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

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Date: 3/20/13 2:32 PM

I have a Janome 1110DX and the lower looper thread is getting stuck. I do not know what this part is called, so bear with my description. When I thread it, after the thread goes past the tension dial, it goes down and thru a metal part and then from there it threads thru a couple metal loops that are under the front door of the machine (the looper cover). The metal part that is below the tension dial and above the front door of the machine is the part I am referring to. I have no idea what it is called. It is not labelled in my manual. My thread is getting stuck there! Why and what can I do myself. I don't want to spend $50, at least, to take it to the shop if I can easily do something. This is not a part I usually oil but it does have a wee hole on the side. It has screws underneath. In the manual, there is nothing about how to care for this part or clean it.

Help!!

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Date: 3/20/13 6:16 PM

Why is it getting stuck?

Is there a bur or a rough bit on the part that is catching the thread?

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Date: 3/20/13 6:48 PM

Quote: mgmsrk1
Why is it getting stuck?



Is there a bur or a rough bit on the part that is catching the thread?

that is what I don't know! How would I tell? Is there something I can put thru there? Maybe a pipe cleaner?
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Date: 3/20/13 7:51 PM

I would start with a length of dental floss - thread it through and pull it back and forth. If you somehow have a burr or something in there, you will find it that way.

The other possibility is that something else in the system is pulling on the thread and making it break. Check all the thread paths of all the threads. My infamously "impossible" breakage problem to solve was because one cone got too close to the hutch on my sewing table and the thread was getting caught on a bit of loose veneer..

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Date: 3/20/13 8:18 PM

It sounds like there may be a rough spot there. I would go to a hardware store and see if they have what is called Clovis cloth. It is like and extremely fine sanding material that you can cut into small pieces or strips. It will polish off any roughness.

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Date: 3/20/13 9:42 PM

Your machine has an extra lever to tighten the lower looper when doing a rolledhem. Above the door on the right is a slider STD for normal and R for rolled hem. When the door is open for threading the silver piece below the tension has a spring and it tightens the tension for the rollhem. Your model is 1 of only 2 models that has that built in. It's doing what it's suppostu. Do not oil, or floss as the mech inside can be damaged. If it's still not working post a pic of threaded machine here so I can see the inside/outside. Hope it helps.

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Date: 3/21/13 1:40 PM

Thank you sew2006
Here is a pic


Here is a pic of my machine threading
threading

and here is a pic of the awful rolled hem


rolled hem
-- Edited on 3/21/13 1:43 PM --

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Date: 3/21/13 1:46 PM

Okay, so I might also be completely wrong about what the problem is. I am using wooly nylon in the right needle, have removed the left needle, have put a new right needle in, cleaned it, oiled it and still the serging is showing loose threads, like you see. When the setting inside is set to 3/4 there is some tension tightening on the lower looper. Maybe that is supposed to be that way, like you said sew2006?

But, the awful look of the serging happens more with the rolled edge than with regular 4 thread serging, so I don't understand what I am doing wrong. I would love to do a nice rolled hem like I see so many people doing!

Thank you for your help. Much appreciate.d

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Date: 3/21/13 2:16 PM

I do not have your brand of serger or tons of experience, but after reading this

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I am using wooly nylon in the right needle
I'm going to take a stab at your problem and suggest that you take the wooly nylon out of the needle and only use it in your looper (typically the upper looper, but check with your manual). I still haven't used the wooly nylon I have in any machine, but this is what my serger manuals suggest. I would use regular thread in the needle. HTH's
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Date: 3/21/13 3:40 PM

HI, I have the same serger, but it is called Janome 634D. Other than using regular serger thread, I noticed that the looper on the right is at 8 in your picture.My manual says to try 3. It shows that the needle is at 4 and the loopers are at 3.
Harriet
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