That little ball on your unpicker holds the secret to an amazing trick!

If you’ve got a sewing machine, chances are your favourite tool will be your unpicker or seam ripper. These sharp little gems are fine blades that cut along a stitch on a garment. It wasn’t until a conversation about sewing started up in the Starts at 60 office, that we discovered we’ve been using our unpickers the wrong way this whole time!

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Here’s what we learnt: you see that small ball on one of the prongs? That’s to allow the unpicker to be slid along a garment in one swipe – no more fussing over individual stitches! Here’s a video to help explain.

We couldn’t help but feel silly when we saw this tutorial – it seems so obvious now!

Did you know about this little hack? Have you ever ‘discovered’ something new only to find out that everyone has been doing it for years? Let us know!