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Nabrooks
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Date: 3/3/13 5:56 PM

I recently brought the combo singer 5 thread serger/cover stich machine,and I find the machine very very hard to thread , I spent all day trying to thread the machine, had to take the throatplate off to thread the machine. the stiches look good on top,underside look bad, thread breaks alot. I need hepl.

Thank you inadvance

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Date: 3/3/13 6:02 PM

I had one of these and found I didn't use it as much as a regular serger. After 3 months I took it back and got full price back! Ended up getting a regular serger and have had NO regrets. I could never figure mine out either if that helps any. My dealer always made it look so easy, but it wasn't.

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Date: 3/4/13 7:24 AM

If you really want both capabilities, and easy threading, try the babylock. Spendy, but worth every penny in frustration free serging and cover stitching. IMHO.

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Date: 3/4/13 9:35 AM

I personally hated having the serger and coverstitch functions combined - change over was a pain. I ended up replacing with a plain serger and a separate coverstitch machine.

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Date: 3/4/13 10:51 AM

Oh how I wish I could run over and show you how easy it is to thread or convert this machine from overlocking to coverstitching. I feel pretty sure I know what you are doing wrong.

Inside your machine there are 3 loopers. The upper looper's eye points to the left.

The other two looper's eye's point to the right. The one closest to the upper looper (it's in the middle) is the lower looper and used for everything except coverstitching or chainstitching.

The one closest to you when sitting in front of the machine (or farthest away from the upper looper) is used for the chainstitch or coverstitching only.

Now believe it or not, both of these -- the lower looper and chain/coverstitch loopers are super easy to thread. Taking the throat plate off is not necessary. Below each of those loopers is a lever--look in your machine for the levers. The lower loopers lever is in front of the last of the red dotted thread guides. The chain/coverstitch lever is farther inside--to the left sort of under the throat plate.

Look for those levers. Put your finger behind either one and lift forward. Watch for a V shape piece of metal moving up and towards the back area of the lower looper and/or cover/chainstitch looper. That V shape is important and is what makes threading so easy.

So what you do is thread the loopers following the color coded thread guides. Make sure the presser foot is up while threading so the thread goes down into the tension guides. Thread the eye of the looper too and pull thread out to the back of the machine and hold it taunt. NOW with a tweezers grab onto the thread in front of the loopers eye and lay it behind that V shape. Pull the lever up and viola--that V hooks the thread to where it supposed to go to on the left of the looper. Easy peasy.

It's so easy to show someone but hard to explain. It's a matter of understanding there are two levers and V shapes for the lower and chain/coverstitch loopers.

On the bottom of page 19 in the manual--the last paragraph says this same thing for the red lower looper. And it's in the middle of page 21 for the chain/coverstitch looper.

I always pull my looper threads towards the back of the machine and needle threads to the left, put the presser foot down and go.

I so hope you can get this figured out because this machine is sturdy and stitches beautifully. And I'm not kidding, it really is easy. Yes Babylocks sound like heaven but not all of us have the financial means to own one.





-- Edited on 3/4/13 10:52 AM --

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