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Date: 7/8/10 6:45 PM

I'm starting this topic to help myself and anyone else get the most out of their Brother 1034D sergers. I realized after posting on JillyBe's thread how easy it is to miss important information, especially when it's placed on the 2nd-from-the-last-page in your handbook! So with that in mind...

1) First tip is on oiling your Brother serger BEFORE it's first use, and then monthly (or more often) depending on use. You clean first and then oil in two places. This info is strategically placed on "pg. 57" of your handbook.

2) I had my serger for 9 months before I realized I could serge WITHOUT the knife engaged. Now I don't know if I read that info when I got my serger and promptly forgot or if I just missed it entirely ...but oh, how I could have used that information on so many occasions - all the unnecessary cutting I did.

3) I've found it best to re-thread the serger in the exact order given:
upper looper - green, lower looper - blue, right needle - pink, left needle - yellow. The more often you do it the easier it gets - honestly. Trying to replace only one broken looper thread and not the others usually doesn't work - I say usually because I personally have NEVER been able to cheat the threading sequence and still have it work properly. Maybe others have. The instructions also say you need to re-thread in this specific order.

4) To stop getting confused with the adjustment controls on the side of the serger I've recently taped an easier understanding (for me) of which knob is for what next to the controls.
BTW, THIS is when I noticed that the knife could be completely disengaged (and you can still serge) and not just lowered for removal! This is mentioned on pg. 55 of the handbook. Evidentially that info didn't stick when I first read it.

5) The other stitch I've tried is the rolled hem, and this serger does a beautiful rolled hem. I jotted down the settings on a page in the back of the handbook since there is a little discrepancy between the instruction handbook and the serger techniques book on settings for the various rolled hems, so it's a bit of trial and error.

There was a small group of us who purchased these sergers last summer and recently more people have, so it seems there are quite a few "new" newbies and "older" newbies trying to better familiarize ourselves with our new Brothers. Let's help each other. Would anyone else care to add?
Thanks

Edited to correct typo re: rolled hem "foot" - there is no such foot for this serger!
-- Edited on 6/18/11 11:06 PM --

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Date: 7/9/10 8:45 AM

Thanks for starting this! I have the 1034D but don't have anything to add right now. It's good to know about the oiling - that's what I missed in the manual! I figured out disengaging the knife right away. And I agree about the threading - once or twice I've been able to 'cheat' the order but most of the time I have to rethread everything in order. I have yet to to do a roll hem but I can't wait to try it - I should just do it on a sample for fun.

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Date: 7/10/10 1:22 AM

I also have this serger. So this will certainly be a helpful thread to me. Unfortunately, I don't have any advice - yet. I am still figuring it out.

Could I ask what settings that you have your rolled hems on? I would like a guide to help me.

Thanks for starting this thread!!

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Date: 7/10/10 1:53 AM

Sure I used a thin, 100% cotton for table napkins, Maxilock serger thread and a Schmetz 14 needle. My Rt. needle was set at 4, upperlooper set at 5 and lowerlooper set at 4. Differential set at 1.0. If I tried to tighten the LL more, the thread broke each time. On my serger this setting produced a very nice hem. Maybe I can take some pic's tomorrow if you'd like to see it.

We are all trying to figure it out together! This thread will be a work in progress Hopefully it will evolve to something like the Coverpro coverstitch thread. There's a wealth of information there - makes me wish I had a Coverpro

ETA Set the stitch length to "R" and the stitch width (knife) to between 6-7. Remember to remove the stitch finger and left needle for the narrow rolled hem - which is the hem I used. Haven't tried any other rolled hems yet.
-- Edited on 7/10/10 2:08 AM --

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Date: 7/10/10 9:25 AM

I have this serger also. I think the BEST thing about this machine is that it uses regular spools of thread. Now I don't have to buy matching Maxi-Lock unless I just want to.

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Date: 7/10/10 3:52 PM

Thank you so much! You make me want to make some napkins now. I should, shouldn't I? I think that I will.

Pictures would be great too.

Thank you again for starting this thread!

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Date: 7/10/10 4:17 PM


I actually made the nicer side of the rolled edge (top photo) on the wrong side of the fabric
The print is a little bag we made in a beginner serger class. We were also supposed to make a cosmetic bag and install a zipper but we newbies took too long just making the drawstring bag. Give it a try. Watching the CD's helped me also. You have to fiddle a little with the adjustments to get it right for your fabric and whichever thread you are using. I have a spool of wooly nylon (dark color) so I haven't tried it in the loopers yet.

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Date: 7/10/10 4:24 PM

My tip is probably for any serger, not just our 1034D, but here goes - get yourself some inexpensive largish stencil brushes and use these to whisk out the detritus left after serging, and then vacuum the thing out with your little tiny cute vac attachments you can find online or at the hardware store to fit any vacuum. Be sure and get a set with an adapter thingie for all sizes of vacuum. They run about $10 a set - Nancy's has them, as well as a few other online places. I love mine and wish I had bought sooner. Handy as well for the PC etc.

This serger is forgiving, but check the antenna is up when you start to sew, and don't forget to change needles now and then - I love #14 Organ needles in mine.

Brother has the manual online free as a PDF and that's handy as a backup to the manual.

And mark the tensions as to threading order - very helpful!


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Date: 7/10/10 4:36 PM

Excellent thread! I've used mine mostly for serging. My experiments with the rolled hem & other functions have had mixed results, so the settings posted are very helpful.

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Date: 7/11/10 0:06 AM

Beautiful! They turned out really great. Thank you so much. You have inspired me. Now I need to go to the fabric store to pick out some fabric. It will be hard, but what can I do?

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