26 November 2009

bikefix Exclusive Review: Deluxe Seam Ripper by Dritz

Sometimes a tool is perfect in its simplicity and specificity. This is just such a tool If you ride and are at all particular about how your clothing fits or gear works, you've probably come across a pad that has become uncomfortable before its time or pack with unnecessary straps that do nothing but make a nuisance of themselves. Dritz's Deluxe Seam Ripper is a badass little tool that helps the user remove sewn seams without destroying nearby fabric. Its form is perfectly evolved to do that an nothing else- and is beautiful for that.

Over the past month, I have used my Seam Ripper to remove annoying tags, free oddly tethered shoe tongues, remove annoying glove "armor" and bring knackered knickers back to life. All without accidentally slicing though expensive gear with an X-Acto blade or futzing around with scissors. The Seam Ripper is both simple and ingenious. In the crotch of the blade is a very sharp cutting area. The long pointy bit is for getting under stitches. When slid underneath a stitch, the blade is able to cut the thread without endangering the surrounding fabric. Cooler still is the red tip- once a seam is opened up a bit, this side can be slid into and run around a seam, popping each stitch without hanging up.

When I realized that the pad in my favorite knickers had about had it, I was able to use the Seam Ripper to remove it altogether, without disturbing the (very expensive) Windstopper material underneath. Now, I have knickers that can be worn several rides in a row with different shorts on each ride, keeping them out of the wash and my knees happy. Similarly, when my nose started running, I realized that putting "armor" on a pair of gloves' terry thumbs made them pretty ineffective at removing snot. 3 minutes with the Seam Ripper and they're much, much more pleasant to use. The seam ripper can be used to quickly cut poorly-located or overly large tags out of clothing too. Any time, really, when you want to remove a seam without screwing up an expensive piece of gear, they're ideal.

How much for this wonderful bit of tool design? Somewhere between $3 and $5. Even if you don't have a use for it right away, pick one up- it'll come in handy at some point. Nobody will even notice you in the quilting aisle.



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