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Starts good, loses steam

My baby lock serger starts great and then about 5 inches into a seam seems to lose steam and the process just grinds to a halt. Help!

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  • Anonymous Apr 24, 2008

    My Babylock Serger is old (BL4-736) but runs good for a while and then chugs down to zero after about 3 minutes. I have to let it cool down and then it starts to run again for about the same amount of time. The machine does not feel hot so I don't know what is wrong. Frances D.

  • taxijim Jan 14, 2009

    Baby Lock Pro Line Model BL4-838 D starts good but slows to a stop. Sometimes after a couple of yards of stitching and sometimes quicker. It does also run again after waiting awhile. The motor is not steaming hot but is what seems normal warm. Lubrication seems to be OK. If a motor is needed where are they available for this older unit?

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Had the exact same symptoms on BL4-838D machine, fixed problem by lubricating feed mechanism drive off main drive shaft. Email me at my hotmail address using name patio10h if you have more questions.

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Your machine either needs a new motor or belt. How long has it been since you have taken it in for servicing? Sergers are work horses. They get better as they age, so take it in for servicing.

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