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Serger basics and threading

Jun 01, 2021
Hi everyone, I'm Holly from the Subway Store and today I wanted to talk to you about

serger

s. I often hear people a little weirded out about their

serger

because they're afraid to use it or they've never taken it out of the box, it seems a bit. intimidating, I hope that by the end of this video you feel much better about your serger, so be sure to subscribe to our channel for more sewing tips, tricks, and tutorials. Today I am using the Brother 37 34 t pacemaker, now the ps means pacemaker and the d means table which is really cool because not only does this machine come with an extendable table that you can slide right in, but it also comes with a drawer to store everything where you can cut the leftover scraps and what falls off of whatever. you're coming up will come in here and make cleanup really easy, which I also like about this one in particular, so when I'm looking for a serger I look for this cut here, okay, so it covers the whole meaning when I'm making sleeves or pants or Anything that is difficult to put on is actually much easier rather than just having a flat surface.
serger basics and threading
I can actually put my sleeve over here and it makes it a lot easier to search now out of the box, it has colored thread, no. They didn't just choose those colors for some random reason. The amazing thing is that it's color coded, so it actually shows you the

threading

that is numbered and goes by color, so you have your shuttles and your needles that you don't know about. What is good? Because they actually give you a stitch of the colors and you can say that the yellow one is our left needle, the red one is our right needle and then you have the green one and the blue one, there are what are called the loopers that go over the edge of the fabric, okay, now the serger is perfect for making your garments look nice, crisp and clear.
serger basics and threading

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It makes the edge have a very finished edge. A very professional looking garment with a serger actually saves a lot of time. It is much stronger than normal sewing. machine because instead of one thread you are using four, so your garments will last much longer if you have a serger, not just for making garments, you can use it for quilting and you can also use it for many decorative stitches and in fact most the sergers. They come with different feet, this one will come with a gathering foot as well as a ruffle foot and a blind hem foot, but you can get additional accessories for most overlockers, like an elastic foot or a purl foot, so look at that and see what accessories you need.
serger basics and threading
You can get your own to make your sewing even more fun, so let's talk about the parts of a serger. Okay, you've got your thread holder where when you're

threading

it goes up to keep the threads from tangling, you've got your tension and it shows you which one now I normally have four across the board. Okay, now if you want to make a rolled hem, you know you can change the settings on your serger to make it look different. Well, down here we have our width, so if I move it. You can see that the blade actually moves left and right.
serger basics and threading
Well, I'm going to keep this one at five. Five is my default setting. I know this because it's highlighted with the black box here. I have my foot up and my foot down. When you're threading it, you want to thread it with your foot up because if you see here I don't know if the camera can pick it up, but it opens and closes a tension disc there, so when it's open we want it open. so we can get our fabric into that tension disc here we have our stitch length. I'm going to keep it at 3 because that's the default setting.
Here we have what is called our differential transport. What is differential transport? Well, differential transport is the only way. explaining it is to show you that a serger has two sets of feed teeth, okay, if it's normal, if it's set to normal, they will move at exactly the same time in the same way, feeding your fabric very smoothly if you come here and change your differential feeding, it can actually wrinkle your fabric, it will gather it tight because one set of those feed teeth will move faster and when it moves faster it will gather that fabric and gather it on the other end of the spectrum, here we can go stretch, so if it is, it's going to go slower and it's actually going to pull or elongate the fabric, so if you're using stretch fabric and you want it to be nice and flat and smooth, you can change your differential feed here, but I'm going to keep it right now for the good of this video, but if you want to put together really nice fabrics, you can change your differential feed and we'll do another video on that so you can see exactly what I'm. speaking, but let's talk about threading, even if this is not the exact serger that you have, most sergers will thread the same way, from right to left, starting with our looper, we'll go up to the thread guide down here. our loopers and then we're going to go and thread our needles from the top down but we don't go all the way down for the needles, we're going to go up and through our needles yes a serger has two needles not you You don't always have to use both needles For a rolled hem, you actually take out one of the needles just because you don't need it or if you don't feel like taking out the needle, here's a trick, just don't thread it. needle and it doesn't sew, so let me set up the camera so you can see me thread it.
We won't be able to see the thread holder because I can't get that much in at once, but I'll do my best to show it to you as clearly as possible, so the first thing you need to do is make sure the needle is in the correct position. Turn the steering wheel. There's a line I'm running into. I'm going to show you. You who turn the wheel, okay, you don't want it here, you want this line to meet and I will put my needle in the correct position to thread, okay, even if this is not your serger, I'm sure your serger does the job.
Same thing first, what we're going to do is we're going to go down and I'm just going to go through the guide for this looper, even if you can't see it, it's okay because we just go through that hole at the top, it's kind of Well, it's obvious, but let's make sure we're into this tension disc and tighten it nice and tight. Now we are going to use the blue thread and follow the four blue ones. follow the blue line here and it goes five follow the blue dots that are here we're going to go to six and seven follow the line for eight now you're going to have to go through this looper down here right now not all sergers are This is easy, but bro it allows as far as you can get the number nine out and actually brings it out so you can get it into that little triangle there and this is where the tweezers would be useful because you're going to go through the hole. of that looper you're going to want a nice, crisp edge there or else I'll be fighting it, wish me luck, okay, someone had to have wished it because that happened over there and I'm just going to throw it back. okay and just leave it there to see how it goes through this hole.
I went over and through the hole. Okay, not so bad, one down. I'm going to move this behind me right now. I'm going to go up through this thread guide again. through the hole, okay, I'm doing the green one, which is our second looper. I'm going to make sure it's nice and tight here, which is four, we have five, we have six here. Now blue had both, but six only has one. then we go up to seven and we see that here eight goes through the eye of this looper, okay, so there are two loopers, an upper looper and a lower looper, eight goes through the, I mean, yeah, the green one and eight goes through this hole here, so Once again we're going to make sure we have a nice clean edge and we're going to be very careful and we're going to stick it through that hole like I said, this is where the tweezers would be very useful.
You can also rub with hair spray to make it stiff. This machine comes with a little lint brush and tweezers, but guess who left it at the store, I didn't, so let's pull that thread behind here with its blue friend so it's not so lonely. Okay, that's a bad angle. Okay, here we go, well I'm stuck down here, always check twice. I got stuck in a weird place that I didn't need to be so I'm going to toe the line yeah, five six, he's got seven to the perfect eight. so now we're going to go and do the red needle, which is the right needle.
I'm going to pull it down, but look, there's no red in this area. Okay, the red one tells us to turn immediately left, so we're going to turn left up five tells us to go to the right side here we're going to hook here and now we're going to thread the right needle actually it's on my way let me get that looper out of my way a little bit by turning the wheel and I'll make sure it has a nice clear edge, that way you'll know at home if it's not perfect or if it doesn't get you on the first try, don't worry. because I've been doing this for a while and you'll see how long it's taken me to pull the needle okay and I'm going to pull it back like the green one and the blue one the last thing that's left is the needle go down here four five tells us just go through, go to the left side, go over here just like we did with the right needle, make sure you have that nice sharp edge here and now, one needle so you know it's higher than the other, your left needle is higher than the right.
Now that's totally normal, don't think it's broken, I used to think it was broken but it's not, it's perfect, always take a piece and move on, so keep going, try to make my foot okay, always take a piece And keep going. put your foot down, make sure you sew with your foot down and there are actually lines on your overlocker to help you create the same thing. I don't know if you can tell. Yes, there are lines on the serger so you know exactly where to go. I'm going to go ahead and sew this, see what a nice job I did for everyone and I can actually take it out and cut it out and look, my edge looks just like theirs, now let's talk real quick as we talk.
About this, I'm going to put that differential transport on the steering wheel and let's see what it does well. I didn't get a big enough piece of fabric, but can you see how it was scrambled a little more? it's really cool so play with it, if you have any questions give us a call at 318-869-1739, if you're looking for a serger let us know, contact your local dealer, contact your local dealer brother because this little thing is a Powerful , can help you with whatever you need and is actually a very good price, as always, happy sewing.

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