Originally Posted by NOBD
But just to take a look behind the lining, inside the coat"”what tools do you use? Just a ripper (hopefully the right term) and patience, or other tools/techniques?
If you're in a hurry, use a razor blade. Otherwise, patience. Pull up a thread, give it a good yank in the direction of the seam, it should rip several stitches at once, then repeat on the other side of the seam. It's faster and cleaner than using a seam ripper. Open the sleeve lining, the side seam and then the hem and peel back the lining- you can still put it back together fairly easily like this, so if you want to wear it again, stop there, if not, open the collar, the shoulder seams, the felling stitches which hold the facing in place, and you will have a good view of the inside.