Overlock Sewing Machine Manual – Facts To Be Aware Of

Lizzie asks…

What is a Necchi sewing machine/serger with a side cutter attachment?

My friend just gave me a sewing machine. It’s a Necchi 3537. I can’t find much info on it with google. It says that it serges. It comes with a separate side cutter in a box. I can’t figure out if it’s as great as having an actual serger, or if this is just a regular sewing machine with some overlock stiches. Big deal, my brother has about 70 stitches including overlock. I can’t tell what year this machine is. Here’s a link to the machine that I have. I basically what to know if this is a special serger, or just a regular old sewing machine with some stupid side cutter, whatever that is. What is a side cutter? Have you tried one? I’m confused.



admin answers:

A side cutter was an attachment developed to trim seams like a serger does, but uses the sewing machine “overlock” stitches. These lack the elasticity of a real overlocked seam.

IME, side cutters never work well for long. Sounds like a good idea, sort of like automatic needle threaders….

Laura asks…

How can I repair my Viking Husqvarna sewing machine Model 230 Electronic myself?

Normally, it runs very smoothly, but when it’s down, it’s always for the same issue and costs me $80 each time I take it in to be serviced. As I begin to sew, the needle tip will pull to the right slightly, catching the thread and fabric so tightly that I must yank it free, breaking the threads. It does this most often after I’ve been using an overlock type of stitch on a heavier fabric such as fleece or terry. I only use mettler metrosene or gutermann; this machine has never seen a cheap thread. I no longer have the manual. Any ideas or suggestions?

<<<Thanks everyone…I ended up taking the front and back covers completely off the machine and there was some thread wound around the very bottom lower metal gear underneath the bobbin assembly area that I managed to pick out with tweezers and flashlight…(not to mention a lot of lint and stuff)…lol It seems to be okay for now…:)>>>

admin answers:

How are you starting your seams? Do you hang on to the thread ends for the first few stitches? Do you start and end the seam with the needle fully up and the takeup lever also up? (Sorry, I don’t know this machine — but most of the newer Vikings automatically go to needle and takeup lever up when stopped — if this is an older machine, does it do so automatically?) (I’m wondering if the timing is off just enough to start a thread jam…)

What happens if you switch the machine fully off after using the overedge stitch and then turn it back on?

Are you using the correct needle (and newish!) for your overedge stitching on heavy fabrics? The right needle makes a lot of difference in the amount of force required to get it through the fabric.

Are you cleaning your machine well and often when working on linty or fuzzy fabrics? Are you using a vacuum, or compressed air (which tends to blow the lint in further instead of getting it out).

How long between sewing sessions? I find most machines seem to be happiest if I run them through their stitch repertoire for at least a few minutes every month — I suspect the sintered bronze bearings need it.

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