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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Need help with rolled hem on Brother 1034D ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 2/18/13 9:44 PM

So, I have these linen squares (which are 13x13) and whenever I make a rolled hem on the edges, the selvage sides of the linen squares always come out all wavy/ripply and stretched, but the other sides (non-selvage sides) are usually pretty straight and non-wavy.

I have no clue what's causing this, I've tried changing the tensions, the needle, width, length, changing the needle, changing the thread, everything and the selvage sides always come out wavy.

The current tensions I'm using are Needle ~3.8, Upperlooper ~4.5, Lowerlooper ~5.75. I have wooly nylon thread in all the 3 (I've tried using a standard thread in the needle but it didn't change anything, plus I need all the threads to match).

Any help would be appreciated.

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Date: 2/18/13 10:11 PM

If you're getting wavy fabric on either edge, the thing you should try adjusting is the differential feed setting. It ranges from 0.7 to 2.0; when I did some rolled hems for napkins, the 0.7 setting worked best for me.

I'd advise doing several test samples with various settings until you find the one that works the best.

I made an article on my blog with the settings that worked for me. It includes photos of the 1034D controls:

Line of Selvage - Rolled Hems on the Brother 1034D Serger

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Date: 2/18/13 10:44 PM

I've tried adjusting the differential feed, even on every setting from 0.7 to 2.0 but nothing worked.

The linen is being stretched it seems (which is weird because it only happens on two sides) but nonetheless when I'm finished it still comes out wavy no matter what I do. Maybe I need to stiffen out the linen before I serge it, hmm.

(Oh and nice blog btw)

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Date: 2/19/13 0:06 AM

This may sound obvious, but have you removed the stitch finger from the serger?

Also, the 1034D has an adjustment for the presser foot pressure. I haven't touched this adjustment myself, partly because it's hard to remember where it was originally set. But you might try loosening the presser foot and see if that helps. (I'm suggesting that because that's standard advice I've seen when people get wavy seams on knit fabrics with a conventional machine.)

Just as a troubleshooting step, have you had success on the rolled hem with a fabric other than linen? I'm not suggesting that you change fabrics for your project, but if you can't get the serger to produce a good result on any fabric, perhaps there is a problem with the serger itself.

-- Edited on 2/19/13 0:10 AM --

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Date: 2/19/13 0:33 AM

Yea, I've removed the stitch finger. And I have tried loosening the pressure foot, it helps a little but it's still wavy.

Hmm, I've done rolled hems on wool gabardines as well as plain weave wools, the wool gabardines don't really get wavy on any of the edges, it does happen on plain weave wools but it's maybe 10-15% of what happens on linen.

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Date: 2/19/13 5:29 PM

I've never tried rolled hems on linen with my 1034D. And now after reading this I'm tempted to buy some and try.

But I'm out of ideas - maybe the linen you chose just doesn't work well with the serger.

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Date: 2/19/13 5:48 PM

OK, one more idea (that I saw on the 1034D thread) - have you tried disengaging the cutting knives? Apparently they make a difference in the finished product. The claim is you don't get a true "rolled" hem with the knives on.

I got good results with the cutting knife on (I trimmed about 1/4 inch off the edges of my napkins). But it's worth a try.

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Date: 2/19/13 8:43 PM

I just tried it without the cutting knife and it didn't make much of a difference.

I'm starting to think it's either something wrong with my serger or the linen as I've been trying to fix this problem for 2-3 active months now. I'll have to get some different linen elsewhere and see if I have the same problem, if that doesn't fix it I might try getting a different serger. Hopefully that'll fix it.

EDIT: I just remembered I have tried other linens on it and they all turn out the same wavy way. I just also tried some cotton fabric and they turned out wavy as well (although only about 50% of the waviness). I have no clue what's wrong, I might have to just go out and buy a different serger.
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Date: 6/26/13 4:42 AM

I know this is late but someone else might need this. I dont use anywhere near the settings you guys are using. I followed the settings on this site: rolled hem settings on 1034d

I have used these settings with great success on cottons, linen, lycra stretch and jersey. Pretty much anything. I don't know if this may help you.

Also, by 'selvedge' edge I presume that you mean you are using the fabric right up to that edge. Selvedge edges are usually more dense than the rest of the fabric. It may be that you actually need to increase your differential feed a little.

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Date: 2/27/14 10:14 PM

One thing that no one seems to have mentioned is you could use some stabilizer like the kind used primarily in embroidery, and appliqué work. A good sticky stabilizer will help hold the fabrics preventing the stretching and bunching, also if you find a good tear away stabilizer, it practically falls away from the hem when your finished.
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