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Topic: Anyone have a Singer Ultralock 14U64A Serger?  (Read 14248 times)
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« on: October 02, 2008 01:59:53 PM »

My mother has come upon a used Singer Ultralock 14U64A serger and is offering to sell it to me (okay, long story short - she volunteers at a massive rummage sale and one finally came in and she knew I have been thinking of getting one)

It doesn't have a manual sadly so I wouldn't even know where to begin with threading the bugger.
Does anyone have/has had this machine - if so what do you think about it?  Is it worth the $50 I would be shelling out to buy this thing?  I am so tempted to get it because I can afford it but am sitting on the fence about it.  Part of me says to hold off, that one will show up in a second hand store by me - the other part of me says grab it while you can since someone else does have an interest in it....

What do you think about it?
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2008 03:59:27 PM »

Spend fifty dollars to get it!

Then, look around online for more information and if you run into dead ends, post pictures here so people can help you troubleshoot.  They may not have that exact model, but there's only so many variations on a serger, so what works for one might work for yours.


A serger for $50 is THE BUY of the century!
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2008 04:26:07 PM »

I have heard that some are easier to thread and whatnot - so I would hate to get it and not be able to thread it or take faaaaaaar too long to have to thread it and then suck all the joy out of it - not to mention if it is not known to be a good model then I'd hold off.  I know $50 is a pretty decent deal - although I could get a new Juno on sale at Hancocks' for $200 so I am in a real pickle - is it worth it to buy a Juno(made by Janome) for $150 more - but then that one might not thread worth a flip either.

My mom got a serger for xmas one year - we all chipped in and got it for her. She never used it. She couldn't thread it at all so it has been sitting in a box literally for 15 years.  I don't want my $50 purchase to have the same fate, ya know?

I have a few days to have to make a decision.  They are packing up their luggage and flying to meet is in Orlando on Sunday so I have to give her an answer by Saturday Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2008 05:00:02 PM »

Since threading is your real worry, the price or style or brand of the serger really won't make a difference. Sergers ARE scary to thread. . .and threading is only half the battle.

Once you get all four threads through the loops and levers and stuff, then you have to play around with the tension settings to get the stitch to look right and not knot up.

You should google "how to thread a serger" and watch the videos on ExpertVilliage by this old man in a funky red golf shirt. Those should give you a good idea of what you're in for AND take away some of that intimidating mystery that seems synonymous with sergers.


Also, the people at Hancock's might be able to help set you set up that $200 serger, and that one would be new, come with the manual, and probably access to help through Janome's website.



Now, I don't have a serger myself-- poor student!-- but I've tried to get Singer 14Usomethings before, and all failed because I was outbid. Worst case scenario if you spend the $50 dollars is that you put an add in kijiji or craigslist and sell it to somebody else to get you 50 dollars back.


Or. .. maybe that one that's been in a box for 15 years could be brought into the equation?
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2008 11:39:49 PM »

I actually just purchased the very same serger on Craigslist this weekend for $50.  It was easy to thread and the thread guide is right inside the machines door.  I purchased a manual for $5 from www.mastersewusa.co m - download version.  I was off and sewing about 30 minutes later!  The key to a serger is to never unthread it.  When you want to change threads you simply cut the thread at the spool/cone and tie on the new thread.  Run the machine or pull the thread through until the new colored thread is at the needle.  You only need to cut the old thread at the needle and then thread the needle with the new thread.  Easy!

Oh, and the machine sews very well! Plus its nice and quiet but strong. Keep it or sell it easily, just don't pass up that bargain.
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2008 02:10:47 PM »

Thanks for letting me know - that does make sense about the threading too - I would never have thought of that I am embarrassed to say - but then I have never even looked at one before my mother handed me this one.  I haven't turned it on yet.  I have been too busy doing other things Sad  I have until late spring to make my decision on it.  I figure between myself and two of my friends one of us will buy this baby!
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