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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Pfaff Hobbylock 4860 ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Pfaff Hobbylock 4860
threads won't catch & lock
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Date: 4/22/12 1:01 PM

I have a Hobbylock 4860. It has been working fine. Changed thread and now it won't catch. Looks like it's threaded correctly. Threads pull freely with foot up. Everything is set to N. I dusted & oiled. What am I missing? Any suggestions?

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Date: 4/23/12 2:29 AM

Make sure your needle is in correctly, with the groove in the back if it takes the round shank needle. That messed me up once. Also make sure the needle is pushed in all the way up tothe top. That done, rethread again. Hope it works.

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Date: 4/23/12 2:44 PM

Tried these, too. No luck. Emailed Pfaff and they're suggesting the timing got knocked off. How do I learn to fix this? Any suggestions?

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Date: 4/23/12 3:17 PM

I doubt the timing went out because you rethreaded. You probably missed something in rethreading. I have a Pfaff serger too, and everytime I had a problem, it was operator error.(me)
One day I spent 2 hours trying to get a rolled hem on my Pfaff, and finally gave up and used my other serger no problem. I went back to the Pfaff about a month later and spotted the problem right away.

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Date: 4/23/12 11:31 PM

Are you using a size 14 needle. Many sergers are engineered to use a 14, I was told by a tech. Try loosening your tensions a little. Also make sure the needle thread is passing through the guide directly above the needle. Gosh, I don't know what else you could do except do everything right one more time following the manual to the letter, doing nothing from memory. Hope you find it. You cannot fix timing yourself and it's a $100 job I think. Maybe you can take it in and they can try to rethread it in front of you and try it themselves. Hope you can fix it!

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Date: 4/24/12 4:24 AM

I think it must be fine. And something you are just doing different than before instead. You can't knock anything off, or anyplace, just because you wanted to and decided to just change thread colors at all, so it has to be something else.

But if you re-threaded, because you were sewing along fine and then and hit something real hard, or metal on metal some how and got a huge thread tangle, and then so maybe more jammed your needle bar upwards, or knocked a looper to the side that might be different, but you say it was sewing along fine, and nothing like that happened to even make you re-thread, so I think that makes that just impossible.

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Date: 4/24/12 3:15 PM

I ran into this with a friend of mine. Check that the thread is in the tension discs firmly. My friend thought she had it threaded correctly, however, when I took the thread on each end of the end of the tension disc it sort of clicked in and then it worked fine.

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Date: 12/16/12 9:40 PM

Did you ever fix the issue? What was it? Do you like your 4860? Can you tell me anything about it? I just purchased one. Haven't been able to find much info on it?

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