Monday, August 6, 2012

Sewing Tip Monday - Quick Frogging

Okay, I will start with a disclaimer - this is NOT the safest way to rip out a seam, so don't try it if you are accident prone.  I was taught this by a tailor, who I worked with for a short time.  Instead of using a slow (and annoying) seam ripper like this:

Use a craft knife (I admit to sometimes using my rotary cutter too - gasp!) to take out seams.  The trick is to keep your fingers out of the way!

Use a regular seam ripper to cut the first couple of threads.  Then use the razor knife to cut through the rest.  If your knife is sharp, you should barely have to touch the threads before they separate.

Don't use this technique on delicate fabrics, or if you absolutely can't afford to have the fabric damaged. Enough disclaimers yet?

The UP side is that this is a very fast way to take out seams.  And in the years I've done it this way, I haven't gotten hurt, or damaged (much) fabric.

If you have a sewing tip that you would like to share, please link up your blog or website post below.  I would love to see them.

Happy Sewing (ribbet)♥


  1. Yes, I can remember that my seamstress Grandmother and Tailor Grandfather always used single-edge razor blades to take out stitching! I had to laugh when you threw in the rotary cutter...guilty there too!...or maybe it was desperately lazy on my part.

  2. Amazing! I use the seam ripper way to often, and never thought there could be an easier way! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! ;)