Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Questions 4 me

I would love to get some questions to answer. I am sure that everyone would benefit from even the simplest questions or suggestions. Let's here from U!
Maybe you want to know what pokies are and how to prevent them????

11 comments:

  1. I'm still having a bit of trouble with flatlocking, as a topstitch and for hemming, even on thinner knits.

    My stitches seem to tight to pull apart and lie flat. I have reduced the tension on the lower looper to zero with no change in the stitch at all.

    Do you have any more hints, tips or websites with pictures to recommend?

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  2. Flatlocking requires a tight tension on the lower looper- not loose. One of the reasons that the seam will not lay flat is that the needle tension is too tight. If need be - bypass any tension. Usually between 1 and zero work pretty good. The other thing is to move the knife to the right a little bit and loosen the upper looper tension to accommodate covering more of the fabric. It depends on what weight of thread you are using in the upper looper. For knits I press the wrong side of the seam (ladder stitch), sometimes I use a pressing cloth and steam. Let me know what thread you are using and what needle position - right or left?? Then perhaps I can give you more information that may help.

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  3. Ok, I'll try again. I used the left needle, as instructed by the book that came w/ the serger. I'm using maxi-lock poly thread. I had no idea the knife could move!!(other than just disabling it, I mean)

    I'm determined to make this work!!! :)

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  4. If you are using maxilock in the upper looper then you may need to loosen the tension. That thread is a little thin but it will work. What makes the stitch lay flat is that there is no tension in the needle. Those are the ladder (back side) stitches. Try it with different color threads to see which thread is not doing it's job. If you can take a picture of what your stitch looks like and post it - I can better determine what you need to do. Or you can email it to me - msmaddie@optonline.net. I have used Maxilock for flatlocking with good results. Sometimes flatlocking is used for a blind hem. Takes lots of practice but can be done.

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  5. http://mac-aroni-n-cheese.blogspot.com/2010/01/serge-licious-space-pants.html

    This is my blog entry with some pants I tried to use flatlocking for a top stitch. They're flannel. The hem was fine, but the top stitching wouldn't lie flat.

    Thanks!

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  6. Do you have any tips for serging in the round?

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  7. I always have trouble serging my shirt sides together when it comes to the sleeves. I always seem to miss a spot no matter how many times I try to go back over it. (I'm talking about when I have my sleeves already on my shirt and are serging the sides together to complete a shirt) Do you have any tips for this? The shirts that I have made so far have like 45 degree angles. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  8. The 45 degree angle is similar to serging an inside corner. See previous posts. BUT - When I get to a spot like that I always make sure that I am pushing the fabric towards the knife. The problem is that the fabric has moved away from the needles and knife - so it doesn't form a stitch. And you have to guide the fabric slowly - manipulating the sleeve so that it appears to go in a counter clockwise motion. That way it goes around the corner sharp - and catches all the fabric. Another way is to make a small cut in the corner so that the line of fabric appears to be straight. That way it may be easier for you to serge down a straight line.

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  9. My 14u 132 Singer serger sews well on single layer but missed stitches when I tried to sew on double layers. I have tried replacing needles and knives. Still skipped stitches. Please help.

    Marlar

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  10. I am not familiar with that model, but I do know that Singer sergers require special needles. Skipped stitches usually are a result of one of the following,
    incorrect size needle, needle not all the way up in the needle shaft and the screw is not tight, thread not snug in the tension disk or dial. But most of the time it is because the needle is not all the way up in position. I am going to the Singer site and look up your model. If I have any more suggestions, I will get back with you today. :-)

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  11. I went to all the Singer related sites and could not find that model 14u132. Is it a model designed for 3 thread? Please direct me to a site where I can view the machine.

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