It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been sewing. You will have to unpick a stitch. Unpicking can either save your project or destroy it. So it’s important to properly unpick the seam to save the fabric. Learn how to unpick a seam the right way.
One mistake that sewists make is that they don’t regularly replace their seam ripper. A sharp seam ripper is essential to have success unpicking a seam.
First thing first is – take your time. I know that you’re annoyed that you messed up, but taking your time is crucial to preserving your project. Think of it as a break. Turn on some good music. Stay calm, frustration is useless. Focus on correcting the problem.
Start unpicking where the seam isn’t locked. If both ends of the seam are locked start at one end by unpicking the lock stitch and work your way to the other end.
To begin unpicking start by unpicking a few stitches on one side of the seam. Just every few stitches take the seam ripper and lift up under one of the loops and break it with the seam ripper. Take care not to puncture the cloth, this is especially important with finer cloth like satin, taffetta or silk.
For more details you can see the video below.
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