I had my first overlocker/serger many years ago so when my grand children came along I thought I should have another. When I am unable to sew, I am able to sit and look at the computer screen so when I decided to treat myself to a ‘current’ information search, I happened across a Utube presentation by Susan Nixon called ‘The Secret to Taming Your Serger’ and I pinned it for later.
So our’ SPIN the PINS’ for today is thanks to Susan Nixon and her ‘The Secret to Taming Your Serger“. It is sure to solve our Serger/overlocker Tension! During her presentation, Susan gives very clear instructions and I will be following them here:
1. I had to thread my machine using cotton colours to match the tension dials.
(Now rethreading is always good practice so I didn’t tie the threads to pull them through!!)
4. I then labelled the strips, starting at the 2″ end with the name of the dial: Lower Looper; Upper Looper; Right Needle; Left Needle and then in each of the 1.5″ areas number from 1 – 9 (like on the tension dials of my machine)
6. I started sewing and when I reached each line I turned the tension dial to match the number and so on to the end.
7. I then looked at the stitching, concentrating just on the colour being tested, and decided where it was best and marked it with an asterisk
These are the results for my machine:
Lower Looper 2
Upper Looper 8
Left needle 7
Right Needle 5
I now have a record to keep. If my tension goes crazy, I will just have to look along the samples to find a stitching match and change the appropriate tension. (great for the Mums with little helpers!!)
I would recommend you take some time to complete this exercise as either a refresher or as an introduction to each of the threads and their tension. It is a simple exercise with easy to follow instructions and it just may prove invaluable in getting the best from your overlocker/serger.
I hope you found this of value and look forward to our next SPIN the PINS!!
Until next time