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

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serger thread
nothing else will do apparently
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Date: 5/30/12 8:21 PM

When I talk about this issue to my sewing friends they look at me funny so I am bringing it here where I can't see your faces. I have a 23 year old huskylock serger (480) bought in Australia. On several occasions when I needed to use an unusual thread colour not available in overlocker thread, I have resorted to ordinary spools. For some reason it just doesn't want to work on this machine and does a terrible stitch while messing up the tensions on the machine. This is so frustrating as I like to get as close as possible to the fabric colour as I can with thread. Anyone else had this problem? Anyone actually solved it?

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Date: 5/30/12 8:56 PM

My BL is happy with whatever thread I feed it, so I'm not much of a help. Are you using the proper spool pins, covers and thread nets? They do make a difference.

Other than that, I dunno. Threats, maybe? Not that that ever seems to work for me in any area.

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Date: 5/30/12 9:08 PM

While I do hurl heaps of abuse (verbal) at this machine I have never threatened it. I will try this.

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Date: 5/30/12 9:31 PM

Do you have the litttle spool toppers? They help with smoother feed. Regular spools can have spots where the thread can catch slightly and the toppers move the thread farther away from the spool edge.

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Date: 5/30/12 9:31 PM

When I've had the occasion to use "regular" sewing thread in my serger, I've wound thread onto a bobbin, then set the bobbin in a drinking glass behind the machine, then thread as usual. The bobbin will sort of bounce around in the bottom of the glass but the thread feeds into the serger with no resistance.

I've also used the glass trick with small spools of thread, the spools that are about an inch tall. These will lay on their side in the bottom of a drinking glass (of appropriate size) and the thread will feed with no resistance as the spool rolls/spins in the bottom of the glass.

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Date: 5/31/12 0:31 AM

Sorry to state the obvious, but serger thread is thinner for a reason and I believe some of the older better sergers were designed to use this thinner thread. It is more than a issue of smooth feeding. The other thread can actually pill. I ended up just buying a ton of serger colors over the years. Since your machine is still going strong after 23 years I wouldn't make it do something it does not want to do. Stay with the serger thread.

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Date: 5/31/12 1:06 AM

That wasn't obvious to me but makes complete sense, thank you

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Date: 5/31/12 1:32 AM

One of the nice things about sergers is that sergers are designed to use many threads, from rayons, metallics (candelight and Glamour), yarns, pearl cottons and even ribbon floss.
Tension and settings may need to be changed to use some of these though especially for the type of stitch used, like if doing rolled hem, overlocking or flatlocking.
I find it is part of the fun in serging using the different threads.
Maybe if you play a bit with your serger it will accept the different threads but as posted, I would not do anything that would harm your serger if it seems to object.

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Date: 6/7/12 11:19 PM

I have used servers for years. I use all sorts of threads, whatever I can fit in the loopers, including yarn. I use whatever threads will fit thru eye of needle. The tension settings will change with whatever combination I am using. Serger thread is thinner, so if you put sewing thread or embroidery thread thru it, you will have to loosen the tensions. Metallics require a metallic needle to reduce friction, but I find that some types will only work in loopers.

The key is to thread it, then sew a length on a sample of exactly what the project consists of. If your sewn edge is three layers of fabrics, your sample to practice on should be three layers of the same fabrics. look at stitches and looper upper and lower side, adjust one tension knob or the stitch length or width at a time and sew a little further. Evaluate again. Dont adjust more than one knob at a time without sewing more sample to evaluate. When one problem is fixed, adjust the next tension or problem.

Thicker threads or more layers of fabric do better with longer stitch length. Thick yarns need wider and longer stitches. Thicker threads need looser tensions. And combinations will all be different settings.

And one of my servers is an old pfaff, one an old singer. They all handle all kinds of threads. The tensions were made to be played with. Experiment. You will be surprised at what they can do. You can even put a "rolled edge" pin tuck in the middle of a fabric. You can flat lock in the middle of fabric also, if you disengage the upper knife.

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