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Date: 4/21/05 8:41 AM

I have a Babylock Coverstitch machine. Thanks to Debbie Cook's tutoring, my finished stitches don't unravel.

I am wondering about the tension dials, in particular the one for the looper. If you own this machine, could you check yours for me?

Is the dial for the looper looser than the ones for the needles? Is yours typically set at 1 or 2, as suggested in the manual, or is that a typo? (I'm thinking it must be a typo because the dial goes up to 9.)

My knob is noticably looser and I don't get anything resembling a balanced stitch until 6. Even then I have trouble. (I bought a Babylock Imagine serger so I wouldn't have to deal with tension headaches because I'm not very mechanically inclined.)

You are probably wondering why I don't just take it back to my dealer. He's a nice guy but I've heard some horror stories where repairs are concerned. I bought the machine rather than the dealer, and this is one time that I'm not so happy with my decision.

Thanks for your input.

Victoria

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Date: 4/21/05 9:29 AM

I keep my looper tensions around 1-2 for when using regular thread. I had problems initially because my needle threads were not really caught in the tension dials. You should "floss" the needle thread through the dials to make sure it has engaged.

I still haven't been able to get the needle threads at the underside to secure the stitching so you are ahead of me there.

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Date: 4/22/05 12:41 PM

I'm getting ready to go pick up my new BL Coverstitch Machine I'm buying the floor model which is $200.00 less than a new one. The dealer says that is has a full, new machine warranty.

My question is about setting the tensions. I was in the store last Saturday and played with this machine for a while. I had trouble getting the tension right when sewing on slinky knit. I was able to adjust it correctly for a woven fabric.

Now I'm wondering if I should get a new machine or continue with the floor model. I love my dealer and have bought 4 machines and a vacuum from her in the last couple of years, so no problem there.

Are the tensions difficule to adjust? Is there a learning curve?

I have the Evolve and love it. I wanted a dedicated CS machine because even though it is easy to change, I just don't like doing it.

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Date: 4/22/05 2:45 PM

The looper is normally supposed to be in the 1-2 range and the needles in the 4-6 range. This, of course, is just a guideline, not a rule. And, depending on fabric, stitch length and differential settings will have an effect on stitch quality too.

Also, you should always use the thread nets that come with the machine.

Sue, did you ever see the hint I posted about ending the coverstitch so the threads are secure without manually pulling the needle threads under?

Here's my "boilerplate" answer:

You stop sewing, raise the presser foot & release the tensions, turn the handwheel to put the needles at their highest point and, using the needle "screwdriver" (Allen wrench), or similar skinny tool, you hook the needle threads, swooping from under the rear of the presser foot, pull them towards you about 4 inches and cut through the loops. Then remove your work *straight* to the back. This method pulls your needle threads to the wrong side for you. Finally snip the looper thread, leaving a long tail so it's ready for the next project.


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Date: 4/22/05 5:41 PM

Thanks Debbie,

I adjusted as you indicated and all is well! This is such a cool machine

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Date: 4/22/05 6:15 PM

Debbie -- thanks for posting your tip about securing the threads again. I searched the site for half an hour the night I brought my Babylock CS machine home looking for this technique (I did remember seeing it somewhere) and never found it. I played with the machine for hours and ended up with the looper tension working best on 6. It sounds like I better go play some more to make sure I've got the thread fully engaged in the tension disks. I did have trouble with the tension until I remembered to try the nets. That helped a lot.

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Date: 4/23/05 2:54 AM

You're both welcome.

I am SO loving my machine today. I traced a RTW camisole, cut it out and sewed it in about 45 minutes total. The sideseams were done on my serger, but the straps and necklines were 3/8" binding done on the CS with a binding attachment. I don't think I'll ever buy another RTW cami again.

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Date: 4/23/05 9:42 PM

Debbie, thanks for your suggestion to *always* use the thread nets. I've never used the thread nets, so that could be the problem.

Would you mind checking your looper tension dial and seeing if it is looser than the others?

Victoria

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Date: 4/23/05 10:28 PM

Victoria,

My looper tension is *always* set lower than my needles.

My usual set up is that my needles are in the 4.5-7 range and the looper is 1-2, unless I've got wooly nylon in the looper and then it's set at 0.

If you have to dial up your looper tension that much, I'm guessing your needle threads aren't seated in the tension disks properly. You need to really pull the thread into the needle tensions until you feel an almost click-like action.

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Date: 4/27/05 9:10 AM

Thanks *again* Debbie for your help. The suggestion of always using serger nets was a good one. They definitely made a difference. I think my tension disk must be floppier than everyone else's because I need the tension on 6 - even with vigorous flossing.

Thanks everyone for reading and responding. Happy coverstitching!

Victoria

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