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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Gathering on a Huskylock s15 ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Gathering on a Huskylock s15
Using the gathering foot.
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Date: 2/6/11 3:12 PM

I own a Huskylock s15 serger. It's a wonderful machine!!! I did teach myself how to use the gathering option on the differential feed, but, it's specifically for stretch fabrics and knits, and not for mid-weights. I did test out a mid-weight with the built-in gathering and, while it did "work", the machine kind of didn't like it. (This is why I do things on the floor model in my store, and not on my machine at home).

That being said, how does one go about using a gathering foot on the Huskylock s15? I keep trying to find how to videos, articles, and so on, but most of the time it is for a regular sewing machine, and not a serger.

My understanding is that when layering two fabrics for a seam, that, the fabric on the bottom is what gets gathered. Is this true? Are there certain settings I need to adjust, in addition to tension? Does the fabric need to be fed a certain way, even though it is a gathering foot? Are there any fabrics you should absolutely NEVER use with a gathering foot (especially for a serger)?

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Date: 2/7/11 2:15 AM

Hi, theartbook. I have a different brand serger and I mostly just use my regular foot and turn up my differential feed to gather but when gathering one fabric and attaching it to another non gathered fabric then that is the only time that I use my shirring foot. It is the Pfaff/Elna G foot and might be very different than the foot for your Huskylock but the instructions might be the same and if so..you might give a try and see if it works.

Using the 4 thread overedge stitch set the stitch length at 4 and the differential feed at 2. You can change the gathering effect by just changing the DF setting.
Place the layer of fabric that you are gathering under the foot, right side up. Sew a few stitches then raise the foot and put the top fabric layer right side down under the foot so that the separating plate lies between the two fabrics.
Lower the foot and sew while holding the top fabric a bit taut, while letting the bottom fabric feed freely so that it will gather.
You will find that lighter weight fabrics gather much more easily than heavier weight. For very heavy weight fabrics one can serge over cording or even serged thread chains and then pull on the cording or chain to gather the fabric.
I hope this helps.




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Date: 2/7/11 11:40 AM

It does sound like our machines are very different but, I am definitely going to give this a try.

This is what is great about sergers, how there are so many universal techniques that can apply to them all.

See, I am making a skirt with a four inch high waistband (no elastic). This waistband is going to be wrapped in a type of netting. There is going to be a light weight trim between the waistband and the skirt. Now, I was thinking of serging all of that together in one seam (this machine of mine does 8 layers of denim no problem), just because it's faster. This would be under the gathering foot. Which is better? That option, or, gather the skirt only and hand sew it? I can do both rather well, but, I am more comfortable with making seams on my serger than doing it by hand.

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Date: 2/7/11 12:58 PM

I'm glad I saw this post! I also have the s15 and I tried to gather by adjusting the DF but I am still a newbie to it (it's only been about 18 mos) and I wasn't even really sure how to tun UP the DF versus turning it DOWN so I pottered about, my machine did not like the gathering, the stitches looked horrible, but the fabric was gathered! Are the stitches meant to look normal with the DF turned up for gathering?

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Date: 2/7/11 7:59 PM

I taught this to myself on Saturday so... yeah...

In any case, on the differential feed, there is a 0.7 setting, N, and then the 2.0 setting. Gathering for stretches and knits is between N and 2.0. 2.0 gets you the most gathered, and N doesn't gather at all. You may need to adjust tension to get a nicer looking finish.

I have noticed that, when adjusting the tension to higher or lower numbers, with the exception of N, they can rarely be the same. For example, your left and right needle tensions can be both at 5, but your upper and lower looper tensions need to be set at 4.5 or 4. (I calculate this due to the fact that the loopers need more room to actually loop around the seam). The needles need higher tension to keep the looper threads tighter in the fabric.

I hope that makes sense!!!

I just ordered a gathering foot for my s15, and, am going to order a lace foot, elastic foot and piping foot. Imagine how awesome it will look, when I set the gathering differential, and have the gathering foot at the same time, so pretty!!!

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Date: 2/7/11 8:16 PM

Where did you order your feet from?

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Date: 2/7/11 9:23 PM

If you use Google, you can find several online stores that sell feet for the s15.

I used the online ordering website that we typically use to order machines and accessories/notions for our store.

I kind of wanna stock up on stuff before too much time passes. I think it is so stupid that they are discontinuing this machine. What the heck am I gonna sell to my customers??? It's a fantastic beginner machine, and, once you know how to use it, the Huskylock s21 and s25 are easy peesy. We are about to lose a lot of customers to that ridiculous POS Singer Profinish that we also carry. I tried to teach one of my students a basic piping technique with hers, and it broke a needle before we could even get the technique done.

Edit: BTW I read your review of the s15 the other day. Great review!!!
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