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From: Candie_Button
Date: 12-05-2005, 05:20 AM (1 of 4)
Hello All,

(I have the Baby Lock Imagine)

When I serge over thick fabric the needle thread breaks and it's driving me crazy. It's just so frustrating when I'm trying to sew over another seam that happens to be a tad bit thicker and my serger can't seem to take it! Also, I'm using a three thread wide stitch and I'm supposed to use the thread guide position furthest to the left for my needle thread but when I use it, the stitch is all messed up. The needle thread sort of pulls up and shows on the other side. There's also a slight click like a metal click - I thought it was my upper looper but I can't tell. ):

Might anyone know what's wrong with my serger?

It's nice to be here, btw!!! :smile:
User: Candie_Button
Member since: 12-05-2005
Total posts: 1
From: bridesmom
Date: 12-05-2005, 05:03 PM (2 of 4)
Welcome Candie Button. All I can tell you is when my serger was 'clicking' the timing was out, meant a trip to the serger hospital. Normally, mine doesn't click. Maybe your tension is too tight on the needle??
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
From: Kylnne2
Date: 12-06-2005, 03:28 AM (3 of 4)
Candie , possibly a looper is hitting something. You might want to check and make sure that your Lt. needle is all the way up into the needle bar. Also, are you sure you are using the proper needles? You might want to try changing that needle and see if your serger is still making that click.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
From: dmoses
Date: 12-06-2005, 08:16 AM (4 of 4)
I agree with Kylnne that it could be your needle.

I think that if the needle is not appropriate for the thickness of the seam, the needle can bend due to the thickness of the fabric, and then it is not entering the looper areas in the proper allignment. The needle can also cause problems if it is not positioned properly.

Also, make sure the serger is threaded properly and the thread isn't snagging on something(maybe it isn't coming smoothly off the spool, or it is hindered somehow along the thread path). Sometimes the thread can slip out of those little guides when you're not looking.

Whenever I get problems with my serger, I stop, give it a good cleaning, insert new needles, rethread and try again, very slowly.

I feel your frustration! :bang: Hopefully it is something you can fix yourself.

Good luck! :bluesmile
Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
Total posts: 964
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