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I can't get my Brother 929d serger to work!
jlucook
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Date: 6/3/13 6:58 PM

About a month ago, I purchased a brother 929d serger off craigslist as a beginner machine. I had never used a serger in my life! I had done some research and it appears to be the same as the 1034. I got it home, cleaned it up and threaded it. I was able to get a fairly decent stitch almost immediately. I used it a few times to finish edges and to do a rolled hem. Not perfect stitches, but still working.

However, since then, I can't get it to work! I've threaded, re-threaded, adjusted tension, cleaned, oiled, changed needles. I've spent hours on this thing and am ready to throw it in the trash!! Most times I run it, I can't even get a chain out of it. The times I do get a chain or stitch, it's so wonky it's almost unrecognizable.

I only paid $75 for it so I'm ready to cut my losses and buy something else. However, I'm not sure what. I don't have a huge budget and I'm not sure I wan't to replace this with the 1034.

Any help or suggestions would be so greatly appreciated.

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Date: 6/3/13 8:09 PM

Do you have the manual? I am wondering if you are doing something wrong with threading it if it worked initially. Are you threading it in order-upper looper, lower looper, needles? Do you raise the foot to adjust tension? Is the one needle up higher than the other? If it is like the 1034 there is one place on the lower looper that you just lay the thread on it--it is the part that you pull out. Did you get the stitch finger back in correctly (isn't that what you remove for rolled hem?)
I had the Brother for awhile and it was easy to use. Check a couple of the threads about the 1034. There were videos that showed how to thread it.

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Date: 6/3/13 8:10 PM

repeated reply. Sorry about that.
-- Edited on 6/9/13 5:37 PM --

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Date: 6/3/13 8:20 PM

You seem to have covered all the bases I know of :(
My 1034D (new so no problems yet, touch wood) came with a manual that said 929 = 1034D so any advice should work for both. But what about the presser foot adjustment thing (top left) is that where it should be?

Is there noise? I've bookmarked this video in case I ever have noise or need to look inside... have you seen it?
Fix Noisy 1034D


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Date: 6/3/13 8:31 PM

Lift the presser foot as this opens the tension, then thread the machine in the order shown inside the door on the front of the machine.

If you need to adjust the tension, do so with the presser foot down.

The Brother website has free manuals for downloading.

Link for manual.


-- Edited on 6/3/13 8:55 PM --

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Date: 6/3/13 9:09 PM

sorry about that..
-- Edited on 6/3/13 10:03 PM --

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Date: 6/3/13 9:31 PM

Don't EVER tighten a sewing machine or serger belt that tight. It will burn out the motor! If you push on the belt there should be 1/4"-3/8" play. In other words, the belt should be just tight enough to keep it from slipping.

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Date: 6/3/13 10:02 PM

Let me first apologize for the post above. My 13 year old typed that. She thinks she's funny Plus, I don't think she realized I was logged in!


I watched a threading video on you tube and once again re-threaded the machine. I tightened the foot pedal pressure and that seemed to help initially, but then it stopped giving me a good stitch almost immediately. Also, even when I do get a half way decent stitch, it's "missing" part of the stitch. The needle thread doesn't connect the looper thread. It's hard to explain.

I will also check out the link posted here. Thanks so much!

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Date: 6/9/13 4:58 PM

Thanks for that path49, I would have taken it as the right thing to do! *yikes* I'm never EVER going to even think about doing anything with my serger without first checking here!
-- Edited on 6/9/13 4:59 PM --

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Date: 6/9/13 5:44 PM

There may be something wrong with it and that is maybe why it was sold. I am wondering if the timing is off or something else is wrong. Someone who services Brother machines maybe able to look at it but it will cost you about $100. A new Brother 1034 is a great machine and is about $200 from Walmart or Amazon. So sorry that you are not getting this to work.

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