Wednesday, August 25, 2010
It is very important to check your manual for the correct sizes and type of needle recommended for your serger. I do not suggest using sewing machine needles for your serger - EVER!!!
Some sergers require an ELx705 type needle. This is a special type and should not be substituted for any other needle type. Some Singer sergers require Singer ONLY needles. They are a different size and type and machine specific.
I have been asked that when working with knits etc. type fabric - should you use a ballpoint needle. If your serger manual indicates that there are Ballpoint needles available - then ok.
Some Pfaff sergers use schmetz needles and they do have ballpoint.
Once again - DO NOT SUBSTITUTE NEEDLE TYPES FOR YOUR SERGER.
If that information is not listed in your manual - go to the website for your serger and surf for information. Most websites have a FAQ section and you can ask an expert.
Change the needles often. Usually after a project is completed I change the needles. But if I am making a table runner and napkins - I finish what I am working on completely before I change the needles. They are cheaper than having the machine serviced. A bent needle can damage the loopers. They are very expensive to replace (which includes a labor cost). Burrs on the needles which the naked eye can't see can cause runs in the fabric or skipped stitches. If you run a section of pantyhose on the needle(s) and it catches - STOP and change the needles.