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Joy the Seamstress

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Date: 6/30/12 1:08 PM

Help! I just got a brand new Juki and it seems like it doesn't work right! First of all, the tension knobs I had to set up near 8 in order to get it to sew right, if in the 3-5 range, then the stitches don't form right.

Also, I'm used to tying off the old thread color and pulling the new thread color through by tugging the treads through - and this doesn't work at all like it did on my two previous sergers!

How does one get your project out? When done sewing, do you have to sew a chain to allow the release? Didn't work like that on my old Bernina.

Is this stuff I just need to get used to or is my machine working wrong?

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Date: 6/30/12 1:45 PM

Hi Joy, I have the same serger and no problems at all. On the tension disks, make sure you floss the thread into it to make sure that the thread snaps into the tension disks. It sounds like it is not going all the way in. I do tie off my color change in threads a lot too, what is happening why you say it isn't working? I make a small square knot and make sure it is solid (doesn't slip out) trim up the ends and then run the machine until all threads have passed through. Some people recommend that you loosen the tension disks to do this but I normally don't and it works fine, just stitch slow until they are through.

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Date: 7/1/12 6:33 AM

I don't have this serger but I suggest when re-threading, maybe turn each tension to 0 setting as you thread each one and this will open the tension disc. then set to the tension number you will use and the discs will enclose the threads securely.
If just tying on threads, I suggest to double check with a slight tug above and below each tension to make sure the thread is well seated in the discs.
I hope you get it figured out.
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Date: 7/1/12 9:04 AM

I have this serger and love it, I would suggest the following:

Take out all the threads
Set all the tension dials to 0
Rethread - it is important that you thread in the order specified
Set all the tension dials to 4

give it a go

The demonstrator who sold me mine, loved the machine - she stressed to me the importance of threading in the correct order.

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Date: 7/1/12 11:45 AM

I have this serger as well -- I tie and pull or stitch my threads through all the time and have no problems. My tensions are set at 4 for most jobs -- there are some exceptions. I find I play around with the differential feed more than anything else. I love this serger -- took it out of the box and it's been going ever since with minimal adjustment to tensions no matter the fabric.

Make sure your threads are securely set in your tension disks -- I check this by holding the thread both above and below the disk and lightly tugging. Also make sure that your threads are wrapped around the thread guides (ask me how I know this one). You can also clean out the tension disks with a piece of non-waxed dental floss (in case any lint has gotten lodged in there).

For pulling the threads through, you can lower your tension to "0" and then pull them through and reset the tensions -- I personally don't do this. For the looper threads I just tie on and keep on serging -- as long as the knot is small and secure it shouldn't be a problem. For the needle threads, I pull them through. Also if threading from scratch you must thread in the correct order.

For getting your project out -- I just serge off the end and leave a tail and then cut.

I've never used a Bernina serger but I find the Juki works quite similar to my old Janome 634D -- I actually like the Juki better (never thought I'd say that when I first bought it).

Good luck with getting to know your serger.

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Sheila
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Stash Tally: net +38.5 yds (2014)
2015 Stash Tally: 106.5 yds out/122.875 yds in (net +16.375 yds)

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28.375 yds sewn (as of 07/09/16)
14.25 yds purchased (as of 07/09/16)

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Date: 7/1/12 12:15 PM

I love my same serger. I tie off all the time on my Juki. Do what everyone else says about threading to get the threads in the tension discs. And yes, you do have to stitch a chain to get the garment off the machine. I've had mine for about 8 or 9 years and have never had it serviced. I oil it fairly often though. I really should take it in for a tune-up, but it just keeps working beautifully, each and every time I need it.

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Date: 7/1/12 9:54 PM

When you thread it, make sure your presser foot is UP. This opens the tension disks and allows the thread to get between them to do their job. If it still doesn't work, I would re-thread from scratch. This machine is pretty easy to thread. This is a great machine BTW.

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