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From: ReenaRose
Date: 09-02-2005, 01:35 PM (1 of 6)
My babylock serger is making a rolled edge with funny short threads sticking out. Adjustments don't seem to make a difference; they still pop up. They appear to be cut edges, not loops.
Does anyone have any idea what this could be? And how to fix it?
User: ReenaRose
Member since: 01-08-2005
Total posts: 3
From: Hogmami
Date: 09-02-2005, 01:44 PM (2 of 6)
I just saw this on sewing with Nancy. She suggested putting a water soluble stabilizer on the edge as you are doing your hem. It worked for her on her show but I haven't tryed it yet.
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: Kylnne2
Date: 09-02-2005, 08:22 PM (3 of 6)
You could change your looper thread to woolly nylon. It really fills in to get rid of the "pokies". Try widening your stitch width a bit and play a bit with your length. Hope this helps.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
From: ReenaRose
Date: 09-02-2005, 09:34 PM (4 of 6)
Interesting! I will try the suggestions out.. Did anyone say what it is? I'm worried it might unravel.
User: ReenaRose
Member since: 01-08-2005
Total posts: 3
From: June Harlow
Date: 09-17-2005, 08:40 AM (5 of 6)
Hi Reena:

I have two Babylock 5180's and I have that problem from time to time. I wrote about it in a previous post. After a lot of testing on 2 thread rolled edges, this is what I found out:

My machine blades are cutting the fabric clean and sharp, however unless the lower looper tension is quite loose, some parts of the fabric squeeze out, making it look like there's loose threads from the fabric poking through (see my pic link in first post). Speed of serging makes no difference, however the quality of the rolled edge seems to get worse as you work at an angle to the grain.

Tension is very important, the needle thread needs to be quite tight, and the lower looper loose (just tight enough to cause the fabric to roll, but not so tight as to cause parts to squeeze out).

Slippery, synthetic type fabrics seem to cause more troubles because they don't want to create a rolled edge properly. Stiff cotton type fabrics seem to roll nicely.

Also stitch length is tricky. Spacing the lower looper threads too close together causes trouble, as does spacing them too far apart.

After all this experimenting my best solution is to practice a lot on fabric scraps from the project you're planning to work on. I hope this helps other folks !

Hope this helps you :)
June ~

"If only I could find that missing pattern piece!"

June sews on a Pfaff 1209 and a Babylock 5180 serger
User: June Harlow
Member since: 05-30-2005
Total posts: 100
From: MaryW
Date: 09-19-2005, 11:34 AM (6 of 6)
Excellent tips June, thanks very much.
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User: MaryW
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