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merrysmom
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Date: 1/12/12 11:02 AM

My sister's mother-in-law was going to take a Juki MO-104 to Goodwill, so she snagged it thinking that I might want it. I have wanted a serger for awhile now, but I don't know anything about this one. Is it worth taking it in for cleaning and adjustment?

It also has no manual or powercord. Is there somewhere I can acquire these?

Would I be better off saving myself the hassle and going back to saving up for buying a new serger someday? This one does seem nice and sturdy, and I love my Juki sewing machine...

Thanks for any advice or opinions...

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Date: 1/12/12 12:39 PM

Does it have differential feed? If it doesn't don't bother servicing it.
Don't know anything about this serger but maybe a dealer could help you.

You could use it as a trade in for a serger you want.

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Date: 1/12/12 2:57 PM

I have a friend who has a serger from the early 80's with no differential on it. Her serger does lovely work on cottons and woven fabrics. She doesn't have quite as good luck on knits. So, I guess it would be determined by what you'd want to use it for.
You could call the "serger cleaner" and see what he charges. We have one in our area that charges around $50 including new blades. Another charges about $75. If you live near a university, call their theatre costuming department and ask who maintains their machines. Very often it is a local "fix it" shop and very reasonable.Juki Parts
This link (above) will take you to a place where you can find parts available for Juki machines.
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Date: 1/12/12 8:04 PM

I had my mom's old Singer with no diff feed for years and it was great. I wouldn't necessarily let that deter you from keeping it.

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Date: 1/12/12 8:56 PM

I would just keep it and use it, but not spend a whole bunch of extra money on it. I would not begrudge it just a power cord though. If you just thread it up right, it might even just sew perfect right now. No way to know unless you just try it. Maybe you could just turn the fly wheel by hand to see.

Here is how you thread it:

http://www.sewusa.com/Threading_Diagrams/Threading_Pages/Juki_Sewing_machine_threading/Juki_MO_104N_Threading_Diagram.htm

You need the right system needles for it though, and I'm guessing it does not take regular flat backed home sewing machine needles. Maybe look on it, and it might say what kind of needles it uses.

I think it actually looks like a pretty neat little machine, and would love to have one of those and I think it would be a neat thing to add to anyone's sewing room. Or sewing machine collections. It's only a two thread serger though, so I think you are only going to be able to use it to finish off edges of fabric so they don't ravel overlock wise, and do a two thread chain stitch with it. I don't think it would be good replacement for a 4 or 5 thread serger, for some other things or for sewing woven garments with only that 2 thread overlock, as I think just the two thread overlocker stitch is not enough to keep your seams from pulling apart maybe. But you could always do it in two passes, one pass chain stitch, and then the next pass the two thread overlock as the seam finish.

I vote for keeping it if it works without costing you much, but then I have lots of machines, and think everyone needs lots too, so I'm kind of bias on that.

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Date: 1/12/12 9:16 PM

Those sergers were very well-built and I would be thrilled if someone gave one to me. I think there might be a couple of reviews on that model here. You might be able to find enough information on line to clean and service it yourself.

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Date: 1/12/12 9:20 PM

I'm wrong, I did not look at the threading diagram enough. Now I see 4 threads instead, so that is even better, and you can also have a two thread chain stitch too. Might not be as good as any new machines though, as it maybe it does not have differential feed. But probably made stronger, and better than lots of the very most inexpensive 4 thread sergers, made now.

What I would not want to do though, is too spend a whole bunch of new money on it, and later break a looper and maybe not be able to get a replacement looper anymore, if it's really too old to do that for some reason though.

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Date: 1/12/12 9:32 PM

Now I'm thinking it's back to only a two thread overlocker though, as even though I see 4 thread spool holders on the back of the machine and 4 places for thread on it's tall thread stand, but only two tension devices for two threads to go though?

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Date: 1/12/12 11:05 PM

I found this review she like her juki. the review
here are some parts you can get. at this parts
here are some parts on ebay
My sister has a simiplicity serger similar to that one. She hasn't had a bit of trouble with it at all.
I say use it get it service and save money for the kind you want.

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Date: 1/12/12 11:41 PM

You have no idea if the serger will work unless you purchase a power pedal. Add routine service, new knives, a manual and you may have a good serger or not.

Add up the expense and put it in a serger fund. When you have enough to make a purchase get a new one that is easy to thread.

Take the MO 104 to the Goodwill.

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