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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Juki Serger Blades ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Allegro
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Date: 7/14/11 10:51 AM

I've been considering the Juki 654 or the 735. I recently was in a shop to see both and noticed the placement of the cutting blade--coming down from above. It looked to me like it would be in the way of threading the needles and make that task more difficult. I've had an Elna serger for over 20 years with the blade placed underneath, so really noticed the difference.

I'd love to hear someone's experiences with these sergers, and if you've threaded sergers with both types of blades for comparison's sake! Thanks!

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Date: 7/14/11 11:18 AM

THey lift up to get out of your way.

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Date: 7/14/11 5:32 PM

I have an elna and a Pfaff, both have recessed blades. I sew on a Juki at work.
Personally I prefer the recessed blade, because that's I'm used to. The Juki blade folds out of the way for threading, but it's up when sewing.

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Date: 7/14/11 8:55 PM

I have a Juki 654 and a Juki 735. I love the way the blades come down when cutting, and I have had sergers before (Babylock and Elna) with blades that came up. My experience is that the Juki blades cut better. They seem to go through everything.

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Date: 7/14/11 9:17 PM

I will attest to the Juki cutter, it is powerful. The blade does move up and out of the way easily. With a set of tweezers you should be all set.

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Date: 7/14/11 10:57 PM

I have the Juki and I love the upper blade on it. I prefer this style over my Elna, for me it can handle thicker items with more ease. I can't see as well as I used to and use needle threaders. My favorite is a Janome style needle threader and the end also has a spot to insert your needle when you change it out. Works like a charm for threading too. The other style I've used and like is one Cotilde sells.
Here is a link to both:
wire threader
Janome needle threader
I've bought a generic style of the Janome threader and it was a slightly larger diameter and wouldn't work with how close the two needles sit on the Juki serger. It needs to be small enough to slide down on both needles and have the little wire inside penetrate the hole of the needle.

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Date: 7/20/11 2:44 PM

I find that sergers with the high blades seem to be able to turn tighter corners and get into tight places much better than sergers that have recessed blades. I have both types of sergers and use them for different types of projects. My serger with the high blade has a little free arm and I use it for sewing my grandkids clothing and other small items, my Elna combo coverlock has the recessed blade and is very sturdy and powerful and I use it for large blankets and also for it's coverhem features and for deco work. The Elna is quite large and I also run fabric through it before washing to keep edges from fraying in the machine.

I would not want to choose between having only one of my sergers. In the past I owned an old Babylock with the higher knife. It was my only serger for years and I wish I would have kept it. Juki had only industrial sergers until they made the first Babylock home serger in 1967 and called it "the baby" now known as the Babylock. Juki uses industrial metals in their loopers and knives.

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Date: 7/20/11 3:21 PM

I've only ever used my serger, a Juki 655, but I have no problems threading it and I keep the blade in the cutting position. I do use tweezers to thread the eyes of the loopers and needles though and use a simple needle threader (the wire kind with the silver coin type handle) for the wooly nylon.

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