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How do I thread Globe Lock M-23A Overlocker?

I have just tried to change the cotton spools from white to black. The stitching looks terrible. I don't know what settings the tension knobs should be on either. I have downloaded a manual, but unfortunately the quality of the scanned document is low and I am having difficulty reading it. Any help appreciated.

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  • Lisa Nay Jan 05, 2013

    I have fixed the problem. The overlocker needed a new needle. Hope this helps anyone with the same problem.

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Thank you for sharing the information

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Try oiling the hook if you haven't recently.
Check you needle plate and hook for damage, they may need to be buffed or sanded smooth.
Check your upper tension discs for lint and double check your upper thread path (proper threading).
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Lower the tension as much as you can without ending up with a knotted string. You should be able to pull the thread by hand through the needle and have just enough tension so the bobbin does not keep spinning when you give a short, sharp tug to the thread.

Hope I helped!

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