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I’ve got this awsome serger/overlock machine that I love (a Babylock Evolve, manual here: http://www.babylock.com/ftp/whitepapers/Evolve_BLE8W_InstructionRef.pdf), but I have a very basic problem: when I serge across another seam there’s too much bulk, the feed-dogs seem unable to make the fabric pass the presser foot, the fabric slips to the left and the seam ends up to the right of the fabric (= an opening in the seam).

I’ve tried adjusting the differential feed to a higher setting (which has worked to avoid the same problem at the end of a piece of fabric), which helps a bit, but it’s not enough.

Does anyone know the trick to avoid this? I’m sure there is one, but I’m really clueless and the trouble makes me sew less than I should (not good!). Help, please!!


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    Oct 11, 2011, 09.49 AMby ichigogirl

    I’d very much appreciate any help (and if Burdastyle made new topics show up under “Recent Posts” too :-)!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 10.51 AMby alice47

    I think if you reduce the pressure of the foot you will find that the fabric will feed through more easily. If you read your manual it will point out where you can do this.

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      Oct 15, 2011, 12.43 PMby ichigogirl

      Thank you! I’ll try that when I sew thick fabrics, like wool knits, great idea!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 03.37 PMby katexxxxxx

    Something else to try: cut out a ‘square notch’ round the thick bit of seam so that you don’t have to cut trough the extra bulk. It’s usually the blades that can’t cope with the thicker lumps rather than the feed dogs and presser foot.

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      Oct 15, 2011, 12.45 PMby ichigogirl

      Thanks for the tip, will definitely try it! I think it could work, but in this case it’s not the blades, it cuts the fabric fine and then the seam jumps… with less bulk it should be easier to avoid though.

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    Oct 13, 2011, 10.16 PMby patti-r

    I have a Baby Lock Evolution, similar to your machine. Kate is right about trimming to reduce the bulk and try to serge without cutting. Try basting stitch pressing, possibly spray starch if fabric permits or using a tailor clapper/board, before serging. The machine will not handle heavy weight denim or canvas overlaps easily. Print out the threading guide on last page of PDF have mine laminated and near machine.

    Sounds like both loopers are too loose, also pay attention to the stitch length and width thread tension dial, differential feed suppose to be automatic, ha ha . ( makes you play with all the other things to get the right stitch.) Check page 16 on your PDF for loopers, also make sure your blades are in alignment.

    Overlock machines are a learning curve because you have to adjust settings for different fabrics, it does get easier, make sure you test all fabrics and record the settings used for each fabric saves on hair pulling.

    If you have exhausted all efforts may be a timing issue may need it serviced.

    In my humble opinion, I really dislike my machine, would not buy one without tension or differential dials adjustments again.

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      Oct 15, 2011, 12.49 PMby ichigogirl

      Oooh, thank you! I shall keep this as a guide to my machine the next time I sew and try all your hints.

      Too bad about keeping track of all fabrics, I’ll try to do that but I’m not the most organised person so it’ll take an effort (too much on my mind). It’s probably worth a try though.

      I do regret I didn’t take the 2 hour course that was included in the purchase, now the shop has closed… :-(. Getting started initially was so easy that I couldn’t think of what to ask at the course, it took a while to realise what problem I could run into!

      I’ll check the loopers too. I had no idea they could be too loose…!

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    Oct 15, 2011, 03.29 PMby patti-r

    Your very welcome. Remember it also needs a few drops of oil occasionally. Know you will do well, have seen some of your great projects. If you Google Baby Lock Evolve or Evolution (only difference is the Evolution has extra lights) they have some tutorials and demos on the machines. Have same issue in our area with dealer shops closing, not as many sewing around here. If I can help put a message on my wall. Wish they would put a separate category for Sergers and Sewing machines.

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