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Tips & Techniques > Ripping a serged seam on a 3 thread overlock

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Posted on: 9/12/03 4:28 PM
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Here's a handy way to rip out a serged seam without losing your seam allowance: with a small sharp scissors clip the very edge of the stitches where the upper and lower loopers lock on the edge of the fabric. It's OK if you get a tiny bit of the fabric along with it if you must. Find the needle thread, using a straight pin to help you pull out one stitch. Pull sharply on the needle thread and the whole thing will pull out if you have clipped all of the looped edge. All that's left after that is to pull out all the little eyelash length threads that are left in the fabric, and your seam is now undone.
The edge may look slightly chewed, but at least you haven't cut off your seam allowance in the process.

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Dale C said... (9/20/03 3:36 PM) Reply
I've done this too! I find that if you get stuck at some point, just grab the other thread (not the cut little bits), give it a tug and it releases. You can then keep pulling on both threads and it'll all come apart.
NancyDaQ said... (9/13/03 10:26 AM) Reply
On some fabrics, you can skip clipping the looper stitches and pull the needle thread. It doesn't work on all fabrics, but is worth trying first. ;-)
els said... (9/12/03 6:17 PM) Reply
Great tip ,thanks.
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