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Maybe it's still a tension thing...

I just bought a used Consew 14TU 4-thread Overlock, and although the owner told me that it had been recently serviced and it was ready to go out of the box...it isn't. I've rethreaded it and adjusted tension...it might make one or two loops, but then the thread breaks or comes back through the machine. I'm lost as of now...oh, and she didn't provide instructions.

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  • youngOTIS Jan 22, 2008

    I don't know about timing, other than what my reasons of deduction would tell me.

    yeah, I think I'll go that route. I'm not the most tech savvy when it comes to repairing sewing machines...but thank you for the suggestion.

  • Fasshiongrl Jan 10, 2009

    I believe I have a timing issue on my machine. I recently took my machine to a repair guy who said he could only get 3 threads to work, and told me to bring it back to finish the repair after i was done with my project i needed to finish. So i went back and he laughed in my face.I know for a fact that it is threaded correctly, neddle poisition is correct and the tension is set properly. but nothing is catching. I need help please. I am mechanically inclined. i would love you to walk me through it.

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Do you know much about timing? if not please take it to a near by dealer,,,,should only cost 40-$60 for service....if you are mechanically inclined i can try to run you through a intense process

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