Help with ending a stitch

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Help with ending a stitch

New postby debrottum on Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:10 pm

I'm trying to make a little bag for my daughters. I'm folding it over and wanting to serger all the way around it, I've always had a problem with just running the stitch off my piece and cutting the threads without "reinforcing" them. They seem like they will ravel out. How do I fix this issue.
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I have the singer 14J334

I also get loose bubbles on the edges of the 2 pieces of together fabrics.
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Re: Help with ending a stitch

New postby MartySews2 on Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:47 pm

To end your serger stitch neatly so that it doesn't fray, carefully stitch over the previous stitching for about an inch where you started serging being careful not to cut the stitches. Then slip your finger behind the needle threads & gently walk your project off of the machine by turning the handwheel. Clip your thread & add some fray block to seal the threads. It takes a little practice to do this but it becomes easier over time. If you're getting loopies, your tensions are not properly set for the stitch & fabric that you are using. Always, change your needle too as that can make a difference. Hope this helps.
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Re: Help with ending a stitch

New postby Mom of Six on Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:43 am

OR leave a tail. Thread it in a needle & pull it back through the stitches.
I do it both ways depending on my mood.
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Re: Help with ending a stitch

New postby lendube on Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:19 am

I do what Barb does usually. The other way just doesn't look as neatly when I do it. I use a bodkin. It's a needle about 3 inches long with a large eye at either end. Comes in handy. Yeah, the loopies are just a tension thing. Tension can change with each different fabric.
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Re: Help with ending a stitch

New postby LeapFrog Libby on Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:34 pm

I have a double eyed gizmo that I ordered from Clotilde, Inc. when I ordered personal labels. I just insert it thru the stitches 1 or 2 inches from the end seam and then thread the stitches on and pull back thru. If I cannot lay my hands on it quickly, then I just use a crewel needle with a blunt point because it has a large eye and works just as well. I do use a drop of fray block on the end also.. I like the fray block so much better that fray chek.. It dries soft, not hard which is better for most of the baby and elderly things I make.
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Re: Help with ending a stitch

New postby debrottum on Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:02 pm

thank you for all your replies!!

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