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I've been sewing for over 50 years (gasp!) and I have ripped out more, I dare say, than my fair share of sewn seams. Particularly vexing to sewists of all ages is the thought of ripping out a seam made with a serger. One of the ways I have seen taught many times is to use the seam ripper to cut the threads along the edge of the seam and then pull the needle threads...however that leaves thousands of tiny threads to coax from the fabric and dispose of. There is a better way!
Here is the seam that needs to come out. You can see that there are two "straight stitch" lines toward the bottom of the seam and the looper threads wrapping over the edge
The trick is to start by pulling out the thread second from the bottom (let's call it the middle thread). Pick up that thread with your seam ripper or other small pointed thing that will sneak under that thread.
Here's the middle thread out - you can see the needle holes still in the seam
Once that thread is pulled out, do the same with the first thread - that's the one on the bottom. If you try to do this bottom thread first, it will not go well for you.
Here's the bottom thread out
Now comes the fun part! You can grab anywhere along the looper thread edge and it comes out faster than a greased zipper!
Here's the seam all un-serged, with no damage to the cloth edge (in this case bamboo), no small thread bits to pick off your clothes, or out of the seam. Best of all, no angst for me!