Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Threading the Loopers
I get a lot of comments about how people are feared of threading the lower looper. Of course once you do it a few times you really get the hang of it.
First of all RELAX, then look at the colored thread guides. Because the looper looks left handed it seems strange or awkward. Actually if you at first go slow and follow the sequence of the guides as indicated in the manual it gets easier. Do it a few times before you move on to the next position.
Some sergers you thread the lower looper first, some the upper looper first. Never have the needles threaded FIRST! They are last for all 4 thread sergers. Reason being is that they form stitches as soon as the serger is in motion. (Just turning the handwheel will get them started.)
You will know that the loopers are thread correctly if the lower looper thread slides off the point of the upper looper smoothly as you turn the handwheel. (The lower looper slides off the "V" part or neck of the upper looper.)
If you have trouble threading the lower looper you can use a floss threader (earlier post) or a serger threader (notion available at sewing machine stores)to easily reach some of the thread guides.
This will be one of the first videos that I will be posting in the near future. But if you need help - please let me know.