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Rubber Tubing Cover for Seam Rippers

So I am sporting a new war wound from the sewing trenches: I put a gash in my arm with my seam ripper. I have a bad habit of storing my seam rippers pointy side up in a basket, and this isn’t the first time that I’ve stabbed myself while reaching for something. I’ve decided it’s the last time though!

It’s bad enough that I keep cutting myself on the seam rippers, but my cats like to wander across my sewing table too and I’m worried that one of these days, they’ll poke out an eyeball or something. My cats are pretty clumsy for cats…

I know seam rippers come with a cover when you buy them, but I can never seem to hold on to mine. They always end up falling off and getting lost or misplaced.

I decided I could make a more secure solution using clear rubber tubing, so I headed off to Home Depot to check out the plumbing aisle. Yes, I actually took my seam ripper with me and tried shoving it into all the different size tubes to see what would work best. The Home Depot guys didn’t even blink an eye at me. =D

I decided on the 5/8″ wide tubing. Unfortunately Home Depot doesn’t sell tubing by the foot so I had to buy a coil of 10 ft. The total came out to a little over $5, which isn’t too bad.

When I got home, I put the seam ripper into the tubing again and marked the tube where I wanted to cut it.

I tried a couple different cutting techniques including using an x-acto knife and a regular pair of scissors. I got the best result using my rotary cutter. I have titanium blades but I’m sure cutting rubber dulls the blade pretty quickly so I’ll be swapping out this blade soon.

And now my seam ripper has a cover!

If you have more than one seam ripper, check the measurement for each one individually. It turns out one of mine had a thinner handle and I had to cut a longer tube for it.

And then the seam rippers went into my basket, and now I won’t stab myself anymore!

I had a lot of tubing left over so I thought I’d try to make some bobbin clips using the Schlosser Designs tutorial that I found via pillowsalamode.

I cut a bunch of small 1/2″ wide rings.

Then I used a pair of scissors to cut the rings open.

I found that I had cut the rubber rings a little too big and I hadn’t managed to cut very straight lines, so I flattened the ring and trimmed it down using a quilting ruler and my rotary cutter.

And then I put the rubber ring on my bobbins and it worked great!

I’m not sure I want to do this for all 30+ bobbins I have laying around, but I think this would be a good way to transport 2-3 bobbins in a bag for when I don’t want to bring my entire bobbin saver with me.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Tutorials

 

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The Bobbin Saver

Many years ago, Bobo discovered that the fastest way to get my attention was to knock stuff off my sewing table. Few things make quite as much of a racket as a plastic case filled with metal bobbins hitting a hardwood floor and exploding open. And then there was the fun part of crawling around on the floor to find all the runaway bobbins while the cats played floor hockey with them.

So that went on for a couple of years…

Then I came across the Bobbin Saver at my local sewing shop and they’re the perfect cat-proof bobbin case! The bobbins are held in really well so there is no explosion of bobbins when this hits the ground, and the rubber ring is a lot less noisy than a plastic box hitting the floor.

You can find the Bobbin Saver on Amazon in a variety of colors. I highly recommend them even if you don’t have a bratty cat that likes to test gravity!

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Tools & Accessories

 

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