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Sews too fast

My overlocker sews way too fast making it impossible to turn corners neatly. I read an article on line some time ago by a service agent who described the adjustment needed to the footswitch to slow it down but I am now unable to find the article again. It contained clear illustrations and appeared very simple. Does anyone have this information? thanks

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Re: Sews too fast

How do you thread the baby lock imagine can't get the slider to go so can use the air

Posted on Mar 13, 2008

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Re: Sews too fast

Have actually solved the problem now. there is an on line page which describes pulling the foot switch apart and adjusting the speed control slider for a BabyLock Evolve machine and this solution worked perfectly for the Imagine despite dire warnings from the importer not to do this. Babylocker

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Hi. About 5 years ago I purchased a Janome 744D Overlocker which I have only used once because the thread on the underside keeps snapping, and the needles keep breaking off. The foot is also very touchy...

Yes, overlockers sew fast, usually 1500 stitches per minute and with a blade in action alongside the loopers so there is a lot happening. Keep all pins well away from the seam edge, contrary to normal sewing machine techniques, if you pin two layers together, then place the pins parallel to the fabric cut edge at least 2 inches away from the edge so the pin goes nowhere near the foot or blade.

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As you've had it all this time and not used it, why not consider investing a few dollars more and go to a class on overlockers, and learn how to thread it up for three, four, rolled hem and using the differential feed. If there is no class options in your area, then try the Janome dealer near you and see if they would consider giving you a a little lesson on using it. You could also check out the videos on You-tube or read some pages from Debbie on, she has several pages on sergers (USA name for overlockers), explains the needles, threading, different techniques and maintenance. Or check out your local library for any books on sergers/overlockers, there are several good "how to" guides out there that would certainly help you get started.

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