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If your serger has no scrap catcher, do this..

Many sergers have scrap catchers on the front which catches all the pieces of fabric that is cut off as you serge. If your machine doesn't have one, a very simple solution is to get a narrow wastebasket (mine is 5"w x 10"l) and set it between your feet. Line up your serger close to the edge of your table and directly over the basket. Walah! The scraps fall right in the wastebasket so you don't have anything to clean up after your serging!

PS The scrap basket that comes with the serger is hard to clean out if it's fabric because everything sticks. If it's plastic, it has to be taken off the machine to get the front opened and you have to remember to reattach it so this solution is much easier and you don't have to feel bad one didn't come with your machine!

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I'm having trouble starting the stitching on my bernina 765 when sewing a 1/4 inch seam. I am using the patchwork foot and have tried the differential feed option which doesn't seem to help


Guess I'm confused as I thought differential feed was available on a serger but this appears to be a sewing machine. If you are having trouble beginning stitching, try using a piece of scrap fabric as a starter piece. Just begin your stitch in the middle of the scrap of fabric and slip the quilt fabric up to the scrap's edge and continue stitching from the scrap onto the quilt fabric.


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Jan 18, 2017 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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Do I have to have the cutting blades on the machine to serge material? Also, what's rolled hem and whats overlock?


No you do not need the cutting blade to serge but you shouldn't have to remove the blade it you should be able to push the knob at base of blade inward or pull it outward to turn blade downward out of the way.

TUTORIAL - How to do a rolled hem on a serger - StitchCraft

http://stitchcraftonline.com/blog/?p=42 - 71k - similar pages Aug 5, 2009 ... One of my favorite uses for my serger is to do rolled hems. A rolled hem is were the machine folds the fabric under a tiny bit and then stitches it.

Jan 05, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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the looper stitches are coming over the cut edge of the fabric. I have the cutting width set to WIDE.


you don't say what make and model serger this is.

However, as a rule of thumb, set the blade to widest setting, then test serge and tighten up the top and bottom looper threads to encase the cut edge neatly. So you would need to turn the dials on the two right hand knobs to a higher number, just move each dial one number at a time and test serge again.

The other possibility is that the thread is not between the tension discs properly, so check your thread paths, when you pull on the thread below the tension dial, it should feel firm to pull.

I always test serge scraps when sewing a new fabric and adjust the tensions to suit it before beginning a new project as a lightweight fabric will behave differently to a heavy fabric.

Apr 02, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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thead tension or space is too loose


If you have your manual for this machine, look on pages 13-16, and check the troubleshooting guide on pg 20. Both explain quite clearly in pictures and words, with suggestions on what starting tensions to use for your project, and how to fine-tune your machine for the best outcome for your fabric..

If you don't have a manual, try this: set all four tensions to four, grab some fabric scraps similar in weight to what you're trying to sew, and test. Serge about 3 inches, check the front and back. If there are not two nice straight rows of what looks like straight stitching clearly placed away from the cut edge, then raise the dial on tensions 1 and two slightly and test until you find the correct setting. BE SURE TO WRITE IT DOWN as a calibrated starting tension for your machine. If the serger track is loose on top and there are not clearly defined, uniform loops on the cut edge, where the upper looper (tension 3) and the lower looper (tension four) threads meet AT the cut edge, then you'll need to loosen tension 3 or tighten tension four, or both.

I've scanned my manual and I'm trying to upload it tonight - it clearly explains, with illustrations, just how to fix the issue. I strongly recommend any time you start a new project, save some scraps of fabric to set your tensions with. I always do this, and I get great results. Let me know if you need more info.

Aug 30, 2010 | Euro-Pro 534DX Mechanical Sewing Machine

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