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Tips & Techniques > Not necessary to rethread all threads on a serger if you break one

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Posted on: 11/27/11 2:41 PM
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This tip is for all of us who don't have air threading sergers. Should you break a thread on your serger or simply want to change one of the colors of your threads it is not necessary to tie on or cut and rethread all the threads like all the books and manuals tell you. All that matters is how the threads end up at the end by the presser foot.

Most serger manuals and books say you must thread a serger in this proper order: upper looper, lower looper, right needle, left needle. And manuals show you where the threads should be laying at the end by presser foot. This order is to make sure the lower looper thread is always in front of and over top of upper looper thread and needle threads under and to the left of the presser foot. Pay attention to how your threads lay around the presser foot area next time you thread your serger. Then should you break a thread, simply raise the presser foot, turn tension dial to 0 of broken thread, pull the thread tail off the stitch finger pulling them to the back, cut the formed stitches off so you can slide something under the presser foot to bring up the needle threads and lay off to the left, rethread whatever thread broke making sure looper threads are the way they should be, lower presser foot, turn tension dial back and step on the gas. Easy peasy. No rethreading everything necessary.


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AtiyaAfi said...
This is what I do, too. Since the threading order is color-coded, my grey matter said following the threading order was not necessary. (Duh!) I'm still new to serging, having FINALLY purchased one 2 years ago now - I still tend to sew the 'old fashioned' way automatically (I've been sewing since I've been little). I appreciate the review on how the threads should be in the serger once threaded - I'll keep this in mind. (This is my first PR post).
11/27/11 10:01 PM
svetlana said...
So glad you posted this. Now I can come of the closet. I do this, too. I was afraid to admit it for fear of the Serger Police. As long as the thread end up in the right positions, just no need to go back to the beginning if only changing one thread or one broke. You just have to pay attention and make sure the needle threads are pulled out of the way.
12/1/11 8:36 PM
Pj3g said...
Good job on your first post AtiyaAfi! Oh svetlana--too funny--serger police and coming out of the closet!! Funny but that's what it felt like as I was writing this tip!!! I was wondering if someone would scold me after they read it!!! And I am amazed I haven't already read this somewhere here on PR!!! Makes me wonder how many are afraid to try serging, or think they need to get a pricey high end air threading machine just because they think the machine has to be completely rethreaded always? I bet there are thousands!
12/3/11 9:15 AM
sewsmiles said...
Wonderful tip but shhh (I want to get a pricey high end air threaded machine anyway) LOL I am so looking at a Babylock Evolution!
12/5/11 5:24 PM
Pj3g said...
I hear you sewsmiles. If only money were not object......
12/15/11 8:35 AM
Sonoma33 said...
This is a GREAT tip!
3/9/12 10:56 PM
 
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