Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter X Instagram Tiktok Icon YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Conversational Threads


user-240725 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Before I sit down with a large microscope, can anyone shed some light on the issue of removing serger hems, particularly the triple cover hem?  I know there must be an easier way than slicing thru all the threads with a small ripper then picking out all the pieces.


  1. FitnessNut | | #1

    If you manage to get the right thread, you can remove a cover stitch hem just by pulling it. But the secret is getting the right thread, which might take a little bit of trial and error, and will be dependent on what stitch exactly has been used. Once this thread is removed, the others can simply be lifted off the garment.

    1. user-240725 | | #2

      Hi Sandy, thanks for the reply.  The key word here is "secret"!  How do you find the secret thread?  Any idea?  I'm sure there is a diagram somewhere that shows which thread to pick up.  What if you put different colors in each thread holder and than just systematically pulled them to see which released the stitch.  I think I am on the way to answering my own question!

      1. FitnessNut | | #3

        Oh, I'm sure there is a diagram.....somewhere. There is for other serger stitches, specifically 3 and 4 thread stitches. I don't have a cover stitch machine, so I don't know where(but I have had to pick them out on ready-made, so I know there is a trick, however accidentally I found it). Maybe your manual might have info?? You're absolutely right that using different colour threads can help you figure this out on your own machine.

        Have fun ;-)

  2. HeartFire | | #4

    to remove serger stitching you have to pull out the NEEDLE threads, not the loopers. Just as you would pull out lets say the bobbin thread from a row of straight stitching, this can take a bit of patience, if the thread breaks, try to pick it up where it broke off. I've done this without much trouble on regular serger sewing, but haven't had to try it on the cover stitch.


  3. SewTruTerry | | #5

    Also if that becomes too frustrating then go ahead and cut them as you were talking about doing and instead of picking them out get one of those masking tape type lint rollers and pick up the loose threads that way.  Any of the threads left behind after that can more easily be taken care of because they are longer and a little tug will take care of them.

  4. suesew | | #6

    When I have to remove double needle coverstitch from ready to wear, I have learned to start withthe lower needle thread, then the rest comes out pretty easily. There is probably a similar needle thread to pull for the triple stitch.

  5. Understicher | | #7

    To find the needle thread on your garment trim the chain about 1/4 - 1/2 inch.  Fray it out and look closely for the shortest thread - that will be your needle thread.  Happy pulling!

  6. quiltnfish | | #8

    The cover stitch on my Bernina is released by pulling the looper thread. A three- or four- thread overlock stitch is removed by pulling out the needle thread(s). The needle thread(s) on the overlock stitch generally pull out very easily. HTH Kathi

This post is archived.

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Conversational Threads

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All


Shop the Store

View All
View More