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Topic: Babylock BL3-407 Changed my needle and now NO stitches at all! Yay!  (Read 1587 times)
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« on: May 16, 2012 06:38:59 PM »

Wow, I have not posted using this Craftster account since I was 15!! Crazy how time flies, but here I am and in dire need of some crafty assistance.

My mother gave me life, and also the gift of serging with her Babylock bl3-407. She had used it for many years when she was my age, then packaged it up around '97 and there it sat in her craft space until this year. When we unpackaged it, it was still threaded! So we cleaned some dust out of the parts and I set to learning how to stitch on it. She still had the original manual and more, so when it came time for me to change threads, I didn't have any problems.

But then I had to go and get cocky and try to change the needle to a different size and weight for my fabric. That's when all hell broke loose, because I changed the needle (with a proper needle, mind you!) and rethreaded and... nothing. The machine literally does not form any stitch of any kind. At most, the needle thread will make a faux stitch on the front side of the fabric, but because the bottom two loopers aren't doing anything with eachother, the "stitches" can just be gently pulled out in one long unbroken piece. I have spent several hours trying to diagnose what is going on here, and so has my mother and I'm torn between throwing the damn thing out the window, and huddling in a corner away from it crying.

Does anyone have any kind of wisdom or experience they can impart? I realize the machine is older, but I can't understand how it could go into a box in good condition, come out of a box in good condition, be used gently, be threaded correctly and work, and then when a single needle is changed, just refuse to do anything. There has to be something I'm just missing in the complexity of the serger, right? All hope is not lost, right? RIGHT? Ugh. Anyway, if any of you crafty ladies or gents have any suggestions, I would be most appreciative.


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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2012 01:03:06 PM »

Have you completely unthreaded it and then rethreaded it?  I can't tell you how many times this has happened to me with various sergers I have used.  I swore up and down that I had it threaded correctly but then when I would take all the thread out and start from scratch...it would work. (?!?!?!?!) 

I have a Babylock BL3-418 and I have loved it.  It is a work-horse!

Don't call it trash...I can make something with it!!!
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2012 04:01:59 AM »

I've had this problem, once it turned out the needle was bent... You couldn't tell until I took it out. Another time it was in the wrong way.. The flat side goes against the shank,obvious I know... But I've made this mistake a couple of times.
Good luck!
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