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Topic: I just bought a serger for $30..... Now what?  (Read 873 times)
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« on: October 03, 2008 10:40:38 AM »

So my costume shop foreman simply didn't want her old serger anymore. She just sold it to me for $30. It works. I just need to thread it and get it cleaned/serviced. I am in love with it. I walked out of our theatre building today beaming hugging the machine.

Here's a picture of my new best friend:



Now the question is... How do I thread the thing? I've used a serger countless numbers of times in the shop, so once I get it threaded, I won't have a problem with it. I just don't know how to get it to that point.

Any suggestions? I'm excited to start using it!
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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2008 11:41:02 AM »

I have a Toyota serger that I bought used a few years ago,it's almost exactly like yours! When you thread it,start with the far right thread first and do each one working your way to the left.Before you start,turn all the round dials to "o" first. After you thread the first one,pull on the thread slightly to seed it into the tension dial(round knob) then do the next one and so on until you get to the needle one.This will be your last one to thread.
Slide your front plate open and there should be a diagram with colors that shows you which thread goes where.Take one color at a time
Take your time,it can be a tedious job but be sure you follow the diagram.One thread out of place and she won't sew right,learned this the hard way..lol(you need a pair of long nose tweezers also)
When you have them all threaded,lay all the threads together and slide them under the presser foot(raise the foot,slide under,lower foot)
Now while loosley holding the threads,push the pedal and see if she sews a chain.You don't need fabric under the foot for this.
If it doesn't make a chain,then go back and check all the threading.And be sure to "seed" each thread in the tension knobs.Set them all on the SAME number.
I don't know what brand yours is but you can possibly go online to order a book if you don't have one and some companies will send you a threading diagram free.

Good Luck.hope this helps!...Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2008 01:41:11 PM »

Oh my!!!  That is near identical to mine.  Is it a Janome?  That's what it looks like.  I don't have a scanner at present but I can photograph the pages of my instruction manual on how to thread it, once my camera batteries are charged!!!

$30 bucks huh??  What a bargain!!  Lucky you - no wonder you were hugging it!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2008 08:18:07 PM »

gah! you guys are so awesome! thank you so much!

and it's a kenmore, but i'm sure it threads the same.
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2008 01:57:42 AM »

Here's a tidbit of info for ya...get a can of "canned air" and keep it on hand.Every so often gently blow out the lint and dust.It helps keep her running smooth. Also thru expierence I found out that these machines should be cleaned out and oiled. I was told in the book not to oil mine but one day last week,it quit sewing.I mashed the pedal and it barely moved. I worried thinking I needed a new machine,called my repair man and he says,"it sounds like your pedal is bad".So I went and found another pedal from an old junk machine and replaced the pedal.Then I turned it up and removed the bottom plate and  there I found gobs of lint and a lot of moving parts.So I "blowed it out,wiped out all the dust,and grabbed my oil can and oiled anything that moved.
Replaced the plate,turned it upright,threaded it and low and behold,she's running like a new machine..lol
I saved myself a repair bill and am happy I fixed it myself... Grin
Just thought I'd pass that along to you before you take it in for repair. repair guys will drain you dry and most of the time,it's something simple to fix.
Good thing I collect old machines or I would not have had an extra pedal.
On and btw..you can't kill a Kenmore..lol
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2008 03:48:09 PM »

Here's the pictures.  I put links to them so that you can read the words (the pictures are HUGE):

http://home.exetel.com.au/wootton/userfiles/Overlocker_001.jpg
http://home.exetel.com.au/wootton/userfiles/Overlocker_002.jpg
http://home.exetel.com.au/wootton/userfiles/Overlocker_003.jpg
http://home.exetel.com.au/wootton/userfiles/Overlocker_004.jpg
http://home.exetel.com.au/wootton/userfiles/Overlocker_005.jpg
http://home.exetel.com.au/wootton/userfiles/Overlocker_006.jpg
http://home.exetel.com.au/wootton/userfiles/Overlocker_007.jpg
http://home.exetel.com.au/wootton/userfiles/Overlocker_008.jpg
http://home.exetel.com.au/wootton/userfiles/Overlocker_009.jpg

Good luck with threading!!!  If the serger is alread threaded, you can look on the first picture to see how to change the thread by tying knots.  Wink
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