. I've been ripping seams like this for years. Someone told me I was wrong, but I ignored them and kept doing it since it worked for me.

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  13. L, I've been ripping seams for years too, but I've never been able to do it as easily as shown in the video. That's what we do, do what works for us and everything usually works out fine.

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  14. No Way! Thanks for sharing this! :)

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    1. Yes way Meigan. (lol) This was eye opening for me.

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  15. You're so cute! Rip away, Faye!

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    1. I will Coco as soon as I can schedule a sewing session.

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  16. I Iearnt two things - the correct way to seam rip and how to join piping so neatly. Thanks!

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    1. Vicki - learning, it's a wonderful thing isn't it???

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  17. Neither did I... thanks for sharing.

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  18. I NEED a new seam ripper now! :)

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  19. I use a razor blade. Now I think I need some sewing jewelry too!

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  20. oh my word! I've been doing it the hard way! there's a project waiting in the sewing room simply because I'm in no mood for the seam ripper lol! lol! yea for learning new things!!! thanks for sharing!

    Helen

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  21. WoW, this has to be the Tip-of-The-Year! I didn't know this! As soon as I saw this, I ran to the machine stitched a seam and realized that I don't even own a seam ripper!! I've been ripping with an awl forever. Got to make that run to buy one tomorrow.

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  22. I have known this tip for a long time but it really only works well if your seam ripper is very sharp and thin. Its probably time for me to buy a new one! Thanks for the reminder!

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  23. Anonymous3/09/2015

    I knew that, but it never worked that well for me. I now suspect dull seam rippers.

    I suspect everyone knows about using tape to get the thread bits that this method will leave on the fabric?

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  24. Two lessons in one video! So that's what the ball is for! I need a new ripper! Thanks, Faye.

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  25. I just stumbled across your blog. I love it! And, I waIt this brass seam ripper.

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  26. Oh yes, I knew this and have been doing it forever and I now know that it is BLUNT, but I didn't know there were seam rippers that had life time warranties!! Wonder if you can get them here in Australia.

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  27. Holy cow, that's something new for me !
    I read this just before my current 7th muslin tee. I ripped yesterday to find my ripper doesn't have a ball on the short end. It's not as sharp as the long end but I didn't chance it. However, my list now has new seam rippers on it - I have no idea how old mine actually are LOL

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