Serger actly sickly :(

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With the talk on Kate's post about Serge's woes, I too have a question.

I've got a White 3/4 thread, inexpensive serger (was all I could afford at
the time) and it's about 2 years old. It made a nice overlock stitch and
pretty rolled hem. I had put a thick wad of corduroy through it (I know, I
know) and it went "kerchunk". EVERYTHING locked up, choked up, and my little
serger went into arrest.

I took it to the local SM man and he got it to stitch (after alot of time)
but it will not sew a pretty stitch off the bar and it sounds like it's
barely hitting something (like misaligned). Believe me, DH and I have peared
into the bowels of this machine for long periods of time, turning the
handwheel, and trying to see what's misaligned. We can't find it.  It WILL
serge properly but will occasionally skip some stitches.  I'm still using it
regularly.  I'm not taking it back to the SM guy, because he's at a loss on
how to fix it.  I'm going to change the blades (again) and see if that
helps.

I'm concerned it's wearing something down, plus the fact that the occasional
skipped stitches irk me and it won't chain off the bar (without fabric).

Any ideas?

Cindy in WV (who's *strongly* considering investing $$$$ in a coverlock! My
birthday is in a few months!)



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CindyP wrote:
  I'm not taking it back to the SM guy, because he's at a loss on
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You really need to take it to a repair guy who knows sergers.  The local
guy who makes the rounds of fabric stores doign repairs doean't have the
skill for this.  I took my White SL34D back to him there times, the last
two with instruction book
  in hand to show him what it was SUPPOSED to sew like.
Call around for a real tech and you'll be fine. My machine does
intermittently heavy service on velvets and heavy brocades, and as long
as it is properly maintained it does all right.

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zski  stood on a soapbox and shouted to anyone who would  listen :
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what she said. I have a  baby lock that I had to show the guy how it worked,
not a good sign for an ongoing relationship with a mechanic.

penny s



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worked,

Penny, how are you?  I hope the kidney stones are/have moved on out,
and you are feeling better.  If this has been a recurring situation, I
recommend lithotripter, my DH was fine after he had it.

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BEI Design wrote:

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Ooh, have you been ill with those?  Nasty!  Have some positive waves of
'get better soon'.


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first time, they aren't moved yet, waiting on a call this am to see about
plan b

p.




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about

Penny, best of luck.  I know DH just _loved_ screening for the little
buggers.  ;-}  His turned out to be calcium based, so we had to reduce
all dairy and dark green leafy veggies, among other things.

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yep going under  this afternoon for some sort of scoping procedure.  Oh,
well, what's
s a few more days lost of things to do....


p.



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Oh,

LOL!  The "screening" I referred to was literal:  he had to use a
little sieve-like thingy to try to catch the stones if/when they come
out.  He did eventually have an IVP (Intravenous Pyelogram Radiography
(X-ray)
in order to locate exactly where in the kidneys they resided.  Later
he had lithotripter done to break them up.

I hope the scope locates the d___d things, and the docs are able to
coax them out.  Muscle relaxers, bring 'em on....

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the screen, yes.  <rolleyes> They are going to retrieve this thing today
with some sort of scope as it's lodge in the narrowest point of the uretar
down by the bladder.  I go in this afternoon.  We've been waiting asmost a
week for this thing to self extract.

penny



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today
uretar
asmost a

Self-extracting kidney stones!  ;-)  Some doc will make a fortune....

((((hugs))))
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Penny S wrote:
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Are your tonsils floating in cranberry juice?  Best of
luck with getting rid of the blasted things!  Pain meds
are good, but don't run a sewing machine if you're feeling
foggy.
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Fingers crossed!


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Penny, when I had those wretched things (many long years ago) my Dr. told me
the old German prescription for them was to "drink beer and jump rope".
Unfortunately, I do not care for beer!!!

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.

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<CindyP wrote:
A0<A0I'm not taking it back to the SM guy, because he's at a
loss on
how to fix it.
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<<You really need to take it to a repair guy who knows sergers. The
local guy who makes the rounds of fabric stores doign repairs doean't
have the skill for this. I took my White SL34D back to him there times,
the last two with instruction book
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Wendy Z =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 Chicago, IL =A0 =A0 =A0 (Moo)
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    Just a thought: have you made sure to insert new needles and new
cutting blades? They make a tremendous difference, and should have been
put in before the repairman attempted to re-align the timing.
                  Cea


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Cea said:

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cutting blades? They make a tremendous difference, and should have been
put in before the repairman attempted to re-align the timing.
                  Cea<


Yes, I changed the needles when I got it home and that helped. He changed
the blades, but I'm going to do it myself again since I've been using it
alot lately.

 He's the *only* sewing machine repairman close to me (I live in a very
rural area). It's already cost for the first repair and I don't want to
invest alot more money into a $300 serger ...especially if they can't get it
fixed. I just feel like that machine should have been able to handle the
corduroy (stitched over some bulky, thick seams). I used to have a National
serger that would sew through anything.

Cindy in WV (who's still comparing features of the latest coverlocks and
dreaming...)





Re: Serger actly sickly :(
It sounds like your little serger might be out of time. I would think
the repairman would have caught the problem though it that what is the
problem.


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On Sun, 29 Feb 2004 18:43:34 UTC, "CindyP"

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Could the lower looper be grazing one or both of the needles
when it's moving toward the left? Sometimes an improperly
adjusted needle guard will push the needle(s) into the looper
and can cause intermittent skipped stitches.

gwh

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I'll check it again, but we couldn't see it grazing anything (and we studied
it for a long time with a flashlight). I still ought to change the blades
again...that might help with the occasional skipped stitch. My husband is
traveling to Knoxville in a week. I may get Best Sewing's repairman to look
at it even though I really don't want to invest much more money in this
inexpensive little machine.

I personally am pleased with the White sergers for general sewing purposes.
This one made a nice rolled hem. I do feel like it should have been able to
handle the corduroy a little better.

Have been checking out some of the newer overlocks on the internet and
calling some shops for prices. Do any of you have any opinions on the TOL
pfaff/viking/babylock/singer sergers? I'd like to testdrive some in a few
weeks and start saving my pennies.

Cindy in WV, where the weather has been glorious



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CindyP wrote:

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Also check for a burr on the lower looper: you'll feel it catch on a thumb
nail.  A gentle smoothing with a very fine emery board or a bit of emery cloth
has been known to fix this problem...

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I'm with you there!  When I bought my old 3 thread toyota serger, the ability to
cope with corduroy and several layers of Polartec as well as an unbeatable
rolled edge was a nececity, and the machine is still going strong.  I would nOT
have sold my sister a bit of junk!  I had a hard time matching it for quality
and effort, and ended up buying the big Husqvarna 910 as being one of only two
domestic sergers I found that would match or exceed the little Toyota on these
things. The other was a Bernina.  Juki were not sold in the UK at the time, but
i hear quite good things of them.

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I have the HV 910 and a friend has the 936.  They are hard to beat.  My sewing
machine man's daughter has the Bernina TOTL one and swears it's perfect in every
way.  I can believe her!  :) You can see what my HV Huskylock does over on my
web site.  Others that I have found good (if equally expensive!) are the Bernina
ones, a nice little Frister & Rossman (not up to the volume I do), Toyota
(budget, and good value for money).

I'm not so keen on Babylock, but it's a while since I used one, (and I think
that was a budget special), I've hated the feel and quality of every Janome one
I've looked at and tried, and I don't rate Singer at all for modern machines.

If I was buying today, I'd look first at HV and Bernina, then at Juki, and
possibly after that at Toyota and Frister & Rossman for more budget end
machines.

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