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Do you lift the toe of your presser foot when you first start to serge?
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Date: 2/3/13 0:16 AM

I never lifted the tip or toe of my serger presser foot until I got this Juki. I had never heard of it....How about you??

1) Have you heard of it?
2) Do you do it?
3) Why, if so?
4) Do you think you should have to?
5) Do you find it annoying?

Thanks, Ro
-- Edited on 2/4/13 1:39 AM --

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Date: 2/3/13 0:25 AM

1. Yes.

2. Only when serging thick fabrics, as lifting the toe and slipping the fabrics underneath the tip help prevent the top fabric layer being pushed back.

3. See #2.

4. "Should" has nothing to do with it, imo; one does what needs to do in order to achieve one's goals. With a serger, pinning thick fabrics together first to prevent shifting of the layers is not a recommended option.

5. No. I find it a helpful trick that is great to have at hand for when it's needed.

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Date: 2/3/13 0:34 AM

Yes.
Not often.
Sometimes the top fabric doesn't pull in evenly with the bottom fabric at the beginning.
I guess, until someone creates a nice dual feed serger.
A little of this - - and a little of that. - - it doesn't happen often.

I keep a long handled bamboo cooking skewer by the serger. If the fabric is one that might require lifting the toe, I can often use the skewer instead to push onto the fabric and anchor the pieces together as they get started. The skewer point is thin enough that I wouldn't expect a catastrophe if it did come in contact with the cutting blade (hasn't yet). And the skewer ooches right under the front edge of the foot.

I just put together a quick tote with some old inexpensive woven cotton with Lycra. That fabric required the skewer assist on just some of the parts that needed to be precise.

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Date: 2/3/13 0:47 AM

1) Have you heard of it? - Yes
2) Do you do it? - Yes
3) Why, if so? - It's quicker than lifting the presser foot using the handle.
4) Do you think you should have to? - I don't think you "have to" on any machine. I do think you have to have some fabric under the foot for the fabric to feed properly no matter what overlocker you use, so it's a lot quicker than lifting the presser foot with the handle. Great for us home sewers who don't sew in a factory production style, continuing feeding garments under the foot one after another.
5) Do you find it annoying? - Definitely not. Great feature and one I look for on all the overlockers I've bought.

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Date: 2/3/13 0:52 AM

I agree with all previous comments It is most helpful.

So is a knee lift on a SM where you can do a fine adjustment of the fabric when necessary.
I like both features, find them extremely useful.

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Date: 2/3/13 8:14 AM

1. Yes, because that's how I was taught in my serger lessons.

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Date: 2/3/13 8:21 AM

Answers are exactly the same as Lynn's.
Which was the first answer given.
Julia in Missouri

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Date: 2/3/13 1:08 PM

1. Have I heard of it? Yes

2. Do I do it? Yes, frequently

3. Why? I find that some fabric feeds better/more evenly from the start if I catch it just under the lip of the toe. Especially, lighter weight fabrics, or really bulky fabrics that may not feed as easily under the tight pressure foot. Either can buckle or buch up at times because the top doesn't feed as evenly as the bottom.

4. Should I have to? I never really thought about. I do it because I get a better result.

5. Do I find it annoying? Humm... I am more annoyed when I forget to do it and don't get a smooth even feed at the start and perhaps have to rip it out and start again.

In short, it would be nice if I didn't have to think about it but it doesn't really bother me to do it.

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Date: 2/3/13 1:24 PM

Yes, being doing it for about 30 years and no, it is not annoying.

It's faster and less cumbersome that lifting the presser foot.

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Date: 2/3/13 1:34 PM

same here!

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