It happens. We all loose our way some times. And we all reach for the seam ripper. I remember the way I was taught to use a seam ripper, and it was all slow and tedious and you had to take the whole seam out because you’re not supposed to backtack in the middle, and yadda yadda. That’s fine. Great. Awesome. Because I just love picking out seams. (Actually, oddly, I really do enjoy that these days. It’s calming. Just not so much when I’m in a hurry.)
When I’m in a hurry, my goal is to pick out as few stitches as possible to make things right. For example:
Time to fix: < 2 minutes. Estimated time to rip and resew: 5-7 minutes. Estimated time to find a seam ripper? Unknown. ;)
Ah, I discovered this long ago for offensive looking curved seams like princess lines, necklines and armholes that are going to be pressed in one direction. Grade the seam a bit for less bulk and clip for a smoother press.
Hi, Elizabeth – great points on the grading and the pressing! That was done as part of the finished vest. This was just a quickie “I really wish someone had shown me this years ago!” moment. ;)