How to Sunday - The lazy way to change your serger thread colour {Dressmaking}

Sunday, 16 June 2013

So once I decided to make all the seams of the Breton butterfly top red, it also meant changing the colour thread of my serger - boohoo. Well, I am a bit of a novice when it comes to my serger and when I look at the diagrams it is all hieroglyphs as far as I am concerned. I could have really done it in white (so easy, all threaded) - but it was too late, I had it in my head that it would be in red.

Just to let you know, I was taught this quick way to do it - but I had never done it by myself, on my own - I had a vague memory how the different steps...

1. Snip the thread above the machine on all four spools - go on, don't worry it will be fine.
2. Replace your old thread with the new cones, and bring the new colour through the thread guide.

3. Tie the old color to the new color.  

4. Pull the thread through gently - gently is the operative word here. I pulled my looper threads separately from the needle threads, but I don't think it matters - it is just easier.

5. For the left & right needle threads, don't pull the knots through the needle eyes (I couldn't). Snip the threads and re-thread both needles with the new colour.
6. Off you go - funky seams all the way!


  1. I love it with the red thread. I'll have to remember this tutorial if (when???) I get a serger.

  2. This is the only way as far as I'm concerned!.With manual in hand, and a lot of concentration,I can do it the other way, but it has been known to take me an hour, plus an awful lot of swearing!

  3. Another tip for this method is to reduce all the tension settings to zero, it just helps to pull th threads through a little :) just don't forget to change then back lol :)

  4. I love the read thread! Looks great. Only if I had a serger :(

  5. This is so clever! I understand this (and I don't sew much!)

  6. What a smart idea to use that poppin' red to your nautically, striped top. Fun, fun, fun!