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Serger help!

carobanano | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Ahoy fellow sewers, long time no post. (I was formerly Caro, I came to Gatherings a lot last summer.) Anyway, it’s been ages since I used my serger, and I pulled it out today to get reacquainted. The problem is after I thread it, once it starts running, the needle threads get wrapped around the lower looper. I’ve threaded it twice and this keeps happening. I’m pretty sure I’m following the directions, but something’s got to be wrong….it’s a White Superlock 1934, if that makes a difference. 🙂


Thanks to anyone who can help!



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    Thimblefingers | | #1

    Sergers can be complicated!  Here is my best advice (after years of selling and repairing many makes and models of sergers):

    1.  Unthread machine completely.

    2.  Start with upper looper thread (that's the looper that overlaps the presser foot).  Thread it first.

    3.  Then thread the lower looper (that's the one that stays under the needle plate).

    4.  Thread the machine for needle thread/s but don't thread through the needles yet.

    5.  Turn your flywheel so that the two loopers are spearated - this will just be by a teeny bit and the needles will be in a lowered position.  Pull the threads from the loopers out towards the back of the machine.  Make sure that they are separated and lay side by side - not crossed over each other and not over or under one of the loopers.

    6.  Now turn flywheel in correct direction (should be an arrow or something to show you which way to turn it) until the needles are in the highest position.  The looper threads will seat themselves in the proper place.  Now thread the needles and pull the threads under the presser foot and out the back of the machine.

    7.  Run a tail of serging before putting in your cloth.

    8.  You should be ready to sew.

    This, of course, is easier to demonstrate than describe, so hopefully this makes sense to you!

    The important thing when threading sergers, is the order you thread them.  Upper looper first, then lower looper, then needles.

    I hope this helps and you have much success with your return to sewing!!

  2. suesew | | #2

    I agree with everything Thimbllefingers wrote. A simpler version is just to make sure that when you first start to stitch the needle threads are not wrapped around any of the loopers but go directly back from the needle , under the foot. If you do this everytime it should stitch without any problems.

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