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SpottedFrog
« Reply #720 on: September 07, 2008 03:16:25 PM »

My serger it's a serious PITA todo things not involving the blade, I don't do casings on it at all.
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« Reply #721 on: September 07, 2008 08:38:33 PM »

So my serger has been doing this thing where when it trims things, sometimes it gets caught up in the serging. I'll post a picture later if I can get one, I think it happened once or twice in something I was just making. Is this caused by the knive(s) being dull or is it user error? If I get a picture tonight I'll edit it in. I haven't had this problem with my other serger so I'm inclined to think it's a dull knife (probably the lower one, apparently the upper one on this one doesn't need replaced much according to the manual) but I'm not for sure. Thanks Smiley

edit: ok got a picture (with helpful little arrows!)

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« Reply #722 on: September 08, 2008 07:27:45 AM »

Yup, dull blades.
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« Reply #723 on: September 08, 2008 08:19:17 AM »

Yup, dull blades.

Ok! I'll get a new one off eBay. They're much cheaper than I expected!
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« Reply #724 on: September 08, 2008 08:04:49 PM »

Ok so now it's doing something wierd. I just rethreaded it, I've fiddled with the tensions a bit, and the stitch still keeps looking like this:

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I broke a needle on it recently but I got all the parts out. That wouldn't have anything to do with this would it?
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« Reply #725 on: September 09, 2008 05:59:43 AM »

Are you sure that the thread is actually in the tension disc?  The tension is obviously whacked but if the setting is okay, it may be that it isn't caught in the disc.
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« Reply #726 on: September 09, 2008 06:22:04 AM »

It struck me last night (right before I fell asleep of course, I had to fight the urge to get up and test this theory) that since I've been working with lycra I had been using the differential feed and then forgot to set it back on normal so maybe that's it. I'll test it later and see what happens, going back to bed now (sick as a dog). I'll also check to make sure it's in the tension discs Smiley
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« Reply #727 on: September 09, 2008 03:00:35 PM »

Just wanted to post again and say I checked, and the thread to the needles wasn't caught quite right between the tension discs. I fixed that and set it on normal for the cotton fabric and it works fine now, so I'm guessing that was it. Smiley (it was late last night when I was trying to finish up a project...which is probably why I didn't check then haha)
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« Reply #728 on: October 01, 2008 07:09:56 PM »

Ok, so, how come I can see the thread when I look at the other side of my serger seams? : / I've tried adjusting my needle tension (making it higher) and making the foot presser pressure higher and they're still REALLY obvious. I normally just use the serger for finishing but these were t-shirts and I wanted the seams to stretch.
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« Reply #729 on: October 03, 2008 12:22:05 PM »

Try doing a test run on the same fabric you're about to sew at a higher level of tension.  When I sew woven fabrics I usually use 'default' tension settings - meaning that while my tension dials go from 0-9 I use a three as that's what is considered the default for my machine.  If I'm serging lightweight knits I usually engage the differential feed and up the tension to between 4 & 5.  If I'm doing heavier knits I lower it again to between 2 & 3.  I find that if I can see the stitching when the seam is right side out then it's because the needle tension isn't set high enough.
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