I got the serger home first thing i did is printed out the PDF file instructions put them all in a binder and started testing out the machine. In front of the Machine A thru K took me a minute to figure out that the colored dots are the ones you need to thread an you need the PDF manual that tells you were to set your Seam width, spreader, that’s simple....
flatlock the reason i got this serger that’s more complicated... took me a long time to figure it out wish there was better instructions, its got real pictures but you really cant see what they talking about wish they like circled it or something. Upper looper lower loop??? ( Flatlock Tread the blue top, green bottom, red bottom.) What confused me is for the green it says upper looper engaged and threaded… the upper is what confused me it took me a while but once I figured it out its easy simple…
The green can be treaded thru the bottom or the top.
Changing from the cutter or straight plate is hard to snap off I feel like im going to break it, hope it smoothes out with time and get easier to take off or im taking it off wrong…
it defiantly takes time i went thru all the You tube demos and HSN videos Singer site videos ... but once you get the stitch to work its awesome... i got the rolled hem, and took a hour to figure out the flatlock and then forgot how to do the rolled hem need better notes for self.. but over all once you get passed figuring it out ... you will be happy with it... but if you don’t have time to sit with it, or don’t like to mess with stuff, I wouldn’t recommend it. I have lots of patients and even i got frustrated a few times... its very complicated but once you figure it out its easy…does lots i haven’t even tested the other feet. But with time im sure it will come easy.,,,
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Product looked exactly as the picture
How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate to the T
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Serger itself is awesome, built to last but I only had it for a couple weeks
This is my second serger. It helped to already be familiar with sergers. As other reviewers said, the threading required practice and careful reading of the manual. As complicated as this machine is, I think the manual was fairly well written. I had a few questions at first and thought I was going to have to call their customer service number, but as I worked on threading the machine for different stitches and trying them out, I figured out pretty much all I needed to know. It's a great machine. The chain stitch makes fitting garments much easier since you can just pull a thread to remove an entire seam. I'm looking forward to using the cover hem on knit garments. I will still use my older serger for regular serging -- that will save me from having to re-thread the new one so much. It will mean buying a few more cones of thread but I can handle that.
I total love my new serger. I love the Cover Stitch capabilities! It was not hard to figure out or thread, I studied it step by step, took notes and made samples of each stitch. Take time to learn about the machine and its capabilities before diving into a sewing project. The step by step book is very helpful. I don't think you need professional classes to figure it out, but you definitely need to do learn about the different techniques first.
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Exact
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Exact
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Excellent
Excellent machine, but be aware that it does take time to get setup and threaded correctly for it to work. If anything is misthreaded, it will not sew properly. That said, I have enjoyed this machine and the professional finishes that it gives to the garments that I create. It saves so much time too (after it's setup!). I'm not sure how I lived without having a serger like this in my sewing shop!
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Good
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
I love this machine. The manual is a must and needs to be read through several times before tackling this monster machine. I traded up from a 1970's Bernette and thought I knew what I was doing. There are settings that involve the transmission and the blade that were new to me and I am so happy with how many new options I have with this awesome machine. My Mother came to my house and tried it and ordered herself one that same day. My aunt is a Viking/Huskvana dealer and she was impressed with the singer machine and the price. It's equivilant viking is over$2000. Buy it, you will love it!!!
I absolutely love my new Singer Serger. It runs like a dream. There is a learning curve with all that it does, but with a little patience I was on my way. Can't wait to see all of the new things I can do with the many functions of this machine! I mainly use this for making gymnastics leotards so the serging feature is very important, but I can't wait to put the overstitch and seam lock options to use.
I have been using a Serger for years and love the results: This Serger is a great value for the price I paid, however Singer could improve their product in the following ways: This Serger has 3 lower loopers, the illustrations which you print out, are not very clear and could be greatly improved if each looper would be highlighted in the photo's. (As is, you can't see the details and understand which looper they are discussing). Also the 3 loopers need to be color coded, not just the threading guides(which are color coded). But the actual looper Self-Threaders should be colored RED, GREEN, and BROWN as they are in a very tight space. I had to watch YOUTUBE instruction video's over and over to figure out how to thread it correctly, as the Singer illustrations really are confusing. Also, the Knife Cover and Seam Guide Plate are pretty fragile plastic, (I broke the Knife Cover withing the first week of using it). (My previous Serger was a Singer also and it was easier to thread and understand the manual.)
I use my Serger daily and love it, these are just some things which would help to improve it.
If anyone is looking to purchase this product, I would say it a great deal, just plan on spending a week or two getting to understand it. It would ideal to have a professional help you through the first setup and explain how everything works. I am afraid some purchasers will give up and never get the opportunity to see what fun a Serger can be.
I am sure I will like this machine....I only wished I had waited to buy because the price went down by $xx.xx with the discount coupon and even though I have not opened the box and only got it last week, Overstock would not give me the difference. I could return it and pay return shipping, then reorder but that is a bit risky in case they do not give me a complete refund for some reason even thou it is not opened. I tried twice to chat with them about it and neither rep was helpful. I think they should honor the new price, and am willing to even take a reduction for the "return shipping" without returning it. It's still a $xx.xx difference. I hate it when companies make a "cyber" deal for a low price and then make the price even lower a week later. I WILL NOT BUY AGAIN NO MATTER HOW GOOD IT SEEMS...I WILL WAIT. This purchase was a want, not a need.
It's a great serger but it did take awhile to figure out the threading. So, I'll give you several suggestions, 1) paint the metal the color of the dots where you thread through 2) Read the manual and go to Singer.com and look at the support section, there you will find "frequently asked questions" there you will find a color schematic on how to thread. 3) There are TWO levers inside the machine that will help you thread the red and the brown looper, the brown lever (it's silver and it has a half round at the end, I call it the brown lever since it threads the looper designated with a brown path. is almost directly behind the plastic that faces you when the serger door is opened, the one that controls the threading for the red looper is easier to find. That is the worse there is, it's finding those levers, now that you know, it will be easy to find and easy to thread.
This machine has better lighting than the Singer stylist but the tweezers that comes with it may have an issue since it hasn't the smooth finish and you'll know it's a problem if you try to thread the needle and it catches on the tweezer, I just got myself a better tweezer and it made a world of difference.
IT DOES NOT COME WITH FIVE CONES OF THREAD!!!! It has a small thread card and the machine is set up in a coverstitch configuration. Study it, Use the tie thread method the first times you want to use the machine, I suggest you use the same color thread as the color of the dots. Five colors: Orange, blue, green, red and brown, I think. I also labeled all the parts and I also labeled the order that you thread the machine, Note there's two orders of threading. 1) for coverstitch, the other for overstitch.
It doesn't have a free arm, that's why I got a Singer stylist too, it does have a free arm but the lighting isn't as good on that machine as the Pro 5.
If you are new to serging and don't want alot of headaches with threading you might want to get the Singer stylist, it has a GREAT CD on threading, . The pro 5 comes with a CD but it's a workbook not a video on how to thread.
I think Singer would not have so many complaints on this machine had they included a how to thread CD with it.
I trained on a Baby lock serger and the stitches on both this Singer and the Baby lock are comparable.
Hello natenasty, we don't ship the Singer 14T968DC Professional 5 Serger to PR. Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions. Thank you for shopping with us!overstockcustomercare1 on Jan 27, 2014
Hello breadpainting, The Professional 5 Serger 14T968DC Electric Sewing Machine comes with:
Blindstitch Hem Foot
No extra blades
Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions. Thank you for shopping with us!overstockcustomercare1 on Nov 19, 2013
6 extra feet are included: Bead/Sequin, Elastic, Cording, Taping, Blind Hem/lace and shirring feet.arleta4joy on Jan 8, 2014
Hello newuser69, With the Singer 14T968DC Professional 5 Serger the cover stitching it usually used with stretchy fabrics to finish up seams, and the "cover" portion refers to it being outward facing where it can be seen. Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions. Thank you for shopping with us!
overstockcustomercare1 on Nov 5, 2013
Cover stitch is a 'decorative' stitch which looks great on both sides of the fabric. It is similar to a 'Flat-lock' stitch, but does not create a seam.arleta4joy on Jan 8, 2014
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