Singer Serger help

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I bought a used serger (14U85) off of Craigslist and got it Thursday.
It worked yesterday. Then, I tried to disable the cutting thing
yesterday, and now I think I may have messed up the timing.  When I
put the cutting blade back it either doesn't move (and therefore
doesn't cut) or it takes about 3 stitches and then grrrrrs like it's
caught.  If I move the cutter thing to the back where its' supposed to
go when it's disabled, it grrrrs again.

I'd so so love any advice.

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I'm not familiar with this serger but have you tried turning the hand
wheel and watching to see if you can figure out why it's not working?
One of my sergers is very picky about having the blades lined up and
meshing correctly.

I'm sure someone will come along who will be able to help you more than
I can.

Judie

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I'm wondering if the knife isn't getting 'set' all the way when you
reposition it. Did you get the manual with it?

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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

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It really sounds to me like the blades are misaligned and hitting.  That
will stop it from serging properly.  Recheck that you have the top blade
exactly where it's supposed to be.

HTH

Sharon
--
Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.

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Thanks. I'll start with that, I was thinking that but afraid to loosen
the screw and mess it up more.

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<I'm not familiar with this serger but have you tried turning the hand
<wheel and watching to see if you can figure out why it's not working?
<One of my sergers is very picky about having the blades lined up and
<meshing correctly.

Yeah, I've tried that and different things get caught at different
times.  I'll see if I can figure out what to call what if it's still
doing it after I mess with the blades.


Thanks for your help~


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Looked at it more- the moving blade for sure has issues, but with that
disengaged the rt and lt lopers are also grazing and catching on
eachother.  I wish my instruction book had more instructions, they
don't even mention adjusting any of these things

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You've got a timing problem, then, which means a trip to the serger doc.
Serger timing is a bit trickier than sewing machine timing, alas.

Kay


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Bummer.  Any tips on how not to mess up the timing? I'm sure I did it,
but I only used it for about an hour the other day.

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More likely you knocked one or both the loopers out of alignment when you
jammed it up. Timing is very hard to disrupt on a serger. I have been
repairing for 30 years and maybe a half dozen times needed to reset timing.
Never the less sergers are tricky beasts and it is in your best interest to
have it serviced professionally, A good repair shop will also be willing to
give you some brief lessons, threading etc.
If you do not have a manual, beg borrow or steal one.

--
Ron Anderson A1 Sewing Machine
18 Dingman Rd Sand Lake, NY 12153
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Okay.  I'm rather broke, so I'm going to see if I can mess with the
loopers myself a little bit.

<I'm wondering if the knife isn't getting 'set' all the way when you
<reposition it. Did you get the manual with it?

I'm thinking that too. Actually, I think I didn't 'set' it all the way
back when I was trying to move it to the rear, and I'm pretty sure I
turned a screw that was an adjustment thinking that put it in disabled
mode.

Manual is totally unhelpful.  It shows what it's supposed to look like
when it's correct (the two knives that is) but doesn't say anything
about adjusting them so that they are correct.

I really appreciate everyone's help!

Cara


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I have another update, we got it to sew again.  The only problem now
is that when the cutter is down (engaged) the right looper hits it
when it's on it's way around, moving clockwise.  As long as the cutter
is back it's fine.

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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:
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Then you still have a major problem.  A serger which cannot
trim off excess as it sews is mostly worthless.

Beverly



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LOL, thanks.

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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but really, a serger has
to have a working cutter.  If you are in Ron Anderson's
area, I highly recommend him for service.

Beverly



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I know, I was just kinda hoping someone would say 'okay, if you have
this and not that working, do this :) ' I know I need the cutter, at's
why I bought the thing :) Though serging even without the cutter is
way faster than trying to do an overlock stitch on my regular
machine.

Ron Anderson sounds really knowledgeable, but unfortunately I live in
Montana. Going to see who knows about machines here.

:)
Cara

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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:
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Good luck.  Try to get recommendations from friends and/or
other sewists, perhaps ask at your local fabric store(s).
*Real* repairmen/women are very rare.

I don't know if it would help you (there does not seem to be
anyone in Montana listed), but you might search for a
professional in Idaho, Wyoming or the Dakotas on the
Association of Sewing and Design Professionals site and ask
where they have their equipment repairs done:
<http://www.paccprofessionals.org/site/index.php?option=com_sobi2&sobi2Task=search&Itemid=&sobi2Search =*&search=Search&searchphrase=any&field_federal_state=ID>

Beverly



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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:
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I sympathize.  I drive to California for service when I need it.
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Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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Who services you in CA?  <smirk>

Beverly



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BEI Design wrote:
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*cough*  For sewing machines, I go to a place in Grass Valley.  Creative
Machine Arts.  Nice little shop, good mechanic.  Penny Ragland is the
owner.  She used to sell knitting machines, too.
--
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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Pogonip wrote:
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<Best innocent look> Oh, I misunderstood when you wrote "I
drive to California for service when I need it."  I thought
you had a special fellow...

Well, never mind, I'm so glad you cleared that up.  ;->

Beverly



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