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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Funlock 003, good or not? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Funlock 003, good or not?
I picked this one up for 15 at a goodwill
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Date: 6/15/12 9:28 AM

I've been dying for a serger forever now and yesterday I found one at the Good will for a cool 15 dollars. I like, died. Even if it didn't have my favorite sewing machine brand name I would've still bought it, I haven't seen a serger in a goodwill shop for less than 30 dollars before.

So, I haven't heard of Bernette for Bernina before, are they as good as Bernina? Can anyone tell me something about this machine? Other than that I felt this would be a perfect starter serger.

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Date: 6/15/12 9:44 AM

Congratulations!!! You did score on this one, how exciting. Did you get the all the power supplies, etc. with it?
This model is a 3 thread and made by Juki. It can be a work horse for you. Did you get a manual with it? No matter what for $15 it is a great buy! I'm sure someone will pop in that has had one to be of more help. I am thinking this model uses a separate plate for rolled hems, etc. but for your basics it should be wonderful. The upper blades are carbide faced and don't dull easily unless they get nicked. The lower blade is the one that needs to be replaced more. If you search your model on ebay you will see some of the parts for it.
Have you tried it yet? I would oil all the sliding parts, I think in the flip down cover it will show where the machine needs oil, put in a new needle and slowly turn the hand wheel to make sure nothig is hitting. Some of the older Bernettes the wheel turned backwards but there should be an arrow by the hand wheel showing which direction it needs to be turned. My first serger was a Bernette 234 and that one turned backwards, I think your 003 is newer. Enjoy!
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Date: 6/15/12 2:54 PM

Boosting this up for you, after a little bit the serger posts get lost under "message board" "sergers" just incase you are looking for it. I noticed you've only posted a couple times and I think serger questions get lost easily

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Date: 6/15/12 3:10 PM

Congratulations! What a deal!
I found one of those at an estate sale a few years ago priced at $50. I left to think about it and it was gone (of course) when I returned to buy it!

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Date: 6/15/12 6:19 PM

I got one of these of Craigslist a few years ago for $50. I've only used it occasionally because it's been frustrating to me. It is my first serger and I had no one to help me learn to use it, so most of my frustration probably comes from that. I've been using it this week and it's definitely tested my patience, but when it works I love it! My problem is with getting the tension just right. Just when I think it's ok, it will form loops on top or cause folding in the fabric in between lengths of perfect stitches. It is inconsistent. I've changed needles and rethreaded, changed fabrics...it just seems finicky. Anyway, $15 is a great deal and hopefully yours is nicer to use (maybe mine's just user error?). On the plus side, it's great when I use regular woven cotton, but not as nice on knits. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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Date: 6/15/12 10:21 PM

That is too bad you are having problems with the serger. Have you had it serviced at all or asked another user to look at it and see if they can help? I am wondering if the tension disks might be dirty causing the irregular stitches. Sometimes cheap thread can also cause variation in the tension due to the thick and thinner areas of threads. Hold up your thread and does it look smooth throughout or do you see slugs? Sergers can be frustrating and some are more finicky on the tension and threads than others. I now have a Juki I use and I am always tweaking my tensions but I'm always changing the stitch and threads too.

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Date: 6/18/12 4:43 PM

Thanks for your help. It hasn't been serviced, but I suppose that would be a good place to start. Not sure how much I want to put into it, or just get a new one. I did notice that the white thread was working a lot better than my new black thread, but couldn't figure out why. I suppose it may be too cheap. I haven't really messed with it again bc I think I need to do take a break and pick a project I can easily accomplish before I jump back in. I'll have to check with my local sewing store to see about servicing it. Thanks again!

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Date: 6/20/12 10:42 AM

Check used book stores for books about sergers. My first machine was an oldie and I was clueless. I bought it to see if I liked serging. I found two great older books that walked me through many of the basics. I still refer to them when using my new Brother serger.

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Date: 7/7/12 10:09 PM

Sorry it's taken me until now to get back here. I've been wedding dress shopping and I can't wait to use the serger on that dress!

Anyways that's the beauty! I have everything! Even the dealership paperwork and warranty slips! I could have died! I snaffled that thing up so fast the clerks weren't sure if I was going to eat them or not.

I haven't had the bravery yet to thread it, but I plugged it in and everything runs smoothly. Only stitching will tell!

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