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Singer overlocker my singer overlocker model number 14y554d isn't working properly. I recently rethreaded it for the first time and now it is sewing ok but the threads aren't making a chain stitch when there's no material in it.

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    Do you have instructions for threading Singer overlocker model no 14T554S

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Most likely is the left looper thread is trapping the needle threads.

Remove the threads and start over in this sequence....

Left looper - right looper - left needle - right needle.

If you thread the needles before the lower looper, the needle thread wrapped over the looper will be under the looper thread and will never be free to form a stitch, so the threading sequence is critical.

Posted on Jun 08, 2008

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As a reminder, if a thread breaks, save yourself some (lots!) frustration and rethread every thread From The Beginning. Rethreading only the broken thread will usually just lead to it breaking again. Sergers are finicky and must be threaded in the correct order. Also, Always raise the presser foot while threading. Your thread breakage is occurring with the lower looper. Be sure that you are threading every guide and give it a little tug going through the tension disk. Usually, the last step is to drape the lower looper thread over the top of the upper looper before it is pulled back and under the presser foot. Be sure to initially set the tension at the midway point between the high & low numbers.

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