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Singer serger 14sh654 overlock
the manual doesn't show how to thread it.

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How to thread a singer serger overlock machine

you can visit the Singer website and download a pdf manual from there. Link is, type the manual number into the search field and click "search" then wait for the screen to build. There should be a red box "Download now" beside your model, click on this then again wait a while as the pdf file will be large. Once it opens to your screen you can save it to your PC, then print it out and bind or staple it up.

Threading a serger is completely different to a sewing machine and you will find a set of tweezers and a wire loop are invaluable. If these are not in your machine kit, then you should be able to buy from a sewing centre. You need to thread up in the sequence shown in the manual. For a four thread stitch this is probably upper looper, lower looper, then the two needles. But check the manual as it may be different on yours. Many sergers will have a threading diagram inside the front looper cover and this really helps until you get used to the machine. If you have cone holders in your kit put these onto the spool holders to keep the cones steady. Take the thread from the cone up to the aerial loop, down into the top loop, around the tension dial ensuring the thread has seated in correctly, then follow the threading guide down through the looper eyes and across to the stitching bed. Repeat for each thread path, then pull all four threads under the raised presser foot, lower the foot and chain off. Test stitch on fabric and look at the stitch, then adjust the tension dials for the loopers if needed. Needle tension shouldn't need changing usually.

Also check the manual to see if your model takes standard 130/704H needles, many do. But some sergers need a EL needle, its just a little longer. If you primarily plan to stitch knits on yours, then use ball point needles to stop stitches skipping. Otherwise sharps are fine, normally size 80 or 90. You won't need to change the needles as often as you do on your sewing machine but change if the stitch quality starts to go off.

And remember, always lift the aerial up to full height when you start to use the machine each time. The thread flows very fast through these machines and you need the aerial up high to give clearance for the cones so the thread can run off them smoothly.

Its a really good idea initally to thread up in 4 different thread colours and then you can diagnose the thread formation and see which thread to adjust tensions to get a good overlocked seam. Factory settings are usually 5 on all four tension dials but check your manual to double check this. Many times if you change colour thread, you can just knot on the new colour at the cone, turn the tension dial to zero then pull that thread through. This works fine for the loopers and on the needles, you just need to cut the knot off and thread the needle with the new colour. Then turn tensions back to normal setting, put the thread under the foot and chain off.

And if you do have a Singer dealership near you, perhaps see if they have a serger class as there is a few techniques that are so much easier to learn when shown; such as stitching into a right angle or turning an outside square corner and how to finish of the thread tails at the end of a seam.

There is also some good pages of info on the website, Debbie covers overlockers/sergers there and gives good photos and info as well as free projects.

I trust this helps you get started with your Singer Overlocker.

Oct 05, 2011 | Singer 14SH654

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I am doing some sashes for a wedding and i want to know on my serger 14SH654 ultralock how to do a rolled hem

A rolled hem on any overlocker is formed by using the right hand needle only, and the two loopers to form a narrow three thread seam. You also need to retract the seam width finger as Trial2962 said. This is a little finger that sits on the stitching plate and the loopers form the stitching over it. By retracting it, the looper threads can form a narrow seam and in fact, roll the fabric inside the seam. You need to move the cutting blade as far right as it will go so you are trimming as wide as possible from the needle, turn the tension on the top looper rigth down to 2 so it is very loose and this thread wraps around to the underside. And tighten the lower looper tension to about 7 so it hardly shows and sits right up against the needle thread. Adjust and test until you get the seam looking like this, then turn the stitch length dial (on the right side by flywheel) down to 0.5 to close the seam right up tight. Lastly, if you can source it in the right colour, buy woolly overlock thread and run this through the upper looper only, this thread is fluffy and when not under tension, relaxes and "fills" out so the seam appears like a continuous coverage over the fabric.
You will need to practice a few runs and go slowly on corners, a curve is obviously much easier to serge than a right hand cover so if you can, cut the fabric with curved ends, much easier to get a great finish. When you chain off at the end, you need to unravel the tail threads and pull them inside the seam for a few mm with a needle to get a smooth finish, then trim the tail and seal with a drop of Fray Stop.9_26_2011_11_26_51_pm.jpg

Sep 04, 2011 | Singer 14SH654

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Where can i get a manual on this overlocker

Go to this page
type in 14SH654 and click "search" to bring up the instruction manual list, you can down load a pdf file for free.

Jul 21, 2011 | Singer 14SH654

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I purchased a used SingerSH654 and am at the "dreaded" threading stage. I have threaded using the book and sitting with the serger using the DVD. My left needle (B) thread will not pick up the lower...

I have had a similar problem with my overlocker and had to adjust the height of the needle by moving it lower.
because one needle was so fussy i use my overlocker with only one needle, which give a good enough stitch for what i'm doing

Sep 08, 2010 | Singer 14SH654

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Singer Overlocker/Sergers require particular threading order. If that does not help you may as I did have to take it to an Authorised repairer. It has to be a Singer Authorised as they have done training...

Sergers thread upper looper first, lower looper second, right needle third and left needle last in that order. If your thread breaks, CUT ALL THREADS and start from scratch or you will not get a good stitch or your machine may jam. It's probably just a "user error."
Good luck.

Jun 17, 2010 | Singer 14SH654

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Lower looper problems

Some sergers require they be threaded in a particular order. If not, they do not "knit" the threads.

Raise the thread antenna to it's highest position.

Open the tensions (set at zero). If the tension settings are automatic, raise the presser foot to open the tension settings.

Turn the handwheel so the loopers are at their highest position. There may be a mark on the side of the serger to match up with a mark on the hand wheel for this.

Open the front of the serger and the threading guide should be printed on the inside of the serger door, or on the serger.

Start at the right and note which looper is threaded first and then the needles.

You can find more information and manuals at the Singer Co website.

Mar 24, 2010 | Singer 14SH654

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I have a 14sh654 overlock... first time user... I have rethreaded but the manual doesn't say what to do. It shows a picture of the needle threads being around the looper but not how I'm suppose to do...

I think that you need to go to their site, and look under sewing resources, they have great diagrams for threading sergers, then you can enlarge the diagrams and it will make sense to you. At least, it did help me understand it better than looking at my manual. Good luck

Jan 13, 2010 | Singer 14SH654

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How to thread a 4 thread Singer serger

Try Singer website with free download instruction manual for you machine:

Dec 30, 2009 | Singer 14SH654

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How do I thread my Singer 14SH654 Serger

Look at the threading page on this website, if your machine is not there email them for help.

Apr 24, 2008 | Singer 14SH654

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