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Date: 4/5/11 7:28 PM

I am considering buying another 5 thread serger + coverstitch. I came across these:

http://www.american-sewing.com/singer-14t967dc.html

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http://www.american-sewing.com/singer-14t968dc-serger-cover-stitch-2-3-4-5-threads-.html

The model numbers differ by a number and off course on is $200 less. they seem to be the same machine. Another thing too is the 25 year warranty on the more expensive one vs. 5 year on the other.

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Date: 4/6/11 10:56 AM

I'm also interested in the 968dc model and would like to know what people think of it. I've seen it for $599 on a couple of other sites. I think the 967 is an older model but other than that I don't know what the difference is either.

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Date: 4/9/11 7:57 PM

968DC I have it.

Threading will be a challenge at first, but once you thread it, the second time it will be so much easier. You will have an "AHA" experience.

The stitch quality is better than my brother 1034d especially the rolled hem.

It has auto tension. I didn't have to change it, like what I did with my brother.

It can handle bulk, has presser foot adjustment.

Comes with 6 additional feet. I love the shirring/gathering foot and the cording foot and elastic.. I haven't tried the blind hem foot.

Did I mention coverstitch? 2 thread narrow or wide, and three thread.

The built quality of the machine is very impressive. Mostly metal. It is also way bigger than the bernina serger or the 1034d. When I put them side by side, I refer to my other serger as "baby" sergers. This singer is the mom. :-)

Buy it at HSN if you can. I bought it for $499 only last month- national craft's month. I think now they sell it for $799 or $699 I am not quite sure.

Ask me anything about it.. I'm willing to answer your questions

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Date: 4/9/11 8:15 PM

Thanks for the info. I have a JUki MO735 but I am having problems with sewing lycra spandex fabric. I won't form wide coverstitch - left needle is not catching the looper thread. It is on its way back to Juki. Have you tried doing coverstitch with lycra on the 968dc.? I found it online for $450 with free shipping -

http://www.everydaykitchenneeds.com/singer-professional-p-230486.html

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Date: 4/9/11 9:21 PM

I am not familiar with that store. But if they have good customer service and offers a money back guarantee, then I would say it's a good price.

I just tried it on a lyrcra and it works :-) The only thing I kinda don't like is I have to twist the knob to release it, sometimes I forgot to turn knob so I tug the fabric, then I'll remember the trick. Watch the HSN videos. Go to youtube and search HSN singer professional serger

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Date: 4/11/11 10:16 AM

I was planning to purchase this serger, from HSN when they had it for $499., and I wondered about the different model numbers as well, so I called Singer. The difference is one is an older model, nothing is different otherwise. I even ask them about a local store that sells them, and for repairs etc. I was given a number of a local store, well around 3 hrs away, but they were the authorized repair spot for Singer. I called that store and was alarmed to hear the gentleman on the phone tell me, that the Singer was really not a very good serger, because they seem to break down alot, and they are unable to get parts for them!! So I began my search all over again. Now the Mgr of the Singer sewing place sent me to a local store and said he would let me have another brand for 499. etc. BUT...it was nothing compared to the SInger. And the sales clerk was clueless, and offered no help, no demonstration of sergers or anything else. I left the store with no serger, came home and started looking online. I ended up getting a Janome from Kens. BUT...I am still kicking myself because I have since heard that the Singer model I wanted is a great serger.

I ended up actually emailing Singer, telling them of my experience, and how if they have Authorized stores that are saying that about their products, they will never be able to get back as the number one machines available to sewers. I started sewing with a Singer, it was my first machine, and I loved it. Anyway, maybe next year (if I see it on sale at HSN again) I will decide to sell the Janome, and get the Singer that I wanted. I think not having to fuss with the tension is a life saver, as I am already frustrated at having to mess with tensions with the Janome.

Plus to get the additional feet for the Janome, I will have to spend another $100 to do that. Sigh...and they come with the SInger !!

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Date: 4/11/11 11:01 AM

I understand your frustration. The problem lies with Singer itself. Unfortunately the Authorized Singer dealers have been cut out of the money making process. Yes, they will service your Singer machines, however in my case, receive little to know training on the models being sold by e-tailers (HSN) I do own the model your are interested in and purchased it through HSN. I really like this machine and think it's a solid machine with lots of options. I haven't had it that long (less than a year) but I've never had a problem with it. I actually did quite a bit of sewing on it yesterday and find it has smooth and even stitches will little effort to adjust. I hope this helps.

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Date: 4/12/11 2:19 AM

Well it was strange that when I asked they even had the previous model in the store. I don't know, but I do plan to try to get one the next time I see it on special on HSN...maybe later in the year if I see it that cheap again. I just bought this one, so I would have a hard time explaining buying a new one this week !!! Thanks so much for your info though, I am more convinced now than ever that I made a mistake in not getting it in the first place. Sigh...

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Date: 4/10/13 9:20 AM

Dear Anne, I just found your post about the coverstitch that I am interested. I am not sure whether this is the 'real' coverstitch or an over locker (a serger). I have an overlocker (Juki), therefore would like to get a coverstitch machine. Looking forward to receiving your advise. Kind regards.

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