Turns out, the cord for the Singer 14U64A serger fits the
three-thread serger which I got at a yard sale for $5.00. I opened the
serger and found a silver dollar piece lodged inside, so, technically,
it cost less than $5.00. Cleaned up, and it runs like a champ, forming a
neat three-thread overedge.
It's an old three-thread Singer, a 14U52A. No light, and very limited
capabilities. I was too lazy (at midnight) to try the narrow roll-hem
foot from the 64A on this machine. Anyone know if the 52A can be
converted to do a roll hem? Hem width can be set to the same narrow
range as on the 64A, so I'm guessing I can sew a rolled hem on it.
I'll probably set it up to do one operation. I don't recommend this
method of machine acquisition to anyone who is setting up a workroom, as
each of my machines now takes a different needle system, different knife
blades, etc. Works for me at the moment, though.
I'm still arguing with the BabyLock, to no avail. Went back and
flossed between each metal-to metal moving part, and found no elastic or
threads. Gonna give them a good greasing and see if that cures the
ailment, then wait for a new upper knife blade and foot pedal to arrive.
The only other thing I can figure is there might be some
invisible-to-the-eye wearing on the joints which drive the foot. The
machine has seen about 15 years hard labor, give or take a year or two.
It may be hospital time for my fav. Hate to let it out of my
sight. Last time I did, the repairman greeted me with "I've sold your
machine.", although I was NOT--in no way-- overdue to pick it up. I
always plaster my business cards onto the machine, it's foot pedal,
(after getting an almost new foot pedal swapped out for a crappy old
pedal once) any removable parts, and I try to impress upon the repairman
how vital early pick up is to my repairs.
- posted 16 years ago