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Singer Professional 5 Thread Serger Review

Equipped with a variety of essential features, Singer’s 14T968DC Professional serger overlock is a wonderful choice as your partner in handling any type of stitching and sewing. It’s sleek yet powerful enough to fully complement the included functions. Compared with other sergers with coverstitch machines, this one has impressive features with great specifications. The user-friendliness of this machine is what makes it one of the best-selling machines in this category.

Product Features

  • With 5-4-3-2 thread capacity. Having different stitch types will help you produce perfect stitch for cover hems, flatlocking, chain stitching, etc. It may sound complicated for beginners. However, this machine is very easy to use. First time users will have no time adjusting to different stitch types to experiment the right stitch for a particular project.
  • Automatic tension system. Through Singer Professional, you’ll be able to sew any type of fabric with perfect balanced stitches. Once you begin to use this machine, you’ll no longer have to avoid the tension dials like a plague as it adjusts automatically to provide you with good-looking stitched lines. And there’s no need for you to look for any visible loops to find unbalanced tension. The machine will do that for you.
  • Comes with CD workbook. This guide will help you better understand the function of each stitch and how to use it to help with your project. Understanding the different types of stitches as first could be confusing. But once you get the hang of it and review the workbook every day, you’ll be able to maximize this machine.
  • With clean pocket. After using this machine, you don’t need to pick up the trimmed fabric as long as you’ve attached the pocket that comes with the machine. It makes your working area clean and organized.
  • Faster machine. With 1,300 stitches per minute (SPM), you can save time and work on several projects in one day. This faster machine lets you complete any task more quickly.
  • Differential feed. This feature ensures that there’s an even feed on every fabric type. With it, you no longer have to worry about stretching. This machine is able to feed the fabric into the cutting section in a smooth manner.
  • Color-coded threading diagram. This makes threading a lot easier to do. All you have to do is to follow what the diagram says. There’s no guessing work here.
  • Moveable upper knife. This feature prevents accidental trimming of the fabric while you’re using the machine.
  • Adjustable stitch length. By turning the dial, you can easily adjust the length of a stitch to fit your desired length.
  • Higher presser foot lifter. This is essential so you can have extra clearance as you place multiple layers of fabric under the machine’s presser foot.
  • 25 years warranty. Singer offers 25 years of warranty for manufacturer’s defects. Parts and labor are only covered within 90 days of purchase while its electric and electronic parts are covered within two years.
  • Different stitches available. With this machine, you can use its right stitch, five-thread safety stitch, double chain stitch, and cover stitch, among others.
  • With free accessories. The package has a needle set, spool caps, brush, cone adapters, dust cover, tweezers, spreader, etc.
  • Has 4 built-in rolled hems. They’re great in handling lightweight fabrics. It’s effortless to convert to rolled hem mode as you’ll only have to access its level for rolled hemming.

PROs

  • More affordable compared with other machines in the same category
  • Made by a reliable company
  • Faster machine with 1,300 stitches per minute
  • User-friendly features
  • Very helpful workbook guide

CONs

  • Beginners may take time to understand the machine’s features but they don’t need to attend classes to figure them out.
  • Setting it up may be difficult for some users

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Juki MO735 Serger Review

Juki MO-735 5-Thread Serger and Cover Hem has superior design with easy-to-use features that make this machine worthy of praise. Amateurs and professional sewers alike rate this machine as an excellent tool for stitching and sewing any type of projects. It gives you a polished serger and cover hem experience. It may not be the cheapest on the market but it has features that are worth the price. It includes several improvements on what other brands have done and they’re all incorporated within a near-perfect package.

Product Features:

  • Lay-in threading. This system allows you to thread quickly and easily. The numbered threading system is color-coded making it easier for you to thread. No more guessing.
  • Automatic looper threading. You just need to put the thread into its slot and snap the machine’s looper into place. Through this feature, it makes threading in a snap.
  • 2-3 needle bottom coverstitch. You can easily convert it to coverstich for serging and hemming. This feature is ideal for hemming different types of knit garments, like elastic, tee shirts and decorative seaming.
  • Safety stitch. Juki MO735 includes 3-thread overlock and 2-thread chainstitch to create secure professional seams.
  • Safety switches. It has safety switches found on the front and side to provide extra safety while sewing a project. The machine won’t work if the covers are open.
  • Has chainstitch mode. It allows you to create durable binding, seaming and sewing on woven fabric. This machine can easily be converted to chainstitch.
  • Multiple functions presser foot. A standard feature of this unit that lets you create overlock stitches and/or add elastic, ribbon or anything that you can think of to your creations. Because it’s a snap-on feature, you can easily change it from multi-purpose to one of the machine’s specialties. This feature maximizes the full potential of the machine.
  • Extra-foot lifter. The extra clearance lets you work on thick fabric or layers of fabric with ease. To handle any type of fabric, you just need to adjust its foot pressure dial so it’ll decrease or increase, depending on the fabric you’re working on. This lifter has a size of 6mm.
  • Durable knife system. This is to ensure that you’ll receive consistent and smooth cutting of light and heavy weight fabrics. It simply means that you can safely and professionally trim fabric edges. This system works like a pair of scissors that moves at the same speed as the needles to ensure proper cutting.
  • Easy width adjustment. To further help you achieve perfect seams or accurate rolled edges, the machine’s lower knife adjusts itself with a simple turn of the dial. You just need to turn the dial into the desired location for cutting. The lower knife’s position determines the seam’s width.
  • Automatic rolled hemming. Rolled hemming can be created with a simple flip of a switch. This type of hem is used on delicate fabrics. With this unit’s automatic rolled hemming, this hem finish can be easily done.
  • Easy stitch length adjustment. Its stitch length dial is conveniently located so you can easily change from one specialty thread to another.
  • With instructional video. It doesn’t only contain information on how to use the machine but it also provides useful tips, explanations and hints to make sewing a breeze regardless of the type of project you’re working on.
  • Comes with 24 stitch options. In this amount, you can use several serger techniques and decorative stitch types for your projects.
  • Sewing speed of 1500 rpm. It makes your job a lot faster and easier.

PROs

  • Makes threading a breeze
  • Offers plenty of information on its documentation
  • Includes training guides and workbooks
  • Fun and easy to use machine, especially for beginners
  • Overlocks and seams in quick motion
  • Provides even and consistent stitches

CONs

  • Takes a lot of time to change from one technique to another

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