I was making a cushion cover as a part of a’ Grant Your Wish’ last week, when I decided I really wanted rounded corners instead of square. I didn’t want to just re-do the overlocking/serging around the corners (might do that if it was just for me) so started the unpicking …. and then I thought ah ha! This is what I should blog about!
Have you ever tried to pull out overlocker/serger stitches and ended up with something looking like this?
Well, never again! This is one of those things, that once you have seen, you will not forget, and you will wonder “Why didn’t someone tell me?”
I have threaded my serger with coloured threads so we can see them more clearly:
Green – Lower looper (on the back)
Pink – Upper Looper
Blue – Right needle
Orange – Left needle
So to unpick the stitching EASILY:
1. Snip the Right Needle Thread (Blue) every inch or couple of cms or so – those pieces will pull out easily.
2. Now do the same for the Left Needle Thread (orange) – you can see it crosses over the loops formed by the Looper Thread (pink) – don’t cut the looper!
3. Pull the Looper Threads – front
How easy was that!!
I hope this has helped and that you never have to see that scrunched up mess again!
Until next time
That’s how I do it (though I rip the needle threads at the same time)! Great tutorial!
Thanks Abby – it’s funny the things we ‘just do’ as we go along! 🙂
Mel@Mellywood's Mansion says
I did not know that! That will (sadly for me) come in handy often, thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks Mel and you are welcome! 🙂
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That is a fabulous tip Nanny 🙂 I also liked that you have used different coloured threads to show the demo off perfectly.
Thanks VickiLorraine – I actually had it threaded that way for another project and thought Mmm – that’s easier than trying to draw it! 🙂
Oh my! What a helpful tutorial! Thank you!
Thank you Sandy – you are welcome! I’m so glad you found it useful! 🙂
sue morris says
This is awesome!! Thank you so much for the tips!
Thank you Sue! I hope you find it helpful! 🙂
Miia Hakala says
Hi Miia! You are welcome!! 🙂
Bonsoir, pourquoi personne ne me l’avait dit…. Que de temps perdu…
Merci pour ce partage
Thank you!! I’m glad you find it helpful!! 🙂
cucicucicoo: ecological living says
Wonderful! This is so helpful! I generally just get scared off by unpicking serged stitches and just cut them off, but it looks like it’s actually really easy! Thanks! 🙂 Lisa
Thanks Lisa! No more cutting off for you – it really is easy to do!! 🙂
Thank you Nanny – I enjoy using material that is soft and runny (sounds a bit like an egg) and very difficult to unpick if I make a booboo – now you have shown me the way.
Thanks Daisy! I’m so glad you find it helpful – (it did sound like an egg!! lol ) 🙂
Patty Virginia says
brilliant! I never knew how to do this, always ended up getting frustrated trying to figure out which thread to snip and pull. Will keep this tip close to hand. Thanks so much, pinned and shared on my FB page.
Thank you Patty and thanks for sharing!! 🙂
That is a wonderful tutorial, thank you. I don’t have a serger yet, but I hope to get one at the end of the summer.
Thank you Cindy and good luck with your serger purchase!! 🙂
I tried to pin to my pintrest account, it won’t work 🙁
I’m sorry I hadn’t seen this Jeff but thank you so much – I will have it checked out! 🙂
Jeff just click on the ‘pin it’ on any of the photos and it will work! thanks again and so sorry I missed your comment before! 🙂
I’ve been meaning to do a post about this – now I’ll just send everyone here instead! Well explained and photographed.
Thanks Debra – that would be wonderful! 🙂
a la tête de l'art says
Super ! Explication très réussie avec les fils de couleurs c’est très clair
Merci! Vous êtes les bienvenus! I hope translate got it right! 🙂