If you want your garments to look professional, you need to invest in a good serger machine. The Singer Professional 5 has multiple stitch capabilities, a heavy-duty metal frame, easy color-coded threading system and a variety of other options to make serging a breeze.
Features and Specs
- Heavy-duty metal frame
- 12 built-in stitches
- 2-3-4-5-stitch capabilities
- Sews at 1,300 spm
- 4 built-in rolled hems
- Color-coded threading system
- Adjustable stitch length
- Self-adjusting tension system
- Attachable clean pocket
Our SINGER Professional 5 14T968DC Serger Review
The Singer Professional 5 serger can sew seams, seam finishes and even trim seam allowances in one step to save you time. It comes with extra presser feet, and it offers a variety of functions and features to add a professional touch to your projects.
The 14T968DC has 2, 3, 4 and 5-stitch capabilities to meet all of your serging needs. With the ability to sew at 1,300 stitches per minute (spm), you can complete your projects quickly. You can also set the maximum sewing speed if you’re worried about sewing too quickly.
What we really like about this machine is that you can achieve the same seams and seam finishes that you see on store-bought garments. The multiple stitch capabilities allow for multiple stitch combinations. Create a simple narrow hem, or stitch a knit top with stretchy seams that won’t pop.
12 Stitches and 4 Rolled Hem Options
There are four built-in rolled hem options. Simply slide a lever to convert the machine to rolled hem sewing without having to change out the stitch plate.
There are also 12 built-in stitches for basic sewing tasks as well as decorative stitches. This makes the machine more versatile because you have the option of choosing basic stitches. You can customize the stitches by adjusting the length and width. The machine will adjust the tension automatically, depending on which stitch you choose.
The automatic tension feature makes your life easier and eliminates one more step in the sewing process.
The 14T968DC offers a variety of cover stitches, and the differential feed allows you to sew stretchy fabrics without worrying about wavy distortion or them puckering.
There are three coverstitch options: narrow, wide and triple. There’s also a double chain stitch, which creates a beautiful decorative finish to your projects.
Extra Presser Feet
To make your life easier, Singer includes a variety of extra presser feet, including:
- Blind hem
All of these additional presser feet can help you achieve that ready-wear look you see in retail stores.
The color-coded threading system makes your life easier by threading a path for each thread using a specific color. You’ll also find reference diagrams printed right on the machine, so you don’t have to hunt down an instruction manual just to use your machine.
Color-coded threading makes everything easier, especially if you have five different threads on the machine. It’s easy to get confused and wind up with a tangled, frustrating mess.
Because this serger will sew seams, seam finishes and trim seam allowances in one step, you’ll have to worry about collecting and disposing of extra fabric. Singer has you covered. They include a clean pocket that you can place in front of the machine to catch any excess fabric that’s trimmed.
The clean pocket is a nice addition. It makes your life a little easier by collecting fabric scraps that you can either save for the future, or easily discard.
We like that this machine has a heavy-duty metal frame. It’s highly durable, and you don’t have to worry about skipping stitches.
This serger also has a smooth stainless-steel bed plate for easy gliding of fabric as you sew. This makes it easy to work with delicate fabrics, like silk, which may easily get caught in other types of bed plates.
The 14T968DC has a pretty hefty weight of 18.6 pounds, but its size is still pretty compact: 13.5” x 10.5” x 11.5.” Whether you have a big crafting room or a small sewing table, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a place for this machine in your home.
A big problem with many new sewing and serger machines is that they’re made entirely of plastic. Plastic can still be durable, but it’s a lightweight material that can make it hard to sew at a faster speed. The metal frame of this machine helps keep it in place during use and prevents skipping.
Also, LED lights help create a bright working space, and they stay cool to the touch for added safety. If you want to work with extra-thick fabrics, there’s an extra-high presser foot lifter to make your life easier.
One thing you’ll notice about the 14T968DC is that it has a user-friendly design. There’s a bit of a learning curve, but the manual guides you along and makes it pretty easy to get the hang of it.
Unlike with other machines, the manual that comes with this model is pretty easy to follow and has clear instructions.
If you’ve never used a serger before, this machine makes it less intimidating. It’s easy to get the machine up and running, so you can get your projects done faster. We still recommend giving it a few test runs to master its use and the stitches. But overall, it’s a machine that’s easy to use – especially compared to the competition.
- Easy to use
- Color-coded threading
- Heavy-duty design
- Multiple stitch options
- Fast sewing speed
- Stainless steel bed plate for easy fabric gliding
- Comes with extra presser feet
- Multiple stitches and rolled hem options
- Professional results
- Tension issues
Some users have issues with the automatic tension feature. They complain that the thread breaks after sewing for just a few moments. With that said, these same users also complained of having trouble threading the machine. We’d guess that they threaded the machine incorrectly and this caused the thread to break.
There were only a few complaints about the tension issue. The vast majority of users love this machine and the professional results it delivers.