Serger issue - unwanted flatlocking! - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
Thread Tools
#1 of 3 Old 07-28-2010, 08:44 PM - Thread Starter
vepoppins's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hello, everyone! I'm here to pick your brains on that bane of the sewing world for beginners - the serger.

I've been using mine for most of the summer; figured out how to thread it, made lots of lovely, sturdy dresses, etc. However, a wrench was thrown into the works today when I attempted to change threads. The new thread is the exact same cotton as the previous thread I'd been using. I followed the instructions on how to rethread the machine, but snaffued when I rethreaded the needle. I pulled the threads through and completely rethreaded the machine, but when I began sewing again, instead of its normal stitching, I was able to pull apart the two pieces I'd just sewn together. I think this is either the same as or very similar to flatlocking - trouble is, I'm going for a sturdy stitch, not an embellishment!

Since the initial discovery, I've rethreaded the machine and fiddled with the tension for at least two hours, and there's been no change in the machine output. I'm using only one needle (the left), and it worked splendidly earlier this summer.

So - anyone have any ideas? I'm absolutely open to hearing them!
vepoppins is offline  
#2 of 3 Old 07-28-2010, 09:11 PM - Thread Starter
vepoppins's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Never mind! After more fiddling, I got it working again. The secret, if anyone has the same problem I did, is to make sure your needle thread is securely between the tension disks!

See? Simple like the boogaloo.
vepoppins is offline  
#3 of 3 Old 07-29-2010, 01:43 AM's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 1,393
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i'm glad you solved it. stuff like that has happened to me lots of times. i thought i broke my new serger recently because all of sudden the rolled hem was making a nasty mess, when it had always been beautiful before.
finally figured out i had forgotten to change the stitch length to R. lol

i always use the right needle only when using 3 threads.

Mama to 3 boys is offline  

Quick Reply
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off