World’s Best Seam Ripper (For Every Kind of Seamstress)


Fellow quilters, and fellow humans, it’s time we talk about something no one really wants to talk about: how we all make mistakes. It’s true. I make ‘em. You make ‘em. I heard a rumor that sometimes, even Chuck Norris makes ‘em. So as long as we’re going to make mistakes, we might as well fix them in style. Even imperfect people (so… people) deserve the best mistake-correctors out there. It’s without shame and with joy that I present to you…

The BEST Seam Ripper: A review for mistake-makers of all kinds.​

Since I’m so very well practiced in the art of making and correcting mistakes, I have gathered a lot of info on seam rippers. I’ve tried them all for you, so even though you make mistakes, buying the wrong seam ripper doesn’t have to be one of them.

First, there’s something you should know about seam rippers...

Sometimes, you get what you pay for. Sure, you can buy a seam ripper for a dollar and rip some mad seams today… but tomorrow? There are no guarantees. You could end up with a drawer full of $1 seam rippers that won’t deliver. This is a warning! I don’t want you and your seam ripper drawer ending up on an episode of Hoarders. Instead, read this post FOR REAL, and get the seam ripper you deserve.​

The Best Seam Ripper for Quality & Class​: The Nifty Notions Brass Seam Ripper

Nifty Notions Seam Ripper

The Nifty Notions Brass Seam Ripper is the queen of all seam rippers. First of all, it’s brass, so you are going to feel rich and famous while you rip through all of your hard work. The brass also gives this seam ripper a nice weight and durability. This thing’s built to last, you guys.

Oh, and I’m pretty sure the world might end before the ball comes off of a Nifty Notions brass seam ripper. Legend has it that this seam ripper will stay sharp for over a decade. And to top it off, it’s just plain stylish. If you’ve never been attracted to a seam ripper before… just wait until you meet this baby. Swipe right.​

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​The Best Seam Ripper for Utility & Practicality: The Mini Seam Fix Ripper


If you’re not really into shiny things (I think you’re lying, but whatever) and you’re not looking for a big investment on your seam ripper, I would recommend one of these small, but mighty Mini Fix Seam Rippers. This baby has everything you need, just miniature. So cute!

Fully loaded with a sharp blade, safety ball and lid, it also comes equipped to erase threads that have been ripped. (If that eraser part if confusing you, here's a YouTube video...with some weirdly sexy background music...that shows exactly how it's done.) Sharper than your average budget-buy, this seam ripper does the job well, but be forewarned: if you’re working on a paper piecing project, you may find the blade not quite fine enough.​​

​The Best Seam Ripper for the Surgeon/Sewist: Tula Pink Surgical Seam Ripper

So, I’m not going to lie, I find this surgical seam ripper a little scary… but it is also scary good at ripping seams. This seam ripper is made with high quality German steel and includes two blades.

A Tula Pink Surgical Seam Ripper will make you feel like both a pop princess AND an Expert Quilter M.D. as you slice open your seams with precision. These seam rippers are known to be extra sharp, and a good match for serger stitches. But remember, and I’m telling you this because I love you: it's a razor. It’s sharp, and the blade is totally exposed. Take care of yourself, friends!​


The Best Seam Ripper for Low-Maintenance Comfort: The Clover 482 Seam Ripper


The Clover 482 Seam Ripper wins the award for best body--the handle is soooo comfortable to hold. You won’t ever want to put it down. If you find yourself with a bunch of seams to rip, the Clover 482 will make sure you rip out those stitches cramp-free.

One warning on this little beauty: people have reported trouble with the cap coming loose. This is a seam ripper nightmare, especially if you like to dig through your sewing drawer while distracted by a great TV show (who me? No, I’ve never done that…)

Remember how I called this post “The Best Seam Ripper?” I bet you thought I was going to recommend just one, didn’t you. Well, I couldn’t choose! Just like quilters (and humans), all seam rippers have their strengths and weaknesses. Everyone needs a seam ripper that’s going to fit in with their style. I mean, chances are, you and this seam ripper are going to become pretty good friends...

Happy, safe seam ripping, everyone! And comment below: Which is your favorite?!

(Oh, and I almost forgot: if you really want to up your seam ripping morale, hook yourself up with one of these babies and remember: You Got This.)

9 thoughts on “World’s Best Seam Ripper (For Every Kind of Seamstress)

  1. katybee says:

    I like the Clover one. I definitely prefer a seam ripper with a comfortable handle. I also like the Fons & Porter one with the ergonomic handle.

  2. Veronica says:

    Thanks for your seam ripper suggestions. I have to disagree with you on the Clover seam ripper, though. I bought that one and I really didn’t like it. I thought it was too small in my hand. The Clover seam ripper I really like is this one: The only thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t have a cap. Clover has discontinued it, though, so you can’t find it in stores anymore. : (

  3. Anne Beier says:

    The Dritz Ergonomic is my absolute favorite. It has a rubber handle, and never slips or moves in my hand while using it.
    It makes my ripping out of my seams, (that were a mistake), more precise, easier and faster. And it’s so comfortable in my hand. Highly recommend.

  4. Rhonda Crisp says:

    I use a clover seam ripper with the big handle and it fits well while I’m ripping out seams and it has done real well for 6 years: it still works just as well as the day I bought it. I don’t know which clover it is but it does not have a cap which I wish it did. I’m new to quilting and sewing so I use it a lot. lol.

  5. Susan Johnson says:

    I have the seam-fix seam ripper in 2 sizes and I just love them, they save a LOT of time and effort for me. Love them!

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  7. Vickty says:

    The problem with all of these seam rippers is that the point is too large to get into a 16-20 st/inch line of stitching such as I do for all my quilts. I have the Havel’s seam ripper and it is too large.

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