I bought the Singer 14SH754 overlock a few months ago but did not had the chance and courage to try it out. Well, here we go!
I read the manual which made every thing seem look surprisingly easy. It took me only a few minutes to go through. Then it was time to prepare the serger for its first task.
The needles were already in their place and an extra pair of needles was delivered with the machine. I bought some bobbins overlock yarn, 4 bobbins of every color. Overlock yarn is different from other machine yarn. The difference is in the way it is spun on the bobbins. It is important that the bobbins are cone shaped. This is because the bobbins are ‘fixated’ on the machine and therefore will not spin as normal machine bobbins do. The cone shape will feed the thread smoothly to the serger.
I placed the bobbins on the standard at the back of the machine. Then it was time for threading the overlock.
It took me a few minutes to know that to open the front of the machine, I had to move the front panel to the right first. With that settled I could start with the underthread. Yes, the sequence mathers!
The pathways of the threads are clearly marked with colors. A different color for each thread. The manual also had a very detailed and visual explanation per thread. However some places where the thread had to go were difficult to reach. The supplied tweezers helped a bit, but it was still a nerve-racking job. Being left handed is really a big advantage here!
Here we go!
Finally I could start on my first project. I cut some fabric for my next little project. And then I put the serger to its first test.
My first advice is to start slowly. Compared to my sewing machine, that also had an overlock stitch, this machine is a lot faster. A serger works also a bit different for feeding the fabric. Where with a plain sewing machine, you lift the foot and place the fabric, with an overlock machine you just feed the fabric while the foot is down. The transporter (feed dogs) starts before the foot and can therefore feed the fabric from the first stitches. This also came with the problem that both fabric layers were not evenly fed at the beginning. Therefore start slowly! This way you can make sure that the fabric is taken evenly. If it is, you can stop in time before the first stitches are made and start over. I guess it is just a matter of practice to master it.
My first overlock project was finished in only a few minutes. The result I will show later on, since it will be a present it has to remain secret for another week or so. But here is a small sneak peek.
It something made of tricot. I wasn’t too happy with the result of the overlock stitch on tricot on my other sewing machine but as you can see the seems are very neat now. The automatic cutter also does a great job.
I am very happy with this first tryout and can’t wait to do some more. I am cutting fabric for the next project already.