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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Babylock Imagine Problem with thread showing at seam ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 11/29/12 0:53 AM

Whenever I try to use my imagine serger for 4 thread overlock stitch, I can see the thread at the seam. Bugs me so much that I sew the seam with a sewing machine and then finish the edge with the serger. Since the Babylock Imagine has it's thread delivery system it says I don't have to mess with tension adjustments, but I think the problem is the tension adjustment. How do I fix that? It has a tension adjustment screw but it is for the loopers. Anyone have a problem with this too?

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Date: 11/29/12 11:15 AM

Try a smaller needle in the left position and see if that will help.

If not, then take the serger and sample to the dealer and ask if it needs adjustment.

You might call first to see if you can get an appointment so you do not have to leave the machine and make two round trips for the service.

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Date: 11/29/12 11:38 AM

Make sure you have all the threads firmly in the tension discs and threaded correctly.

Be sure the needle threads are behind the clamp on the needle bar.

Be sure the dial is set at A.

Change the stitch length.

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Date: 11/30/12 1:12 AM

I double checked and on setting A loops are very loose even when I turn the fine tuning all the way to right. Sometimes I put it on B setting it looks a little tight but better than so loose.

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Date: 11/30/12 10:37 AM

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I double checked and on setting A loops are very loose even when I turn the fine tuning all the way to right. Sometimes I put it on B setting it looks a little tight but better than so loose.

I would take it to the dealer for a quick check and possibly service.
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Date: 11/30/12 12:29 PM

Yes I think that is what I will do.

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Date: 11/30/12 1:45 PM

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Yes I think that is what I will do.

Don't forget to take a sample of the stitching you are displeased with.

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Date: 12/1/12 8:21 PM

Usually tightening the needle tensions will help with thread showing at the seam. Can you not tighten the needle tensions with your Babylock because of the the auto tension system? On my Elna with the auto tensions I can still adjust tensions with the dials for all settings. Since you say that your loopers have a tension adjustment screw maybe just give a call to your dealer to see if your machine has a needle tension adjustment too. Best of luck to you. I hope you get this problem figured out..and please let us know. I am not familiar with the newest Babylock models, just the older ones.

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Date: 12/10/12 11:27 PM

I took my serger to a shop. The person explained that thread will always show more than a stitch from a sewing machine, because of the way the stitch is made. He did notice that the tension on the thread from the loopers were a little loose and will be adjusting that. He said if I really wanted to make sure that threads didn't show that I could get a coverlock? machine. I think I'll just keep doing what I'm doing.. using a straight stitch and then finishing the edge with the serger. My machine has auto tension for the left and right needle. I'm pretty spoiled really. The rolled hem looks so nice.

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Date: 12/11/12 12:38 PM

Makes no sense at all to me? How would selling you a additional coverlock only machine, make the thread show less on any of the seams, on garment seams of things that you were sewing? I think that's nuts. If you had no overlocker, in a pinch, I guess you could use the coverlock only machine to sew some garment seams in knits only instead and just cut off the seam allowance there with some sissors if you really had to. But that is not really what those are for at all.

I think the thread at the seams of a 4 thread safety stitch will always show if you pull on the seam a bit more than a sewing machine though. It kind of just has to, because the needle thread there, is making a line of stitching already within the 3 thread overlock part of the 4 thread stitch.

In order not to have that, you would need a 5 thread safety stitch from a serger instead, not a coverlock only machine at all. Or I guess you could do a three thread overlock stitch, and then do just a chain stitch next to it from a coverthread only machine, but you could also do that, with just a straight stitch from just your sewing machine too. Or just get a 5 thread overlock instead. So why I think that's a bit nuts.

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