[Sewing] Update on the Serger (it's Silvana) 6-21-2012

David Stainton dstainton415 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 22 18:44:46 UTC 2012

Hi Silvana,

Thanks for working on the overlock.



On Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM, Silvana Lopez
<bravestarforlife at yahoo.com>wrote:

> Greetings everyone.  Last night I spent 4 hours working on the serger and
> now it works good!   Here's what was "wrong" with the serger
> The machine was really dirty! Dirt and Dust don't agree with this
> machine.  I cleaned the serger including between the tension disks.  The
> thread doesn't  pull well when it's battling againt all the grim within the
> disks and the tension disks don't deliver the correct tension to the thread.
> The threads were not placed correctly on the thread posts, nor were there
> any cone stabilizers underneath the thread cones.  Really big issue here.
> The threads need to come off the cone in a balanced order.  Without cone
> stabilizers, the spools wabble and don't delliver the threads into the
> machine properly - causing irratic stitching, bunching, and irregular
> stitches.
> The thread tensions were way off!  Depending on what type of fabric you're
> using, the tensions will need to be adjusted - very carefully - and in very
> small increments. Since there are size 14 needles installed,  I adjusted
> the thread tensions for medium weight to slightly heavier weight fabrics.
> All this was done after 3 hours of stitch evaluation! Yes, it took a long
> time to get it right since the tensions were soooo off.
> There was a note on serger about dull knives.  NO WAY is this possible.
> Between myself and Rachel H. we spent over $80 for the upper and lower
> blades.  They were installed about 2 weeks ago.  They cut perfectly.
> There was also a note about needles breaking.  You are not using the
> machine properly if this is happening.
> I left the serger in good, working condition.  PLEASE, if you don't know
> how to use and maintain the serger, PLEASE don't use it.
> I'm thinking about putting on a serger workshop sometime in August
> covering basic serging (stitch evaluation, working with different fabrics,
> tension adjustments, basic stitch, curved stitch, hem stitch,
> flatlocking) as well as maintenance.  The machine is powerful, you just got
> to know how to work it.
> Would love to meet for July meeting, but I'll be out of town :(  See you
> all in August.
> Silvana
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