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Embroidery Tips & Techniques

Stitch Ripper

What do you do when you make an embroidery mistake?  Do you throw it out or rip out the stitches?  Is it easy to repair?  Can you rip out the stitches with minimal damage?  Let’s make a quick assessment and look at a few ways to repair the mistake when wanting to rip out the stitches.

The DIME Stitch Ripper is a great solution when you want to rip out satin stitches or complex fill stitches.  The Stitch Ripper is motorized with an on/off switch, power cord for recharging,

2 blades – narrow and wide, oil and cleaning brush, and instructions.  The Stitch Ripper is ready to go when you get your box.  Just turn it on and use it.  Here is a great video to view.

Let’s discuss using the Stitch Ripper on satin stitches, like lettering.  Use the narrow blade for the satin stitches.  Flip the fabric over and work from the wrong side.  Also, don’t remove the stabilizer.  It is there to protect the fabric.  Press the blade into the satin stitches and bobbin thread.  Work along the length of the satin stitch, cutting the bobbin threads.  You may also want to place fingers underneath the stitches to add more pressure underneath to aid in removing the stitches.

Once most of the stitches are removed from the back, then flip back to front and begin to remove the threads.  Here’s a handy tip:  keep a lint roller near to help clean up the threads from the project and area.  You may need to flip over to the wrong side again to remove a few more stitches.  Or you can use your seam ripper to remove the final stitches.

Next, let’s use the Stitch Ripper on complex fill stitches.  Eileen Roche shares a great tip when removing stitches from complex fill stitches.  Listen in:

Here is a secret; when you use black thread in the bobbin, it is quicker to remove as you can see the black better than the white thread.  Although, you may not want to use black thread in your bobbin because it is too dark, so use a softer color in the bobbin instead of white.

Now you are finished with using the Stitch Ripper, so let’s clean those blades.  Brush out the dust or use canned air to get the dust and tiny particles out.  You want the blades to be ready for the next time.

What if you have other embroidery mistakes?  Check out Top 5 Embroidery Disasters and How to Fix Them, and more ways to use the Stitch Ripper.

Eileen Roche asked her guest, Sue Brown, OML Embroidery, 20 questions, and one of the questions was “What do you do when you make an embroidery mistake?  Do you throw it out or rip out the stitches?”.  You can watch to hear her answers, which aren’t all about embroidery.

So, if you want to get to know Sue better, then listen in.  Also, Eileen Roche demonstrates using the Stitch Ripper on Facebook Live from January 27, 2022.  Enjoy!