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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > serger crochet with babylock evolve? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 8/9/13 10:22 PM

I just bought a new to me babylock evolve for $800 ( which i think was a good price at least i hope it was)

anyways I'm playing around with it right now - the rolled hem is amazing with a 40 wt rayon embroidery thread in the upper looper. has anyone used size 10 crochet thread in the upper looper - how do i thread it - and what about wooly nylon - because of the jet air threading how do i do it?

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Date: 8/9/13 10:48 PM

I got one and have made serger crochet looking stuff and edgings with it. I liked that rayon pearl crochet stuff, not cotton, just since it was shiny and flexibile and matched color wise to something I was making. I put a crochet look edging on the top drawstring casing of a peasant blouse that way.

For that I did not even use any clear stabilizer at all. I just ran my either matching serger thead in the bottom looper and needle (or maybe I really used matching color rayon embroidery thread), and the pearl in the upper looper, on a 3 thread overlock and that worked out nice. To do that, first pass I overlocked the top finished edge, knives down, and let it hang off that edge a bit. Second pass I just caught the leading edge of that and no fabric under there, still worked fine and did another pass, I think for that one I did maybe 3 or 4 passes. So you don't need your thicker stuff in all loopers at all either. I think one is enough. If you play around with your differential feed, you can even make it all ruffly looking.

The only thing I would worry about is that whatever you use, does have to flow through there very easy. If it did not, and too thick or tight, then I do think you could snap a looper off. So the top looper is the best place for thickest stuff. But test first even just by pulling it though gently all by hand and make sure it's not too thick.

If I wanted to make something kind of crochet looking, all by it's self but not even attached on any base fabric at all, then I would just draw a shape on some clear wash a way stabilizer and then just over lock into that instead, and you could just keep putting more and more under there, with more slightly overlapping rows sewn, to make anything shaped about any shape you would want.

I don't use woolly nylon much , but you could probably put a bit of thread check on the end of it, make sure it's really dry, and then send it though there. Also mine came with the wires to feed up the tubes in case I wanted to do that, to pull some other thread down. Another thing you could do, tabout the same, is just send some thread through there, even even folded over and doubled in half, then use that as sort of a "cradle" to pull the other thread down if you wanted to.


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Date: 8/10/13 0:09 AM

Use a thread cradlle or the looper threader tool and by-passing the threading port. A looper threader tool came originally with your Evolve, a loop of wire. If you don't have one, your dealer can order one for you or may have spares on hand. Or just make a thread cradle.

The manual explains both on page 78-79.

A thread cradle is super simple...thread the specialty thread in the upper guides per usual. Do NOT put into the threading port.

Take a 24" length of regular serger thread and fold in half. Insert the TWO ENDS of the regular serger thread into the threading port, and hold onto the loop end. Hit the button to thread and the two loose ends will pop out of the looper, with the loop of the thread still on the other side of the machine and in your hand.

Now just pass a few inches of your specialty thread into the regular serger thread loop and pull the two loose ends of the regular serger thread which will pull your specialty thread through the looper for you. Voila!

And CONGRATS on an awesome machine at an awesome price!!!
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Date: 8/10/13 2:36 AM

thanks ladies!

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Date: 8/10/13 4:17 AM

My thin flexible metal threader is still in the packaging. The Thread Cradle technique is simpler, never fail, fast and easy. Works with wooly nylon and thicker pearl cotton.
I hit the air threader holes with canned air every so often and never had a clog.

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