For anyone who sews or quilts, death and taxes aren’t the only things that can’t be escaped in this life. Ripping stitches is high on the list. I learned how to hand sew when I was six years old, so I’ve owned lots of seam rippers over the years. The one I find most useful is the Snip-a-Stitch.
The Snip-a-Stitch is actually shaped like scissors, but its salient feature is the hook at one tip of its stainless steel blades. The curved hook glides under your stitch without grabbing the threads of your fabric, allowing you to snip the stitch with ease.
Havel also sells a Snip-a-Stitch with an easy grip handle, which you can view here. For the regular scissor handled Snip-a-Stitch pictured above, just do a Google search and you’ll find many online businesses that sell them.
When my stitches take an unexpected bypath, this is the seam ripper I reach for. Others may do the job, but not like the Snip-a-Stitch. Come to think of it, I’ve been using these for over twenty years now. Need I say more?