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rekha | Posted in General Discussion on

How does one rip serger seams cleanly. I got one hooked scalpel blade that is meant to ‘slide’ through the stitches. It does that alright but I still have to remove the stiches between the two serged fabrics.

How do you keep the seem ripping a clean process


  1. sewelegant | | #1

    You identify the needle thread and pull it out first (or both needles threads if you have a 4 thread serger).  I wish I could draw you a picture, but maybe you can see this in your serger operating directions book.  I like to use my seam ripper or an awl to get under the stitches to pull out the needle threads so I can grab hold and pull just like you would if you were gathering a seam.  After the thread stitches are out the looper threads are just lying there and are easy to remove.  Now, if you are talking about purchased clothing... they will use a continuous thread and I do not know how to identify the removal point, but will just fiddle around until it finally pulls out easily.

    1. rekha | | #2

      Thank you so much for saving me hours of cleaning.

      Your instructions were precise.

      I would only add that you start picking the needle stitches from the side that was up when sewing. When done go to the other side and pick the other needle stitches.


      1. sewelegant | | #3

        I pick the needle stitches both from the same side and cannot picture turning it over to do it, but if that works for you I am happy.  When I learned this "trick" I couldn't help but wonder why it wasn't something all the experts writing books on serging weren't passing along.  Maybe they are now.  I haven't looked at a serging book in a while.

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