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My Singer overlocker is making a squeaking noise when I sew. Other than that it is stitching well. I know it needs oil but the manual does not tell me anything about cleaning or lubricating the overlocker. Where can I find out how to oil the machine to stop the squeaking noise?

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    The serger stitches just fine but it is making a loud squeaking noise when running. I have oiled it and changed the needle

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Try contacting Singer, maybe they can email you a diagram for oiling your overlocker.
http://www.singerco.com/company/contact_us.html

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A serger (overlocker) is not a sewing machine. If you look at the inside seams of a purchased t-shirt, you will usually find a serge stitch that was created using a serger (overlocker). A serger/overlocker usually uses 3 or 4 threads to create that stitch. It also trims the fabric at the same time it finishes the fabric edge. The serge stitch is a chain stitch that, if you pull a particular thread, the entire stitch will come undone.

Your sewing machine is not able to create that same stitch. Your sewing machine may have what is called an "overlock" stitch, but it will use only 2 threads (the top and bobbin) to create that stitch. You would have to consult your owner's manual to see if it can make an overlock stitch.


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The best way is to thread with 4 separate colors of thread and then studying the stitch result. With the 4 colors, you can easily tell which thread tension is "off" and whether it should be tightened or loosened. However, a serger is not like a sewing machine where you can set the tension and use that setting for most projects. With a serger, a change in one or a couple of thread tensions will create a totally different stitch.

For most machines, there is a mark at the midway point on each tension control that is the "optimal" tension for a 4-thread overlock. HOWEVER, every machine differs, so these settings may need to be tweaked.

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My overlocker is skipping stitches, I have re threaded it and replaced the needles and oiled it, it is still skipping stitches. any ideas as there is nothing else in the manual to tell me what to do>


Check to make sure you have the right needles and that the thread and needles are compatible. Usually, coverstitch machines use a slightly longer needle than overlockers and sometimes people get them confused. Also, it might have something to do with the fabric you are overlocking. Try stitching a different kind of fabric and see if it is still a problem.

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Brand new machine. Heavy Duty Singer 4423 I sew ripstop tarps including a double layer of grosgrain edging. After one tarp the machine has begun to squeak horribly with each stitch. Why? What can I do as...


I would suggest that the words "heavy duty" applied to a machine sold for less than $150 is probably taking a little bit of artistic licence.

Grosgrain edging is very stiff so you will probably need at least a 100 size needle for this and they may well go blunt pretty quickly. This could be the squeaking noise, needles will "pop" and squeak if they are blunt. Change the needle and see if it stops.

I would suggest that if you are doing straight stitching in large volumes for commercial purposes, this is not the right machine, you need something like a Singer 20U industrial machine, a good workhorse which will do straight and zig zag stitches.
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I have one of these with a 3/4 hp motor in a table and it is so strong, great for sewing tents, horse blankets etc. We used it for attaching vinyl to 1/2" foam for ride-on tractor seats, something it did really well. Different needle system to domestic machines and can sew heavier gauge thread too.

Sorry, this probably isn't what you wanted to hear about your new machine. Try changing the needle and see if it stops the squeaks. But you may need to reconsider your choice of machine.

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I am trying to alter a swim suit, and I need to use a stretch stitch. Does the Singer model 2638 have this feature?


Here is the stitch selection page from your manual

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I would suggest that you use the stitch called "elastic overlock" using a stretch needle, you need a ball point tip on the needle to press between the elastane fibres in lycra. A stretch needle is blue, coated with a substance that makes it easier to stitch these types of man made stretch fibres, often size 75. If you can't get one of those, then use a ball point needle, size 70 or 80.

You need a stitch with forwards and backwards movement so that the stitching doesn't break under stress. Your machine also has a stretch straight stitch and this would be a forwards and backwards straight stitch so this will work too but can look a bit 'heavy' sometimes. But even triple zig zag narrowed down will work often.

If you are sewing leg edges with lycra, shop made garments will have clear swimsuit elastic sewn into the seam using a coverstitch overlocker, you'll never get as good a result with a regular sewing machine but you can get a reasonable finish with practice. This elastic is available to buy, you might want to use the overlock stitch to attach it to the fabric edge, stretching as you go, then turn it to the inside and use a stretch twin needle and straight stitch to top stitch from the outside, stretching the fabric as you sew.

Trust this helps you a little, 4 thumbs up if so. :-)


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My singer does'nt do dverlockWhat can I do ?


No sewing machine does a true overlock stitch, that is what sergers are for, they trim and form a stitch on the edge of the fabric using 1 or 2 needles and two loopers. Costs more for an additional machine but the finish is much more like a shop bought item.

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Some sewing machines have an overcasting or interlock stitch which looks like stitch 10 in this picture above. Your machine may have this stitch?

If not, does it have a three step zig zag? It looks like a zig zag but the needle goes into the fabric three times as it forms each leg of the zig zag. This stitch is great for neatening a raw edge and I use this a lot myself. Especially on wovens as it is always faster to seam with this rather than the overcasting stitch where the feed dogs move the fabric forwards, then backwards, then forward to make the stitch.

The sewing machine made overcasting stitch can be used to sew knit fabrics, attach rib around an neck line and neaten raw edges but it is always going to take longer than a serger and there is no trimming function so its never going to look like a shop made overlocked item. However, you can sew knit fabrics with a sewing macine with a bit of patience as long as the machine has some "Forwards/backwards" type stitches as these put elasticity into the seams - if you seam knit with a straight stitch, seams can break when under tension during wear.

And use a twin stretch needle and straight sttich to sew the hems, this looks a bit like a cover stitch and has a bit of give in it too.

Hope this helps you a little. You can find some good sewing general info on www.sewing.about.com or invest in a good sewing book. I refer to my Vogue Sewing Manual and my Singer Sewing Secrets often. Or take a sewing class, its a great way to learn new things, get enthused and have fun.

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