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Brother 1034D -- Problems with left needle
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Date: 8/16/13 10:47 AM

I have had a Brother 1034D for 4 years and have had no issues. However, I recently re-threaded the machine (a couple of times to get it right) and now when I serge, the left needle thread sews "outside" of the looper threads. The stitches on the left needle are also unbalanced and when I sew "in air" to get a thread tail, the left thread is always loose. Has anyone else had a similar problem? Any suggestions on how to trouble shoot this issue.
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Date: 8/16/13 11:02 AM

If you have already changed the needle and checked that it is pushed all the way up, then it likely means one of two things. 1) the needle bar may have been pushed up when a needle broke. 2) the upper looper isn't coming far enough to the left at the top of it's swing. Check also that the left thread is in fact pulled all the way into the tension disc. Cheers!

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Date: 8/16/13 11:05 AM

A big clue is that it happened after you rethreaded. Double check that all the threads are securely pulled into the tension discs and that you haven't missed any guides.

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Date: 8/16/13 12:18 PM

4 years can be a very long time without ever changing your upper knife blade!!!!!! Once that thing gets dull or notched, all fabric even trying to get past it and cut even by it, gets kind of stacked up and hung up on it, and at least a bit jerked to your right, while just even trying to go through that upper knife blade. When that happens, things don't stitch out good, in particular the far left needle, as just as it's trying to come down each and every time, to even form any kind of stitch there, the fabric is getting jerked away from it, on that dull knife blade. And jerked to your right. If you only have 1 needle in there , and it is only the right most needle it's not so very important that your upper knife is still good and sharp, but when you got both needles in there (or only the outer left one) then it for sure is. So, you get things like skipped stitches there, bad stitching and all the rest, and on that far left needle over the other one always, and just even from your old, dull knife blade. Upper blades are cheap, at least just change your upper knife blade right now, and don't ever wait that long. Particular when that kind of stuff is going on, or even just starts.
-- Edited on 8/16/13 12:24 PM --

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Date: 8/16/13 1:50 PM

Try changing the needles and make sure that both needles are positioned correctly. One needle sits up higher than the other so they are uneven. If you had to rethread it several times, I would also thread it again. HTH

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Date: 8/16/13 2:27 PM

Thanks to all. I have several ideas to list and start checking off. I do have another upper knife blade so I can change that, but will also look at how the needles are inserted and whether I need to change them (I normally change needles often, but it has been awhile since I used my serger). I will try everything this weekend to see if that fixes the problem and then report back.
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Date: 8/18/13 8:54 PM

Make sure you thread in the correct order too. Hope this works for you!

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Date: 8/19/13 9:28 AM

The only time my serger skipped stitches (which is what your description sounds like to me) was when the needle was not inserted completely all the way up.

My serger is 19 years old and has the original blade. It doesn't get heavy use, but YMMV.

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Date: 8/25/13 8:58 PM

I had this same problem with my brother only 4 months after buying it. there are several discussions about this on this and other websites all suggesting changing needles and rethreading - which I did several times with no luck. I brought it into a brother dealer under warranty and they were able to fix it - she told me that she had to order "needle" parts. I am going to get more information but it seems that this is a common problem w the Brother. I just picked it up and am hoping it won't happen again.

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Date: 8/26/13 2:25 AM

Sounds like the left pin inside your needle plate broke and the dealer fixed the plate rather than replace with new.

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