Technique: How to Rip a Seam
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This guide will show you the specifics ripping a seam.
- Author: Brittany McCrigler
- Time estimate: 10 - 15 minutes
- Difficulty: Easy
Knowing how to rip a seam is essential for basic sewing and clothing repair. Whether you want to make alterations, replace a zipper, or fix a sewing mishap, ripping the seam properly will make the changes nearly invisible.
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Slip the sharp end of the seam ripper through a single stitch in the seam you want to remove.
Slide the seam ripper forward, bringing the stitch into the crux of the seam ripper's fork and onto the blade.
Gently push the seam ripper forward, cutting the thread.
Separate the two pieces of fabric held together by your seam.
Bring the sharp end of the seam ripper between the two pieces of fabric.
Slip the sharp end of the seam ripper beneath one of the stitches. Be careful to avoid catching the fabric.
Slide the seam ripper forward. Bring the thread into the crux of the fork and onto the blade.
Gently push the seam ripper forward again, cutting the thread.
Continue working, stitch by stitch, until the seam has been removed. Take your time, being careful not to damage the fabric.
Remove all of the loose threads from the ripped seam to prevent tangling when you resew the seam.