This is a little 'bonus tutorial' in our serger series.
We've all been there with our sergers-- it's late at night, you are tired, and you just need to finish that last seam on you serger. And then, your lower looper thread breaks. You know, the looper that you hate to thread!
It's so tempting to to try and rethread only that looper instead of redoing everything. So you do. The serger seems to work at first, but after a few stitches, all you have is a tangled mess.
Why does this happen? How does it know that it was threaded out of order? Click to go to the Threading Serger Out of Order Tutorial!
The first time that those needs dip below the throat plate of the serger, the needle threads become wrapped around the stitch fingers. Here's a picture of the needle threads after I've turned the hand wheel all the way around. (this serger is the Brother 1034D, although this tutorial will work no matter which brand you use)
See how those threads are sucked into the throat plate? If you thread your lower looper after that, the lower looper thread will keep breaking;
Here's the solution:
Sweep your needle threads out of the way before and after threading your lower looper.
Run a pin or use your tweezers to get those threads free of the throat plate.
Then thread your loopers as usual; making sure that your lower looper thread goes over your upper looper thread. You can reference the Serger Threading post if you need help with this part.
Since you'll have to turn your hand wheel to thread the lower looper, double check to make sure those needle threads are free. If not, use your tweezers or toothpick to sweep them out of the way again before serging!
And you are ready to go-- all without rethreading your needles!
I'll meet you back here on Wednesday for the next post in our Relationship Rescue: You and Your Serger post. If you have any questions, or need any help please leave a comment below, or email me using the contact page.
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