Oh where, oh where has my seam ripper gone? Or, more correctly, where have my seam rippers gone? I know I have more than one. I have no idea how many seam rippers I actually own.
Working in a fabric store, you realize fast that all sewers frequently lose seam rippers. About half the little gadgets sold are seam rippers, and people tell various tales of losing them in their homes. When you need one, you need one, scissors or pins are not particularly good substitutions.
I needed one last night, and did eventually dig one out from the back of a sewing room drawer. Not a good one, it was not sharp and the handle broke off! But I got the block unassembled and reassembled. So this, of course, made me wonder about seam rippers.
I found dozens of patents for seam rippers, and references to them back well into the sixteenth century, but no written history of this nifty tool. This morning I asked my two of my sewing neighbors just how many seam rippers they thought they had purchased over the years. We wound up with a collective case of the giggles.
How about all you readers out there? How many seam rippers do you think you have ferreted away in your various sewing supplies? What other small but useful sewing or quilting items do you find hard to control? Perhaps they slip away in the middle of the night, not happy with the working conditions we subject them too. Perhaps they ran off with the lint rollers and thimbles. Please share a story today and take the poll. We all need to giggle more!