The “Lidl Overlocker” has become immensely popular since it came to market. Singer’s budget overlocker comes with great marketing hype and a strong brand name. Our review will help you see if it lives up to the hype.
Singer has included some excellent features in this budget overlocker machine. The price is phenomenal, and the machine is easy to use. The manual makes threading and changing functions very clear.
Let’s walk through a few of the best features of this Singer overlocker.
Great Variety of Stitches for the Price
Singer has packed a lot of stitch types into this budget overlocker machine. Experimenting with different stitches is a useful way to learn how to use the machine and expand your creativity. The built-in stitches on this machine should help you learn the basics and push your own boundaries a little.
Here are two included stitch varieties worth mentioning:
Singer’s overlocker features a built-in rolled hem setting. This beautiful stitch finishes the edges of scarves, delicate fabrics, and even sheer curtains. The built-in rolled hem setting makes setup much easier.
If you’re creating something with a vintage look or making linen items, then you might want to use the Pintuck stitch. The “Lidl overlocker” lets you do this using a 3-thread stitch that is much easier than switching to a different machine.
Many machines offer a variety of stitches. We really like seeing these on a budget overlocker.
Swapping Functions and Projects Is Easy
Nobody works on just one thing. All of us change projects and even change functions during a single project. Swapping functions and changing thread is simple with the Singer Stylist 14SH764 Serger.
The process of changing functions and projects is easy for two reasons. First, the controls are exactly what you expect and a breeze to use. The tension knobs are nicely coloured. The differential feed knob is conveniently located on the side of the machine. Second, the manual and explanations are genuinely helpful. Colour-coded diagrams for threading the machine make the process quick and easy.
A Few Other Great Features
There are a few other nice features on this overlocker machine. The blade cuts fabric as you go for convenience. The differential feed gives you amazing control over the edge you’re sewing. You can create amazing hems and edges to match your imagination. The flatlock stitching gives you a new way to add decorations and pizzazz to your next big project.
All this comes in a light and portable package. This is a great serger to take to classes because it won’t break your back getting it in and out of the car.
Things We’d Change
Very few overlocker machines can claim to be perfect. While there is a lot to love about the Singer overlocker, there are a couple of things we would change if we could.
The Accessory Case Is Fiddly
Having an accessory case is a good idea. Making it out of plastic, hiding it under the free arm, and then designing it so that you need six fingers and two hands to open it isn’t such a good idea. We would like to see something simpler.
Lightweight Means Not Sturdy
Being a lightweight overlocker machine is good for your back. It’s not necessarily good for the longevity of the machine. We’d prefer to see a sturdier frame to keep the machine from flexing or bending when it is moved.
So, should you buy the Singer Stylist 14SH764 Overlocker? We think it’s great value for money – especially if you can pick up the “Lidl Overlocker” on sale.
Singer Stylist 14SH754 Features List
1300 stitches per minute Sews up to 1,300 stitches per minute, providing a professional speed for faster results.
2/4 thread adaptability The different types ensure the perfect stitch no matter what project.
Four thread overlock stitch Perfect for sewing with knit fabrics, because the stitch stretches as the fabric stretches providing a strong and professional finish.
Three thread overlock stitch Provides a professional seam finish and it helps prevent loosely woven fabrics from fraying.
Three thread Rolled Hem stitch Add an elegant fine finish to your projects.
Flatlock stitch Decorative threads can be used to add texture and add dramatic embellishment effects.
Adjustable stitch width and length Keeps seams strong and prevents bunching on all fabric types.
Easy tension adjustment Keeps stitches balanced and even.
Long-lasting LED Light See your sewing area clearly.
Adjustable Carbide Knife Cuts fabrics easily and can be adjusted as needed for any project.
Handy Free Arm Take the accessory compartment off, when you need to overlock areas such as cuffs, pant hems and other circular seams.
Colour coded threading system Threading path for each thread is indicated with a specific colour which makes threading easy! Reference diagrams are also included right under the front cover of the machine.
Built in rolled Hem plate Simply slide a lever to easily change the machine for rolled hemming. There is no need to change the stitch plate.
Extra-high Presser Foot Lifter The presser foot can be raised extra high, which will allow thick fabrics to go through.
Controls the ratio of movement between the front and back sections of the feed teeth. Use the differential feed to help eliminate distortion from your seams when sewing stretchy fabrics or puckers from seams in lightweight or silky fabrics. Available on the Singer Stylist 14SH754 Overlocker.