Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tool time with Elaine....and her fav SHARP tool.... ( psst 2 guests today)

A special "WHOOP WHOOP" to Madame Samm - with her unbelieveably busy schedule - she still finds time to reach out and "touch" all of us who love, love, love quilting!!  Whoop, whoop, whoop!!

Now for the serious business of favorite tools!  I've added several since this new "series" began!  Anyone in the book business?!  lol  Could be a Quilt Tools for Dummies in the making?!  (You know - those yellow and black books?)  No, none of us are "dummies" - just - WOW I have that tool in MY posession and never thought about using it THAT way! 

My favorite tool is actually from the medical "arena"!!  As in SURGERY!!  EEEEEKK!!  It's cheap if you get it at the American Science Outlet (Geneva, IL - next town to where I live in the warm-weather months!!).  I'm sure they're available at medical supply outlets - and some quilt shops carry them!

Now, if you are always PERFECT and never make a mistake - this is NOT the tool for you!  I do believe that most of us are NOT perfect ALL the time and that's why this is such a wonderful tool for your tool box!!

TAH DAH!!  It's a disposable scalpel!!  YES that's right - a  DISPOSABLE SCALPEL!!




It's used for the OOPS moments!  Not to be confused with WHOOPS moments (times of excitement and joy and "you go girl"!!).  As in - removing stitches, big-time UGH moments!  Expletives deleted moments!  Ugly moments!  Not our happiest moments!

Yes - you need to be careful - keep it away from inquisitive little people, etc!  But you just touch the unwanted stitches (those little devils!!) - and "poof" gone!  Just kind of pull apart the seam - touch - pull a little - touch, ...  touch and done!!  Remember to put the blade cover back on!! 


Hope you'll be able to locate a scalpel!  It should last a long time - especially if you are perfect and never need to rip out seams OR if you aren't perfect and just think - nah - it's just fine!!   It'll quilt out!!

17 comments:

  1. I would have never thought of this. Thank you for teaching us. Looks like I need to stop at the medical supply center while I am out today.

    I am FAR from perfect!!! I think I will forever be a wantobe quilter. LOL I am ripping stitches all the time. We Live, We Learn, We Make Mistakes

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  2. I'm a nurse as well as a quilter. I know they make disposable scalpels that have a little cover that stays attached to it - you just slide the scalpel up, use it, and slide it back. That way you'll never forget to put the cover back or lose it. These babies are SUPER SHARP so be careful or YOU'LL need stitches.

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  3. What size do you normally get in these scalpels? I went online shopping and found many sizes.

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  4. I would love this idea but I'd definitely have to have a cover or something to cover that blade...I'm just a little bit clumsy. Hmmm, that could be a whole 'nother idea for a post - how to cover it. :) blessings, marlene

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  5. That looks like a great idea...time to go looking for a medical supply house.

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  6. That looks like a really good idea...I've poked holes in my fabric before (gasp!) trying to use the seam ripper....this looks much more precise. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Good Morning Elaine..you are sew sharp...I always knew you were on the cutting edge....YOU tear my heart out with all these amazing tools....lol
    OK enough of the cutting remarks...
    YOU just make me laugh...

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  8. I'm not to far from Geneva, IL! Thanks for the tip!

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  9. Hi Elaine you are so correct. Being in the medical field myself I discovered these about 4 years ago or so and have been using it since...they are very sharp and wonderful for those pesky threads....

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  10. My seam ripper is similar to this. And I love it. I call it my "Grim Ripper" LOL

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  11. Elaine, thanks for the great info! I will be on the hunt for the disposable ones.

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  12. Great idea for the scalpel. Thanks.

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  13. Oh this is a great idea. That seam ripper not only rips thread but fabric too! Hmm, I just might have to go to that store! You always find great things there!

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  14. Oh I would never need one of those...cough cough hey right! I did one block wrong 3 different times. LOL Thanks for sharing the cool tool.

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  15. Sharp idea! I am so clutsy that I probably would be better off not using one. My fingers kink or trigger when least expected...dang arthritis!
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  16. Hey Elaine, you live (warmer months at least) near me. Do you have a blog? I couldn't find a link for it on the post.

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