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#116852 Sep 23

I got a Bernina (I know, not a real Bernina) serger back when they were new, probably 20 years ago? No cover stitch, model 2000D. Did real well with the classes and aced them, since I had used one for a long time before that. Life being what it is, I really didn't get to use it much, if at all after that, for a lot of years. I am now reminded how I hate their old instruction books, they are confusing. My problem now is trying to fine tune for a 3 thread rolled hem. I know which buttons to push up and down, but I don't know what up or down does, whether it is to loosen or tighten. Did that make sense? I can't find the info in the manual. I know it will do a nice rolled hem, I remember doing some ribbon that turned out real well. Anyone point me in the right direction, I don't want to have to un-thread and re-thread with different colors. It took most of the day (or 2) to get this far, LOL.



#116853 Sep 24

Loosen the upper looper tension and tighten the lower looper tension. If you're having trouble with "pokies," try using wooly nylon in the upper looper. It's a little fluffier, so it will fill in the gaps better.

You can always tie the thread ends and pull them through. You don't have to rethread every time unless you just want the practice.Lee B


#116854 Sep 24

Hi, Reeter. I found the out of print manual for your serger on the Bernina web site here: ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- to what I read in that version (which may be different than the one that came with your machine), it says that you turn the dials UP to INCREASE tension, and turn them DOWN to DECREASE tension.Do you know how to "cheat" at rethreading by tying on threads? Here's a video using an 800DL but the process is the same on any serger: ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- on to change serger thread bernina&view=detail&mid=ED01FF1B34ACEB333A15ED01FF1B34ACEB333A15&FORM=VIREYou can tie on the new thread color for the loopers as long as you're sure they are threaded correctly, but you shouldn't try to tie onto the needle thread because the knot might not fit through the eye of the needle. As a last resort, in case you can't get your stitch to look nice with your "real" thread.One thing I do know is that every fabric has its own personality when it comes to rolled hems. Some fabrics will do a fantastic 2-thread rolled hem but a hideous 3-thread rolled hem and vice versa. Some fabrics just don't want to be roll hemmed at all. Starching has helped for me in the past to get a nice rolled hem on silk shantung.Hope that helps. Good luck! I know how frustrating it can be when you're trying to make progress on your project and you hit "technical difficulties!"Rebecca Grace


#116855 Sep 24

up tightens, down loosens. I have that same serger and owned a Bernina business at that time. Taught many classes and will be able to answer your questions. We always taught to remember that just think "uptight". I still wouldn't trade it for a new one.

Joan Bloecher


#116856 Sep 24

Thank you, Joan, uptight, I can remember that since I are one!reeter


#116857 Sep 24

Thank you, but I do have the manual, it is in very good shape since it hasn't been used much, LOL. It just didn't tell me if up or down was tighten or loosen, that I saw.Thanks, reeter


#116858 Sep 24

Thanks, Lee. I do have the woolly nylon (well, polyarn from Superior) in the upper looper and I am getting some pokies. Good name for them. Now that I've been clued in as to how to tighten and loosen I will fine tune and see where that gets me with the pokies.Thanks, reeter


#116859 Sep 24

Another thing you can do is to take a topper like Sulky Solvy, cut it into strips, and lay the strips on top of the fabric. As you serge, it will roll along with the fabric and keep it from poking through. When you're finished, just tear (or rinse) it away.

Lee B.

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I am getting some pokies.


#116865 Sep 24

Aren't you sneaky, Lee! That Solvy trick works like a charm. Thanksreeter


#116867 Sep 25

In my experience, nylon (wooly or textured or whatever they call it) often works better than poly.. Also sometimes increasing the cutting width will help. Finally be sure you are trimming a little off the edge... I have also taught serger class and recently taught a client how to use the 2000 DEC (not sure of the letters but it had coverstitch.). It is a great machine. Karen in PA From: [] Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2016 1:48 PMTo: 430_440_630_640_730@yahoogroups.comSubject: [430_440_630_640_730] Re: 2000 D serger


#116868 Sep 25

You can also use plastic wrap, like saran wrap.. Most of it tears off and if the edge is covered well, it won't show even though it stays in the hem.. Karen in PA From: [] Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2016 2:45 PMTo: 430_440_630_640_730@yahoogroups.comSubject: [430_440_630_640_730] Re: 2000 D serger


#116870 Sep 25

The Polyarn I'm using is from Superior, it is like the woolly nylon. Because it is poly it can take a little more iron heat than the nylon can. I am doing napkins, enough (40) to take me several years to wear them out. Things being what they are, the kitchen laundry loads often sit in the dryer for a day or two and sometimes I have to break down and iron them. It is sure a chore, though, cutting Solvy strips for that many napkins. Only took me a year to cut out all the napkins!reeter


#116871 Sep 25

take a topper like Sulky Solvy, cut it into strips, and lay the

> strips on top of the fabric. As you serge, it will roll along with

> the fabric and keep it from poking through

Any tricks like this for preventing pokies when sewing a lettuce edge? The only topper I have is Avalon Film and AFAIK it won't stretch. Just using the differential feed to get the look I want doesn't give enough stretch/wave to the edge. I gently stretched the fabric on the one successful lettuce edge rolled hem I did.

What I still haven't tried is the different brand wooly nylon I found here. It's not really wooly nylon but is supposedly the same type thread: Mettler Seraflock.


-- Diana in Stuttgart, Germany


#116872 Sep 25

You can also get thicker threads for rolled edges that cover better - in

colors! They are like the wooly nylon but heavier (still go through the

loopers well). It's called Wooly Nylon Extra by YLI. I understand that

many of the colors are being discontinued, but here is a site that still

carries some of the colors. (I have used it and love it.)

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