Sleeve sewn into a armhole? Collar sewn on upside down? With all the late night holiday gift sewing going on, sewing mistakes are bound to happen. Sometimes repeatedly. Have no fear, most stitches can be unpicked without any permanent damage. Here are my go to methods with video! The videos were another brilliant idea from Jill of Oh Crafty One. Let me know in the comments if they’re helpful.
I’m a fan of the pull and gather technique. I use a dull tweezer to unpick enough stitches for me to grab with the tweezer. Then I use the tweezer to grab one of the threads, pull and gather down the fabric. I scoot the gather down the stitch until it breaks or comes out. This is really quick to do and it saves me from potentially poking holes into the fabric with a seam ripper. It doesn’t work on stiff or very thick fabric or really short stitch lengths.
I usually serge with a 3 thread serge but this example I’m using a 4 thread serge because it seems to be more commonly used. To unpick, I grab the straight stitches and do the same pull and gather as the straight stitch. Once the straight stitches are removed, the other 2 threads come right off. With a 3 thread serge, it’s even faster because you only have one straight stitch to remove.
This one was the trickiest to unpick and took me a bit of trial and error to figure out. Side note: I’m not sure if this can be done with all cover stitches. I have the Brother’s 2340CV. If anyone tries it on another machine, please let me know in the comments if it works.
Starting at the end where you finished stitching, slip your seam ripper under the set of vertical blue threads, under the diagonal blue thread and through the tiny red thread loop. Cut the threads with the seam ripper. Now you want to gently pull on the looper thread until you get a magically unraveling of the stitch.
We all can use less unpicking in our lives but hopefully these tips will help you get through it quickly.