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The Singer Tiny Serger is an awesome little machine that almost does everything a full serger machine would do, except that it’s all packaged in a tiny, neat little product. It not only works well but it looks hella cute, too!
Serger machines are a bit of a tough decision for some people to make. On the one hand, they’re expensive, and on the other hand, it makes life a lot simpler. Things that are difficult to accomplish with a regular sewing machine – such as finishing edges – is so much easier with a serger.
If you don’t have the budget to buy a large serger machine I’d strongly suggest you consider a small serger such as this one or similar.
Since this post is about the Singer Tiny Serger, we’ll talk more about this machine rather than others, but please bear in mind that this machine is no longer in production and if you want something brand new, you’ll have to get a machine such as this one, even though it’s not quite as tiny:
However, if you’re looking for the Tiny Serger itself, you can find it on eBay or on Amazon in the collectibles section, such as this one:
Note: If you can’t see the product above, it means Amazon has sold out of it. Sorry! Try eBay or Craiglist 🙂
This is a really tiny serger machine! It has an almost square base, 6″ wide and 6.25″ long, and just under a foot high when the stand is fully upright. This can become even smaller when the stand folds.
Since you’re going to buy this second hand, here’s some questions you need to ask before pulling the buying trigger:
In case the manual is not there, you can get the PDF from the manufacturer website here.
We mentioned that there was just a single threading light in the machine, and no sewing light. When you plug the machine into the wall, the threading light comes on, but when you plug in the foot pedal, the threading light goes off.
The assumption here is that you’ll have to thread before plugging in the foot pedal. When you think about it, it’s actually a good design choice since it makes it safer and ensures your hands are away from the machine parts before the pedal can be accidentally pressed.
Size wise, the Tiny Serger is really small so when you’re threading the machine you’ll need something fine and sharp like tweezers. Tweezers come with the machine in the stock configuration but when you’re buying second hand you may not have them.
The size of the machine definitely makes it hard to thread even if you have tweezers. The path for the thread is easily marked and you can certainly follow it but it’s like that wet noodle metaphor. With a little bit of patience and practice you can get it.
Patience and practice is always key – some folks have trouble threading regular needles at first, so it’s no surprise that threading tiny sewing machines can start out as difficult.
In the manual, a suggestion for re-threading is to tie the new thread to the old thread that’s still in the machine, and turning the handwheel to advance the thread through the serger. You’ll want to stop just before the knot hits the needle though as that can damage the needle.
The tension dials do not have any numbers. There are just markings that give you an idea of how much tension there is. Older sewing machines(like the Morse sewing machines) tended not to have numbers, just indicators.
Like we mentioned in the pros and cons, you can use bigger spools of thread in case you need a lot more thread or have some already lying around.
Finally, there’s no blade that cuts the fabric before serging. A blade attachment makes sure the edges of your fabric are correct and straight before you make the final stitches.
Since this is a smaller machine with no blade, you’ll have to take the extra step of straightening your fabric’s edges with a knife or scissors before you start.
Is the Singer Tiny Serger the best serger in the world? Or is it just a toy?
It’s not a toy by a long shot, as it is a perfectly functional machine that does super overlock stitches, but it’s not exactly the best serger in the world, either.
Instead, it feels like this is a really awesome middle-ground machine that is great for both hobbyists and professionals alike, especially if said professionals are on a tight budget and just starting their business new.
There may be certain situations where you may feel like you need the more complex stitches from a bigger serger, but for most everyday use this little guy does everything you need.
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