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Date: 12/23/12 2:16 PM

A dear friend gave me her late mother's Elna Pro 4 DE serger.

I have it set up with Maxi-Lock in 4 different colors and have balanced the stitch. The upper and lower loopers meet squarely at the edge. The needle threads are neither puckered nor loopy.

The cut edge of the fabric, however, is turned just so slightly toward the back, toward the lower looper. This creates a small ridge of fabric between the right needle thread and the locked upper/lower looper threads.

I'm not sure how to remedy this. Any suggestions?

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Date: 12/23/12 3:02 PM

Sounds like your cutting width is a bit too wide for the stitch set up. Reduce it by one or two clicks. That's usually enough.

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Date: 12/25/12 2:31 AM

What weight fabric are you useing? If it's a fine fabric I woud try turning the cutting width dial to a smaller number this will allow the stitches to reach / spread to the edge. Also turn the lower looper, just a little, (far right dial) to a lower number. It may be tight and that can pull the top edge over to the back and also put strain on the needle thread.

I wonder if it's a combination of both of these things.


If you are still having problems perhaps you can post a photo of the back and front of the stitch. One of us hre may be able to shed some light on this!

good luck

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Date: 12/25/12 6:18 PM

Thanks for the replies! I appreciate them.

I changed the width setting. No difference.

This led me to wonder if this machine only has a rolled hem plate. I'm still trying to determine whether the plate in it is for serging or for rolled hemming. The plate isn't marked with "A" or "B," which is how the manual shows they are differentiated.

Is this serger is worth my time & money? I had to buy a foot pedal for it as the original had been lost. I have no idea if a needle plate is still available for it.

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Date: 12/25/12 7:51 PM

Hi, Good point, it may be the needle plate. I have copied in a link to an image for the standard needle plate for your machine.

http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needle-plate-elna-pro4de-serger.aspx

Hopefully you will be able to tell if this is the plate which is on your machine? The other thing is that the needle plate could be the right one but damageed. Does the skinny pin (on the left) look ok? Sometimes they break off of the normal needl plate when there has been a thread jam.

HTH

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Date: 12/25/12 10:29 PM

Rag doll, THANK YOU. That link was very helpful.

No, my needle plate does NOT look like the one in the link. It has only those two skinny pins -- not a skinny one and a large one. I more strongly suspect it is the rolled hem plate.

Here is the needleplate -- my camera was reluctant to take a closeup but it did capture the fine layer of lint quite nicely.

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Date: 12/26/12 1:17 AM

Maybe try loosening the lower looper tension to see if that helps. One usually tightens the lower looper tension to roll the fabric for a rolled hem where the tighter the tension the tighter the roll of fabric..this is why I suggest to "decrease" or loosen the lower looper tension to see if that helps the problem you are having with the fabric rolling.

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Date: 12/26/12 11:27 AM

If all else fails, call your local dealer and ask if their repair person could look at the serger and tell you if it needs a part and/or if it is worth repairing.

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Date: 12/26/12 1:25 PM

After some searching, I found this photo of a rolled hem plate -- and this is indeed what is in my serger:



Now, is this model worth me buying the regular needle plate? It's 15-20 years old and I'm reluctant to pour money into a machine I know little about.

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Date: 12/26/12 2:38 PM

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If all else fails, call your local dealer and ask if their repair person could look at the serger and tell you if it needs a part and/or if it is worth repairing.

Alas, there are no Elna dealers in my state.
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