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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Help! Huskylock S21 Coverstitch issues! ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Help! Huskylock S21 Coverstitch issues!
Viking Huskylock S21 problem
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Date: 6/3/12 0:57 AM

Please help! I have just spent the past 1-1/2 hours trying to set up my Huskylock S21 Serger to do coverstitch. Cannot get a decent stitch to save my life! Rethreading over and over is a nightmare!

I had been disappointed in the Huskylock's clunky, finicky threading, and hadn't used it much at all (and it's only a little over a year old). I just bought the Babylock Imagine to do serging, and thought for the time being I could set up the Huskylock to do coverstitch. Disabled the upper looper, set the coverstitch table, set the needles properly, threaded the lower looper, threaded the 2 outside needles. Threads break over and over. I start from scratch, I change needles, I pray.... Nothing is working. I'm thinking the Janome Coverpro is looking really, really good right now...

Any simple and/or brilliant solutions? Thanks!

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Date: 6/4/12 11:19 AM

I am so sorry your huskylock is giving trouble! I also have a Huskylock but I have not played with my coverstitch function enough to help. Good luck! Hopefully someone can help you!

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Date: 6/4/12 12:39 PM

When you say 'lower looper', do you actually mean 'chain looper'? Because if your are threading the actual lower looper it is not going to work. Sorry if it's obvious, but I've done things like that. Also, sometimes I've threaded the correct looper path and then put the thread in the wrong looper eye...

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Date: 6/4/12 2:36 PM

I have this machine too and feel your pain. Once when I was having trouble getting the coverstitch set up, I realized that I had the needle threads set up incorrectly - they need to be moved to the middle 2 spindles & threaded thru the corresponding tension discs. This was my "aha' moment.

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Date: 6/4/12 3:28 PM

I can't help with the Huskylock, never used one...but I can HIGHLY recommend the Babylock Coverstitch machine, which threads in any order in seconds and I'd fight to the death to protect mine.

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Date: 6/4/12 9:11 PM

Hmm. I threaded the lower looper according to the manual, with the alternate (navy) path for coverstitch.

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Singer 500a "Rocketeer"
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Date: 6/4/12 9:19 PM

Thanks, everyone! I hauled the thing to a Viking dealer Sunday, so at the very least I'll have a serviced machine I can resell to a hardier soul

I am debating between the Janome 1000 CPX and the BL Coverstitch. I LOVE my BabyLocks! I'm just not sure the jet-air threading alone is worth $800 more. The Janome seems so simple to thread.... Any thoughts, ladies?

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My Years of Sewing Fearlessly

Babylock Decorator's Choice
Babylock Quilter's Choice
Babylock Sashiko
Babylock Imagine
Babylock Coverstitch
Singer 500a "Rocketeer"
Janome 673
Elna Lotus SP
Singer 27 treadle
Singer 99

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Date: 6/5/12 10:35 AM

Don't give up yet. May be the dealer can help you with the treading.
For the coverstitch you need to follow dark blue dots, and then thread the chain looper -- the one that is closest to you, not the lower looper that you use for overloking, that one sits behind the chain looper. There are threading videos on the Viking website, that may help you to figure it out.

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Date: 6/5/12 6:20 PM

I'm pretty sure that is exactly what I did, per the manual. The dealer called and said it will be cleaned and tuned up. The serger pro had looked at the coverstitch and got it working fine after making some tension adjustments.

I think I'm going to try and sell this one and use the money towards the Babylock coverstitch. The S21 is just too high maintenance for me, I don't have that intuitive mechanical sense some sewers have. When it works, it sews beautiful stitches!

I finished 2 dresses today with the BL Imagine, and it was an absolute joy to shift from overlock to rolled hem within seconds. I called the dealer who sells both Janome and Babylock, and asked her what the real difference was between the $600-700 Janome 1000 and the $1400 Babylock cover/chainstitch. Jet-air alone didn't warrant the huge difference. Her advice was that the Coverpro does well on light to medium fabrics, but has trouble with the heavy stuff. The Janome won't last as long as the BL. Makes sense, and I have had only great experiences with BL products.

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My Years of Sewing Fearlessly

Babylock Decorator's Choice
Babylock Quilter's Choice
Babylock Sashiko
Babylock Imagine
Babylock Coverstitch
Singer 500a "Rocketeer"
Janome 673
Elna Lotus SP
Singer 27 treadle
Singer 99

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Date: 6/5/12 7:06 PM

I have BL CS and I love it. Can't imagine myself loving difficult to thread machine. BL is for me. I hope you'll find what best for you

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I'm sorry for my poor grammar. English is not my first language.

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