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Date: 12/31/05 4:36 PM

I have just recently unpacked my serger and got it out to serge some bandana's. I am having a problem with it though and for the life of me can't figure out what I am doing wrong.

I have threaded it and rethreaded it and I keep losing the right needle thread. I thread it through the eye of the needle and start serging and all I have is a long thread of the RN thread and it is out of the eye of the needle.

I have redone this at least a half dozen times trying to figure out what is going on. I have used the serger many times before the move so I know how to thread it but I am totally baffled on this one, any ideas?

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Date: 12/31/05 5:35 PM

Try changing the needle. Sometimes that's the cause of the thread coming unthreaded all the time. It's such a pain!

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Date: 12/31/05 5:35 PM

Play with your tension dial for your needle. Every time you change your fabric you will find that you will have to play with your tension. Make sure that your thead is tight in the tension dial. Sergers are very picky and must be threaded perfectly. If the serger is threaded correctly and changing the tension still does not work, take it in to your dealer and they will help you. But keep on playing with your tension. You should be able to resolve it yourself. I wish I could help you better.

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Date: 12/31/05 5:51 PM

Definitely try changing the needle.

My serger is very picky about serging a chain after rethreading. I always have to put a scrap under the foot so that the needles don't go down without going through fabric.

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Date: 12/31/05 6:15 PM

You've probably done this, but I'm going to suggest it anyway. When you rethread your machine make absolutely certain the thread is really "seated" in the tension disk. One way to do this is after you get each thread properly threaded all the way thru, grab the thread both above the tension disk & below it & move it back & forth (or up & down) so that you can feel the tension with your hands.

(Ask me how I know to do this.)
-- Edited on 12/31/05 7:16 PM --

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Date: 1/1/06 12:22 PM

Thanks everyone... I did change the needle but I will rethread it again and see if I can figure this out. Even though I am not doing much garment sewing right now I still want to have a serger for the times I need or want one and I hate this thing not working right. One way or another I am going to get this thing functional again.

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Date: 1/1/06 2:27 PM

What size needle are you using? If the needle is too small that could be the trouble.

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Date: 1/1/06 4:32 PM

What kind of serger are you working with?

When my needle comes out of the eye, it's almost always because I had the tension too high.
This happened to me once, and I couldn't figure out why the thread kept breaking even when I lowered the tension, and it turned out it was because I didn't have the presser foot lifted when I changed the tension.

On my machine the presser foot has to be up when the tension is set or changed, and every time I change the tension I floss the thread through the tension disc to be sure it has grabbed.

good luck and I hope you figure out the problem soon. This kind of thing can be sooo frustrating!

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Date: 1/2/06 9:38 PM

I have been using a 70/10 needle or anyway I think that was what was in it. I am trying to use it on a cotton that I am making bandana's out of.

When I get some quiet time around here again, I will get it back out and try a larger needle and if that doesn't do it then I will try the tensions again. I thought I was close on them though because I have used a fabric similar in the past and saved the settings.

I am helping with some remodeling and I have been staining, painting and various other jobs so I have put this up for today.

Oh and I am using an older Nechi brand serger. This was the Pfaff Hobby something or other in the Pfaff line years ago.

Thanks again and I will let you know how I come out.
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Date: 1/2/06 11:07 PM

Also make sure you are threading in the correct order. With my old serger unpredictable things would happen if I didn't.

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