Staff Picks: Seam Rippers

Today, we introduce a new series showcasing staff favorites, each post will focus on a different type of item.


Tools are of course useful, but not just any doodad will do the job. In the world of quilting and sewing, we are blessed with so much more variety than our foremothers had access to. While many a quilting project can edge on perfection, there are often mistakes along the way. Seam rippers are definitely a treasured tool when these mishaps occur.


Our pattern coordinator, Anita, loves the Dritz Ergonomic Seam Ripper.

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“It is comfortable to hold and if you have a lot to rip out your hands will not fatigue as quickly. It has a great lid that “snaps” securely on. This makes it a lot safer to throw in your sewing bag for classes or retreats. The lid will not accidentally fall off. I have both the large and small rippers, but my “go to” one is the small one. It is a little easier to get the tip under the stitches than the large one.”


Our director, Teri, just adores the Fons and Porter Seam Ripper!


“As any creative person will tell you, Art is not always perfect. To help correct those imperfect occasions I recommend the Fons & Porter Ergonomic Seam Ripper. It fits perfectly in your hand and its sharp blade slices through threads easily. It also has grippy material on the handle so when you’re all sweaty from ripping the same seam for the fifteenth time, it won’t slip out of your hand.”


Ergonomic and portable seem to be a common theme with a good seam ripper, aside from its duty to well– rip seams. If you happen to be in the market for a new one, our tool sale is going until June 16, 2014!

Let us know in the comments what tool you would like to see featured in future Staff Picks posts!


  1. Gene Black - May 20, 2014

    I have a Fons & Porter seam ripper and I really like it, but the cap doesn’t stay on it very well.

    I have a number of seam rippers and I use them all!

  2. Susan Hoopes - May 20, 2014

    I have found that along with a seam ripper, I really like to use a very small metal crochet hook. It doesn’t rip the fabric and is strong enough to help you carefully take out a tough seam! 🙂 It also works to help with pulling elastic, turning corner points, etc.

    • Jenna - May 21, 2014

      that’s a great idea Susan!

  3. Mari - May 20, 2014

    Great post on seam rippers! I really like the small Dritz seam ripper although I have several of the Clover because they’re cheap and I keep loosing them. Good job Dawn!

  4. Wendy Oyler - May 20, 2014

    I actually saw the Fons and Porter sem ripper on a Connecting Threads catalog as a staff favorite so decided to try it . I like it best of those I have tried, but have broken many of the blades when they roll of my sewing table onto my tile floor, I always keep an extra

  5. Shar - May 20, 2014

    I really like the small seam rippers for traveling. But the new ones you can use the rubber ends to gather the threads together to throw away. It is so nice.
    I would love to see the about needles. The difference between them, and how to thread floss in so of those needles you need to use. I would like to know if people like the self threading needles too.