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Area 49

This guide provides information on how to use technology within Area 49, as well as guides for digital technologies and physical projects. Area 49 is available for use by all current students, faculty, and staff.

Serger Info

Location: Makerspace

Use options: No training needed

Cost: No cost.

  • Bring your own fabric, some scraps and variety of thread available

Machine Feature

  • Stitches include: 4 thread overlock, 3 thread overlock, narrow hem, rolled hem, and ribbon lock stitches
  • Stitch Width: adjustable between 3.00mm to 7.00mm
  • Free Arm for sewing cuffs and sleeves
  • Retractable knife blade allows for fabric to be cut or not while stitching

Intro Video

If you have never used a Brother 1034D Serger before, start by watching this introductory video to lean a few specifics about this machine. 


  • While sewing, keep an eye on the needle and keep hands away from all moving parts including the needle, blade, and handwheel.
  • Always dispose of broken needles in the sharps container.
  • Always turn off the power switch and unplug the power cord when:
    • Threading the machine
    • Removing or replacing a needle
    • Replacing the presser foot
    • Attaching the 2/3 thread converter
    • Performing any maintenance
  • Never force any door, knob, or piece of the machine into place. If something is not fitting or working properly, ask a Makerspace Monitor for assistance.

Threading & Using the Machine


Follow the instructions in the user manual for the Brother 1034D Serger or the video below for how to thread the machine. Every type of serger threads slightly differently. So even if you have used a serger before, please check the manual, video, or ask a Makerspace Monitor for assistance to thread the machine correctly. 

NOTE: When removing thread, never pull it back up through the machine. Cut the thread at the top of the machine, press the foot peddle, and allow the thread to feed out of the machine. 

Stitch Selection

If you're not sure what stitch to use, check the Brother Serger Techniques Guide. This document includes

  • Types of stitches
  • Examples of when to use different stiches
  • Specific machine settings to accomplish each stich


Thread Breaks & Jams

  1. Remove all threads form the thread paths and clear the jam.
    • Note: Remember to avoid pulling thread back up through the machine. Always attempt to feed broken thread through the machine by pressing the foot peddle. 
  2. Once the jam is cleared, follow the threading instructions above to rethread the machine.
  3. If you can not easily remove a jam, ask a Makerspace Monitor for assistance.