Seems like just about everyone that has a serger has a Brother 1034D. I've spent the last few weeks trying to get to know my serger a bit better. Last night I finally figured out the best settings to use with the Gathering Foot which was included with the serger. I've been sewing lots of dresses with ruffles lately so this is really coming in handy. Thought I'd share with everyone in case you're like me and still figuring things out.
The photos pretty much show how to set up your machine to create ruffles. If you're not sure how to get back to your usual settings, take a photo or write everything down before you go changing anything! Start by changing your regular presser foot to the gathering foot. Then, change the settings to the following:
Stitch Length: 4
Right and Left Needle: 6
Upper and Lower Looper: 5
Also, lessen the pressure foot pressure to light to moderate pressure by turning the knob to the left a few turns.
You can probably increase the tension on both needle threads for even more gathering if you like. Just experiment!
Hope this helps someone save some time! Just as soon as I get the rolled hem figured out, I'll post those settings as well.
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