JUKI MO654DE Portable Thread Serger Sewing Machine Review
Sometimes you might feel the need to start looking for a good serger. It could be for a whole variety of reasons – Your previous one might have stopped working, or you simply want to find one that’s a cheaper alternative to a more expensive serger. Or you don’t want to spend too much cash to get your old one fixed. You can pick up the Juki Mo654de and be completely satisfied with this small yet powerful serger.
What exactly is a serger? A serger is a tiny piece of equipment that most people actually put off buying at first, because they tend to look a tad bit intimidating, or because it’s sometimes so costly for such a tiny machine. Even the most affordable sergers could be a tiny investment. However, plenty of sergers out there are so easy and simple to use. They actually do provide loads of changes to your sewing practice. You gain plenty of sewing skills, earn more professional seams whenever you sew knits, and you can even save loads of time and money when you sew woven fabrics, since a serger can quickly finish off your seam allowances, as compared to using French seams or other types of intensive finishes with the machine. If you’re still having second thoughts about making that big leap from sewing machine to serger, then by all means, go for it. You won’t regret purchasing a serger. Sergers are a highly indispensable tool in plenty of sewing arsenals, and you’ll be wondering why you haven’t purchased one sooner.
Sergers, in particular the ones that come from popular manufacturing company Juki, have always garnered rave reviews from critics. According to one owner, Juki sergers have used plenty of the similar components as found in their line of industrial-type sewing machines. Juki sergers are known to be some of the best ones out on the market, which includes other high-priced sewing machine and serger brands. Threading sergers are pretty much an easy task so you have to purchase one that didn’t contain any of those really fancy auto-threading capabilities. All you need is a serger that is very durable, dependable, affordable, and very easy to fix when required. Purchasing a good serger online without getting the opportunity to try it out first could actually cause plenty of stress. So it is recommended that you head on over to the nearest sewing machine store or Juki store if you want to see how the Mo654De works. We really like how quiet the machine runs, but we needed something that exerted a bit of power.
Compared to the Juki 644D serger, the Mo654De is a definite upgrade – Despite the fact that they look physically similar to each other. Both machines are compact and highly tiny. The 644D is suggested for light and medium fabrics, while the Mo654De has the ability to power through thicker kinds of fabrics, or multiple layers of the same fabric without causing any damage. We were first concerned about the fact that the serger lacked a free arm – But we never really faced any problems with that, even while we used the Mo654De to stitch through round or narrow openings.
We were really excited to give this serger a try, so we ended up sewing out a testing seam without having to look at its threading process first. It’s so much easier to thread as compared to sergers coming from other brands. It’s got a color-coded guide with it, so it only takes a couple of steps to assemble. If you want to attach new thread colors to old pieces of fabric, then you won’t encounter too much trouble when it comes to threading. The lower looper, in particular, is very easy to thread. It smoothly slides over to the right whenever you push on the white lever. You won’t have to squint too much to check if you’ve threaded it properly, or not.
It’s also quite easy to adjust the serger’s tension. Compared to Brother’s sergers, whose dials are conveniently located on the top side, the tension dials that came with the Mo654De are all located on the face of the machine. Plenty of fabrics are already content with the 4 setting. However, if you encounter any issues with the tension, then we recommend taking a look at several tutorials posted online – Because the instructions found in the manual aren’t exactly the most concise.
One of the best things about the Mo654De is the fact that it’s very easy to clean up. The sides and face of the serger both swing out so it’s really easy to squeeze your hand in there and clean the insides with the aid of a lint brush. And because the serger’s actual motor is concealed, you could even use a can of pressurized air safely, because there’s no easy way to blow lint right inside the serger’s machine instead. Cleaning other sergers can be a chore since you have to take apart the entire thing using a screwdriver. It’s also really easy to push lint into the machine, causing it to malfunction quickly.
Another wonderful thing about the Mo654De is that the motor runs very quietly. The fact that it contains tiny suction cups beneath it is also an advantage, so it won’t end up rattling the entire room as you sew.
You are free to change up the width of the seams with the help of a tiny dial located at the front side of the pressure foot. This particular foot includes a groove meant for clear elastic and twill tape, so it’s very easy for you to keep those seams stabilized. There’s also a built-in roll hemmer, so it’s quick and easy for you to make a straight and narrow-edged stitch. We haven’t really given this option a try yet, but according to most owners, it’s pretty amazing.
The 2/3/4 threads will provide you with plenty of options in regards to seam finishes. There’s a differential feed, which guarantees you a smooth and almost perfect seam no matter if you’re dealing with woven fabrics or knits. The serger also has its own light which is perfect for working in the dark. Apart from that, you can also find clearly-marked seam allowances on its casing. It’s so much easier to stitch and sew exact seam allowances as compared to a regular sewing machine.
So to sum it all up, the Juki Mo654de serger is just excellent. You will enjoy sewing through plenty of knits, especially when you decide to make jumpsuit patterns.
As a brand, Juki’s line of sewing machines and sergers will combine together the best quality of stitches and ease of use thanks to its powerful drive-cutting system. The Mo654De isn’t an exception to the rule. This is a model that includes a 2/3/4-thread capability with a whole heap of adjustable features meant for customized results.
The Mo654De is a portable serger with an automated rolling hem stitch feature. It includes adjustments made for several stitch and feed lengths, which allow for pure control as you sew through all sorts of fabrics. The serger also comes with a multi-purpose foot which is meant to be used together with a whole heap of product and specialized stitches, including tapes and elastics. Also included here is a whole variety of extra presser feet meant for blind stitches, piping, cording, and gathering. The threading process is simple and easy thanks to color-coding and a breakaway looper feature.
The Juki Mo654de measures over 10.6 x 13.6 x 11.6 inches, and can produce over 1,500 stitches per minute. It weighs over 15 pounds.
The machine has an automated roll hemmer feature, which rolls the edges of your selected fabric right over itself twice, to be able to hide the fabric’s edges. The roll is also sewn over as it is rolled upwards. The automated rolled hem feature includes two modes. The first one gives it the ability to roll over the end of the hem, while the second one provides an overlocking stitch, meant for durability. No matter if you use either one of the two methods, the automated hem feature will still give your project a clean and superior edge as required for upholstery and clothing.
The differential feed feature is great for preventing stretchy and thin materials from being bent or pulled out of its original shape with the seams. It also changes the material’s tightness, while it was getting stitched. Its serger contains an adjustment dial for the stitch’s length, as well as the differential feed which gives the easiest form of management in regards to the stitch.
- You can adjust the serger easily. The dials that are meant to fix the serger’s stitching length are located on the outside of the serger.
- Calibrated knife adjustment. This feature has been purely calibrated to keep it consistent from one project to the next.
- Very durable.
- Easy rolled hem conversion – Converting the fabric to rolled hem mode is both quick and easy. The users can move from back and forth as fast as possible while the task is being finished.
- Very pricey.