Monday, February 7, 2011

My New Baby

If you're expecting pictures of a precious newborn, you may be excused now. If a serger can make your heart go pitter-pat, read on.

Isn't she lovely?
Its an older model: Singer Ultralock 14U234

I found this on Craigslist for $30! It turned out not to be such a great deal when I found that the cord sent home with me was the wrong one. I sent the seller an email hoping that it was just a simple mix-up. Nope.
I did find a used cord at a shop so I'm out a little more, but still a good deal.
If you've acquired one of these too, the owner's manual is available for free download here.

So. Now armed with the proper cord and the manual I sat down to play. Aaargh! With the tension set to the manufacturer's recommendations it looked great on the front but all wonky and loopy on the back. All of my tinkering with the dials just made it wonkier.

A few Googles later I found a random comment in a post about someone having trouble with the tension on their identical machine. This saint recommended the following combination for the tension dials:

Success! It works fantastic. Now what should I sew?


  1. thanks for posting this you totally saved me. i was about to throw it out the window.

  2. Hi, I found one of these on the side of the road yesterday and have got it working - at the moment the cutting blades are blunt - but I think it will go really well. I took all the plates off and gave it a good oiling and it works well. Your post was really helpful and I have printed a copy of the manual.

  3. I am glad I came across your blog, I just inherited this same serger (or one very similar)and it didn't have a manual so thanks for the link so I can get one :)