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Singer professional 5 Serger 14T968DC
This may be a dumb question about the needles for it.
Butter Bean
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Date: 8/6/13 4:59 PM

I know this machine takes Singer only needles but what exact ones? If you sew knit fabrics do you use ball point needles and are these available for this machine. I've seen the woven needles for this model but not the ball point for knits? Thanks in advance to whomever knows this info. I can only find the woven serger needles for this model on the Singer website.
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I only ask because my Viking husky lock 905 takes regular sewing needles and I use Schmetz stretch needles when working with knit fabric and Schmetz regular needles when sewing woven fabric.
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Date: 8/6/13 5:49 PM

Ahhhhh.... Butter Bean I see you are from Texas too. I am going to watch this post because I just got this machine also. We had a beautiful simbrah bull who was spotted and my late Mother called him butter bean because she loved butter beans. Anyway I hadn't thought about that in while. I haven't been brave enough to get my server out of the box yet but I did order a book about serving and need to get some needles.

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Date: 8/6/13 6:53 PM

I would just take their word for it, like on page #9 of your book, and just believe them. Even though it is the same needle configuration as a EL X705 one.

"This overlock uses a flat shank industrial needle that eliminates the possibility of inserting the needle backwards. Do not attempt to use a standard household sewing machine needle of any size or type in this overlocker. Singer needle type #2022 size 14/90 is furnished with the machine. Only use needle #2022 14/90 or 11/80 as supplied in the accessory case"

That sounds pretty clear to me. Of course they would prefer you to buy their serger needle over another branded one, but since theirs are cheaper than every one else's anyway, why fight it?

It's already the right kind of Serger needle, and already has the right kind of point on it for all knits and wovens, and even the right kind of scarf on it there for coverstiching with that machine. Also I would only use size 1l or 14 ones, just since a smaller size needle, probably will not form stitches and a larger size one, probably will hit your loopers or your stitch plate pins and break something.

There is no such thing as only a woven Singer #2022 needle. or even only a woven EL X 705 needle, so if you see that on Singer's website, or anyone else's at all, it's some kind of mistake there.
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Date: 8/6/13 11:26 PM

Wow! Thanks for the quick replies beauturbo and txcwgrlmom.I think you answered my question by stating that that the Singer #2022 can sew both knits and wovens (that's what I was confused about). I think I just thought I needed to use a ball point/stretch serger needle when sewing knits. So thanks so much for the explanation.
Butter Bean

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Date: 8/6/13 11:35 PM

Txcwgirlmom - I enjoyed reading about the bull named Butter Bean and your mom who named him that. Thanks for sharing.

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Date: 8/7/13 9:55 AM

Butter Bean - Test on your knit fabric first. I had trouble with a couple of knits, and contacted the dealer (though I don't own a Singer Serger) and they steered me in the right direction. I used the needles suggested by serger manufacturer only to have my fabric run and create holes in my test fabric. Best of luck!

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Date: 8/7/13 3:03 PM

Ditto to exactly what Beauturbo wrote. She has it exactly right. She knows about everything!

I had wondered why so many people talk about changing their serger needles for wovens and knits and I didn't have to. I do on my SM but my three Singer sergers didn't require that. They just use the 2022's. So I wrote Singer about it to ask. I wondered what type of needles 2022's were. This was a few years ago but I do believe they said the needles were sharps. Weird hey? I like that I don't have to switch needles for serging knits or wovens because I hate changing my serger needles. Tuthfully, I rarely do and can't even remember when I did it last. I serge alot, really alot. And all kinds of fabrics from knits to wovens and from lightweight to heavyweight, and I have never had a problem with the needles piercing or snagging. They just work great on whatever fabric I am using.

The Pfaff guy (sewingrebel from ebay) that is close to my house told me the same as Beauturbo--that the Singer needles are EL X705.

I stocked up on the Singer 2022 needles when I had a big % off coupon from someplace like Sewingmachines Plus. They are going to last me a long time being I rarely change them. I also bought from the Singer site a couple packs of needles simply because the pack included a size 16 2022. I thought I'd have it in case I ever serged something that a size 14 wouldn't handle. But that has never happened.

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Date: 8/7/13 3:12 PM

PattyGee - Thanks for the info, I haven't purchased this serger yet as I wanted to know about the needles for it first. I figured that the sewer's here on pattern review would know.
I see it is $499 on HSN with flex pay and I am almost ready to buy as I really want it for the cover hem ability and a back up serger as mine is about 12 yrs old. Butter Bean

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Date: 8/8/13 8:27 PM

I have a 14T967dc.
Mostly I use 2022s - which is what came with my machine. I have used them for knits and wovens and coverstitching. But they are INSANELY difficult to find - especially the 11s - which is the smaller size and the one I use most often.

Once, in desperation, I picked up some size 11 2045s which are supposed to be for knits (ball points for Singer sergers are 2054s - but I never could find them either). The points feel EXACTLY the same to me. It makes me think that 2022s are really ballpoints. Or maybe they're BOTH universals? (Or maybe I have used my 2022s so much that I've worn down the tips?) Anyways, each has a groove down the front. And the dimensions are the same.

ONE difference. The 2022s have a groove in the back section below the colored part of the shaft. The 2045s are round in that same section. 2045s work in my serger just fine - except for - I swear coverstitching. So I keep the 2045s and occassionally use them. Just not for coverstitching because even the thought of making a mess with coverstitching is enough to make me not sew at all.

Its ridiculous how difficult it is to find singer serger needles. And a serger without needles is absolutely useless.

Singer's official descriptions of their needles are at
Singer Needles

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Date: 8/9/13 9:03 AM

Anae - I don't understand either why it's hard to get Singer needles locally without ordering directly from Singer, or for that matter any Singer parts. I wanted to order a bobbin case for my Singer L-500 from Singer they had me contact a singer parts shop in N.Y. I 'm still waiting to get it.Thanks for the info, I appreciate it.
How do you like your serger, and does it coverhem well?
Butter Bean

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