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Chunks of Fabric Catching in Seam
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Date: 1/7/07 9:54 AM

Can anyone please help? I have an Elna 744 serger, works great, except I continuously have problems with the cutting blade. This is my 2nd blade and I'm still not happy. I work with stretchy spandex/lycra. The blade seems to be cutting fine except that, instead of the cut strip of fabric dropping to the floor, it turns upwards and gets caught in the stitched seam. Unless I physically stop stitching and yank the strip down, bits of the fabric end up in the finished seam and looks terrible. Any suggestions would be so appreciated.

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Date: 1/7/07 11:01 AM

I've had the same thing happen to me. The only thing I try to do is slow down a bit so that I can keep track of it. I hate it when that happens. Maybe someone has a good solution for both of us.

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Date: 1/7/07 11:06 AM

I had that happen yesterday for the first time I can remember in 20 years of serging. I haven't analyzed the problem yet; I'm hoping that the threats I muttered about "serger as boat anchor" will make it straighten up and fly right.

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Date: 1/7/07 12:32 PM

I have a Pfaff 4874 and the same thing happens whenever I am sewing any stretchy fabric. It drives me crazy! I have taken to using tweezers in my right hand to grasp and pull the fabric down as I am serging it but that's not so easy to do. I was thinking that it has something to do with the way the knive is designed. I don't remember ever having this problem with my old Babylock or Pfaff sergers. When I take the serger in for servicing I am going to ask about the problem. Glad to know I'm not the only one with the problem.

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Date: 1/7/07 5:18 PM

I occasionally get this problem, but it seems to have more to do with the fabric than the blade. If I'm sewing something that wants to get caught up, the best thing I can do is make sure I'm cutting off a reasonable amount, so it cuts off in one piece rather than fragments, and as I start, steer the offcut down. Sometimes I just have to hold the end as it cuts off. Sometimes turning the fabric over helps - it wants to roll down instead of up. Sometimes Karla's boat anchor threat is the only answer

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Date: 1/6/11 3:51 AM

I'm resurrecting an old post here, but my serger (a Brother 3034D) has recently started doing the same thing. It used to be fine, but now seems to be doing it on most fabrics. I am wondering if it means I need a new blade - does anyone know? Thanks!

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Date: 1/6/11 4:05 AM

I found this happened more frequently when the blade needed sharpening. However, on my very old 3 thread this still happened even with the new blade until I adjusted where the bottom blade sat i.e increased the overlap between the two blades slightly. HTH

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Date: 1/6/11 4:23 AM

I briefly had the misfortune to own a 3034D, and what you are describing was one of the reasons I traded it in on a better machine within months of buying it. Even with new blades it did that constantly, it was a major hassle. Mine would also drag the cut off scraps in behind the front cover and I was always worrying the bits would get caught in a moving part and jam it all.
I even sent mine away to be fixed but all they did was charge me a ridiculous amount for new blades that didnt do anything to fix the problem.

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 1/6/11 7:39 AM

This topic has been moved from Sewing Techniques and Tips to Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers

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Date: 1/6/11 9:38 AM

Oh no!! Well I guess I will try Keely's cheaper suggestion first and then I may have to look around for an alternative although options are limited here. Thank you for the heads up, mine has lasted longer than your few months, but it sounds like the exact same problem.

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