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I've changed needles and rethreaded the serger doesnt chain thread get caught (wraps) on the removable stitch finger. I remove stitch finger it gets caught on the plate next to the stitch finger

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Quite possibly the machine has been knocked out of time. May need to be taken for service.

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HELP! I have a brother 1034d the thread is stacking up on the little fingers on the needle plate


I have the same problem. The serger is making the chain, but it's not moving off the stitch finger! I have to pull it while im operating it (with force) and when i put fabric, it bunches up like crazy and i just broke a needle... Any clue anyone?? Here is a picture... https://goo.gl/fhqq15
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Apr 23, 2017 | Brother Sewing Machines

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I have a white speed lock 234 serger and cannot get it to chain off. The thread bunches together


Yes, thread the upper looper first, the lower looper next.

***Make sure that you have the presser foot RAISED during the ENTIRE threading process until you get to the point of threading the needles.

The second to last step in the lower looper process is to make sure lower looper thread DRAPES over the top of the upper looper & thread, then both thread tails get pulled under the presser foot and toward the back of the machine.

Give each thread a little extra tug as it goes through the tension disk to make sure it is seated. Verify that all the threading steps have been followed. Any skipped steps, extra thread wraps, or incorrect threading will most likely cause a problem.

Make sure you have brand new needles before threading. If one is bent or damaged, you will probably have issues with skipped stitches.

Set all the tensions to the midway point (the factory standard for regular chain stitch). The tensions can then be tweaked when the machine is correctly creating a chain.

If the machine messes up, breaks a thread, comes unthreaded, etc., save yourself some time and frustration and RETHREAD everything from the beginning. Trying to rethread out of order usually fails!!!

Once you are more comfortable with your machine, you can try fishing a thread, but even experienced serger users still have trouble with this.

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Aug 03, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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My serger won't make the chain stitch. I have carefully re-threaded it about 5 times, but no change. I haven't changed the needle recently either.


What exactly is happening? Is it breaking thread? Is there any thread that is not feeding? Need more specifics.

Here are general instructions for when issues arise:

Change the needles if they are not new. Make sure they are inserted properly and all the way up in the needle clamp.

RAISE the presser foot, clip all the threads below the thread tree, and remove all threads from the machine by pulling on the thread tails. (Always remove thread by pulling down, never up.)

Rethread from the beginning insuring that each thread is treaded in the correct order (consult the manual). ALWAYS rethread with the presser foot up! (NOTE: on most machines, it is the upper looper first, lower looper second with the thread tail draped OVER the top of the upper looper, then the two needles.) Grasp each thread above and below the tension disk and give it an extra little tug to make sure it is fully seated in the tension disk.

Adjust the tension dials to the midway point.

Then test.

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Mar 16, 2016 | Brother 1034D Serger Sewing Machine

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Bernina 335 serger won't sew/overlock. carefully rethreaded the serger but that hasn't helped.


The 335 has a two thread chain stitch (stitch type 401), and the overlock side (right needle side), is a three thread plain overlock. If you are describing the plain overlock as the problem, I would first suggest the following in re-threading:

1. Thread the upper looper
2. Thread the lower looper
3. Thread the needle last (important)

If the needle threaded, you cannot re-thread the lower looper without breaking the thread.
In order to thread the lower looper, the lower looper must pass by the needle thus picking up the needle thread. So, instead of threading the lower looper thread underneath the needle thread, the looper would be threaded on top and cannot sew without breaking the thread.
Make sure that the threads are bedded between the tension disks. Check this by stretching the thread fore and aft of the tension disks as well as visually noting that the threads are not accidentally threaded behind the disks. You can also loosen the tension disks when threading so as to allow the threads to bed deeply between the disks.
Please reply with your observations.

Sep 27, 2015 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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Serger won't chain off a stitch. Stitches won't chain and hold to fabric. Added new needle, rethreaded whole machine. Stitches won't connect to fabric or make a chain.


is it possible that the needles are in backwards?
it's very possible that the machine is out of time & would have to be taken to a sewing machine repair shop to be retimed

Apr 02, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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I have a elna 686 serger an it sounds perfect and acts like its sewing but there is no thread staying on the material.... I have tryed to rethread it several times and it does not help at all. What could...


There is several things to check:

Is the needle thread actually going through the needle eye?
Is it chaining off without fabric under the foot? If not, then you need to revisit your threading up, there is a specific sequence that you need to thread the loopers then needles, then pull the threads under the foot, lower pressure foot and press the foot control to make a few stitches, a chain of thread should form.

If this is not happening and you have threaded it up in the right sequence, then check both needles are fitted correctly, fully up into the housing and flat shank to the back. On most sergers the two needles sit at different heights in order to form the stitches. If you haven't done it for a while, change the needles.

If you still can't get a chain of stitching then it is possible that the timing between the loopers and needles has gone out and it will need to be serviced by a technician to get this back right.

Jul 18, 2011 | Elna Sewing Machines

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I have been chaging my serger to overlock for the purpose ofdoing rolled overedge. Rethreaded numerous times, have read the instructions many, many times, setting tensions, etc. I cannot get it to even...


How frustrating, I've tried to find a manual on this model so I can see how you make the change to the thread finger on the throad but couldn't see one. So, I'll go through the set up for 3 thread rolled hem on mine, it probably won't be identical but it might help.

First, remove thread from left needle and remove the left needle from the holder leaving just the right hand needle in place. Most sergers have two seperate needle screws so this can be done but as you mentioned, recheck again that the right needle is right up into the housing as high as it will go. I presume you are using a fresh smaller size needle, especially if this is on a fine or lightweight woven like organza, I'd put in a size 70. If a mid weight then size 80.

Now there should be a thread finger on the foot you change with your screwdriver. Or a little switch you flick so that the throat plate is a different shape to form the narrow seam. Your manual should have this step.

Now if you have some, put wooly overlock thread into your top looper, I cut the thread about 10 inches above the tension dial, put the new spool on, knot it to the existing thread tail, turn tension to zero and pull it through and through the looper eye.

At this point, you should have the two looper threads loose, lift the pressure foot and pull these two threads under the foot and out the back. Turn tension back to about 3 on top looper and tighten up lower looper to 5 or 6 and leave needle at 5.

Adjust blade to cut quite wide, ie wind it to the right side. Now thread the right needle and pull this thread out the back too. Lower the pressure foot, introduce a piece of fabric in under the foot, press the pedal and start trimming and chaining off.

You should have a chain stitch happening now - if not, recheck your threading, particularly the needle, sometimes the thread looks like its in the needle eye but is hooking around the looper. If you still can't get any joy, then it is possible that the timing is just slightly out and this is affecting this stitch. You could try setting up for a normal three thread seam and see if this chains okay.

If you are getting a chain happening now, then adjust down the stitch length to make it denser so it is covering the fabric and check the underside, adjusting top and bottom looper tensions so the thread is enclosing the fabric end rolling to the underside and covering any little fibres.

I hope this is of some help - however, if it still isn't giving you a chain, it could be the timing is out in which case, unfortunately service time.


May 12, 2011 | Simplicity Serge Pro SW432 Mechanical...

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Singer overlocker


Most likely is the left looper thread is trapping the needle threads.

Remove the threads and start over in this sequence....

Left looper - right looper - left needle - right needle.

If you thread the needles before the lower looper, the needle thread wrapped over the looper will be under the looper thread and will never be free to form a stitch, so the threading sequence is critical.

Jun 08, 2008 | Sewing Machines

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