Top 10 Tips for New Quilters – The Seam Ripper is your Friend
It has been quite a while since my last Top 10 Tips for New Quilters post was published. It’s been a busy time with so many projects and sooooo many giveaways! In between projects, I thought to myself…. “I better get back at writing these posts. Either that or I will have to change the title to Top 6 Tips for New Quilters.”
So without further ado….
Welcome to this week’s installment of the Top 10 Tips for new quilters – The Seam Ripper is your Friend. For the complete line up of weekly tips, please see this page.
The Seam Ripper is your Friend:
In the previous tip post, I stated that your sewing machine is your best friend. You spend hours and hours sewing and quilting. The hum of the engine. The sound of the needle slipping down through the fabric and reaching into the bobbin case to catch that bottom thread. A description of bliss. Here we are…. Happily sewing away!
But…. Wait a minute! That’s not right! This piece is supposed to be flipped this way. Or… That next row does not line up with the previous row. Or… Wow! Right sides together. Duh!
We all make mistakes.
When I do, my first instinct is to figure out a way to proceed without having to rip out that seam. Sewing is fun. Unsewing? Not so much.
I have learned that it is better to unsew than it is to carry on without fixing that mistake. Yes, even the simplest patchwork rows. If you don’t unsew a misplaced square, it will bother you later. “That’s not where I wanted that piece to be. It’s too close to this one that looks just like it.” Or…. “Maybe I could just flip this row around and put it down over here. No, now this piece is not where I wanted it to be.”
Back when I was working on my Oink A Doodle Moo quilts, I was googling around, looking for inspiration, and that’s when I ran into Heather Acton, a fellow Canadian quilter. She also had purchased some of that fabric. Then she purchased more. She really is hilarious. You just have to READ THIS POST! Some of us will do anything not to have to use our seam rippers.
Meanwhile…. Here is a recent example of my having sewn something without the right sides together.
I use my seam ripper to cut the top thread, about every 5 or six stitches apart.
Here is a close up.
Then I flip to the back side and use my long pointy tweezers to grab that bobbin thread.
And give it a tug!
Then I use the tweezers to grab all the small pieces of top thread that are now poking out.
I placed those pieces back onto my units with right sides together and was back in business!
SUPER TIP: Having trouble ripping those stitches? Just like rotary cutting blades, your seam ripper can get dull over time and use. For those of us who actually DO use our seam ripper. Make sure to pick up a new one every once in a while!
Not only is the seam ripper my friend. I have these four little companions close by whenever I am sitting at my machine: Seam Ripper, Pointy Tweezers, Medium Needle and Small Snips.
Oh…. And my reading glasses, too!
Hope you enjoyed this week’s tips on how the seam ripper is your friend.
Do you have any tips to share? Leave a comment!