Where do you oil a baby lock Imagine surger. And how do you change the stitch from chain to other kinds of stitches. This machine was given to me and I really don't know much about it. I have used a surger before but not this kind. What is the lock for on the machine
Re: where to oil and what kind of stitches can it do.
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The top thread is looping right? This particular machine loves a well oiled hook system, and it needs to be vacuumed out regularly. Compressed air is not good on this machine, actually it is not good on any machine if the covers are on. So check for thread trapped inside the hook system by flooding with oil and oscillating the machine back and forth for a few minutes.
Two other possibles: something is snagging the top thread like thread trapped inside the hook system or a little burr on the stitch plate. Moving faster means the fabric tractors harder, so any burrs will be mre noticeable.
If your machine has not been used in six years then it could have siezed up. If there is a threading up diagram inside the front looper cover then it may show the red oiling dots too. These are usually on the upper and lower loopers where they move through another metal part. And sometimes a red spot at the back of the stitching platform to oil internally.
But firstly, can you turn the flywheel manually towards you? Does the loopers and needles move through a stitch sequence when you do? If there is no movement and the flywheel is turning then probably a gear has failed in the main drive shaft, many machines have nylon gears now to lessen need for lubrication but the gear itself may split as it ages. Can be replaced but usually means dismantling most of the machine to do so. Definitely something for the BL technician though.
If you can move the flywheel and things are moving then I'd suggest you oil all the metal moving parts, rub some oil onto both blades and give everything a good clean out. Then manually turn it through stitch sequence several times to spread the oil, then plug it in and see if the machine will now run. Just take it slow and gentle. Then change the needles and thread it up and see if you can get it to chain off.
I "THINK" I have my machine threaded properly but it will not make a chain stitch. I followed the thread guide for the narrow three spool set up with the right needle setting. why would the machine not catch the chain ????
I hope you have not left this machine for a year! (If you haven't used it, feel free to send it to me!) Since the tensions on this machine are automatically set with the automatic thread delivery system, check to see if you have stitch dial set for an overlock or a flatlock stitch (which is what you're getting now).
Here are rhe directions from the manual of "Image" model BLE1AT: 3 Thread Rollled Edge
With the stitch selector set on "D", a narrow edge can become a rolled edge. Remove the left needle and the corresponding thread. Clear the stitch fingers. Turn the stitch length adjusting dial clockwise into the rolled hem range and set the dail at 1.5 Set the stitch width to 3.5
Hope this will be of some help. Good luck and have a great day! Lisa