Needles That Can Be Used with a Serger
Needles of sewing machine are universal and they are suitable for all home models. Serger needles unlike a sewing machine vary in size (thickness and length). There are other features of the overlock needles. In this post you find all you need to know about needles of overlock sewing machine.
Serger may has one or two needles
Overlock sewing machines may have one or two needles. Older models usually have a one needle.
All modern models of home sergers have two needles. If necessary, one needle can be removed or you can just pull out one needle thread. In both cases, serger will work with three threads.
Serger needles vary in thickness and length
In the overlocker's manual must be indicated what type of needle can be used for this model serger. You must strictly observe this requirement and use the needles that are recommended by the manufacturer.
You should know that some needles have round shank. Other needles have flat side on the shank. The serger needles can have different length. It is easy to identify with a ruler. But the shank of needle can also have a different thickness and length. This feature is difficult to determine visually.
Therefore it is necessary to replace the needle of overlock sewing machine which type and size is marked on overlock housing (or is specified in manual).
When is needed to change the serger needles
How you can to determine the moment when you need to remove old needle and set new needle? There is easiest sign - serger produces a hollow sound. This means that the needle point is blunted. Take a magnifying glass and look at the needle tip.
The needle of serger should be changed if periodically appear skipped stitches or thread breaking.
Attaching the needles must be reliable
After replacing the needle check the tightness of attaching the needle. It must be reliable. If the needle falls down during sewing, it can damage the loopers and other parts of the overlock.
Note that two needles are installed with offset.
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