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Threading the bernina 1300DC serger

I've been away from my serger for some months and to be honest, I didn't use it much before surgery took me away from sewing. Now... I have forgotten everything I knew about threading the serger. I follow the directions but... the thread(s) keep breaking before I even get started. I believe the problem is with the lower looper thread. The manual diagram is sooo small that I just can't be sure I'm doing it correctly. Something is going wrong between steps 8 (press the auto threader lever (OK)), 9 (thread the guide (OK) and the **** on the threader (I think I did this right), 10 (release auto threader lever (OK)), and 11 (thread lower looper eye and place thread under the presser foot). There's another thingy with an eye that looks like the auto thread looper but it comes in front of the thread guide (step 9). I can't identify what it is from the manual. Do I thread it? When I'm done threading (step 11) do I put the thread over the upper looper or under it? The picture seems to show it goes over but... since the threads keep knotting/breaking, I just don't know where to look. For all I know, the lower looper may not be the problem in threading but the other instructions seem more straightforward and easier to follow and since the lower looper thread is the one most likely to break, I figure that's where the problem is. Could you direct me to a clearer diagram?

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  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    it works for a while and then breaks. its always the lower looper

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If you have a good Bernina dealer in your area, they would probably be glad to look at your machine and tell you whether it is threaded properly. It's just good customer service and they should be able to count on your to bring them more business. FWIW, the lower looper thread always crosses OVER the upper looper thread in the final step. Make sure to thread in the correct order: Upper Looper, Lower Looper, Right Needle, Left Needle. To see a larger picture of the manual, download the manual from Bernina.com and view it enlarged on your computer screen. (Select Support, scroll down and select Search Support Info for Bernina Models. Then scroll down to Bernina Overlocker to find your manual.)

Posted on Mar 25, 2015

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    R.A. Ellis Mar 25, 2015

    Oops! I got the needle threading order reversed. Should be Left Needle, then Right Needle. Although usually threading order of the needles is not as critical as the looper threader order.

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These things are always complicated when you try to write them down, so I suggest a call to your local Bernina dealer to arrange a quick lesson on how to do it.

If you can go back to the dealer whence it came, so much the better..........perhaps you could go in and buy some things you need and then as you are leaving, make the enquiry with the machine in your car, they may be able to show you how to do it right away......building relationships is a very good way of feeling comfortable about asking for help.

Also..........
If the manual diagram is too small, a local library or stationery supplier should be able to magnify a photocopy for you to see it all more easily.

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