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Is there anyone who has tried BOTH the Juki 654 AND 655?
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Date: 12/20/10 1:49 PM

I am hoping there is someone who has threaded both of these machines because my question is:

Is the 655 just as easy to thread as the 654? I am wondering if the chain looper is difficult to thread, and if its presence makes it harder to thread the lower looper.

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Date: 12/20/10 3:21 PM

I have a 655 and the chain looper is the easiest to thread.....

The thread for the chain looper runs down the back of the machine and along the left side so there is no way it interferes with either of the other loopers. There is a lever you push to pull the chain looper down so that you can thread it easily and then it just snaps back into place....similar to how the lower looper works.

BTW - I have had my Juki for about 6 years and love it, if I had to replace my serger today I'd buy the same machine. If you are going to invest in a serger, I'd suggest you get the 5 thread, it is very useful in working with wovens....and I know you will love the reliability and performance of the Juki.

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Date: 12/20/10 3:26 PM

Thanks for the reply!

Unfortunately, I cannot visualize what you mean when you say the chain looper thread runs along the left side of the machine.... do you mean it is on the outside? It's just not clicking for me. Could you explain it again... or better yet, post a picture?

See, I KNOW how easy the 654 is to thread... but if the 655 is basically the same but with the extra stitch capability then I may want to upgrade...

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Date: 12/20/10 6:31 PM


From the left, separately from the upper and lower looper threading.
If you look at the bigger image, it follows the purple guides.

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Date: 12/20/10 10:43 PM

Ah! I see now. Thank you for taking the time to post this. It looks like the rest of the threading would be identical to the 654. Which is good because the 654 is super easy to thread.

Thanks again!

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Date: 12/20/10 11:17 PM

I don't have either machine but my 735 has the same chain looper threading and it is super easy! I am so happy about my decision to go with a Juki serger. If I had one word to describe it - Solid!!

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Date: 12/21/10 2:06 AM

Wow, I love learning new things. I did not know the Juki had the chain looper on the side.
The chain looper on my Elna is in the front of my lower looper that comes from the left front.
I remember years ago when I tried a Bernina cover hem 009 that there was some threading from the left on that machine which is very different from most. Juki makes Bernina sergers too so maybe that was the same design.

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Date: 12/21/10 11:42 AM

@runner, it is quite easy. I only have the 655, but as far as I know, the only difference between 654 and 655 is the chainstitch on the 655. The 654 was the one I looked at first, but then I decided that since I do jeans, the 5-thread safety stitch would be really nice, so I went with the 655. I actually usually keep most of the chainstitch mechanism threaded even when I'm not using the chainstitch, just not the actual looper part. Doesn't the quick reference sheet come with the 654 too? The one that came with mine seems to be written for both.

Betakin, the looper itself is in the front, it just threads from the back. It has a tab-squeeze threading device (erm.. I hope that makes sense.. like the way you squeeze the tab so you can pull the looper into a more accessible position for threading, then push it back through) like the lower looper has, just from the opposite side.

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Date: 12/21/10 12:15 PM

I feel your pain -- I had an Elna 5 thread serger and fought that darn chain looper for years.....so when I saw that the Juki was totally different, I bought it and haven't regretted it a bit.

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Date: 12/21/10 1:08 PM

EXACTLY! I know how the chain looper can be a headache and that was my major concern in looking at these two machines. I've had a chance to try out the 654 and the threading was very easy. I LOVE the solid way it sews. But no one stocks the 655 and I will need to order it so I was worried it would be more complicated to thread, etc.

I'm giving up my combo serger to go back to a serger & separate coverstitch machine. I just prefer that setup more. My sewing time is extremely limited now, and if I have to deal with threading issues... well, my projects will just continue to sit (as they have for the better part of two years now).

I would love to have my old Imagine back, but my mom likes it and I really want the 5-thread stitch anyway. I do sew a lot of wovens, and for curtains especially I want the safety stitch (I'm a military spouse and I make an entire house worth of new curtains about every three years ) Anyway, I spent most of my budget getting a new Babylock Coverstitch machine (they cost a lot more now than when I bought my first one). So an economical serger is my only option and the Juki's are inexpensive, but they sure don't sew like cheap sergers! Gosh they are solid machines!

Anyway... I think I'm going to order the 655de. Thanks everyone for your help.

ETA: if anyone is looking for a good combo serger, I'm listing my Elna 745 today.
-- Edited on 12/21/10 1:21 PM --

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