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Topic: Can anyone help me with my overlocker (serger) problem??  (Read 1809 times)
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« on: December 05, 2010 08:24:31 PM »

I have no idea what happened but all of a sudden my overlocker (serger) is behaving weirdly. Here's a few shots of the stitching:

I've rethreaded the whole thing, I've fiddled with the tension, and it's still doing this weird undulating thing. I'm freaking out because I'm supposed to be making something for a friend for a Christmas swap and I won't be able to unless my machine is behaving itself. I also can't take it to a repair shop without at least a two-week wait for a service.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2010 06:06:27 PM »

Looks like you will have to make sure the thread is seated between tension disc. Meaning that you need to raise the presser foot, tug each thread to make sure the thread goes between the disc, and then lower the presser foot. Tug again on all thread to make sure there is tension on the threads. Try sewing again, if this doesn't not help put a new needle in. Sometimes we forget when we retread our machines, we forget to check the tension.

Sewing machines: Universal KAB, Kenmore 150 385.19150090, Brother XL-3125, Brother LS-2000

Combo sewing and embroidery machine: Brother SE270D

Sergers: Sergemate Companion 5040, Simplicity Serge Pro
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2010 10:30:09 AM »

It could also be that one of the threads is not feeding off the spool smoothly or you could have a bad thread. I've run into the bad thread thing more than once. I try very hard to use the same thread brand on all the needles and loopers because sometimes they just don't like to be mixed.

If feeding off the spool is the problem, try putting your nets over the spools and trying again.

Another thing......if you have trouble with getting the thread to get in between the tension discs, back the adjustment zero and thread it and then adjust it. Backing the discs to zero might be a good idea for storage too. It would keep the discs from wearing, especially if you keep it threaded. You can always put tension cheat notes on the inside cover so you can adjust them without looking for the manual.
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2011 08:38:04 PM »

did you get this figured out? i have had problems with several machines where the spring that pushed on the tension plate gets stuck, so there is no tension.
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