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Why do stretch stich on elna overlocker become to tight for single knits and seams snap

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Sounds like a threading problem rather than the stitch, have you raised the thread aerial pole to full height first up, its something that can be overlooked. The threads come off the cones very quickly so its critical that the pole is elevated and the threads are flowing smoothly. Look at the cones and check that a thread isn't getting caught under the thread stand too or wrapped somewhere like the flywheel; anytime a thread is snapping, always take a good look at your thread paths and check for obstructions, check tension numbers are right and work through the threading path.

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SOURCE: Can I loosen the presser foot so knits will not stretch

Pressure on the pressure foot can be adjusted on some machines by turning the knob on the top leftside of the machine directly above the needle assembly. Look for a knob that has fabric types on it and adjust accordingly. Also check your thread tensions.

Posted on Feb 09, 2009

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SOURCE: I am working of stretch knit fabric and my

You must use an anti static needle or stretch stitch needle.

Posted on Jul 01, 2009

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SOURCE: bottom tension to tight

There's hardly any way to significantly adjust the bottom, or bobbin tension. There's just a small, flat spring attached to the side of the bobbin case, under which the thread runs. There's adjustment there. You need to adjust the top thread tension via the small thumbscrew that's against the plates on the top thread tension discs. Increase or decrease tension there until top and bottom threads are equally centered between layers of material.
You can adjust presser foot tension with the knurled nut at the top of the machine. I never had the kind of problem you mention though. I set my machine at about 6 stitches per inch or a little more (max is 5, recommended), and presser foot tension is only heavy enough to pull a single layer of material through.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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SOURCE: overlocker stitching is loose at cut edge of

Either the lower knife is too far to the left or your looper tensions are too loose. Check the position of the knife first.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010

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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:

http://sewingonline.co.uk/library/elna-683-686-overlocker.html

Best Regards

Posted on Oct 31, 2011

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I have an Elna SP .. not sure of year. Have changed needles to ballpoint and stretch .. still unable to sew stretch material. What else can i do.


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There are many elna machine described as Elna somthing or other SP. You might google "Elna SP videos" and find material pertinent to you.

I inlcude the geneal Elna YouTube link below just to demonstrate the large number of videos for the Elna line.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUoLx1i_-3C7TG7-CGFSEv9E6a0FPOg7k

Oct 07, 2017 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Hi. I have a Empisal 406E overlocker, can I use it as a normal sewing machine aswell? If so, do I need to use all 4 threads or only 2 like when you use a sewing machine? Thank you.


Not sure what you are trying to do with your serger. An overlocker will ALWAYS finish the raw edge of the fabric. However, you can certainly serge t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. Serging knits is fantastic because the serger stitch allows for fabric stretch without popping the thread. It is easy to sew patterns that require a small seam allowance, like 1/4". Just remember that the blades must ALWAYS be activated (trim off part of the fabric) or you risk breaking the loopers. You can use either 3 or 4 threads. Using 4 threads gives just a bit more security to your garment to prevent popped seams in active wear worn during sport events, etc. Using 3 threads is ok for garments that don't experience stress on the seams.

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I've even made a quilt using jelly roll fabric on a serger. A serger is ok for this type of quilt because the pinpoint accuracy of strip quilting is not required as it would be for stitching together blocks that have points & seams that must match. It is very difficult to get very accurate seams on a serger, probably partly because it stitches so much faster than a sewing machine.

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Apr 19, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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I have an Elna Junior Club sewing machine and I am sewing Lycra and using the number 14 stretch stich. It just loops and bunches up underneath even though I have set everything as instructed.


Did you pre-wash the fabric? Sometimes the finish applied at the factory causes problems. Also, be sure to use a ball point needle on knit fabric. Sometimes, using a walking foot, teflon foot, or roller foot will help the fabric move smoother through the machine. It could be that your machine is experiencing a problem with the back-n-forth movement of the stretch stitch. Otherwise, here are more guidelines to review:

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Feb 02, 2017 | Elna Sewing Machines

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How to make a roll-seam on my elna overlocker 4de


Consult the owner's manual. It should have basic instructions for the settings. You may also need a presser foot for making a rolled hem.

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Aug 24, 2016 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Adjust stitch width to narrow for an Elna 654 overlocker


What you are looking for is "cutting" width. The adjustment moves the cutting blades in or out, thus increasing or decreasing the seam width.

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What should I pay for a Bernina 1300dc. It has been used once and stored in a box for years. All parts, manual are included.


Take a look on amazon for Bernina sewing machines... You can find there various prices (100% cheapest on the net). Here: . Amazon com bernina sewing machines. I hope this was helpful. Cheers

Sep 21, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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I've got an Elna 634 overlocker, and want to turn


Just trim the fabric to the desired hem length plus one inch, then overlock around this raw edge with thread close colour match to the fabric.

You then have the choice of either stitching around with a stretch stitch on your sewing machine, or hand sewing.

Being lycra shouldn't change how you hem them unless the trouser leg is extremely close fitting and the hem seam is going to be under tension.

My first choice would be using a twin needle in straight stitch from top side but this finish can pop/break if the hem is under tension. But perfect for most knit hems.

If you hand sew then you can turn up hem allowance and put a length of fusible hemming web inside the hem allowance and press it to hold. Then do a back stitch hand sew around to hold hem in place.

If you sew with the regular sewing machine, then use either the stretch stitch or a very small zig zag, and a ball point or stretch needle.

On ready to wear you would see a coverstitch hem but your overlocker doens't have this stitch.

Jun 12, 2011 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Can someone tell me which stitch to use on the Bernette 65 to sew elastic? I can't seem to find a stretch stitch. Thanks.


Are you sewing through elastic such as joining the two ends of a loop of elastic in a waistband?

If so, just your straight stitch or three step zig zag works fine.

If you are actually seaming on knit fabrics then you need a stitch with forwards and backwards movement to allow the fabric to give when worn without breaking the thread in the seam. tally_girl_8.jpg If this is your machine and you want to stich jersey or knits, I'd use the overcasting stitch, fifth from the right. or the tricot stitch to the right of it, this stitch is good for attaching rib trim around necks and sleeves.

Your sewing machine manual should also give you information on which stitch is used for what. I also like the Singer Sewing Manual book for good general sewing information.

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