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Topic: It took me 6 years, but I did it.  (Read 1253 times)
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« on: August 25, 2008 12:58:01 AM »

I got my serger for my 21st birthday. I turned 27 a couple weeks ago, and tonight I finally figured out how to thread the damn thing! I almost cried I was so excited. This thing has frustrated me for many years, but for some reason it finally clicked! My mom kept wanting to give it away or sell it, but I vowed one day it would work for me!





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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2008 03:41:05 AM »

I am hitting "this rocks", because anyone who can thread a damn serger deservers it!  I don't know of anything more frustrating in the art of sewing.
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2008 06:33:16 AM »

I finally figured out how to thread the damn thing!

They're all a pain in the neck to thread.  That's the first lesson.  Now that you know how to do it, you'll avoid doing it at all costs.  But the good news is that now that you know how, you'll never forget. 

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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2008 03:07:46 PM »

Woo-Hoo!  Go you!  Maybe now tackling those Turtle costumes will be a bit easier...  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2008 01:25:58 PM »

Congrats!! 

I'm still trying to get my hands on one that will be reliable!
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2008 02:10:21 PM »

I haven't used it since I got it threaded, but I got some stretch knit material the other day for super cheap and have big plans to make something! Well first I have to figure out what I am going to make...

And now, thanks to this whole master crafter thing I really want an embroidery machine!
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2008 03:29:55 PM »

Horray! I've been craving a serger for some time now, but they've always intimidated the heck out of me. . . so this summer, I took a day long course at the local craft college that covered the basics of serging.

Don't feel bad about taking  six years to get into it-- there were two senior ladies in the class who had their sergers for DECADES and still hadn't much clue how to use them. I'm not saying that to bad mouth them, just to say that it's never too late to go about learning how to best the beast of serging.

I've heard that when it comes to fiddling with the tensions for the different kinds of serging stitches, it's best to keep a little log book so you know which tension settings get the best results for each stitch. That seems like it would be a pain in the rump to do, but seems a little more appealing than having to start from scratch every time.

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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2008 01:00:31 PM »

If you ever need to rethread it, there is really quite a simple way-
cut the bobbin threads and tie them off to the new colour one by one, running the machine until the colour is fed out onto scrap fabric. Then do the next bobbin spool, and so on, until you have the new colour only! Keep your knots square, and the loose ends rather short, but not so it will come apart. It works for me every time!

I've sewed since I was born(well, I watched my mom, cut out paper, grew to cutting fabric, and then finally sewing) and so I have probably the best worst education anyone who sews could have- I learned every short cut in the book-- in high school I needed an extra course to fill in a block, and said, hey, why not take a sewing class, its an easy A! Not really. But we had a substitute teacher a lot, and she still had a bunch of high school idiots playing around on brand new berninas and a Very Nice serger from singer while she wasn't there! I've learned a lot about sergers, needless to say... but I still don't know how to put a zipper on the ''Right'' way.^^
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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2008 09:57:56 AM »

cut the bobbin threads and tie them off to the new colour one by one, running the machine until the colour is fed out onto scrap fabric. Then do the next bobbin spool, and so on

Wow, I think you just solved one of my biggest dilemmas!  Thanks.  I'd always snipped all at the same time and tried to run them through, which is how I was taught but your method makes so much more sense.  My way works once out of 100 times.  I always have to rethread from scratch.  I'm gonna try your method next.  Thanks again!  [I love this website.  I am learning all the time.]
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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2008 12:56:37 PM »

That's about how long it took me to remeber how to thread a normal machine and not have to ask my mum for help.

(Thank goodness for my mum.)
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