Singer Tiny Serger Sewing Machine Advice

I'm considering buying a used Singer Tiny Serger Sewing Machine and want some feedback from anyone who has used this machine. I'm completely ignorant about serging and want to know if this machine can be used to shorten T-shirts and leave them with a smooth hem the way they were before. Any other hints about serging also appreciated. Thanks.

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September 12, 20050 found this helpful

I have used a regular serger. I do not know how to make it the way it was before with a serger. In order to make that stitch you would have to make a blind hem and I don't know if that is possible with any serger. The serger will finish the edge so that it is stable and will not unravel but then you will have to put the hem in it. I suggest going to a specialty shop and ask for their advise on what to buy and then go from there. Don't feel obligated to purchase anything. I would guess even a shop that sold material would have knowledgeable workers

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September 12, 20050 found this helpful

DON'T go with the Singer Tiny Serger!!! It is very hard to thread. It is very frustrating to say the least. I bought one for my daughter and finally gave up. I let her use my New Home Serger...much easier. The Singer Tiny Serger to me is a waste of money....sorry

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September 14, 20050 found this helpful

Don't waste your money. Save that money and put toward a good serger. That is not for serious sewers. I didn't know what serging was until I bought a real one after buying a tiny serger. In my opinion the tiny serger will turn you off of serging because of the difficulty threading this machine and lack of things you can do with it. It's more for children I think.

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December 28, 20050 found this helpful

got my Tiny Serger yesterday and its a bad! It only has one needle serging and yes its hard to thread so im gonna sell it back on ebay where i got it and get me a really good singer.

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February 22, 20060 found this helpful

It's frustrating! Don't waste your time! I agree with Cindy, this is for a kid, which will never work. Please don't buy one! I'm sorry that I ever purchased one. I've been working on it for almost a year and still I haven't got it. And then they want to sell you a separate instruction manual, the nerve of them! They knew it was never going to work anyways. It was just a gimmick.

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April 1, 20060 found this helpful

Wow!!! what a great site!! I too was going to buy a tiny serger on ebay. But after reading everyones feedbacks. I am going to take the money plung and just buy a regular one.

Thanks for answering her question!!!! it helped me out too!!!!

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March 25, 20070 found this helpful

In the old days, the main purpose of a serger was to finish the raw edges of a garment. Nowadays, the newer model of sergers provide most more!

Yes, you can use the serger to shorten a t-shirt but it is NOT a one step process without a cover-hem feature. If your serger has this feature, you can hem and serger at the same time (either a twin or triple needles top stitching, just like most knit garments you find in the store). It takes practice and patience.

If you don't have a cover-hem feature, then you will have to serger the raw edge of the t-shirt after you cut it, fold to the desired hem and using a twin needle and finish the hem using your sewing machine. If your sewing machine doesn't take twin needle, then you'll have to sew 2 straight lines. I hope it made sense.

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September 2, 20070 found this helpful

I bought 2 on shopgoodwill.com and neither one works. I have followed the rules of threading and still the thing doesn't work. I would suggest buying a good one at the store. Why spend money on used merchandise and maybe it will work and maybe it won't. Don't listen to them when they say the needle goes up and down because this doesn't mean a thing. If it can't be threaded why bother.

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March 12, 20080 found this helpful

I just bought one of these tiny sergers off craigslist to give it a try and so far I'm really disappointed. I had read a lot of really good reviews from people so i was really excited to start some sewing projects. I got ithe machine threaded without too much trouble but I can not get the tension adjusted correctly and I've put at least 2 hours into that. It looks right but then when you turn the fabric over you can pull the seam apart. I think I'm going to give up and just get a regular sewing machine.

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April 10, 20080 found this helpful

Some one gave me a Tiny Serger for my grandchildren, and it didn't work very well, so my husband took it apart.

I would consider buying the Tiny Serger for a toy but not to do what you want accomplished. Brother and baby lock have inexpensive machines that are easy to get your finished edge. But as Cindy mentioned, a regular sewing machine would have to do your blind finished hem.

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May 8, 20080 found this helpful

I have used one for years, but have consistently had trouble with having to rethread it during using. It ONLY finishes seams; does not cut them, or hem at all! I'm looking to buy a "real" serger now!

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October 22, 20080 found this helpful

I love this machine! I don't do anything fancy with it and that's what you should get this machine for... the threading isn't as bad as people make it out to be. It's a bit of a temperamental machine, so you have to learn how IT wants to be used, not how it "should" be used. Like all sewing machines they have their own quirks. I've used different sewing machines for years and this was my first serger.

This Machine is great for your first Serger. I would never suggest replacing another machine that had 4or5 threads. It just doesn't do the same thing.

After buying this machine (of course I bought it on ebay so it was cheep) Read the manual! It'll be so much easier to work with after you understand how it works. Then, after you have done a few trial tests and know how to thread it with the included thread, go out and buy a 2x4 about a foot long. Put three pegs perpendicular to the broad face of the board about 1.5in apart to hold three large serger threads. Then place this at an angle (so the tops of the pegs are pointing to the thread guides.

Buy that nice cheap serger thread instead of the expensive every day use thread that fits on the serger. Like I said, I got it cheap, it does very simple work and it's so easy to put away! I love this machine!

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September 8, 20090 found this helpful

I know this is late in finding this post, but want to respond anyway. I just bought a Singer Tiny Serger at an Estate sale for $7.00. I thought what the heck it's worth trying. It had everything with it including the book, so I was really lucky. After reading the manual I started threading it as was shown. This was my first experience with a serger, but I have had many other sewing machines, so threading wasn't that confusing. To my delightful surprise it worked, first try. For simple edging this will work great, but for something fancy I'd probably go with another machine. The stitches were even, yet widely spaced. Nothing you could use to edge a napkin or anything. For me this is great for my purpose. Of course now I may want another one so hubby beware! Hope this helps someone.

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