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Hello Melanie, could you please tell me the machine make and model along with a little more information about the problem.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014

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SOURCE: My seams pull apart

Sounds like a tension issue.

Check your tension units and thread guides are clean and free of lint....a rag moistened with methylated spirit (denatured, surgical etc) run between the disks will help.

Normal factory tension setting = 3 for all dials although resetting this style of tension unit is, frankly, awkward, so if it ends up being other than 3, don't worry too much, just write it down somewhere handy.

Start with all at tension 3 and try using 4 different colours of thread and sew a scrap to see the balance of the tensions to more easily locate any that are loose.

Ideally, the 2 needle threads should appear as secure dots not at all "loopy", while the looper threads should meet neatly at the edge and be a firm join without pulling at the edge on one side or the other.

Get the needle threads right first, then small adjustments to balance the looper threads....after a few adjustments you will probably have it back to normal.

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Posted on Feb 18, 2008

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SOURCE: Trouble starting a seam

I had this problem. The trouble I was having was that in order to begin serging with the needle in the fabric was very awkward, there was bunching and then lumping and chewing up. So, now I trim into the fashion fabric with scissors, ALONG the EXACT line I will be following with the knife for about 1/2 inch, so that when I place the fabric under the foot, I can sink the needle and turn the handwheel COUNTERCLOCKWISE (!) for two or three turns. This solves the problem. To explain it another way, begin the trimming you want the knife to do with scissors just a little bit, place your fabric with the cut edge butted right to the knife edge, lower the foot, sink the needle and hand-turn for two or three stitches before putting your foot on the pedal. I can HIGHLY recommend a repeat read of your manual, I read and re-read mine before I tried sewing. This is a very complex machine.

Posted on May 07, 2008

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SOURCE: quilting seam allowance

When you turn your machine on it automatically sets up for a straight stitch with the needle centered. Just guide the right edge of your fabric along the line marked 15 on the throat plate and you'll have very close to a 5/8" seam. If you need more precision you can adjust your needle position to the left or the right by using the stitch width and mirror setting buttons.

Posted on Jun 28, 2008

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SOURCE: When I sew I can,t get the seams tight.

Try adjusting the bobbin tension and see if that helps. If all else fails, why not contact the manufacturer or read your instruction manual for further details.

Posted on Oct 10, 2009

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SOURCE: Bottom thread bunching up

First try stripping the bobbin or wind a fresh one with new thread double check tension settings and fit in the bobbin case

Posted on Dec 15, 2009

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How do I adjust the seam allowance to cut 1/4 inch


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To the right of the cutter, on the front cover, there are markings indicating various seam allowances. Placing the fabric edge along the specific seam allowance will automatically cut off the required amount of fabric and the serged seam will be on the seam line. Do a test sample first to ensure that the marked lines refer to the left needle or to the single needle that you are using.
Yes, there is a blade position dial too. It is located closest to you on the left side on the bottom. The larger the number, the wider the seam. Again make a few test samples to ensure the results that you are seeking.
Happy stitching.

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My machine will not sew over double seams it just goes up and down in place; also, it does not feed at the beginning of a seam


Have you tried adjusting the tension? How about adjusting the height of your presser foot? If the seams are thick like on jeans you may have to push/pull the fabric a little to help it along. As far as adjusting the tension it will tell you how in your manual. The presser foot height is adjusted by unscrewing the silver knob and making it lower then tightening the silver screw. Hope this helps?

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Pattern calls for 3/16 seam allowance. What is that in comparison to the marks in my machine?


Well, the normal seam allowance is 5/8ths. Always has been except on crafts and doll clothes. 3/16ths is 1/3 of the normal 5/8ths so I would think, now wider than the width of your sewing foot.

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Correct settings for 804dsp serger to sew a sweater.


Are you wanting to use the serger to sew a hand knitted sweater together? or do you mean a sweat shirt knit or other knit fabric. If it is the first option, I'd say don't bother, as you can't do it with the blades working because it will cut your knitting and the wool will unravel in the seams.

If it is the second option then I would start with the following settings.

Four thread stitch, so both needles and the upper and lower loopers threaded. Set tension on all four dials to 5, stitch length to between 2 and 3, and differential on zero. Move the cutting blade over to the right for a wider seam. Now test stitch on some fabric scraps double layer and see what the seam is looking like.

Now you want to adjust a couple of things: firstly width of the seam. Is it the size you want? If you'd like it a little narrower, then adjust the cutting blade back a little to the left to narrow the seam slightly - just depends on the fabric weight. For example if it is a loose open weave like boucle you would want a wide seam to make sure it holds the fibres fully.

Now you can adjust the upper and lower loopers to get the thread wrapping around the edge looking nice. Look at the seam and the fabric inside it. Is it tunnelling and pulling up the fabric? if so, release tension on both loopers a half number to put more thread into the seam. Test stitch again and see if the loopers are meeting nicely on the cut edge of the fabric. Upper and lower looper threads should be meeting right on the cut edge so if this isn't happening and one showing on the other side, then tighten the looser one by half a number and test again.

If the threads are hanging off the edge then you have the choice of moving the blade to the right to cut less fabric off, or tightening up the looper tensions to pull in the thread.

That's it, hope this helps you to master your serger.

If you'd like some images and further explanations of other stitching you can do with your overlocker, then Debbie Coswell has some great information on line at www.sewing.about.com, just search "overlocker" to find the specific pages.


Good luck

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I have just been given a huskylock 341. The tension is off. How do I correct this?


Have you used an overlocker before? If not, I'd suggest that you obtain a user manual for it as they are completely different to a sewing machine and at some point you will need to rethread it. You can purchase one from here
http://pages.sewing-machine-manuals.com/173/PictPage/3923709707.html

This machine makes three and four thread seams, which is a combination of two needles and two loopers. For the three thread seam you can use either the left or right needle which gives you different sized seams. For the four thread you use both needles, one goes through the middle of the seam and the other is on the left side securing the seam. tally_girl_70.jpg On most overlockers you are able to move the cutting blade too and this will reduce or increase the amount of fabric being trimmed from the right side.

This page http://sewing.about.com/od/sergersoverlock/ss/serger.htm will give you some general information on sergers/overlockers too.

So adjusting tension is a matter of changing the tension on the top and lower looper threads to close up against the cut edge, or moving the blade over to make the seam a little wider or narrower. You may also need to finess the left needle tension so that the seam doesn't pull apart, I always test serge two layers and then pull open from the right side and see if the needle thread is showing (it will show a little bit but you dont want it so loose that it pulls open. Only tighten the needles in very small increments though, as you'll break threads and needles if you turn them up too tight.

Hard to explain without seeing what your machine is seaming now. But as a rule of thumb, start with all four tension dials (or 3 if doing a three thread seam) on 5. If the tension dials are correctly calibrated then this should give you a pretty good seam. You may wish to lengthen the stitches, I usually work with stitch length of 2.5 (same as your sewing machine stitch length) Stitch length will be a dial on the right side beside the flywheel or in front of the blade area. The blade adjustment should be a little knob near the blade area too. There will be a lower fixed blade and a moving upper blade which sits against the lower one, they work like scissors to trim the fabric. So to adjust the blade, you will need to take the pressure off the upper blade, then wind the knob to move it left or right.

Different weights of fabric will behave differently on the overlocker so you do need to adjust tension for each new project. For example, if seaming a jersey knit you'd use a four thread seam, this gives elasticity and strength and you can join two garment pieces with this seam. You'd probably make a 6mm or 7mm wide seam, the left needle will secure the fabric and the loopers will encase the fabric smoothly while the right needle secures them and gives extra strenth to the seam.

But on organza for example, I would make a very narrow three thread seam using the right needle as the organza will roll inside the overlocking if you cut the fabric too wide.

And on something like curtains I would neaten the edge with a wide 3 thread seam using the left needle to get a very wide seam, the fabric wont roll so you'd need to loosen the two loopers a little to smoothly encase the cut edge.
tally_girl_71.jpg For example, on this image above you can see that the looper threads are laying a little off the edge of the fabric in places, particularly the lower looper, (the side that looks like Y's where you can't really see the middle needle thread), so I would tighten the lower looper about .5 on its dial, then test again.

I hope that this makes sense to you, you will need to test serge, and adjust one dial at a time, test again and look at the result, then maybe adjust another thread until you are getting a smooth looking seam.

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How do I change the stitch width on my Bernette serger?


You move the top blade to the right to trim less so stitch forms wider and use left needle. Or both needles for 4thread seam which is more for knits. Blade has a knob usually to adjust it's position. You should test on scraps of your fabric as the weight of the fabric will also determine width of the seam. Adjust top and bottom looper tensions to encase cut edge neatly.

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Whats the differance between a overlocker and a sewing machine? I am new to sewing and want to know with to purchases, iv no idea where to start or what to buy?


A overlock machine helps you clean finish the seams. You can do many things with a overlock It can cut your sewing time down. The sewing machine is good for many thing too,Mostly the construction of the garment. I have three machines. A indstrialstraight stitch, a home machine and a overlock.Al for different tasks.

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How to use a zipper foot please? I have lost instructions and have no idea which is the zipper foot or how to use it can you help please.


  1. Step 1 To prepare the fabric for a centered zipper application, use the standard presser foot to baste the opening of the fabric shut using 5/8 inch seam allowance. Press the seam allowance open. Place the zipper teeth side down on the seam allowance and pin the zipper to the seam allowance only.
  2. Step 2 Release the standard presser foot from your machine. There may be a button or lever behind the foot that you need to press. Put the standard foot in its holder or someplace where it won’t get lost.
  3. Step 3 Decide which side of the machine you want to attach the zipper foot to. Zipper feet are asymmetrical, with one side that’s wider than the other. You’ll want to put the narrow side toward the zipper teeth, and the wider side away from the zipper teeth.
  4. Step 4 Attach the zipper foot to the sewing machine. You may need to line up the bar on the zipper foot with the presser foot holder, then lower the presser foot by lowering the lever. Raise the presser foot and make sure the zipper foot is securely attached.
  5. Step 5 Place the prepared fabric with the pinned zipper in the sewing machine. Lower the needle into the zipper tape and the seam allowance only, then lower the zipper foot. Stitch the zipper tape to the seam allowance. To sew the other side of the zipper to the seam allowance, remove the zipper foot from the sewing machine and install it on the other side of the presser foot holder.
  6. Step 6 Topstitch the outside of the fabric to each side of the zipper tape, making sure that the zipper foot is on the appropriate side of the machine for each side. Remove the basting with a seam ripper.

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I can't narrow the serged edge width to do a narrow rolled edge


There are 3 things that come to mind for me.  I should say that I have a Bernina 1300DC, so your machine may not have the same parts, but check these things.  First, are you using 3 threads?  If so, is your needle in the narrowest setting, in the right hand hole closest to the body of the serger? Secondly, is your rolled edge lever retracted?  This lever is attached to a wide tooth that holds the width of the seam in place.  It is under the presser foot, between the loopers, and should retracted so that the stitches are allowed to become narrow.  If your machine doesn't have this lever, don't worry, you can also try a third thing.  Adjust your cutting width to a narrow setting.  There should be a knob that moves the upper cutting knife from right to left-- right being a wider seam, leaving more of the fabric intact, and left making a narrower seam that trims off more of the fabric as you sew. 
Hope this helps! Elsje

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