Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Serging right along

So, I finally took my Kenmore 16677 serger out of the box. I sat down with a nice hot cup of echinacea tea, and broke out the handy dandy DVD tutorial that came with the machine.

I made sure I had my scrap bowl nearby (and more tea) when I finally turned the machine on. I'm thinking, this isn't so hard. Isn't threading an inexpensive serger supposed to be difficult?

Then, I pressed the foot pedal. Uh-oh. Looking at the tangled threads, I realized I must not have threaded the machine properly afterall. I became a little discouraged, but I remembered what my mother taught me when I was growing up... If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.

Good advice.

I watched the DVD of how to thread the machine a couple more times, and tried to thread it again. Success!

It really wasn't that hard. I was missing one little loop that the lower thread goes through. Once I remedied that, it serged a beautiful seam. It was my mistake. I've also found that it helps to thread it in a particular order. Lower thread, upper thread, right needle, left needle.

I must say that I am really impressed with this serger. I got it on sale for under $200. It took me about an hour to get it up and running (including the time for watching the DVDs.) Not bad at all.


Alexandra Frankel said...

Hi Melissa, I've recently stumbled across your blog. I love your posts. I also got a serger for Christmas... but I'm not having any luck threading it. It unfortunately did not come with a DVD, just a manual.Its a Janome 7034d. I think I will cave and take it back to the store we got it from and ask them for assistance. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

bustermama said...

Under $200?! That's what I've been looking for! Kenmore, is that a Sears product? I am new to serging, but have been drooling about one for a couple of years now. Sounds like the perfect starter machine for me! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

sharkstooth said...

Looks like you are enjoying your serger. My wife just received the same serger as a gift, but the DVD was missing. Do you know of a way to download this, or a way of obtaining a copy? She got the machine threaded, but would like to learn how to do the stitches, especially the blind hem. You can e-mail me at chrsdtsn@hotmail.com, if you have any ideas.
Chris in Tennessee