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Re: Needle alignment on serger model L5
Presserfoot properly secured to the machine? Happens to one of the ones I own if I don't get it quite clipped in properly and then lower the presser foot. In any case, when you figure out the issue, throw out those needles.... they're damaged, and possibly bent and will only give you further grief.
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This site shows Organ and Schmetz needles but most quality needle brands would be suitable for your machine. A standard 130/705H needle will work. Just be careful as I believe my machine recommends no needles larger than a size 90. SL4300 Overlock Serger
Most sergers have a color guide. On my serger, the curved needle is threaded first, then the other bottom needle, then the top needle(s). The bottom horizontal needle is a trick, as you either need a special threader, or have to be very creative at getting it hooked on the left side (move the needle to the left side, first), then move the needle to the right and with the thread in the groove, thread the eye of the needle. Now, thread the top needles.
Here is a website with pictures: http://www.makeithandmade.com/2012/08/threading-your-serger-or-overlocker.html
Sounds like your needle is hitting the needle plate instead of going through the tiny hole down to the bobbin. Try using the handwheel slowly and watch. Or perhaps the needle is hitting the bobbin case. Something has been knocked off the straight I think. Has your machine been dropped or dmamaged?
First take all the thread out of the machine. Put in new needles and run the machine slowly by hand and see if there is a problem with timing. If the needle hits and bends or breaks... take it in to be timed. If the needle don't hit....
Make sure you are properly threading this thing. Unlike a sewing machine which gives you some leeway, Sergers must be threaded in a certain order. Typically, upper looper, lower looper, right needle left needle. If you break a thread you can't just rethread that thread... you have to start from the beginning.
You might check singerco.com for the manual for this thing. They have most of white's manuals online they are identified by a W before the serger model number.
sounds like the sewing head is out of line. Suggest that it be serviced by an authorized Husqvarna Viking Dealer. You can find the nearest dealer by click on the "Dealer" link at http://www.husqvarnaviking.com
basically have to bend it carefully back by hand.... if you have a straight edge or even a small leveler (the kind with a bubble) you can check which direction it is bent and gently bend it back a little each time.
your needle bar has been pushed up and is out of adjustment. You need to take off the side cover, there should be a screw on the back of your machine holding it on. Remove this screw, and remove the cover.You may have to remove the light assembly to reach the screw on the needle bar. Once you can see the needle bar, rotate the handwheel until you can see the screw on the needle bar. Loosen this screw SLIGHTLY until you can turn the needle bar. Hold and rotate the needle bar back and forth as you push down slightly. This will lower the bar.Lower it about 1/4 inch. Adjust the needles by turning the bar so that they are straight across. Tighten the needle bar screw so that the bar doesn't move. Turn the handwheel to see if the threads will be picked up. If not, adjust until they are. Tighten the needle bar screw tightly,reinstall the side cover ,and tighten the screw. Change your needles.Rethead and sew. sewman7