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Reader Tip: Neat Serged Seam Ends

Corral the thread tails and reduce bulk in the process.
Learn how to use a tapestry needle and fray preventer to get a neat serged seam edge.

Here’s an easy way to more neatly finish the ends of a serged seam, corner, or edge: Cut the thread tail to about 2 inches. Gently pull the tail, so two threads release a bit and the entire tail loosens. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle and pull it through the serger stitching; trim any excess, and apply fray preventer if desired. By loosening the tail threads, you reduce bulk for a cleaner finished seam end.

—Jeanette Schlaeger, Charleston, 


Tapestry needle pulls thread tails
Use a tapestry needle to pull the thread tails through.
Dab the corner with fray preventer, then trim any excess thread.


This reader-submitted tip was featured in Threads #184, April/May 2016. Photos by Sarah McFarland.


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