I received a serging sewing machine for Mother's Day and I finally took it out to use. The tension is all goofed up and the instruction book's tips are not helping. The stitches are all loopy like is was crocheted instead of serged. Has anyone else found a solution to adjusting tension on a serger?
Judy from Winfield, IL
I suggest that you first go to the place you purchased it from and have them help you. My store gave free classes with the purchase of any new machine. If you have no luck you can always contact the Better Business Bureau.
Also there are other books on sergers, however your book that came with the machine should be all you need. Are you changing all the tensions or one at a time? The side that's loopy needs to be tightened. I hope this has helped some. Judy (09/12/2006)
My serger is set on 4 all the way across. I hope that helps. (09/13/2006)
Look at all your threads, one by one. Check to see if each is totally in the disk at the top. Be sure all threads are threaded in their proper places. Is the needle new? Are all threads of the same weight? These are things you can try. I have 4 sergers and they all give me trouble from time to time. With lots of patience I am able to get them working.
Loopy stitches mean it's too loose. But the stitches will be loopy by themselves (no fabric). Is your machine new? Have you checked the FAQ in the book? On the website of the make of machine? There are lots of things you can try, but I understand your frustration. (09/13/2006)
I've had to check the website of the serger's manufacturer for their online instruction manual. They are usually more complete than the manual that comes with the serger. I recently bought a 5 thread Singer serger and I was having a very difficult time threading it. The online manual was a life saver. (09/28/2008)
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