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What is the order in which you thread the serger?

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Sergers are complicated and finicky. Some sergers require the threads to be threaded in the proper order, and if not done so, the serger will never work. Consult your owner's manual. My machine requires the upper looper be threaded FIRST, then the lower looper second (with the thread tail draping over the upper looper), then the needles are threaded last. If it's not done in that order, it will give me fits until I do it right.

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Your serger should be color coded for threading. Just do one at a time either left to right or right to left with the cones. And you should be all set.

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The answer is: YES! Most sergers have a specific order to the threads, and if not followed, there's a possibility the machine will never work properly. You should consult an owner's manual for your machine, but most machines should be threaded:

Most Important: Always RAISE the presser foot when threading the machine. This releases the tension disks and allows the threads to seat properly. Also, when threading, give each thread a little tug going through the disk to confirm it is seated all the way--sometimes it will actually make a little "pop" when it seats.

Something you can try is install brand new needles if they are causing a problem. Needles should be changed frequently as they wear and are damaged through regular use.

Here's the threading order for a lot of machines. First thread the upper looper thread, then the lower looper thread with the thread tail "draped" over the top of the upper looper in its final threading process before threads being pulled under the presser foot and toward the back of the machine. Needle threading is usually not as important in the threading order process, but they should not be twisted and their thread paths should be correct.

Of course, be sure to pull at least 6 inches of thread tail so the threads are not pulled out when stitching is begun.

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Generally, thread breakage is due to incorrect threading, threaded out of order, tension too tight, or the threads are looping or hanging up on their way through the thread path. Be sure to remove ALL the threads from the machine and RAISE the presser foot while threading. Give each thread an extra little tug when going through the thread tensioners to make sure they are seated all the way. Consult the owner's manual to verify the thread paths are correct and the threads are threaded in the specified order. (If not threaded in the proper order, the serger will most likely never work satisfactorily.) Perhaps changing thread brands will help--and avoid old or bargain bin threads. Set the tension guides to the midway point between high & low numbers before testing.

If there continue to be issues, the timing may be off or a looper may be bent. Take it for service.

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It is difficult to tell what exactly is happening with your serger.

First thing--make sure you RAISE the presser foot BEFORE you thread any of the threads. This releases the tension disks so the threads will seat properly. You may need to remove all the threads and rethread from the beginning, making sure you thread each in the proper order. Start out with the thread tensions set at the ideal setting--usually the halfway point between the high & low numbers. From there, you will adjust them to even up the thread tensions.

Are you actually trimming off some of the fabric as it is stitching? If so, you might try increasing the cutting width (moves the cutting edge further toward the right) so that there is more fabric caught within the looper threads. It also appears that the looper tensions may be too loose. Try tightening the upper and lower looper tensions so less of the thread loops don't fall off the fabric's raw edge.

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Quite possibly the machine is not threaded correctly, the tension setting for that looper is too tight (could be the upper looper tension disk is stuck or dirty causing the thread to hang), or the thread is looped around something like the thread tree.

Replace the needles. Remove all the thread and re-thread from the beginning. Be sure to RAISE the presser foot before threading. Make sure to thread the threads in the correct order.

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It's an odd thing but on my serger, it actually matters the order in which I thread it. I *try* to tie the new thread to the old and pull it through rather than re-threading, but when I've had to re-thread, I've had trouble getting it to loop again when I thread left to right. It seems that the loopers only loop if the right looper is threaded before the left.

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My Bernina came with ELX705 needles and it does run better with these in it. Also you need to use mid size needles, don't go too small, probably a size 80 or 90 is best.

Check out this page for some good info as the different serger manufacturers do have their own recommended needle sometimes.

Always refer to your manual (or ring the manufacturer if lost) to double check what needle they recommend be used in your serger, it does make a difference.

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Once the thread breaks, the serger usually has to be re-threaded - all four components of the serger.

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Turn the handwheel so the the loopers are at their highest position. Some sergers have a mark on the handwheel that aligns with a mark on the side of the serger for this step.

Thread according the the sequence indicated on the threading guide - this is either on the inside of the door or on the serger.

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