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Date: 9/24/13 6:41 AM

I have found a Singer Ultralock 14U64A at an online auction that is currently listed for $2! I can hardly this being a mistake even if it goes up to $20 . . . but is it??? Can anyone provide me any insight into this machine??? (I do NOT have a serger, not sure how much I would really use one, but am convinced that if I REALLY want to sew on knits, I must have one.)

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Date: 9/24/13 7:31 AM

It might not be; it's an older machine. Here's a review from a PR member: click here
But if I were you, I'd buy something that wasn't so inexpensive. There might be problems with this one, which might turn you off from serging all together.

If you are thinking of getting into serging, and want to use one only for knits, might I recommend the Singer 14J250? The neatest thing I liked about that one is the very, very, easy way to thread it. That machine was my introduction into serging and it was a positive experience. The manual is better than most. Here's one unbiased review: click here and here's one biased review, as in "mine" Click here

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Date: 9/24/13 3:11 PM

If you already knew how to use a serger, (so you were a good test sewer for something like that) and found it at the real Goodwill Store or garage sale and could have your hands on it, and test sew on it, and it worked, that would be a super good bargin for $2, and just run out to your car with it, drive home real fast, and have fun sewing with it there.

But since all those things are not happening, it might be no bargin at all. Just because freight is probably at least $30 or so to you, that really makes it cost at least more like $35 instead. I do think that makes a big huge difference right there.

It may not sew at all. Something could be missing from it. One of the loopers could be bent. Scratches or needle hits on the loopers. Or knives could be dull and not cut good. One of the stitch pins on the stitch plate could be broken out and missing, the foot pedal or electrical cord might have a problem and not work or just anything.

So, when you consider all that kind of possible stuff and more like $35 and not $2, it actually would not be looking that good to me, even at only $2 remotely. In person, where I would know if any of that stuff that was the case or not, and if not, for $2, I would for sure just grab it, and take it home with me. That is just how I would feel about it, I'm not you.

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Date: 9/24/13 9:46 PM

All good thoughts . . Actually, if I were to purchase this machine, there would be no shipping. Although the auction is online, I would have my son pick it up in his town. So whatever I can get it for, that's the cost. . . The site indicates that it runs and I've used this site for other items and the owners are good about being explicit as to the condition. Still don't know . . .

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Date: 9/25/13 1:29 AM

Buy it and try it out. If you don't like it, you will not be out very much.

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Date: 9/25/13 9:33 AM

Sounds like a good deal to me then, since it's only $2, they say it works, you pay no freight, it can't get wrecked being mailed, and you even have a kid that will go over and get it for you. Sounds like no way to loose on that!

Here is your book over here, so you could download and print that free too:
http://www.singerco.com/accessories/instruction-manuals/search

Book says 1986 on it. That was a long time ago, but sergers last a real long time too. I think it might be a real nice one that was made in Japan. Since it's from 1986, if you want to do a rolled hem, you do need to switch plates to do that, and it does not have split feed dogs and differential feed, because of the age, but I think the made in Japan part and your kid will get it for you part and only $2 part, way make up for that! Then if you use it and like it, and decide later you want one that you just move a lever to do rolled hems instead or you really want differential feed, you can always get one of those later.

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Date: 9/28/13 3:58 PM

Many non sewers will list a machine "as it runs" because when they plug it in it has power and parts move. At least you know the motor works and has a foot control. These machines are older but strong and open on both sides for easier threading. Most of these Singer sergers use the Singer 2054 needle system.

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