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The serger is not sewing right. Everytime I sew the thread from the top needle goes into the fabric, but the other threads do not. It does not come unthreaded just is not catching somewhere. I have rethreaded all threads multiple times and changed the needle. I am not sure what to do next.

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  • Geriellyn May 17, 2008

    I have re-threaded my machine multiple times - it just won't sew. The needles pierce the fabric and cut the excess but no thread is connecting. I have an Elna 344 Serger.

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The machine was threaded incorrectly at first, but after changing the needle I was threading it correctly. The problem ended up being the needle depth. When I inserted the new needle, I did not have pushed up into it's slot quite far enough. I pushed it up all the way and retightened the screw. Now it is serging like a dream!

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It sounds as though you have a timing problem. The lower looper is not catching the needle thread. You might try lowering the needle about 1/16 inch to see if the looper will catch the thread. If that works, you can put the needle back and adjust the needle bar. If it doesn't, then you need to take it to a technician.
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  2. Always be sure your presser foot is in the DOWN position before sewing. Sewing with the presser foot in the up position will cause your thread to tangle and your bobbin to jam.
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It sounds as though you have a timing problem. The lower looper is not catching the needle thread. You might try lowering the needle about 1/16 inch to see if the looper will catch the thread. If that works, you can put the needle back and adjust the needle bar. If it doesn't, then you need to take it to a technician.
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