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From: SewingStephanie
Date: 04-19-2006, 03:17 PM (1 of 7)
Okay so I bought a basic serger....the Singer ULTRALOCK® 14SH654.
My question is.....where to get the thread.
I got 4 cones of thread to go on it and it seems as if they are too big. They supposed to fit on there snug, right?
Is there a certain brand you have to use? I'm confused.

Thanks again!
User: SewingStephanie
Member since: 02-08-2006
Total posts: 40
From: DorothyL
Date: 04-19-2006, 03:52 PM (2 of 7)
I have some little cones that I can put over the thread spindles when I use serger thread.
I'm hoping they will fit on my regular machine because I got some thread for a project on the serger and realized I'd like to use it on a sewing machine project too.

User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: Susy
Date: 04-19-2006, 05:00 PM (3 of 7)
I too, have small black rubber -like cones that the serger thread fits over, it isn't tight but more snug. My question is, if using 4 threads, should the ones that go thru the needles be a stronger thread or can I use serger thread on all 4? I have been putting sewing machine (3 ply?) on for strength but does it make a lot of difference?
User: Susy
Member since: 02-05-2005
Total posts: 39
From: bluebirdie
Date: 04-19-2006, 06:22 PM (4 of 7)
Hi Stef,
Not all thread cones will fit very snugly. I think you can get adaptors at any fabric place or dealers. I don't use these any more but used to buy them at JoAnn's:
- Robin
User: bluebirdie
Member since: 03-12-2006
Total posts: 139
From: Kylnne2
Date: 04-19-2006, 06:28 PM (5 of 7)
Susy, you can use cone thread for all threading including the needles. You could use regular sewing spools for the needles if you prefer but the cones are best for the loopers because they go through so much thread so quickly. You will find there are many types of threads, yarns, woolleys, metallics etc. that you can use in the loopers to make nice decorative looks. You can even use more than one thread at a time in a looper.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
From: Susy
Date: 04-19-2006, 10:22 PM (6 of 7)
Thanks so much for answering that question, I am just starting to enjoy using my serger (which I have had for about 3 years)as I had so much trouble changing thread until I saw on here that you must thread the needles last, after the loopers, it used to be so frustrating til I learned that(which I have never read in my manual)
User: Susy
Member since: 02-05-2005
Total posts: 39
From: Tom Land
Date: 04-20-2006, 12:47 AM (7 of 7)
Steph, there are cone holders that slide over spool pins to keep the spools from wobbling around. They used to be standard with all sergers but latey some companies have quit including them in an effort to help reduce cost of man. You can get them from nearly any dealer for about $1 each. They really cut down on noise, thread breakage, and tension variations due to the wobbling around.
As others have already said, you are in for treat with all the specialty threads you can use to obtain different effects.
A bit of caution...if you use better thread you will have fewer problems. I can't tell you how many sergers I see in a week that the only problem is they are using "Sure Fine" or some other discount thread. It doesn't seem to bother some machines as much as others but my thinking is "If I buy the discount stuff so I have saved .80 and the thread breaks once because of it I would have rather paid the extra money and not have to rethread". In reality it will probably be dozens or breaks and rethreads.
Even the good serger thread is very inexpensive compared to machine threads.
Have fun and don't be afraid to experiment and get creative.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
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