Whether you have used a 3 or a 4 thread serger, at some point you will need to unpick a serged seam that has gone wrong. This might seem like a lot of threads to unpick, but with some practice, you will have the job done in no time. Like many sewing tasks, it looks much more difficult than it really is.
HOW TO UNPICK A SERGED SEAM
With your fabric facing with the right side of the overlocking stitch facing up, cut both the needle threads every few stitches.
This is the red and black stitching in the photo. If you are doing a 3 thread serged seam you will only have one of these.
It helps if your seam ripper is really sharp. A dull seam ripper tends to drag the threads making it harder to remove the stitches in the long run.
Now my favorite part – Grab the looper threads (the green threads) firmly and the rest of the stitches will unravel.
If you have to resew the seam you have unpicked, don’t forget that the seam allowance will have been cut down by the serger knife.
PRO TIP – Use a sticky lint remover to remove the last of the threads.
If you have any extra tips please share in the comments.
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