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I should immediately note that this is my first serger purchase, and the first time I've even used this type of machine.
The machine arrived well packaged and threaded, but the drive belt had come off in transit. I attempted to use the machine but of course, it wouldn't work - it just whirred like something was disengaged. The troubleshooting section of the manual does not address this seemingly common (and easily fixed) issue. Thankfully someone diagnosed it over Twitter. This should be included in the manual.
Another small issue with the manual concerned the thread labels. When rethreading the machine, the manual refers to blue, green, orange, and yellow dials, but the markings on the machine are actually blue, green, red, and orange. Just a small thing but can be confusing if you're not paying attention.
Having said that, I was able to perform basic troubleshooting - including properly adjusting tension and rethreading the machine - with the manual. As someone who has never used sergers before, I used Post-it notes to label the tension dials (upper loop, lower loop, etc) and found it helped greatly.
Overall, my experience with this machine has been positive and I'm pleased with my purchase.
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, High Quality, Dvd Is Fantastic Help In Learning, Different Languages In Manual Are Separated, So Don't Have To Keep Looking For English
18 out of 18 people found this helpful.
Never serged before I bought this. Practiced 2 hours a day for 3 days. On Day 1--I was scared and confused--thought I'd have to send back. Day 2--it started to make very little sense. On Day 3 during my first hour the lightbulb in my head came on and now I'm a serging fool!!! DVD is great-I played/paused it over several times and followed along. Instuction manual is good but DVD helps it all make sense. Tension settings are in manual for stitches from light to heavy fabrics so are easy to set. Shirring foot is my fav! This was a terrific value through HSN with 6 extra presser feet and free S & H. Now the creative & enjoyable sewing possiblities for me are endless!!! I LOVE this serger!!!
Cons:Wish It Came With More Accessories (ie Presser Feet)
13 out of 13 people found this helpful.
This is my first serger, so I don't have another one to compare it to. I have wanted a serger for at least 10 years, I finally got my wish on Mother's Day and picked out this one from the Costco website. It was a decent buy compared to others I had seen. When it arrived, I made myself sit down and read the manual, watch the DVD and learn how to use it. I was very frustrated at first because I was threading it right, but my serged edges were very loose and loopy looking. After looking on the internet for some suggestions, I now move my tension knobs to 0 everytime I rethread. This seems to have taken care of the problem.
It is a bit tricky to use a serger, because everything has to be just right to use (Although it seems to be that way with most sergers). However, I am able to thread it very easily now (after all my practice) and I just have to make sure everything is right (tension set, presser foot down) before I proceed. When it's right, this serger serges like a dream. I love it!!!! I thought that buying one without a coverstitch would be prohibitive, but I have been able to do so much with it and it makes my sewing look so much more polished! I am very happy with my purchase so far!!
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, Great User Manual, All Supplies Included Except Cloth
12 out of 12 people found this helpful.
DVD said very little about actually using, mostly set up. Broke a piece when first used because DVD did little to demonstrate how to move the blade. Found the user manual VERY helpful because it has very detailed pictures as well as step by step how to thread, settings, how to feed cloth through foot, down to how to remove from under foot. COULD NOT HAVE FIGURED OUT WITHOUT THE USER MANUAL. After using manual have not had a problem although every half hour or so a thread will come undone and you will have to rethread it and continue!
Cons:Complicated, Difficult To Thread, Thread Guides Should Be More Secure
4 out of 4 people found this helpful.
I have been sewing for 50 years and threading this machine was a nightmare. There are tiny thread guides that "pop" off when you put any tension on the thread. Right now I'm missing one, and I'm still in the practice phase of this machine-Bought 3 weeks ago and have to order EXTRA! They could provide a few since they fly away!
Cons:Difficult In Threading Lower Looper. Dvd Dose Not Address The Issues. Could Be More Specific On How To Use The Machine
3 out of 3 people found this helpful.
First time using a serger. Threading was a chalenge. I finaly mastered it. Broke the upper looper had to send it back to Singer for repair. now it works great. love the built in scissors. makes a very neat serg. Still learning.