During a recent move, the #1 needle (to the left) on my Elna Pro 905 DCX serger got broken, and I also have not been able to find the manual. Does anyone know how to get the broken needle out?? I have looked at this thing from every possible angle, tried loosening any screw that looked likely, but I simply can't find any clue to remove this needle. Help!
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Be sure to thread each in the ORDER specified--for most machines (but yours may differ) upper looper, lower looper, then needles. Follow (closely) the threading diagram on the machine. Missing one guide or hitting the guides out of order will throw you machine into a tizzy! On my serger, the lower looper has to lay over the top of the upper looper/thread before it all gets pulled under the presser foot toward the back of the machine.
It also may help to RAISE the presser foot when threading the machine.
I don't know your model in particular but generally this is how you set up a serger/overlocker to create a rolled hem. Remove the left hand needle and thread if 4 threads are threaded). Now there is usually a lever around the stitching area that you slide back towards you to remove the stitching finger back (disengaged). Then you adjust the top looper tension looser (about 2-3) and lower looper tension tighter (7 or 8). Leave needle tension at normal tension (5). You may need to move the cutting blade to the right too. The technique is to cut the fabric wider but with a narrow stitch so the cut edge rolls under within the stitching. You want the top looper thread really loose so it rolls right around underneath up against the needle thread, the lower looper thread needs to be tight and almost invisible, pulling the upper looper thread down. I usually do a few test runs and check the stitching. Once happy, I turn the stitch length right down to 1 so it is very dense. This uses a lot of thread up.
Install a new needle. There could be something wrong with the needle (sometimes they are defective out of the package). Also, check that it is installed facing the correct direction and that it is pushed all the way up. Also be sure that you are using the right needle for your machine.