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Husqverna Viking s25
Epnance
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Date: 9/13/12 11:46 AM

I have read & follow every direction on my Manuel and cannot get it to sew
I am using 3 4 thread
Does anybody have a seger like mine willing to give me a few tips?
I have never used a serger before do have a sewing machine and have not sewn since I was 21 now I am retired and thought I tried to do quilts
That's why I bought my husqlock s25

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Date: 9/13/12 3:02 PM

It looks like to me, not a wise serger to get, just remotely or such, if you have never, ever had any serger before, and never threaded any of them up, and no one even sat and helped you to learn to thread it or sewed on it with you first. And not more a self starter. And no close to you friends or neighbors like that to help you either. Just because it is computerized, 5 threads and does overlocking and cover stitch. The more complicated something is, and the more functions it's got, the harder to figure it out just at first, especially if you are left all by your lonesome on something. And have not even used any other like items at all.

Best advice I might be able to give, is threading order is really important. In most overlockers, you are pretty safe to go with or at least try, upper looper first, then lower lopper, and then inside needle, and then outside needle. Also don't even try that, until you actually have it set up, by manual dails or computer screen for the exact stitch you are trying to thread it for.

If that does not work, and you can't get it going on your own like that, (because an overlocker is much more complicated and has a lot more going on with it thread and needle wise than a sewing machine) then I think best thing to do is to actually break down, and take it to someplace that sells them and knows how to use it, and tell them you need them to sit with you and show you how to thread up and use it. If you did not buy it there, they probably will not want to do all of that for you free, but I would just ignore that, and offer them money instead, for their time and effort to get you going on it. It probably would be way worth paying someone even $50 to $150 for them to spend a little time with you and get you using it right. Especially if you have never even used any overlocker before and are totally lost on it.

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Date: 9/13/12 3:40 PM

Did you buy this serger from a dealer? If so, they will show you how to use it. Just call them and set up a class. If you didn't buy it from a dealer, you could still call your local Huskylock dealer and ask them if they will give you a class for a fee.

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Date: 9/13/12 3:48 PM

You are in luck. The Online threading guides for the Viking sergers are the greatest!

Go to the Viking sewing website. Click on Overlock Machines. At the bottom of the list (still on the left side of the screen), click on Threading Guides. It will take you to the guide for your machine.

When you get to the threading guide, play around. I felt kind of silly that it took me so long to realize that I should click on a colored thread cone to follow that color of thread through its path. And, there is another place to click that allows for changing the stitch which pulls up the right thread path for those.

Prepare yourself with a little extra work area, your machine, your manual and your computer (for the online thread guide). Also have on hand extra long tweezers, extra long needle thread, reading glasses or magnifying glass (best for me), a hot or cold beverage, and some erasers or potholders that you can use to securely tilt the machine back just a little bit.

Take your time and work through one or two or three changes for different stitches. When you have had a little practice with just a handful, set aside the time to go through every stitch change in your manual. When you actually need to use the stitches it will be less frustrating if you have already had practice setting up for them.

My BL machine came with a quick guide which I copied and laminated to keep right at the machine.

On my newer sewing machine and on my serger I have been told to only pull the threads from the bottom - not to cut the thread by the spool and pull out from the top.

If you have a dealer, stop by as often as you need to focus on particular threading setups. Take a video if it will help. Also search for YouTube videos. Simple, just google Huskylock s25 threading (or name a specific stitch).

Best wishes.

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Date: 9/14/12 5:01 PM

May I strongly suggest you get the book The Complete Serger Handbook by Chris James.

A serger manual alone is not enough to help a new serger understand all the wonderful things a serger can do. This book is super easy to understand and has many close up photos. It would be wonderful for you as you go along.

Best Wishes and happy serging!

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Date: 9/14/12 6:02 PM

Here'sa link to the threading guides: Viking site that a7yrstitch recommends.

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Date: 9/20/12 8:13 AM

Hi Epnance I have a S25 and have only had a few teething problems with mine. We are friends nowWhat do you mean by now being able to get it to sew? As others have said, the threading order is important, so make sure you follow the manual/video carefully. There is a table in the manual that shows where the needles go in for each stitch type and which colours to thread and following this is vital.
For 4 thread overlock, you need to thread the blue and green loopers first. The blue has a little gizmo that throws the thread through under the needle plate and brings it back through for threading. Maybe this is where it is going awry? Then the yellow and red through the needles. Needles should be in the far right positions. (Sorry don't have the machine or manual in front of me.) The switch to the front of the needle plate should be at N not R. I'll check back tomorrow my time, good luck. It is a great serger once you get the hang of it.
ETA - I also recommend, as the others have said, getting your dealer to take you through the basics. Also see if you can get into a basic serger class asap.
-- Edited on 9/20/12 8:16 AM --

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Date: 10/8/12 10:07 AM

One more suggestion, check your tension dials. I just got a serger (a different brand) but when I tried to sew one thread kept breaking on me and it was because all the tension dials needed to be adjusted. Once that was done I was home free. Good luck.

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Owner of a Singer Quantum XL-3400, Bernina 1530, Singer 301A, Singer 401A, Singer 15-91, Singer 99 and a Singer Spartan. Serger is a Juki MO 644D.

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