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From: Shellymoon
Date: 01-01-2007, 08:40 PM (1 of 8)
I cannot get my serger to work right anymore!

It puckers everything. I've adjusted everthing. I even took it to the shop to have it adjusted.

Anyone else ever had this trouble? It's making me crazy.

I have a Janome serger that's been a dream up to this point. It's about 6 years old.
Shelly Moon
User: Shellymoon
Member since: 05-27-2001
Total posts: 240
From: plrlegal
Date: 01-02-2007, 03:34 AM (2 of 8)
Shelllymoon I responded to your post in another forum but I'll give the same response here. If your serger has differential feed, it should be set in the neutral position to prevent it from gathering or stretching the fabric.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: dmoses
Date: 01-02-2007, 08:29 AM (3 of 8)
Shellymoon, did the shop adjustment include a good cleaning? Sometimes a little lint from thread can get caught in the tension dials, and wreak havoc. I used to own a Kenmore(how I wish I hadn't sold that machine!), and once in a while, it would *misbehave*. After a lot of frustration, I discovered that a thorough cleaning and oiling was all it wanted.

I hope you get your serger working properly very soon. Good luck! :smile:
Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
Total posts: 964
From: neefer
Date: 01-02-2007, 10:45 AM (4 of 8)
I recommend taking it back to the shop where you had it tuned up. If they fixed it, it should be working, and they can show you where you are going wrong. If they didn't fix it, they won't be able to show you, and I think you should be able to argue for some free or cut-rate service.
Jennifer in Livermore
User: neefer
Member since: 03-29-2004
Total posts: 29
From: Kylnne2
Date: 01-03-2007, 01:26 AM (5 of 8)
I agree with Patsy that it could be the differential feed adjusted wrong. One more thing that comes to mind is that the foot pressure is set to hard. If your machine has this adjustment you might try adjusting it to a lighter pressure.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
From: paroper
Date: 01-05-2007, 09:57 AM (6 of 8)
My strong suspicion is that you are using a different type of fabric for sewing than the shop is and you need some basic lessons on machine adjustment. Yes, it can have to do with differential feed but I'm not clear on exactly how your thead is behaving and it may well have to do with tension and "fork"/cutting blade adjustment.

Here is a primer on basic adjustments for a serger.

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
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From: flaquilter
Date: 01-05-2007, 02:46 PM (7 of 8)
Should you decide to return to the shop that made the adjustments to your serger, be sure and take samples of what the machine is doing when you sew on it. This gives them a starting place of what to look for.
It could be the differential feed or something as simple as lint in the tension controls.

Good Luck
User: flaquilter
Member since: 12-16-2006
Total posts: 8
From: Shellymoon
Date: 01-06-2007, 11:43 PM (8 of 8)
Thanks for the suggestions everyone!
I have never adjusted the differential feed. I'll start with that and check out the website instrictions...thanks for those paroper....

It seems to do okay with single layer of fabric, but when i put in double layer, it gives me grief. Stitches seem a little loose or soemthing.

I'll keep you posted! Thanks again for the help...
Shelly Moon
User: Shellymoon
Member since: 05-27-2001
Total posts: 240
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