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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Brother 2340 ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Brother 2340
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Date: 7/3/12 3:48 AM

Hello,
Week one with the 2340 and it sews a lovely stitch most of the time. I'm spending time experimenting after doing the evening dishes and things are lovely.

What may, or may not, be causing me to drink is.....
Wait for it.....wait for it.....wait for it.....

Removing the fabric. I've printed, studied, memorized, and internalized the great tutorials, but I appear to be a klutz.

I guess I need someone to tell me that it DOES get easier.

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Date: 7/3/12 7:16 AM

Oh, it does get easy. You chain off more thread, then you cut it with scissors, or sometimes I get lazy and cut it with the knife on the serger. But my machines, a Singer and a White, have thread cutter built in; the Singer is in the bed and is accessed by pressing a lever on the side of the machine and the White has it built into the foot lever.

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Date: 7/3/12 11:02 AM

Is this a coverstitch machine? If so, only a couple machines I know of can sew off the fabric in coverstitch, and one of them is the Babylock.

All other coverstitch machines must have fabric under the foot, and can not sew a chain off the fabric, so here's a super easy way to end the stitching:

-After you're done stitching, turn the handwheel FORWARDS to raise the needle(s) from the fabric.

-Raise the presser foot.

-Release the tensions; on some machines, tensions are released automatically when the foot is raised (ie BLCS); other machines may require you press buttons or knobs or set all tensions to zero.

-Using a thin implement, such as a point turner or long tweezers etc, swipe underneath the presser foot, from BACK to FRONT, catching the threads, and pull them towards you for several inches.

-Cut the loop of threads.

-Pull the fabric STRAIGHT BACK from under the foot, and cut the looper thread.

This will pull your top thread(s) to the bottom, saving you the work of doing so manually; get your fabric out of the machine; and set up your threads for the next round of coverstitching.

So raise the needles, raise the foot, release the tensions, swipe the loop of threads from under the foot towards you, cut the loop of threads, pull fabric straight back (away from you) and cut the looper thread. Easy!

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Date: 7/3/12 11:07 AM

And here's Debbie Cook's superb photo instructions:

Ending a coverstitch

And Sew4Fun's how to for your Brother 2340;

Brother 2340 ending a coverstitch

If you've been doing this method, where are you having problems? This method is fail-proof, as long as the handwheel is turned in the proper direction; make sure you turn it so that the needle(s) move FORWARD and are raised.
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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 7/3/12 8:32 PM

I have this machine! And I've been using it somewhat infrequently over the past few months that I've owned it.
Last week, I was using it on some knit shorts I was making - and I suddenly realized I wasn't even having to think about removing the fabric - I was just doing it.
So, in my experience, it does get better! Without even a ton of practice!

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Date: 7/4/12 1:35 AM

Sorry! I was thinking of another model.

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Date: 7/4/12 2:26 AM

I just got this machine last week and remove the fabric on it just like I did on my Pfaff combo. Raise the needles to the highest position possible and raise the presser foot.I use a thin 6 inch bamboo skewer and with my left hand insert the tip of the skewer under the presser foot behind the needle threads. With my right hand, I use my thumb and forefinger to gently move to the right and hold the tension release buttons above the needle thread tension disks and pull the needle threads forward about 4 inches with the skewer. Keeping the thread taut with the skewer, I snip through all threads just behind the skewer. Push the tension release button to the right on the looper thread tension disk, and pull the fabric straight back. Snip the looper thread. The needle threads are pulled to the back. Tie off and bury the threads. It becomes second nature. Good luck.

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Date: 7/21/12 11:56 PM

I was in the same situation as you when I got my machine. Sew4Fun has a wonderful tutorial on her blog. Have you seen it? That helped me get better at removing the fabric. I am still not great at it, but much better.

Here is the tutorial:
Removing fabric from Brother 2340C coverstitch machine

Hope it helps!

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Date: 10/31/12 9:29 PM

I bought one of these last Christmas. I used it For the second time...tonight. I was glad to find this topic.
Sandy

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Date: 10/31/12 9:51 PM

I bought one awhile ago and unfortunately I haven't used it very much, BUT since I practiced several times when I first got it and studied Sew4Fun's AWESOME tutorials, I didn't even have to re-look up how to disengage it!

It gets WAY WAY WAY easier after practice. Just follow her guide and you should be good-to-go!!

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