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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Serger ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 9/10/10 8:41 PM

Has anyone out there ever removed the blade on an old serger so it could be used to do fancy hems and seams without the cutting feature? I am tempted to do this with my old white 534.

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Date: 9/10/10 9:44 PM

There is no reason why you couldn't do that. In my user guide classes for my newer serger I bought this spring, they talked about raising the blade for some techniques, so that the fabric would not be cut. (our blade can be raised out of the way.....)

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Date: 9/11/10 2:34 AM

I deactivate the knife on my sergers at times for flatlocking in the center of the fabric. On my coverlock that has a recessed knife, I drop the blade and on my basic serger the blade is the higher type that can be pushed aside and turned to deactivate it.

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Date: 9/11/10 8:14 AM

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I deactivate the knife on my sergers at times for flatlocking in the center of the fabric.

THAT's the technique - flatlocking - we did in dealer's user/guide classes. I have been racking my brain. The blade is also moved out of the way for heirloom serging with lace.
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Date: 9/11/10 9:42 AM

My serger instructor recommended that I never remove or disengage the knife. She recommended, that if I wanted the knife out of the way to widen it to clear the fabric. The reason being that it will prevent you from accidentally trying to serge and forget to put the knife back down, which will jam your machine.

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Date: 9/11/10 12:07 PM

I have a husylock that I bought in 1990, that I can't get blades for here (I bought it in Australia), so I will probably operate on that one instead of the White, because the White is a superior machine and I am very fond of it. Once I get rid of the blade I won't ever replace it. I love a designated machine. The reason for doing this is that I made my daughter a pair of stretch knit pants and she wanted a professional looking hem (no coverstitcher I'm afraid). I found the stitch that she wanted on my Bernina 135 Activa, but it took forever going backwards and forwards and that's when I thought about serging without cutting.

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Date: 9/11/10 2:59 PM

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My serger instructor recommended that I never remove or disengage the knife. She recommended, that if I wanted the knife out of the way to widen it to clear the fabric. The reason being that it will prevent you from accidentally trying to serge and forget to put the knife back down, which will jam your machine.

I can understand your instructor's recommendation but with many of todays's combo sergers that have many stitch functions besides overlocking, several stitches "require" that the knife be disengaged for chain stitching and coverhem that do not use a knife. For some stitches loopers must also be disengaged or dropped where the chain looper is used, as with my combo that has 3 loopers.
Also, when doing any deco stitching with flatlocking in the "body" of the fabric, one does not want to accidently cut the fabric with the knife though one can still do flatlocking with the knife engaged many prefer to disengage it.
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Date: 9/11/10 3:07 PM

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My serger instructor recommended that I never remove or disengage the knife.

Moving the knife further away, as if widening the cutting width, would work. Perhaps your particular brand won't work properly with the knife disengaged. Both mine work fine, so it may be a brand-specific suggestion she gave you.
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Date: 9/11/10 3:19 PM

I agree about the brand where some sergers are much more likely to jam. Size of the D area in the head and the knife placement does make a difference too, I think. My combo is a larger machine with an open area inside the looper cover door and it has a recesssed knife. My basic serger is much smaller and has the higher knife and I do think more prone to jam though I have done flatlocking on it also.
I do think that designs in different models makes a difference in the type of serging one does. I really like my basic serger to get in and around tighter areas where my combo does a rather wide turn. My combo is large and can take on layers of fleece like they were nothing where my basic serger might strain a bit.
Sergers also vary in the types of basic stitches..some do not do a 2 thread stitch and even their 4 thread stitches are different. Some might do a 4 thread overlock, some a mock safety stitch and some do a 4 thread safety. Models are just designed differently to perform in a different manner but they usually always do what they were designed to do..and are tons of fun.

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Date: 9/11/10 4:07 PM

Talking about flatlocking, I just made several lightweight cotton lycra pants and shorts using only flatlock. I assembled the pants with blade engaged and then disengaged the blade to enclose the elastic in the waist casing and to blind stitch the hems. Looks amazing and seaams are nice and flat. Try it!

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