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I have a Elna 344 serger. The stitch finger has broken. Out its the little piece that looks b like a fork and screws on under face, throat plate. Can you get this part our know who can. Elna been no help. I only have about 50 hours on this machine. Thanks so much for your time.

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I'm assuming that you have a Supermatic (green) or Star Series SU (white with blue top) Elna model? your model will have a code number on the side plate by the power point, it may be 62 if its a Star, there is some variation in how you select the automatic stitches between these models but the basics are similar.

Start first by turning the stitch width selector to zero and stitch length selector to zero.

You need to insert the disc into the Elnagraph carefully, lining up the dot marking on the disc with the finger within the elnagraph, there is a little hole underside of the disc where this finger goes into to lock the disc in place. You now turn the stitch selector to "A" for automatic, and turn the stitch width to 4. Always turn your dials back to zero before removing the disc as there is a little feeler that swings over to "read" off the disc and you won't want to damage this.

The very early Elna supermatic take a slightly different disc, the finger hole is slightly different to the later machines and they were removed using a little tool. Later models it got easier and you push the middle of the elnagraph silver ring to release the disc.

I hope I haven't confused you more, you may want to join the Swiss Elna user group called Elna Heirlooms under yahoo.com groups, its a very helpful group of members and you should find a thread on these machines there.

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I don't know your babylock well, some of these have automatic tensions and electronic stitch selection. But a rolled hem is achieved on any overlocker in the following way; the actual dials and knobs might vary a bit.

Firstly there is a stitch finger that you need to change or retract so that the thread can roll the fabric rather than staying flat. For a normal seam this finger sticks out in the area where the loopers and needle form the stitch holding the cut edge flat until the seam is made over it. But for rolled hems you want to retract this finger so it does roll.

On the Bernettes this is a little lever in front of the stitching area that you pull back to retract the finger. Have a look around where the stitch forms and you should see the finger. Some machines, its a part you change on the needle plate with a screw driver, or just move a switch or lever.

You want the right hand needle in place, remove the left hand needle.

Thread upper looper with wooly overlock thread, this is a fluffy nylon that pulls flat under tension but relaxes and "fills" out once its stitched into place. Gives that lovely covered look you see on shop bought tablecloth edges. Your regular thread in needle and lower looper. Usually cutting blade to the right side as you want it to cut more fabric than in the seam so it rolls under. Now loosen off the tension on the top looper, (I use 2 on mine but this is something you need to finesse with each machine), and tighten up the tension on lower looper, (about 7). Leave needle tension alone.

Now test stitch on your fabric, and finess the upper and lower looper tensions until you get the lower looper thread almost not showing, it should be right up against the needle on the underside with the upper looper thread completely wrapping around top and bottom, pulling the fabric under.a seam like this.
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Test stitch and adjust upper and lower looper until this is happening.

Now, turn stitch length down to close up the stitching, probably 1 or 0.8 if you want a real satin stitch look to the hem.

Because of the stitch density this uses thread so do the finessing first, then turn the length down.

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That machine is a Hosea Serger right?

I looked at some specs but I can't find that part you have described. Is it on the front panal?

Sergers are tricky, you might want to have a someone look at it make sure it is balanced. I'm gonna look into a couple more options for you in the mean time.

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