Every Friday in our Practical Stitching month, we'll be sharing a personal 'Eureka' moment! Something simple that could help you to make your stitching even more enjoyable. Or unstitching, which is never fun but can be made easier by using a seam ripper.
It's quite possible that I unstitch more than I stitch. I often want to change a colour in the piece I'm working on or try a different stitch, re-stitch a wonky line etc etc. Usually I use my smallest, sharpest pair of embroidery scissors to carefully snip the threads and then unpick further with the point of a needle. A little while ago I was about to unpick a poorly executed row of stitches when my eye fell on my seam ripper. I regularly use it to undo stitching on my sewing or quilt projects but I thought it would be perfect to unpick embroidery stitches too. And it is!
Just like snipping threads with your scissors, you have to be careful when you use the seam ripper. It's sharp and it's easy to undo more stitches than you originally planned for, or even worse: damage the fabric. Seam rippers generally are quite cheap and you can buy them in different sizes. For embroidery a small one is probably best.
How do you unstitch? Do you use scissors, tweezers, a seam ripper or some tool we don't know about? Let us know!