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Old 07-25-2008, 12:50 AM   #11
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Hi MEaghan!!! I am having serger issues too - I need new blades apparently.....at least I think so. I have a viking so I took it into the viking place in JA and of course it didn't act up as bad there as it does at home. I took some samples - inserts that I am going to have to sell as seconds... It does OK as long as I am only sewing 2 layers or less. But, diapers kinda need soakers, kwim!!! But, in your case, I think PP may be on to something. Something w/ your feed dog. It is almost like there is either something sharp or it isn't moving like it should and the fabric is hanging up on it. Sending wishes for a fixed soon serger your way! April

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The only other thing you might check is your needle plate. I have had needle plates crack in the past an even though it is barely visible (hair-line crack), when that foot is pressing down on the plate it causes the crack to open and grab/tear the fabric. The location of your tearing (just inside the stitched area) is exactly where I got the problem when my needle plate was cracked. Unfortunately I needed to replace the needle plate (not fixable) and it was a hard part to find for my older machine. But once it was fixed we were happy again and working great....

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The only other thing you might check is your needle plate. I have had needle plates crack in the past an even though it is barely visible (hair-line crack), when that foot is pressing down on the plate it causes the crack to open and grab/tear the fabric. The location of your tearing (just inside the stitched area) is exactly where I got the problem when my needle plate was cracked. Unfortunately I needed to replace the needle plate (not fixable) and it was a hard part to find for my older machine. But once it was fixed we were happy again and working great....

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my suggestion exactly!!!! i had similar problems and once i replaced my needle plate all was great. it was such a hard problem to figure out after changing needles, changing both blades, i finally went for the needle plate.
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:51 AM   #14
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oooh and the only place i found the plate for my machine was at sew-4-less.com (i think that's what it is).
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:24 AM   #15
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It might be that your knife blade is a little off on it's alignment. Could also be a chipped blade. Take the serger and the example of what it is doing it into a sewing repair shop and have them look the example. They can probably tell you the problem from looking at the sample of what it doing. It might be an easy fix.
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oooh and the only place i found the plate for my machine was at sew-4-less.com (i think that's what it is).
yup - I got one from there, but once they sold out I got my others from this place:
http://sewingmachine221sale.bizland....re/page87.html

and here's the main page - they have stuff for a lot more than vikings. That was my first link above since I have a viking. Here's the main page:
http://sewingmachine221sale.bizland....ore/index.html

It's on the wrong side of the stitching to be blade related IMHO. I'd definitely check that needle plate for sure.
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Do you need ball point needles on a serger for sewing knit? I have had that happen from using a regular needle on knits. But if that was the case, it seems like it would be on the top side of the fabric.



We really DO need a serger support thread!
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Check your needle plate. This is the plate that your needles go up and down into (feed dogs come through this) I had issues like this and found out that the needle in the needle plate was broken. Good luck.
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Old 07-25-2008, 05:27 PM   #19
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OK, the winners are.... all those who said the needle plate! I'm totally missing one of the pins and the other is broken!?!?!

The plate is OK (thank goodness, $82 is not really in the budget at the moment), but the pins need to be replaced.

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OK, the winners are.... all those who said the needle plate! I'm totally missing one of the pins and the other is broken!?!?!

The plate is OK (thank goodness, $82 is not really in the budget at the moment), but the pins need to be replaced.

I am glad it is fixable and not the cost of replacing the whole plate. I think I cried when I found out I had to replace mine. Those things are expensive!!!

And at least you can get back to the love part of the relationship with your serger.
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