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Baby Lock Protege BL402 serger

Just received machine and there is no manual...  I'm having trouble getting it to sew...  cannot find a bottom thread bobbin --is there suppose to be one? Thanks --also, do you know where I could find a manual?

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  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    I bought this same machine in l995 and have only used it a half dozen times.....because it is so difficult to thread. The only times I've used it were when the saleslady helped me get it threaded. If I had it to do over again I would never have bought it! When threaded correctly it works just fine but no sewing machine should be that difficult to thread!



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Try looking here for your answer, if you dont find one ASK the Baby lock people. :)

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I was in a similar position (but had the manual). The manual isn't as complete as I'd like. Anyway, what finally got mine working were the following:
1. turn all tensions to zero before putting thread through them
2. thread the upper looper, then lower looper, then needles.
3. when threading the lower looper (mine kept pulling out), after passing the thread through the looper eye, it needs to go pretty much straight up, not wrapping around anything else - other thread, for example. Mine was at one point trying to wrap itself around a post.
4.when everything is all threaded up, make sure all threads are under the foot *and* pulled to the left (even though the manual says pull to the back). Then chain off without fabric, turning the handwheel by hand to make sure loops are forming. If so, adjust tensions to where you think they should be (mine are currently all between 2 and 5), and add fabric. Then tweak as needed.

For me, this was a lot of trial & error, hair-pulling, and getting tips 1, 2, and 4. I figured out #3 on my own, with much swearing along the way. Good luck!


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