Or, how to master the fine art of frogging – ripit, ripit.

It came to my attention recently that there are a lot of sewers out there who think all is puppies and rainbow pooping unicorns frolicking in the glorious sewing rooms of the famous (or infamous) that post on social media.  They have become disheartened about their abilities and fear that their regular old pooping cat is the highest of heights that they will attain.  That’s actually pretty disheartening to me because there are definitely no puppies or unicorns here, pooping rainbows or otherwise, so I thought I’d treat you all to what I spent most of yesterday doing – ripping, both seams and quilting.  Wasn’t I a lucky girl?!

A seam ripper is something to be found in every sewer’s arsenal, and trust me, we all use one.  The funny thing is that many of us don’t know how to use one properly.  I’ll admit I was one of those people, I mean you kind of think it’s something that can’t have that many options, there’s really not a lot to that little tool, but a nasty comment made on someone’s Facebook post a few years ago that said ‘I bet she doesn’t even know how to use a seam ripper properly’ made me ponder (aka Google), was I doing it wrong?  Yes, yes I was.  It still wasn’t obvious exactly how it worked though, so after someone was kind enough to show me in real life, I thought I’d make this little video that would walk you through it, given that I had some lovely opportunities to rip:

The video is only 4 minutes long, and I’ll take you through the anatomy of a seam ripper before I show you how I ripped this seam:


And how I removed this rather heinous FMQ (don’t quilt tired kids!)


So don’t give up, it happens to us all, and there are more master froggers than you’d imagine out there ;o)