How to take out a 4-Thread Serged Seam the EASY WAY!Posted by Jennifer Stern on Apr 5, 2012 in Posts by Subject, Workshops | 3 comments
Remember the Tee I made with the new collar I designed a few posts ago? …I had to take it apart and cut out a new front… because of the unfortunate placement of the print design (right on my bust). Anyway, I took the seams out in 2 minutes using this super easy way. …Instead of picking out the stitches one-by-one with a seam ripper, simply slip out the needle threads and the stitches fall apart!
The first step is to locate the needle threads. It’s easiest to see them from the top side of the stitch (the side of the fabric that was face up as you serged the seam). I like to take out the right needle thread first. That is the thread that’s creating a straight stitch that runs parallel to the cut edge of the fabric. I’ve picked it out in the photo below. …It’s the row of stitching the runs down the middle of the stitch.
Free the tail end of the right needle thread so you can gently pull the thread.
Here’s what it looks like after the right needle thread has been completely pulled out. If you look carefully, you can see the holes that are left behind… Don’t worry, those will steam out of most knits.
Next, pick out the left needle thread. This one is a little trickier to see. It’s the thread that catches the end of the loops. Try to pick it out between two looks as shown below. The only way you can screw this technique up is by pulling on a looper thread… This will cause the whole serged stitch to tighten and then it will be impossible to tease out the needle threads… SO be sure that you have located the needle thread before you start pulling it out!
Here’s what it looks like after the left needle thread has been pulled out… notice how the looper threads fall apart. :) That was my quick tip for today… enjoy!!