Life hack: What that little ball on your unpicker is really for! 139



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If you’ve got a sewing machine, chances are your favourite tool will be the faithful unpicker or seam ripper. For the uninitiated, these sharp little gems are fine blades that slice along a stitch on a garment – perfect for taking off clothes labels neatly. It wasn’t until a conversation about sewing started up in the Starts At Sixty office, that we discovered we’ve been using our unpickers the wrong way this whole time!

Here’s what we learnt: 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!


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  1. I have some sewing to do so I am quite sure I will be putting this lesson into action. No I have never used the little ball part, I have totally ignored it really. Oh dear.

  2. yes I still use on for unpicking machine sewn seams etc, the little ball : stops the user from tearing the fabric.

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