One of the most basic "sewing essentials", but also one of the most practical and useful is the Seam Ripper. Whether you are a beginning seamstress or a seasoned stitcher, this tool is an absolute must have! I just opened a new one I got for Christmas and it reminded me to share with you the value of this small gadget.
The blade of the seam ripper is very sharp and can easily cut through sewn threads.
The pointed metal end is carefully slipped between the two layers you wish to separate and gently pressed against the threads to cut them. The red "ball-like" tip is there to guide you and prevent the opposite point of the blade from tearing your fabric.
Being that they are rather inexpensive tools, and that they can indeed dull with use....not that I would know from experience and own several dull ones....it's certainly worth having a couple in your "sewing essentials" box. :)
To see other items I consider "sewing essentials" see the tab at the top of the blog.