Threading I have misplaced my manual and I haven't used my serger in about 2 years. I can not seem to thread it properly even after following the guide on the machine. Is there a place to get the video and or manual again
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Sergers are absolute "bears" when threading compared to sewing machines. If/when you get frustrated, walk away. It took me the majority of one day before successfully getting my first serger threaded properly. Using four different color threads is also helpful when learning the serger--especially when it comes to adjusting the tension.
It is very important to pay attention to the order the threads are threaded, as well as making sure the thread path for each is correct. (Consult your owner's manual as different brands will look different.) Most machines require that the upper looper be threaded BEFORE the lower looper because the lower looper thread will cross OVER the upper looper thread as the final step before going under the presser foot.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading!!! This releases the tension disks.
Also, when threading through the tension disk, be sure to give the thread an extra little tug to make sure the thread seats firmly in the tension disk. (Grasp the thread just below the thread stand with one hand and then grasp the thread below the tension disk with the other hand and give a little tug--sometimes it will make a little popping noise when it seats.)
Start out with the tensions set at the midway point. From that point, you can test your machine to make sure it is serging properly. Then you can adjust the tensions to suit you or the project you are making.
If the either looper thread breaks or pulls out, remove BOTH looper threads and rethread from the beginning!!! Trying to finagle threading of only one thread will most often result in a machine that will not operate correctly. Just bite the bullet and rethread both threads (in the order specified in the manual).
One more hint: NEVER pull the thread out of the machine by pulling it UP through the machine. This could damage or wear the tension disks. Always clip the threads just below the thread stand, RAISE the presser foot, and then pull the clipped threads DOWN through the looper eyes and needles.
Be sure to clean and oil your serger frequently. This is very important to get the best performance from your machine. Use only fresh oil recommended by the manufacturer and apply only a couple drops each spot.
When threading a serger, you MUST follow this sequence.
1. Upper looper
2. Lower looper
Then thread your needles. If your thread breaks, you must un-thread your needles before re-threading your loopers.
The answer is: YES! Most sergers have a specific order to the threads, and if not followed, there's a possibility the machine will never work properly. You should consult an owner's manual for your machine, but most machines should be threaded:
Most Important: Always RAISE the presser foot when threading the machine. This releases the tension disks and allows the threads to seat properly. Also, when threading, give each thread a little tug going through the disk to confirm it is seated all the way--sometimes it will actually make a little "pop" when it seats.
Something you can try is install brand new needles if they are causing a problem. Needles should be changed frequently as they wear and are damaged through regular use.
Here's the threading order for a lot of machines. First thread the upper looper thread, then the lower looper thread with the thread tail "draped" over the top of the upper looper in its final threading process before threads being pulled under the presser foot and toward the back of the machine. Needle threading is usually not as important in the threading order process, but they should not be twisted and their thread paths should be correct.
Of course, be sure to pull at least 6 inches of thread tail so the threads are not pulled out when stitching is begun.
It's an odd thing but on my serger, it actually matters the order in which I thread it. I *try* to tie the new thread to the old and pull it through rather than re-threading, but when I've had to re-thread, I've had trouble getting it to loop again when I thread left to right. It seems that the loopers only loop if the right looper is threaded before the left.
... not quite sure what you mean by "not stitching", here are a few things to check. If the problem is more specific, please leave me a note with more details.
Let's start right from the beginning (for 4-thread overlock/serge):
1. According to the serger manual, ensure that the proper needles are being used. That they are inserted all the way up into their positions and that the flat side of the needle is facing away from you. The left needle will appear to be shorter that the right, that is OK, all is going perfectly.
2. Use four good quality spool of serger thread (good quality sewing thread is fine also) and place them on the spool or cone holders. There should be "little bucket looking things" that fit onto the cone pins to make the cones sit nice and straight, use them. Rattling thread will cause grief.
3. The first thread to be loaded onto the serger is the Upper Looper ...it is the big needle looking thing that swings left to right and back again above the sewing surface. Follow all the threading guided according to your manual, the threading guides are generally coded in a colour specific for this looper. Once the eye of the Upper Looper is threaded, place the thread under the presser foot and to the left. Presser foot down.
4. Next is the Lower Looper, the big needle looking thing that swings left to right and back again under the sewing surface. It can be a bit tricky in some sergers as the thread need to pass to the left and then back to the right under the sewing surface. Your manual should have a good diagram if you can not follow the threading guides on the serger itself. Again the threading guides are generally colour coded with a different colour but specific for the Lower Looper. Once the looper is threaded, it is important that the thread is placed directly OVER the Upper Looper as it comes out of the eye of the Lower Looper. Place the thread now under the presser foot and to the left. Presser foot down.
5. Thread the right needle front to back and place the thread under the presser foot and to the left. Presser foot down.
6 Thread the left needle front to back and place the thread under the presser foot and to the left. Presser foot down.
7. Hold the four thread ends firmly in the left hand and give each thread individually a good pull down over the serger and behind, this will ensure that the threads are all engaged in the tension dials.
8. Set the tensions to the middle number, although this may vary with the brand and model of your serger. If you have the manual check for the correct settings specific to your unit.
9. Set differential to 'normal', or '0' (if your unit has one)
10. Set stitch length to about 2 1/2 to 3.
11. Make sure that the blade is in cutting position. We can trouble shoot blade position later if needed.
12. Make sure that you have the overlocking plate installed ... not the rolled hem plate (if your serger has two plates). Some sergers use the same plate for both functions.
13. Using two layers of medium weight fabric do a test stitch, what is the result? Is a chain forming? Are there stitches on the fabric? Are they looking the way they should?
Hopefully this has helped you, please let me know.
I found that I had to remove the stitch finger to thread the machine properly. Do remember to re-install it before starting to sew. If you are using 3-threads only, then remove and store the stitch finger. Puzzled that this instruction is not in the threading section of the manual.
This video starts off a little ****, but expected if you have ever visited the Threadbanger site - http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1462325/how_to_use_a_serger_indie_pendent_designer_spotlight_thread_he/
Not your brand, but the same "serger basics".
Lift the antenna to it's highest position.
Set the tensions to zero.
Have the presser foot up when threading.
Raise the upper looper to it's highest position.
Sergers are great little machines, but they can be nerve racking when it comes to threading.
After years of threatening my old FunLock, I bought a Babylock Imagine with air-jet threading - what a relief!
The order of threading is most important. If you letter the tension knobs from left to right A,B,C,and D. The order for threading it is C,D, B, A. There are two arms under the needle that cross each other called loopers. The order is upper looper, lower looper, right needle, left needle .I'm sure there is a diagram under the cover when you open it. Most do. It would be very helpfull to use a long threading tweezers to guide the thread through the holes. The lower looper has a hole in the back to put the thread through then through the front hole ( though some newer sergers have a lever that you put the thread on and it does it for you and over the thread of the upper looper and out the back.
It would help alot more if I knew the brand and model of your serger so these are basic instructions. Hope I helped.