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Flat lock is done with only three threads so unthread the right hand needle, then you need to turn down the tension on the left needle, as this is the part of the seam that needs to pull open when you pull the two pieces of fabric apart. You may need to move the cutting blade hard left too as you need to minimise the amount of fabric that will lie inside the flat lock.

You then seam and pull open the seam to get the flat lock look. A flat lock gives two different looks on each side of the fabric, the ladder on one side is nice on lingerie as you can run a ribbon up through it like an eyelet. The other side looks like on sweatshirting as a seam finish.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011

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My Babylock sewing machine has the lower thread to tight and the upper thread looks great. how do I fix that


You may need to tighten the bobbin tension. Sometimes, if you slightly tighten the upper tension, it will bring the bobbin thread up further into the fabric.

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Mar 05, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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On my bobbin side of the materal after i sew its just tons of thread on that side and the stitch is not tight


Loose on bottom indicates trouble with top tension. Re thread your machine with the presser foot UP. sew a test seam. If you still have problems adjust the top tension. sew a test seam. If you still have problems clean between the tension discs with some sturdy fabric and unwaxed dental floss. Sew another test seam.

Still problems? Wind the top tension tight then back off 1/4 turns until the seam is balanced.

Aug 16, 2012 | Janome Sewing Machines

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How do I set up my babylock serger for a rolled hem? What is the tension to be set at?


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.

That's it! Now right down the tension settings you used and keep handy for next time.

Sep 24, 2011 | Baby Lock Eclipse Serger

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I am trying to do a flatlock seam. It is so tight that I cannot open it.


Flat lock is done with only three threads so unthread the right hand needle, then you need to turn down the tension on the left needle, as this is the part of the seam that needs to pull open when you pull the two pieces of fabric apart. You may need to move the cutting blade hard left too as you need to minimise the amount of fabric that will lie inside the flat lock.

You then seam and pull open the seam to get the flat lock look. A flat lock gives two different looks on each side of the fabric, the ladder on one side is nice on lingerie as you can run a ribbon up through it like an eyelet. The other side looks like on sweatshirting as a seam finish.

Aug 13, 2011 | Baby Lock Imagine

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My serger, Babylock Imagine's looper threads are too tight. I have tried rethreading, adjusting the fine tuning screw and varying stitch lengths and widths. At the recommended setting for the 3 thread...


I am having this same problem today. The needle threads when pressed look almost like a flatlock stitch. There seems to be no tension. With BabyLock's auto tension system, I have no idea what to do. I've been on the phone with my dealer about this today and he is clueless as to what may be causing it. I guess it's time for a checkup.

Sep 07, 2010 | Baby Lock Imagine

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I can't find the tension adjusting spring on my brother 2600i


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  • 3Find the position of the knots.
  • 4Tighten the tension and "pull the knots up" if the knots appear on the bottom side of the sewn seam.
  • 5Loosen the tension and "drop the knots down" if the knots are on the top surface.
  • 6Sew a test on the fabric you will be using. Tensions often have to be adjusted when changing fabric types and weights.
  • 7Continue adjusting the tension and inspecting the seam until your seam is balanced.
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    Tension settings for the babylock sewing machine


    I found that the tension setting of 1 worked. The main problem was the machine had thread wound around behind the bobbin. I had to take the plates that are under the foot out, clean out the thread, oil the machine and use a spool of thread that had more weight than the little spool I was trying to use.

    May 15, 2009 | Baby Lock BL1556

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    Factory settings for stitch length and width dials


    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).

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    Babylock Eclipse SX won't catch the overlock stitch


    • the factory default settings are 4,4,4,4 and M
    • Change the needles
    • use a can of air spray ( compressed air can sold in computer stores) to ensure there is no fabric or dust under the needle plate

    Jun 28, 2008 | Baby Lock Eclipse Serger

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