We Review the Juki MO654DE Portable Serger

JUKI MO654DE Portable Thread Serger

Juki sewing machines and sergers are known for their quality and durability, and the Juki MO654DE is no exception. This serger works wonderfully on a variety of fabrics, including standard cotton, stretchy knits, satin, and thick canvas. Ready to use right out of the box, it is a perfect choice for both beginners and experienced sewists.  While it came in 3rd place in our serger comparison, it only lost out to a couple of higher priced units.

Stable and quiet, this Juki produces consistent, quality stitches, and is extremely easy to thread.

After using a Janome 8002D for a few years, I was very excited to test-drive this Juki. First, here are the basic features of this machine.

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Features of the Juki MO654DE

The Juki MO654DE will perform a variety of stitches, including 2-thread overcast, 2 and 3-thread rolled hem, 3 thread overlock and narrow overlock, 3 thread flatlock, and 4-thread overlock.

stitching capabilities of the the MO654DE

2-Thread Overcast:

This stitch produces a stretchy, lightweight finish and is a great alternative to rolled hems. Also used as an edge-finish for delicate fabrics.

2 and 3-Thread Rolled Hems:

Rolled hems are a great way to finish napkins, tablecloths, and edges on lightweight fabrics.

3-Thread Overlock

A great choice for seaming, though not as strong as the 4-thread overlock. Because of this, it is best to use this stitch on seams that will not be put under heavy stress. This stitch can also be used to make a blind hem.

3-Thread and 4-Thread Flatlock

A decorative stitch, used mostly on knits. Looks great on projects such as sweatshirts.

4-Thread Overlock

The most commonly used serger stitch, this stitch is perfect for seaming because it is strong and durable.

Convenience Features

This machine is full of convenience features including snap-on presser feet, a fast 2-thread conversion, and built-in rolled hemming. Color coded thread paths and disengaging loopers allow for quick and painless threading. A built-in sewing gauge helps to create accurate seams.

Performance

The Juki MO654DE has a max stitch speed of 1500 rpm, which is pretty quick for home-based use.

This machine easily serges through multiple layers, including canvas, denim, and quilts! It hums along relatively quietly; in fact, it is quieter than my Janome 8002D.

Differential Feed

JUKI MO654DE internal

The Juki MO654DE has a differential feed system, which is important if you think you may use your serger on lightweight or stretchy fabrics in addition to medium weight, non-stretchy fabrics. Differential feed is an important innovation for sergers, and many recently manufactured sergers offer this.

A differential feed system consists of two sets of feed dogs that move the fabric through the machine. The way in which these feed dogs move is controlled by a dial, usually on the side or front of the machine, that adjusts the ratio of speed between the front and rear set of feed dogs. The adjustable feed dogs are referred to as the “differential feed dogs.”A ratio of 1, which is usually the default setting, means that both sets are moving at the same speed.

When the ratio is set to less than 1, the front set will move slower than the rear set, causing the fabric to stretch as it is sewn. This is an ideal setting for lightweight fabric that may want to pucker.

When the ratio is set above 1, the front set will move faster than the rear set, causing the fabric to gather as it is sewn. This is ideal for sewing stretchy fabrics that may want to stretch and ripple.

The Juki MO645DE offers differential feed ratios between .7 and 2.0, so you’l have plenty of wiggle room for a wide variety of fabrics!

Included Accessories

If you are a first-time serger, this machine comes with everything you need to get started. Basic accessories include a standard presser foot, large and small screwdrivers, spool caps, oiler, thread nets, vinyl cover, needle pack, tweezer, brush and needle inserter, needle threader, guide bar, accessory pouch, light bulb, accessory pouch, light bulb, instruction manual, and foot control.

It ships pre-threaded, allowing you to get started right away. This model also comes with a spare lower knife, as well as a 2/3 thread selector.

Optional Accessories

The following accessories are NOT included, but you may consider purchasing depending upon your plans.

  • a blind stitch presser foot can help you achieve blind hems with the right needle.
  • a universal blind stitch presser foot will allow you make blind hems with either the right or left needles.
  • an elasticator presser foot is used for attaching elastic tape to stretch fabrics.
  • a cording presser foot is used for attaching cording, such as nylon string or wire, to the edge of fabrics.
  • a beading presser foot is useful for attaching decorative pearls and beading with overlock stitching on a straight edge. The curved beading presser foot will allow you to do this but on a curved edge of fabric.
  • a piping presser foot is perfect for attaching piping.
  • a gathering presser foot is used for gathering and sewing with differential feed.

Final Thoughts

If I was in the market for a new machine, I would definitely upgrade to this one! For the price, this machine is a workhorse. I powered through 50 zippered pouches, a few dozen swaddling blankets and baby bibs, and some other random projects, without ever having to re-thread. Adjusting the tension to accommodate the different fabrics was quick and easy.

Though I am experienced at threading a serger, it is usually a tiresome process. I noticed that threading this machine was much easier and faster than threading my Janome 8002D.

All-in-all, I loved using this machine and would definitely recommend it to a beginner or experienced sewist!

Jason
 

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