I have a new grand-daughter and I thought I would make her some really cute clothes The best way to make durable clothes for kids is to use a serger. The multithread sewing ensures that seams stay together with kids moving in 50 different directions all day long.
The easy threading process makes serging not so scary. Any Janome serger has clear diagrams on the machine, usually behind the looper cover, to help with threading, but the Top-of-the-Line model, Janome AT2000D air thread serger is the fastest and simplest to thread.
The time-saving air-threading engineering makes threading the serger enjoyable, and actually fun to do. To see the process in action, check out this Janome HQ Instagram LIVE presentation, which has also been uploaded to the Janome HQ You Tube channel.
Even the beginner/entry-level Janome Magnolia 7034D has many helpful features which make threading easier. Each tension control knob is colour-coded, which is especially useful when you’re new to serging and need help identifying which thread tension to adjust.
Those same colours are continued down in the threading diagram behind the lower looper cover. You’ll see the clear pathways of the Lower Loop (#1 far right), Upper Looper (#2 right), Right Needle (#3) and Left Needle (#4 far left). Detailed instructions are also available in the instruction manual accompanying the machine.
The Janome Four DLB Serger is a good mid-level serger with lay-in tensions and the same easy to follow colour-coded threading system. While some may suggest threading the Upper Looper first, most instruction manuals demonstrate threading from right to left, starting with the Lower Looper at the far right.
To help make threading even faster and easier, every Janome serger, with the exception of the Janome AT2000D, comes threaded with 4 small cones of white thread. To save time, you can do as the sewists in the garment industry do and just clip the threads close to the cone and tie on the new thread. Be sure the presser foot is raised to pull the thread through the tensions. You’ll have to trim the knot before threading the needles.
To make threading the needles easier, the Janome AT2000D serger has a built-in needle threader for both the right and left needle. For all other sergers, Janome has a manual needle threader available in a blister pack from your Janome Dealer.
It’s also included in the Janome FA4 free-arm serger and conveniently clips into the lower looper cover for easy storage.
I love using the Madeira serging threads, Aerolock and Aeroflock, which are both polyester. The Madeira Aerolock thread is 2ply, so it’s a thinner, less bulky thread, which is what you want to use in the serger since you’ll use more threads to create and finish the seam. The Madeira Aeroflock has a fluffy texture you’ll use in the loopers as it provides great coverage for rolled hems, and is soft to use for kids clothes and lingerie. Both threads come in a variety of colours so check with your Janome Canada dealer for the sizes and colours available.
Check out the Janome HQ You Tube channel for more tips and tricks for threading, and what types of threads to use in your serger.