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From: creatingfiberar
Date: 02-21-2006, 10:42 AM (1 of 7)
Could anyone PLEASE help me? I have Singer serger (newly acquired) and I am having trouble with the lower looper tension (I think). I am trying to sew a seam on stretch velvet (uniforms for band) ugh!, and I can't seem to get tight seam when I sew the material. It looks like the lower looper thread is the problem and no matter what I do I can't get it to work, I changed threads so that I would have a different color to make sure which looper I was dealing with and it's the lower. The thread is loose which makes the needle threads loose, therefore the seam when stretched, the needle threads show and the seam is sooooo loose. Can anyone help? I have 16 outfits to do? I know, too much of a volunteer :bluesmile , but I'm a sucker for helping the school! :whacky: , thanks to anyone and everyone!
Trying to stay sane in a serging world, could someone bring me MORE coffee!
User: creatingfiberar
Member since: 02-20-2006
Total posts: 6
From: Pudge99
Date: 02-21-2006, 11:28 AM (2 of 7)
I had a similar problem with my Janome. Turned out that I threaded it with the presser foot down. Since you don't normally lift the foot on a serger I didn't even think anything about it. I was ready to take the machine in for repair. I just happend to be reading my manual and came across the fact that the foot should be lifted when threading the machine.
Try lifting you presser foot then make sure all your threads are seated correctly in the tension discs.
Pictures of my successes and failures
Pfaff 2040
Janome Mylock 134D
Singer Futura CE-100 w/ Autopunch
Husqvarna Viking 3D Sketch
User: Pudge99
Member since: 10-30-2001
Total posts: 1375
From: paroper
Date: 02-21-2006, 12:30 PM (3 of 7)
That is what I was thinking as I read your post too. Make sure that you didn't miss any guides either. Hope it helps! There is nothing worse than having problems when you are stressed (isn't that how it always happens?)

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: DorothyL
Date: 02-21-2006, 04:30 PM (4 of 7)
I had a tension problem with one of my needles. When I changed the tension it made no difference and I finally realized I just wasn't getting the thread in the tension disks on that one needle. Now I am really careful about it and it is fine.
Just a quirk with my machine.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: bridesmom
Date: 02-21-2006, 11:22 PM (5 of 7)
One little hint that I discovered by accident. I was having a time getting my tension right on my serger, so before rethreading for the umpteenth time, I got out the canned air and blew down through the tension discs and surprise, a 1 inch thread came out. Rethreaded and it worked like a charm!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
From: creatingfiberar
Date: 02-22-2006, 08:11 AM (6 of 7)
I want to thank everyone for their suggestions, and experiences, I double, tripled, and quadruple checked everything and I still couldn't get the lower looper to do anything. I think I got a lemon, so I took it back to the store and exchanged it for another new one. I haven't tried this one yet, "fear of it happening again, lol" but will later this morning. I've got to get busy with those uniforms!!! :bang: ,

Again thank you for your replies, it's nice to know that their are others out there that have the same problems and are willing to be helpful.


P.S. Pudge99 I love your avatar!!!
Trying to stay sane in a serging world, could someone bring me MORE coffee!
User: creatingfiberar
Member since: 02-20-2006
Total posts: 6
From: creatingfiberar
Date: 02-26-2006, 12:26 PM (7 of 7)
Thanks to all, but found out after much research, calling, and asking questions that I was literally :bang: , "sew" I went to a local sewing/repair/teaching shop and test drove the sergers in my price range. After returning the one I had, I only had to add a little and I got the Janome MyLock 644D, and I love it. Boy what a change. If anyone has one, let me know of your experiences, I just love the ease of threading the lower looper!

Thanks for your help

Lauren :up:
Trying to stay sane in a serging world, could someone bring me MORE coffee!
User: creatingfiberar
Member since: 02-20-2006
Total posts: 6
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