Today’s random winner of a Cake Fabric Envelope panel offcut is Ginger! I’ll drop that panel in the post tomorrow, Ginger! I have five other panel offcuts to give away each day over the next week, drop your name and measurements here and check back tomorrow!
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it countless times: “I hate unpicking/ I hate ripping seams.” An aversion to “reverse sewing” (as some of my quilter friends call it) is understandable, as it can represent work once done and then undone. I prefer to think of it as moving closer to completion/perfection. The aversion is also a beginner/intermediate sewist trait- once you’ve sewn for a while, you realize that *everyone* unpicks stitches sometimes, it’s just a part of the process.
Recently Lladybird Lauren mentioned that she enjoys ripping seams because it feeds her destructive side. I get that, I absolutely enjoy taking a seam ripper to RTW jackets and dresses. The only seams I do not unpick are knit seams. Unless it’s a very expensive/delicious knit, I cut off my seams rather than unpick them. Life is short, knits don’t like to be unpicked, the seams are usually narrow and the fabric is forgiving.
These are the “Cake-Approved” seam rippers I’m using in kits because they meet my criteria and they’re red. I look for a few things in an unpicker- a lid, a long handle, and a sharp, sturdy blade. It’s easy to forget the importance of a sharp blade for an unpicker, but it shouldn’t be neglected. A sharp blade makes all the difference to “reverse sewing,” greatly speeding up the process.
How often do you replace your unpicker? What do you call this tool in your native tongue? What was the biggest mess of seam ripping you ever did?