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From: Material Girl
Date: 10-05-2004, 07:21 AM (1 of 9)
Hi

I bought a janome mylock 204d at the weekend(its being delivered on Friday)
Im aware it must be one of the most basic types of overlocker due to it being the cheapest Ive found(200)but do any of you own one.
Is there anything I should be warned off,have you heard any horror stories ar good things?
User: Material Girl
Member since: 10-04-2004
Total posts: 35
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 10-07-2004, 08:18 PM (2 of 9)
Most Janome products are top quality.. I have a MC 4000 (its a regular sewing machine) I have had for more than 10 years and no problems, ever.. I love it.. When I thought I had a problem (twice) it turned out that I was the problem..
Sew With Love
Libby
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: Kylnne2
Date: 10-08-2004, 05:18 AM (3 of 9)
Materialgirl, One of my sergers is the 504D. It is just a bump up from yours. It is very basic, noisier than some but it is a good serger. It does a great rolled hem. I am using it (abusing it) on some plastic coated canvas doing outdoor pool furniture covers for my daughter. It has serged many types of materials with little changing of tensions.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
From: barbeelady
Date: 10-08-2004, 02:59 PM (4 of 9)
Material Girl, I really like my 204D. It's been a great little machine. I think I've had it 3 years now. Rolled hems are a breeze compared to my old serger, which had to have a whole different needle plate for a rolled hem.

The lower looper is a little bit tricky to get threaded right. What helps me is one of those long loop pullers with the latch-hook type end. I reach it through and pull the thread through to the other side with it. You'll see what I mean when you get it. I have small hands too which is a plus in doing that one step of threading. If the thread breaks when you serge, you can almost be positive it's just that first step of threading that needs to be redone. Other than that, it's easy to thread and a wonderful worker.

If I ever upgrade, I'm sure I'll stay with Janome. Kylnne2's 504D (or the 604D) would be good in that it has an automatic threader for that pesky lower looper.

BTW I'm new to the forum and finding my way around. I just happened to stumble on a thread about my machine and thought I'd jump in. TTYL!
Tari in Ohio
User: barbeelady
Member since: 10-08-2004
Total posts: 21
From: Kylnne2
Date: 10-09-2004, 04:58 AM (5 of 9)
barbeelady, Welcome.. nice to have you with us.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
From: barbeelady
Date: 10-09-2004, 09:25 AM (6 of 9)
Thanks, good to be here. I'll be popping in as time allows--with craft shows every weekend (except today, yay a week off!) I stay pretty busy and that Janome keeps humming!
Tari in Ohio
User: barbeelady
Member since: 10-08-2004
Total posts: 21
From: Material Girl
Date: 09-26-2006, 06:50 AM (7 of 9)
Hi

Cant even remember writing the above post but now 2 yeras on I find myself using my overlocker again.
I threaded the 3 sections to use for a rolled hem and have one needle, setting on R.Cant recall the dial settings.
I hold the 3 threads at the back yet none of the stitches actually attatch to the material, I think one thread also may break as I look at the insides and one section has come unthreaded.

What am I doing wrong?
Which page can i look at in the instructions?There are so many diagrams my head is spinning!
Please help!!
User: Material Girl
Member since: 10-04-2004
Total posts: 35
From: Kylnne2
Date: 09-27-2006, 02:58 AM (8 of 9)
Wow, I was surprised I had posted on this thread about my Janome (New Home) serger which I gave to my daughter long ago.
As for your threads breaking, check your threading again and if all is ok you may have to loosen the tension on that thread that is breaking. Also, no need to really hold the thread tails, let your serger to all of the work. Don't pull on the threads or the fabric. Just guide the fabric into the serger.
Stitches not forming is complicated. I think you could have the wrong bite or width used for 3 thread but it could be a number of things. Try adjusting your width. Do recheck your thread paths. Thread upper looper then lower looper and needle or needles last. Be sure that your needle thread is not into the feed and put all threads to the back. Make sure you needle is the proper kind for your serger and that the needle or needles are all the way up into the needle bar and that threads are seated well in the tension discs. One more thing..LOL it sounds silly but it does make a difference..make sure that your thread antenna is a "all the way up" as high as it will go. I hope this helps a bit. Good luck to you.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
From: Material Girl
Date: 09-28-2006, 04:33 AM (9 of 9)
Thanks for the reply.
I perservered with it the other night.I think i worked out that I was putting the end of one thread in a place where it shouldnt be.It was going under a machine part instead of over.

So, as far as I can work out it i working well, but I tried to do a rolled hem and it just looked like normal overlocking stitches.
The material is quite thick, do you think the thickness is effecting it.
I made a 30's type cape a while back and the rolled hem looks neat and narrow on the chiffon, but I cant get it to look the same on the thick material.
User: Material Girl
Member since: 10-04-2004
Total posts: 35
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