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Need help with new Serger

blingy | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I just bought the Huskylock 936 and now I need to know how to use it.  I also bought the work book but that just shows how to set it up, what I need to know is under what conditions do you use which stitch for?  So far all I have used is the 4 thread overlock.  I want to make a simple, oversized kind of t-shirty thing.  Do I use the 4 thread overlock or the 3 thread or which one?  I haven’t worked out the cover stitch yet but I think that is for hemming.  Is this right?  Please, anyone with experience in all these different stitches could shed some light I would be truly grateful!  Thanks!




  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    Congratulations!  I have the same machine and love it!  For a T-shirt, I prefer the 4 thread overlock, use ballpoint needles, if you're ready to dive into needle changing.  If not, the universal will probably be ok for now.  Set the machine for knit fabric medium.  Practice on a scrap to get a balanced stitch where the upper looper threads lay on top/the lower looper threads lay on the bottom. 

     You can use the 3 thread overlock for seaming, but the 4 thread is a stronger stretchy stitch, the 5 thread safety stitch is even stronger but I rarely use it. 

    The less thread/the less bulk in the seams.  So with finer fabrics, you may prefer to edge finish the seams with a two thread serge and do the seams on a sewing machine.  It becomes a personal preference in the end. 

    As far as what each of the stitches are used for, it varies.  Believe me, the Coverstitches and rolled hem stitches aren't just for hemming! 

    Take your time and learn as you go.  There is too much to remember in the beginning.  I am happy to help as much as you want. 

    Yahoo has a Huskylock 936 group if you're interested.  Mary

    Some people set thier sergers for 3 thread overlock and that's all they use.  I don't agree with this, but then, I really love to serge!  These machines are amazing and can do just about everything!  Mary

    Edited 11/16/2007 7:34 pm by MaryinColorado

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      blingy | | #2

      Thanks for the info Mary.  I will check out the Yahoo site.  I never realized there would be a group just for a particular serger.

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