27 thoughts on “Singer ultralock 14u234

  1. sarah n. says:

    I actually have a manual for a Singer 14U52A I can mail you if you want. Not sure how I got it, it’s a 3 spool but should be similar enough to be helpful.

  2. Sarah says:

    I have a 14u44, which is a four spool. I ordered a manual from somewhere on the internet. Let me have a look and see if I can dig up that website again.

  3. Hillary says:

    Yeah? That’d be awesome. I feel like I’m close. I watched all the awful YouTube videos and I got it to sew but it’s all bunched and wrong

  4. Hillary says:

    I think those are scams? I almost bought lightbulbs for my machine online and it turned out to be a scam. I think… I’ll have to ask Tim what the deal was there

  5. Lori says:

    I think sergers are one of those things that are terrifying until you figure out what the heck to do with them, then it’s probably old hat. Um, I’m still terrified of mine. LOL A little more complicated than the good ole’ sewing machine. I think I should take a class or something on the basics.

  6. AmandaMay says:

    Follow the colors (for threading), I found that to be very helpful. And the tensions are picky too I think, mine took a bit of messing before it worked properly. Also, I was disappointed to find out you usually only need two strands for most stitching, one upper and one lower.
    But, its like magic once it works so forge ahead!

  7. Janet McKinney says:

    YeS i have one of those overlosckers (sergers) and love it. You (should) enjoy it when you get used to it.
    One thing – make sure there is NO cotton fluff in the tension disks – if there is, the tensions will be totally wrong.

  8. hillary a. says:

    If it will sew with out jamming, but the stitches look wonky, the tension is probably off. Figuring out tension is the main challenge to serger sewing. You have to adjust tension whenever you change thread types or fabric weights/types. Right now my serger tensions are at 6-4-9-1. Looking right to left, the first two are the needle threads, so look at the two rows of stitching…if they look ok, leave them alone.
    The third and fourth threads are the upper and lower loopers. The two should intertwine at the very edge of the fabric. The third one controls the tightness of the top thread, the fourth one of the bottom thread. If the “lock” (where the two threads twist together) is way over on the top, close to the rows of stitching, you need to either loosen the top (3rd) thread or tighten the bottom (4th). If the “lock” is way over on the bottom, you need to do the opposite and tighten the top or loosen the bottom. They balance each other. I usually find that the third/top thread has to be quite tight (see my settings above), but each serger is different.
    Good luck and don’t be afraid to play around with the tension until you get it right!

  9. cdeal852@yahoo.com says:

    Another thing to check is whether the blades are in good working order. The upper blade can usually be replaced (by the machine owner) but the lower one usually has to be replaced by a repair person. If someone sewed over a pin on that serger, the blades need replacing.

  10. Emilee says:

    I have that exact serger, also a hand-me-down, and I love it. I replaced the blades, and that fixed all my bunching problems. I’d be more than happy to scan my manual, and e-mail it to you.

  11. Kim says:

    I’m stil learning how to use my Janome but I love it. My tensions are around 4,6,3 : right needle, upper looper, lower looper. I’ve got it memorised as my toddlers like to dial the tensions for me when I’m not looking 😉

  12. julie green says:

    i have what looks like the same one, and my mom did give me a tutorial one day (it used to be hers) but i haven’t touched it since. sorry i’m so little help.
    share your first project and maybe it’ll inspire me to get mine back out.

  13. Delia says:

    To Sarah N.,
    I JUST bought a Singer 14U52A, no manual! And it’s been at least 15 years since I’ve even touched a serger (my mom’s industrial one and I certainly never threaded it or set the tension).
    I would be FOREVER grateful if you could share some of the info in that manual…like how to thread it??
    — Delia

  14. shannon says:

    not sure if it has been suggested but using 4 different colors when you have a particularly tricky tension problem is a lifesaver. If I remember correctly, the singer was very good about just letting you tie on a new color instead of rethreading. Which was great since the lower looper is a bit “less easy” than the other sergers I’ve had.

  15. alethia says:

    I have the same machine. I bought it brand new in 1986. The only thing I use it for is to finish side seams and hem. the first time I had it service was 2-years ago, when the needle broke. I know, shame on meeeeeee! Since then I learned to replace the needle and get it service yearly. This machine is wonderful. Once you figure out the tension you will be ok. Also I only use 3 spools for serging. If I am working with very heavy fabrics like upolstery them I will use 4

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