Ripping out stitches is part of the process of quilting. No matter how seasoned of a quilter you are, you're going to make a mistake every once in awhile. The first tip to ripping out stitches is a good seam ripper. In my early years of sewing/quilting I would purchase the cheapest seam ripper available. I've learned that spending a couple more dollars is worth every penny. Right now my favorite ripper is the Singer Comfort Grip Seam Ripper. It fits nicely in my hand and it is as it states....comfortable for me to use. The larger white rubber handle makes holding the ripper much easier. The rubber also helps to remove stitches after they are cut and you have pulled the fabrics apart. Lay the rubber handle on the stitch and pull. It will grab the loose thread and remove it from the fabric.