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I feel really silly asking this question as after many looks all over the internet it doesnt seem to have been asked before. I have just got a new serger and it is all threaded up and ready to go….. so now what do i do? Where do I line the fabric up, my knife seems to be before the feeding teeth so the fabric wont go through and when I try to push it through all the threads get tangled. I found lots of tutorials on how to thread a serger but not what to do after, can someone please help?!?!?
Many thanks


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    Oct 27, 2010, 10.22 AMby katexxxxxx

    Look carefully… The feed dogs start just before the knives to the left of them. The long presser foot covers them.

    To start, thread up and make a chain to ensure the threads are flowing and knitting correctly. Lift the toe of the presser foot and pop the edge of the fabric under it. Let the machine feed the fabric, never try to push it.

    On thicker fabrics, LIFT the presser foot and turn the handwheel towards you until the knives are fully open. Place the fabric under the foot and between the knife blades so it just touches the back of the blades… Lower the presser foot and start sewing.

    Never push or pull the fabric through the machine. That way lies broken needles and damaged cloth.

    Which serger do you have? These instructions should be in the owner’s manual.

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      Oct 30, 2010, 07.14 PMby emilyhale

      Thanks for the advice, I have the easylife overlocker genie. The instructions are useless and seem to have been written in another language then translated badly, the sentences dont make sense. I will try your advice.

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    Aug 14, 2012, 10.24 AMby piackdy

    As another serger beginner I had the same questions as you do. I was trying to do a 2-thread overlock and couldn’t figure out what to do with the extra threads and needle. And when I start serging, the threads got all tangled up.

    Then I realized what I did wrong: I forgot to lower the presser feet. And yes I did have to unthread the extra threads, and I probably should also remove the extra needle (to avoid unnecessary extra holes). Faced with such complicated looking beast my brain just turn into mush and my years of sewing experience just flew out the window. Time to bite the bullet and learn how to thread the Bernina 1150MDA I guess!

    What I really want is a really basic reference book. Even more basic than the two I have (Serger Secrets and Ultimate Server Answer Guide).

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      Aug 14, 2012, 11.33 AMby katexxxxxx

      The 1150MDA is REALLY easy to thread.

      And yes, for decent results, take out the extra threads and the extra needle.

      For books, I really like Complete Serger Handbook by Chris James for general instructions and fault bashing.

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