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792 elna overlocker what is the best settings for loose back threads

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Elna Lock L2 I have overlocker rage..... been

Have you made sure the needle thread is the last to be threaded. If this thread is still under the loopers when you rethread, the threads will break .Sewit

Posted on Apr 25, 2009

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SOURCE: Hi, I am unable to do a overlock stitch , elna l1

Check with sewusa for a threading guide and manual.

Look inside the font door of the machine to see if there is a threading guide.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010

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I looked for the manual and found this link; I hope this helps!!

Posted on Dec 29, 2010

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SOURCE: I have an elna t34d overlocker. Yesterday it was

Let's try the 10 minute tuneup. (I have a strong suspicion this is a misthreading issue, but it won't hurt to go through the whole thing.)

Dig out your manual.

Remove all the thread from the machine, top and bobbin.

Remove the needle. (Damaged or dull needles do all sorts of strange things to machines.)

Remove the needle plate, and if your machine has a removable bobbin case, pull that out, too.

Remove all fragments of thread and fuzz with brush and vacuum (don't use compressed air or canned air or blow -- it pushes fuzz farther into the machine where you can't get to it.) Pay special attention to the area around the feed dogs and the sewing hook area.

Lubricate the machine according to the manual's instructions if the manual describes using oil. Use ONLY sewing machine oil, not 3-in-1 type oils (they harden and freeze the machine) nor WD-40 (it's a solvent not a lubricant.)

Moisten a fold of well-washed cotton sheeting (like a bandanna or a pillowcase hem) with rubbing alcohol or unflavored vodka. Raise the presser foot to open the upper tension. Floss between the tension disks with the moist cotton fabric. Set the upper tension to 4 if you've been messing with it -- that's a good starting point for most stitches, most fabrics. If you have to go beyond the range of 3 to 5 to get good straight stitching, then it's time for a visit to the repair shop, most likely.

Inspect the bobbin you've removed. Is it nicely wound, or does it look uneven or lumpy? If it's uneven or lumpy, strip off the thread. Inspect the bobbin for cracks, chips, rough spots, etc. and then rewind it properly, following the instructions in your manual, step by step. Use only good quality thread - see:

Inspect the sewing hook, bobbin case, hole in the needle plate and all along the thread path, top and bobbin. If you find burrs, they'll need to be polished out with crocus cloth. If you're a beginner, let a shop do it for you or read John Giordano's The Sewing Machine Book for instructions.

Check to see the bobbin fits in the bobbin case properly-- this may not be a problem if you're using the bobbins that came with your one and only machine, but once you've got a herd of sewing machines, it's easy to mix up bobbins from one machine to the next. (Why no, I've never done that? Why do you ask??? )

Put in a new needle, turned the correct way around. If the bobbin case is toward the front of the machine, the flat back of the needle goes to the back of the machine. Backwards needles skip stitches. Make sure the needle is fully up in the needle clamp before you tighten it.

Open the manual to the section on threading, and read each step aloud before you do it... even if you've threaded it 8 jillion times before. Make sure you 1) Raise the presser foot when threading to open the tension so the thread can enter (this is what I suspect you're doing wrong) 2) Raise the thread takeup lever completely (the arm that moves up and down and is threaded after the tension).

Thread the bobbin case according to the instructions in your manual.

Raise the bobbin thread.

Pull about 4" of thread tail from both top and bobbin thread under and behind the presser foot.

Each and every time you start a seam, you're going to follow the steps below.

1) Raise the presser foot.
2) Place the fabric under the needle at the beginning of the seam.
3) Use the handwheel (or pedal or needle down button on some machines) to lower the needle into the fabric at the beginning of the seam.
4) Drop the presser foot.
5) Take 2 or 3 stitches while holding the thread ends behind the presser foot.
6) Drop the thread ends and sew normally.

I know this seems like a lot of fuss and folderol. But if you get in the habit of giving your machine a light cleaning the first time you sit down at the machine each day (just brush and vacuum; oil if required) and you correctly thread the machine and follow the seam starting sequence, this will solve many, many common sewing machine frustrations.

If the machine persists in misbehaving, stop and do the full "10 minute tuneup" and try again. Always, always take all the thread off the machine -- bobbin out of bobbin case, spool off the spool pin.
99% of the time, even if you don't spot anything wrong, this will fix the machine when you rethread. There was something that you didn't spot that was wrong, and the machine let you know by pitching a hissy fit. Happens to all of us, and this is the fastest way around things that I know.

If the machine persists in having problems,
1) check the needle to make sure it's new, of the right needle system, placed fully up in the needle clamp and turned the right way.
2) try different thread -- poor quality thread can cause some really difficult to spot issues.
3) if it's still having fits, it's probably time for a pro to take a look at it.

Posted on Aug 04, 2011

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SOURCE: I have "inherited" an OVERLOCKER. It's an ELNA

Hello Victoria

You can download a manual for this specific machine (Elna 683 686 Overlocker Serger mach...Elna 683 686 Overlocker Serger machine) for £4.95 at the following link:

Best Regards

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Setting a elna 792d for rolled hem

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.

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How do I get a balanced tension with my Elna 624 overlocker?

The best way is to thread with 4 separate colors of thread and then studying the stitch result. With the 4 colors, you can easily tell which thread tension is "off" and whether it should be tightened or loosened. However, a serger is not like a sewing machine where you can set the tension and use that setting for most projects. With a serger, a change in one or a couple of thread tensions will create a totally different stitch.

For most machines, there is a mark at the midway point on each tension control that is the "optimal" tension for a 4-thread overlock. HOWEVER, every machine differs, so these settings may need to be tweaked.

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Why are the bottom threads looping and very loose my Elna 792 D overlocker?

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How do I get the correct tension on my Elna 792D 4 thread overlocker?

ALWAYS Raise the presser foot when threading the machine. Give each thread and extra little tug when threading the tension disks so it seats completely. The midway point on the tension disk is the standard factory setting when using the standard thread weight, however, with use, age, and thread weight that setting may change. So, the user can use the midway point as a starting point for the basic overlock stitch but will need to make adjustments to get the correct tension. When testing your tension, it works best to use the 4 thread colors so it is easier to identify which thread is misbehaving. When you become familiar with your machine and how the stitch looks, it is easier to identify which thread is which.

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Remember that the tension settings will also determine the stitch you are trying to create. A basic overlock will generally have the tension set around the midway point, however, when changing to a rolled edge or some other stitch, certain tensions will be increased or decreased in order to create that particular stitch.


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tension on an Elna L4 overlocker (or serger in USA) is controlled with the four dials on the front of the machine, an overlocker has a tension dial for each thread (usually 3, 4 or 5) and the mid range setting will be 5 on each dial. It is critical to lift the thread pole to its maximum height and follow the threading diagram correctly taking the thread from the cone, through the thread eyelets on the pole, then usually a thread carrier on top of the machine, down and around the tension dial, then usually through another couple of thread carriers until reaching the needle or loopers. Many overlockers will have a threading diagram inside the front looper cover and will use colour coding on the components so you can see where each thread goes.

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What should the tension settings be for Elna Club 4D overlocker

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I have a contessa,MO.104 overlocker,i really need a manual can any one help me please,thanks,JUDY

Hi My name is Karyn my email
I can help you thread the Elna over locker. Write to me at my email. Once threaded with 4 dirfferent colours find a scrap of medium weight fabric and sew few inches/ 10 cm or so, it is then easy to see which threads appear loose and which appear tight. For the actual overlocked edge the two threads ought to weave together and meet eachother on the cut edge of the fabric.tighten on colour and loosed the other until they meet on the edge. with the outside needle and the (under) 'arm' below which make the 'chain' seem you will also see using diffrerent coloured threads, if the chain is loose tighten the tension for that thread - usually the 'arm' tension. For any further help email me as I may not find my way back to this site.
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