How to Unpick Serger Stitches

This is the best trick for unpicking serger stitches quickly and easily

Sergers are great until you realize that you’ve sewn the wrong pieces together or four some other reason need to take out all the serged stitches. With for different threads knit together to form that stitch it can prove to be a nuisance!

You might attack it with the dreaded seam ripper, try and carefully trim the stitches with embroidery stitches or if you have a generous seam just hack the whole thing off. But today I’m going to share a way that you can easily make the stitches unravel with some careful attention.

Super great trick to undoing serger stitches fast and easy

All you need to do is identify the needle threads. They are the ones that are making two rows of straight stitches. Separate them out and then gently pull on them. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to pull the length of the stitches once those are out the looper threads will simply unravel.

If the stitches are particularly tight you might want to go through and snip them in intervals. That will take longer but it’s still LOADS faster than trying to do it with a seam ripper and it doesn’t leave the gazillians of loose tiny threads that snipping all along the stitches does.

Hope that helps!

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  1. JaneEllen says:

    I am ashamed to admit I have a small serger I’ve never used once, afraid to try it. Have no idea how to thread it either, why did I buy the darned thing, has been lugged all over country with us moving. Kept telling myself I’d use it. Well, I haven’t, lol. When is good time to learn how to use it? Any good tips? I’ll bet my hubs could figure out how to use it. When there’s a problem with regular machine I go to him for help. Will pin the how to gather with serger tips. Happy week

    • I know just what to do! Call up your local quilt shop that sells sergers and ask if they do a serger class or if they know any place that does one. Take the class. It’ll help you get started, teach you trouble shooting and more. Totally worth paying for a class. Hope that helps.

    • You are not alone! So many people have told me the same thing. I went on youtube and watched some videos and realized it was actually easy to thread the one I have. Try watching a couple videos and perhaps there will be one on using your machine. Between my book and the video there was no problem figuring it out.

  2. THANK YOU!!! Ripping out serged seams makes me cuss. I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial: Looking forward to seeing you at Snap! –Anne

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