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Bernina Serger I am having trouble getting the machine to stay threaded. What is the problem? I even changed the needles

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Well, there are a couple of things you might want to take into consideration.

  1. Install new needles
  2. What is the condition of the thread
  3. If something like "5 for a dollar", throw it away and purchase a good quality thread.
  4. Get you user manual out and make sure you have threaded correctly.
And then last, but certainly not least. Pray a little!

Posted on Oct 10, 2007


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Start out with NO thread in the machine.
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When threading through the tension guide below the thread tree and through the tension disk, give each thread an extra little tug to make sure it is completely seated (it may even make a little popping sound when it seats).
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When unthreading the machine, NEVER pull the thread UP through the tension disks! Instead, cut the thread below the thread tree, RAISE the presser foot and pull the cut threads down and out.

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