Serger Sewing Tips

Mie from the Sewing Rabbit team is here today with some fabulous tips for us gals who love to sew with our serger!  She has shown me a whole new way to not only re-thread my machine, but also a trick for seam ripping a mistake! I am so in love…

Tips for Sewing with your Serger.

Re-threading your Serger, and unpicking a Serger stitch – the easy way.  

How to Re-thread your Serger, the Easy Way  ||

Today we have a post with information that, if you did not already knew, is going to change the way you look at and work with your serger.

This post is inspired by many of you actually. I obviously read a lot of sewing blogs and so many times have I seen statements like ‘I could not be asked to change the thread color on my serger’ or ‘I simply cut a new item because unpicking my serger seam is too much trouble’. And every time I thought hmmmm, I wonder if they know these tricks?

Tip No. ONE

Unpick Your Serger Seams, the easy way  ||

After asking around, it also seemed as though many people didn’t know there was an easy way of seam-ripping those serged seams. Did you know there was a single thread you could pull, that would make it all come apart?! Let me show you…

Tip No. TWO


Yup, it really is that simple!

Now that your serger is going to be your new best friend you are obviously dying to use it, right!

So jump over to Sewing Like Mad’s blog and find a pattern drafting (or more like an alteration) tutorial on how you can change a leggings pattern into these super comfortable and easy knit slouchy pants, with a few simple steps .


Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!


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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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  1. says

    Great Tips Mie! I always forget which thread is which when it comes to ripping it out, but it’s so cool when you grab the right thread on the first go It really is like magic!

    My Serger just came back from the shop yesterday, and I learned that the #1 thing people do to screw up their tension is that they forget to really dental floss the thread down in between the pressure plates when they re-thread. Darn, they caught me! I always forget when I’m in a rush. :P

    • Mie @ Sewing Like Mad says

      Super magic. May I suggest printing out my photo and hang it up in your sewing room ;-) When you have looked at it for a while it will stick which thread to start with….I think ;-)
      And thanks for the extra tip with the tension. I never do that….just pull and sew….oops!

  2. says

    I received my Elna serger for Christmas last year and, while I’m sewing straight seams with abandon, anything else scares the daylights out of me. I have rethreaded once using your technique but did not know the seams could be picked out so easily … THANK YOU! I will definitely print this out and keep in a sheet protector near the serger. More tips, please!

  3. says

    Love these tips! I always thread my machine that way when I run out. I actually turn the wheel really slowly and it just feeds through, instead of pulling. I will definitely use your unpicking technique!

  4. says

    I like your short and simple tips which are very useful, by the way, I usually rethread my serger with the method you showed. I might add that the knots are also useful for “flossing” the discs when you pull the thread through. When I was first learning the serger I had enormous amounts of trouble threading it but since I had to do it so many times I can thread it either way. I always use this method. Thread the loopers first, inside spool then the outside spool. Then the needles last, inside spool then out side spool. Basically threading from the center out. Maybe that’s too confusing. Thanks for the great picture for picking out the seams too.

  5. says

    I love how clearly you show how to remove stitches and tie on. Both are things I think few people know how to do efficiently. Knowing these two simple tricks takes a lot of the headache out of using a serger.

    If at all possible you should also know how to thread your serger from start to finish without tying on. Tying on is quick and easy but if you run out of thread in the middle of sewing and don’t notice in time you won’t have thread to tie on to. Knowing how to thread it will prevent a lot of headaches!

    Until a week ago I was a manager at a local sewing gallery and at least once a week someone came in with a serger for me thread because they only knew how to tie on.

  6. Denise Williams says

    Hello, I hate using my overlocker…….but hopefully these tips will help….I also battle with the tension, any tips would be great.

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