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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Brother 1034d Serger ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 8/28/11 3:54 PM

I bought my Brother 1034d serger used last year. After many failed attempts to to get it to sew, I boxed it up and put it in a closet. Today I decided to give it another try. I googled on how to thread and came across a wonderful video which was much more helpful than the video that came with the serger. Now to my problem: All the stiches seem to be fine except for the left needle stitch. It seems to be loose. When I open my fabric, I can see the stiches. Can anyone help tell me what is wrong? I am a serger challenged (a beginner) Thank you so much for your help in advance

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Date: 8/28/11 4:31 PM

Hi, I don't know if this will help but I would bet it is the tension. When I first learned to play with the tensions, I was taught to set them all on what ever is the middle setting on the dials. Try doing a 3-thread Overlock stitch with it and then adjusting the dials one at a time until you find the right setting for that stitch and fabric. Do this for each stitch either as you learn to use them or all at once so you learn what each dial needs to be set on for each stitch. Keep a notebook of where you are setting the dials for each stitch type. This notebook will become your best friend when using your serger. I didn't do this initially when I got my first serger but once I did - it made a huge difference.

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Date: 8/28/11 7:13 PM

Thank you so much!!

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Date: 8/28/11 7:36 PM

Turn the dial for that needle to a higher number.


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Date: 8/28/11 7:55 PM

It seems like you might be getting what is called laddering. Do the stitches that show run horizontal look like steps on a ladder? This usually comes about when one does a flatlock stitch and let the fabric fall over the edge of the fabric when serging but for a flartlock stitch laddering is a desired result so you can pull the stitches flat.

To help solve your problem..maybe try cutting off more fabric when you serge and also adust the right needle tension slightly looser than the left needle tension. If the right needle thread is too tight, it can pull on the left needle thread pulling open the seamline.

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Date: 8/28/11 11:33 PM

It sounds like you may not have the thread engaged in the tension disc unit. Sometimes the thread fails to slip into the area that it needs to be to get tension.The tension discs clamp on the thread which creates tension. The more tension you need the higher number you would set the tension. If the thread isn't "seated" properly there won't be any tension even though you have the dial set on the correct number. This will cause "loops" on the underside of the fabric and when you pull the seam apart you will get a ladder effect. Try unthreading the needle thread and re-threading. When you re-thread, turn the tension dial to the lowest number, hold the thread above the tension unit with one hand and below with the other hand. Make sure you push the thread into the tension unit firmly and then turn the tension dial to the number which is recommended in your instruction manual, usually the middle range say 4 or 5. I think on the Brother there is a range marked on the dial. Set the dial to the middle number. Turning the tension to a higher number with out re threading won't help you if the thread isn't in between the tension discs.

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