There are a number of reasons you would want to have a Baby Lock products registered:
Yes. There are a couple of ways to find the accessories available for your serger:
Yes. Make sure it is a soft pliable monofilament thread. Stitch at a slow to moderate consistent speed. Use a thread net on the spool of thread (as needed) and sponge disks at the bottom to prevent thread pooling.
The cover stitch creates a double or triple row of stitching and it can be done in narrow or wide widths with the triple cover stitch. It can also be used 'upside down' for a braid-like look. It can be used for functional or decorative purposes, such as:
Decorative edges are a great place to start. They can be created with an array of threads from fine to heavy weight. Here is your general serger set-up:
Sergers equipped with differential feed have two feed dogs, one in the front and one in the back. When the differential feed is set at N the front feed dog will feed the fabric at the same rate as the back feed dog.
When the differential feed is set at a larger/higher number (1.3 to 2) the front feed dog will feed more fabric than the back . This is because the front feed dog moves a greater distance than the back feed dog. For example, when the differential feed is set at 2, the front feed dog will move twice as far as the back feed dog. In this case, the front feed dog is feeding in twice as much fabric as the back feed dog is feeding out. The result is that the fabric will be gathered. Differential feed settings from 1.3 to 2 are used for gathering and easing as well as compensating for stretch distortion of knitted fabrics or bias grainlines.
When the differential feed is set at a smaller/lower number (0.6 to 0.8) the front feed dog moves less than the back feed dog. For example, when the differential feed is set at 0.8 the front feed dog will feed 20% less than the back feed dog. This is useful for eliminating puckering on woven fabrics and stretching knit fabrics for a lettuce leaf effect.
When sewing on polar fleece, you will need to adjust the stitch length to 3-3.5 and the stitch width to 7.5mm> Loosen the pressure on the presser foot according to the instructions in the instruction manual. Set the differential feed to the lowest setting. (0.7-0.6)
The serger should be cleaned after each project is completed. If you are working on a large project that creates a lot of lint build up, you may need to clean the machine a couple of times while working on the item. You can clean the serger yourself by using an air compressor, your vacuum cleaner, or your hair dryer set on cool. Problems that can occur if a machine is not cleaned on a regular basis are: inconsistent stitching, a noisy machine, and improper feeding. Avoid these problems by making sure to clean all thread guides and brush the lint off the knives and feed dog frequently using the brush that included in the accessory pack.
There are four ways of threading your Ovation, Evolution, Imagine, or Eclipse with decorative threads. Determining the method to use depends on the weight of thread that will be used:
You can check the following things. Was the needle inserted properly? Is the needle bent or worn? Are the right and left needles threaded with the correct threads?, Was the fabric pushed or pulled through machine? Is good quality thread being used? If the problem persists take the machine to an authorized Baby Lock Dealer for service.
It sounds like your blades are out of alignment. Take the serger back to the person who changed the blades. Let them know what types of problems you've experienced since the blades were changed. Have them check the alignment of the blades. Before leaving the store with the machine, test it to make sure it is adjusted and sewing to your satisfaction.
For sewing over heavy fabrics, or when crossing seams, use the following suggestions and settings on the serger. The heavier the fabric the longer the stitch. When crossing seams make sure to use a slightly longer stitch length. Gently guide the fabric on the left-hand side of the presser foot. When sewing over extremely heavy seams, loosen the pressure on the presser foot and use a narrower stitch width 3.0 mm - 6.0 mm.
When sewing on polar fleece, you will need to adjust the stitch length 3-4. Set the stitch width at 7.5mm. Loosen the pressure on the foot according to the instruction book. Set the differential feed at the lowest setting 0.6 or 0.7. If serging a coat or top you will need to stabilize the shoulder seam. To do this, place tape into the tape sewing guide. Sew tape to shoulder seam to prevent stretching. Have fun constructing your project!
To create a spaghetti strap on a serger set it up to a narrow rolled hemstitch. Begin sewing a chain 5" to 10" longer than the length of the strap. Bring the chain around the left of the presser foot and to the front of the machine. Fold the fabric around the thread chain. Line up the fold with the left edge of the presser foot and sew. Be sure the thread chain stays within the fold. The cutting blades will trim away the excess fabric width. When the sewing is complete, pull the thread chain to turn the strap to the right side.
If you purchase a "New" Baby Lock product from an "Unauthorized Dealer" through the Internet, mail or in their store, you are no longer the original purchaser. The warranty only applies to the original purchaser when new. No "Authorized" Baby Lock retailer is allowed to sell by Internet or mail.
Check to see if your differential feed is on. If it is not supposed to be on set the differential at N.
Make sure the cutting blade is at the correct width setting.
Check upper and lower looper tension settings.
Make sure the machine is threaded properly and the threads are in the tension disks.
The only place to oil the serger is the upper looper arm where it is connected to the machine. Turn the handwheel by hand to notice where the looper moves back and forth.
Place a drop of oil at this point. Anything else the machine needs to be taken to your Baby Lock dealer for periodic maintenance.
You can use regular sewing machine thread. However, make sure you have enough thread to finish the project. Sergers use more thread than a sewing machine. You may also need to adjust the tension settings (if there are tensions) because sewing thread is heavier than serger cone thread. Also be sure to use spool caps when using a regular spool of thread.
Yes, it can be done with the Baby Lock Eclipse, Imagine, Enlighten, Evolution or Ovation serger models. Here are the general directions to set up your serger model for achieving a blanket stitch.
Settings forBaby Lock Eclipse serger:
Cut strips of fabric the length and width desired. Using a 3 thread rolled hem on your serger, serge the wire to the fabric edge.
The type of wire to use is Bridal Wire that is wrapped with white fabric. This is often found in the bridal section of craft stores or fabric stores. The fabric covering the wire gives a better appearance of coverage with the serger stitching. Be careful to keep the wire away from the cuffing blade.
Yes, use a size 14 top stitch needle to accommodate the heavy thread. You must serge slowly. This is not a fast technique.
We can only guarantee parts availability for 10 years from the last manufacture date so depends on the model, if it is still being manufactured and/or when it was last manufactured. As for manuals, only the most recent models are available in downloadable PDF format; while older model manuals may be available to purchase as black & white copies.
Probably nothing. After you rethread a broken lower looper thread, make sure the needle thread is on top of the thread plate before you start to serge again. NOTE: this does not apply to Baby Lock sergers with Jet-Air™ or ExtraordinAir™ threading because the threading order does not make a difference on these models.
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Whenever you are having a problem getting an acceptable stitch with your serger, here are some troubleshooting tips for you:
1. Change you needles. You should change your needles after every project or 10-12 hours of serging.
2. Check all threading guides or thread path to make sure the threads haven't slipped loose anywhere or twisted.
3. Check to make sure all your tensions are set correctly and that the threads are all seated in the tensions themselves. Make sure they are free from lint and excess thread.
4. Check to make sure you have the proper needle plate on your machine, or that the stitch finger is in the proper position for the stitch you are creating.
5. Choose an appropriate stitch length and width for the type of stitch you are creating as well as for the fabric you are working with. Check your manual for suggested settings.
Yes. Since these sergers use regular sewing machine needles, you can use a larger needle such as #14 to accommodate the heavier thread.
Wooly nylon is the best thread to use because of it's stretchable quality. A 4-thread overlock is best for most of your construction. You also may need to adjust the differiential feed in some areas. If you are hemming, then a 3 or 4-thread cover stitch looks very nice and is available on Baby Lock 8-threads serger models or the separate Cover Stitch model.