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How To: Repair a Broken Seam Ripper
In case you haven’t heard, March is Mending Month. I do a lot of mending both on clothes and on items around the house, but nothing terribly exciting has popped up recently that seemed worth sharing.

Then I broke the little red tip off the head of my seam ripper and proceeded to stab myself in the thumb. Ouch! Now, a seam ripper is a super cheap tool and I have dulled my fair share of them. This particular one is fairly new and I hated to buy a new one when it’s still in fine stitch-picking shape. While casting my mind around for a solution to this problem, my eyes landed on my tray of ball head straight pins.

Now there’s a thought!

It took about 5 minutes, and that’s including the time it took for me to run and grab my camera!

Posted by ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) from Austin, Texas, United States • Published See ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)'s 74 projects »
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  • How to make a misc. Repair A Broken Seam Ripper - Step 1
    Step 1

    seam ripper with broken head

  • How to make a misc. Repair A Broken Seam Ripper - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using the jeweler’s pliers, remove the pin from the ball head.

  • How to make a misc. Repair A Broken Seam Ripper - Step 3
    Step 3

    ball head with pin removed

  • How to make a misc. Repair A Broken Seam Ripper - Step 4
    Step 4

    If the opening in the ball head is too small to fit, place the pin on the point of the seam ripper and gently turn to enlarge the existing hole.

  • How to make a misc. Repair A Broken Seam Ripper - Step 5
    Step 5

    Place the ball head on the broken part of the seam ripper head. Use the pliers to apply enough pressure to secure the head in place. Be very careful, the seam ripper point is sharp!

    If the ball head you’re using doesn’t seem secure, use a tiny dot of Super, Tacky or hot melt glue.

  • How to make a misc. Repair A Broken Seam Ripper - Step 6
    Step 6

    Wallah! Repaired!

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The Mad Hattress
The Mad Hattress · 5 projects
That is genius!!! Thanks~!!
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Nattie Gurl
Nattie Gurl · 58 projects
Absolute primo idea! Thanks ;-)~
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Anne W.
Anne W.
Brilliant!!! Posted a link to your how-to on Craft Gossip Sewing Blog. (sewing.craftgossip.com)

--Anne
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ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen)
ofenjen (aka sewhookedjen) · Austin, Texas, US · 75 projects
I break mine all the time doing clothing recon. Seam rippers aren't friends with denim! It's about time I figured out how to fix one. Happy
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*scout nubbies*
*scout nubbies* · Chino, California, US · 7 projects
that's like waaay genius!
you have no idea how many of these i've gone through cause i'm so friggin clumsy. lol. thanks.
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michelle G.
michelle G. · Antigonish, Nova Scotia, CA · 1258 projects
oh thanks
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