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From: wifetod
Date: 09-02-2004, 01:45 PM (1 of 7)
I rethreaded my serger to take off the whoolly nylon I had on my loopers when I was working on some sweatshirt fleece. I put on the new thread, ( I can thread that serger now in 5 minutes or less, yeah!) I disengaged the cutting blade, put in a piece of a scrap fabric, a polyester satin or something and was going to try to adjust everything.

I got started fine, it was threaded right, I went to make some adjustments and then it ate the material. What might have I done wrong? I had decided I was just going to serge the edges before I stitched it on the SM.

I got the mess undone and rethreaded again and tried it on a different piece of material and it is working fine. Is this type of fabric hard to work with on a serger? I may just settle for french or mock french finish on these seams. I am kinda scared to try it again.
User: wifetod
Member since: 01-19-2004
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From: dmoses
Date: 09-02-2004, 03:11 PM (2 of 7)
Does your serger have an adjustment for presser foot pressure? Maybe that needed a little adjustment, since fleece and satin are very different weights. Also, sometimes with finer fabrics, it helps to feed a piece of firmer scrap fabric through first, and follow with the lighter fabric(without cutting the thread chain). I don't know the whys or wherefores, I just know that sometimes it helps! :whacky: :bg:
Take care,
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From: wifetod
Date: 09-02-2004, 04:04 PM (3 of 7)
I don't know for sure about the presser foot adjustment. I know I have differential feed. I will have to try the other idea.
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Member since: 01-19-2004
Total posts: 149
From: sewcr8v
Date: 09-05-2004, 12:17 PM (4 of 7)
The lighter fabric will need a smaller needle 60 or 70. Your needle may have been a little blunt on the end.
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User: sewcr8v
Member since: 09-05-2004
Total posts: 30
From: Kylnne2
Date: 09-06-2004, 06:38 AM (5 of 7)
When the blade is disengaged the fabric needs to be kept to the left and watched carefully when serging or it can get tangled in the loopers and then the serger gets the munchies.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
From: foxy
Date: 09-22-2004, 11:27 PM (6 of 7)
Hello--its not a good idea to disengage the knive--You can run into some real problems. Learn to serge with the knife down. The material can get caught in the loopers especially the upper & break your looper. Use the right needle & a smaller size.
User: foxy
Member since: 11-13-2003
Total posts: 58
From: Pudge99
Date: 09-23-2004, 10:10 AM (7 of 7)
I agree with the disengaged knife theory. Similar things have happend to me when I try to do it without the knife. You can serge with the knife engaged without cutting your seam allowance (I assume that is what you were trying to do). All you have to do is keep your fabic edge lined up with the edge of the serger where the knife cuts. The knife will cut off the frayed whispies but will leave your seam allowance intact.
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