Anonymous! Have you looked at how close your cutting blade is to the edge of the machine as well? I jsut got GIVEN! I am trying to serge around the edges of a single layer of organic cotton knit, so it is very thin and slightly stretchy.. My loopers don't seem to be pulling to one side, they just are both loose and baggy, not meeting at the end of the fabric. An orange knit dress sounds divine! Rethread the machine, I know it sounds crazy, but do it 4,5-? :) Thanks so much for this tutorial. Have you any idea what the problem could possibly be?!! I'm hoping your tutorial will help me get it right. :) Anyway, thank you!!! Many times they are "dumped off" with no books or documentation of any type. Thanks!! I thought I commented, but it disappeared. The lower looper threads are being pulled to the top of the fabric, as you described, but no amount of adjusting the tension will fix it. I the tension tighter the higher the number? Iā€™m new in the serger world. If the tensions look loose no matter what you do -- try double checking that the thread is for *sure* in the tension disks, and also check that your stitch finger is engaged. What number iis the tension be set at on my serger? Now it all seems much clearer. If fabric puckers, one or both threads are too tight. Great series. :) So I would definitely check out which plate you are using (find out at a local,sewing store if you aren't familiar) and go from there! I am at my wit's end.The left needle on my Brother 1034D skips stitches when serging multiple (more than 2) layers. If a looper thread can be moved easily or if it appears uneven, the looper thread is too loose. R.H. Standard serging(STD.) I'd like to congratulate you on the fine work you've done in putting together these two tutorials for the serger. Wow after all I have read, I finally understand what is the upper looper and the lower looper! I've never had a problem with this machine until now. that was the only struggle i had working out :). Distributed by Blessington Pty Ltd. Due to COVD-19 Pandemic please be aware of delays in delivery of orders. Some machines will only serge stretch fabric if going fast, others slow, can you change the speed? I have the same machine. On my machine, these are adjusted using the the same mechanism as the serger looper threads. With hundreds of machine models, manufacturers and users, it can get a little challenging. There are so many functions on my overlocker that I have yet to use. This is exactly what I needed. :). You can buy a little air compressor for $50 to $70 at places like Harbor Freight, Sears, Lowes, on sale. Palak. Have you learned anything since you made the above comment? Renee, I'm just now seeing this. Now it's just getting to grips with threading the dreaded lower looper! Try making sure you are using a regular plate and not a rolled hem plate! Start sewing, and slowly turn the tension dial for one of the threads to a lower number. Because an overlock stitch (regardless of how many threads are used) is the most commonly used stitch on our sergers, the default settings for this stitch are indicated on your machine with a small dot. I seriously hope this helps me tomorrow. I'm serging around the edges of a single layer of organic cotton knit so it's very thin and slightly stretchy.. My loopers don't seem to be pulling to one side or the other.. thank you so much for this !! My top loops are no longer going all the way below the needle stitch. i spent numourous days on end trying to set my tension (Glove m-34 so much older machine than this!) Karina, needle changes can be so annoying! Hi, your instructions are wonderfully clear and helpful - thank you so much for the effort you have obviously put into these tutorials, they have helped me when even the instruction book for my Janome EzyLock couldn't. Hope that helps! Tension should be adjusted properly when sewing with an overlocker. :). If the stitch is not correct, check for proper threading before turning the tension dial.Even if only one thread has been snagged or has slipped out of a thread guide, it can appear that the tension needs adjusting. Everything was working perfect, until half way through making the doll. Leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you!There is no word verification or log in required. They were able to order the regular plate for my machine and now all is good in the world! I just got my serger (the same one as you) and am trying to make a swaddle blanket out of jersey. Adjust too tight threads first as they may cause the other threads to seem loose even when they are not. It threads everything for you, and it chooses the right stitch settings automatically. Finding the right tension setting on a serger can be complicated ā€“ especially for beginners. Hopefully I'll be able to tackle my first Serger project. I'm not familiar with that machine, but I would check out this link on adjusting serger timing: http://bangerlm.blogspot.com/2007/01/do-it-yourself-serger-repair-how-to.htmlIt looks like it could be just what you need. Every looks the way it should, string are in place correctly, making a chain, but NOT attaching to the material? Standard serging with 2, 3 or 4 threads Lower looper pre-tension setting slider Rolled hemming(R.H.) Rolled hemming with 2 or 3 threads STD. Great lay-out, professional but friendly also. I am going to start over again tomorrow with this in front of me. If fabric puckers, one or both threads are too tight. When needle tensions are correctly adjusted, the threads rest smoothly on the top and are slightly visible on the underside. When the overlocker stitch has poor tension, only one thread may need adjustment. I hope this helps (for your serger's sake!). (Position is right; no pulling or misplacement). I finally got everything worked out again and fell in love once more. The needles will be uneven -- if you look closely at the title picture in this post: http://www.makeithandmade.com/2012/08/threading-your-serger-or-overlocker.html, you'll see that the needles are ever so slightly uneven. After looking at your pictures I was able to tweak my settings, and I fixed that serger. I did an overlocker course a few years ago and the instructor said that with most Janome's for a basic setting just have all your settings on 4 (upper/lower loopers and needles). Another thank you. I wish I could help you-- it is tempting to tinker with our machines, but I try to stay clear of the timing. My lower looper thread is always loose and loopy. As you sew, examine the stitches to see the change in tension. Melody, I always start with a setting of 4 on all threads for a balanced stitch and tweak from there. If threads lock on the underside of the fabric, either the lower looper threads are too tight, pulling to the underside, or the upper looper threads are too loose, spilling over the edge. I have an old serger that I haven't used for years and the tension is way out. Thanks for making it more understandable. What a wonderful sentiment-- you are right, we should all remember to have fun experimenting with our sergers! You've made it look easy. However, doesn't solve my issue....... Maybe you can help? I have read and re read the manual and Brother couldn't explain it as well and clear as you did! Thank you so much for a really easy to understand tutorial, I too have a Toyota 4 thread with diff feed and have found the manual so hard to comprehend resulting in me using the machine far less than it deserves in the 5 years I've owned it, with your great illustrations there will be nothing to stop me from today on xxx. Your series is sooooo helpful! 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