After discovering that I have to "unstitch" 46 nine-patches, I decide to actually take the time to learn how to use the seam ripper properly. I'm sitting in an airplane en route to Salt Lake City at 10:00 p.m. Doesn't that sound like an appropriate time to learn something new?
After practicing the whole flight --- I think I have it down. This is soooooo much faster than picking out seams or even snipping every 5th one and pulling threads. AND the tiny threads to pick out are minimal as well. Here's a quick video my daughter shot after arriving at her house. Hope it helps.