Juki MO654DE Review
- Size: The JUKI MO654DE Portable Thread Serger Sewing Machine is smaller in size for easy portability and storage, but is powerful when operating.
- Safety Switch: An included safety switch disables the machine’s motor when the swing cover is opened for threading, preventing the machine from running to keep the user safe.
- Gathering Capability: The MO654DE can gather fabrics along the seam to create decorative bunched effects for sleeves, necklines, and skirts.
- User-Friendly: Many satisfied customers report the JUKI MO654DE Portable as being simple to figure out and easy to operate.
- Threading: Some users complain that in some instances the machine may not stay threaded after set-up.
Where To Find The Best Value
- Smaller in size for easy portability and storage
- Safety Switch
Review (4.7 Stars)
As a brand JUKI combines its powerful drive cutting system with an easy to use design to create high quality sergers. Without a doubt, the MO654DE model is no exception. This model features a 2-3-4 thread capability with a number of adjustable features for highly customized results.
What is the Difference Between the MO-654DE Pearl Line versus MO-654DE Portable?
The MO-654DE Pearl Line and MO-654DE Portable are the exact same machine. Different websites, and even the same online retailers have listed the Juki MO-654DE with the different names. Thus causing confusion that these may be two different Juki products when they are not.
The JUKI MO654DE is a portable serger with 2-3-4 thread capability and automatic rolled hem stitching. It performs all the popular overlock and flatlock stich options. The ability to adjust the stitch settings allows you to customize the stitch to your exact project needs.
2-thread overlock: Using a single needle (either left or right) and only the bottom looper, this stitch is great for finishing the edges of light-weight fabrics.
3-thread overlock: This stitch uses a single needle and 3 threads to quickly finish the edges of medium to heavy-weight fabrics that won’t undergo heavy wear and tear.
4-thread overlock: Utilizing both needles and all 4 threads, the 4-thread overlock stitch is the strongest option on this machine and the most commonly used serger stitch. It’s perfect for constructing durable, flexible seams on knits or woven fabrics.
Rolled hem: Sewing with the right needle, both loopers, and 3 threads, the fabric is slightly folded over before being encased in the thread from the loopers. This stitch is commonly used to finish lightweight materials such as chiffon or organza, or when finishing long lengths of fabric when creating ruffles.
Flatlock: A flatlock stitch is created by bringing the raw edges of two fabrics together, butting them up next to each other, and then sewing a seam that joins the two pieces together.
Speed: 1,500 stitches per minute
Number of Needles: 2
Differential Feed: 0.7 to 2.0mm
Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 13.6 x 11.6 inches
Weight: 15 pounds
Automatic Rolled Hem
The roll hemmer on the Juki MO654DE is built right into the machine, making it easy to switch from the overlock stitch to a rolled hem. With two option modes, the automatic rolled hem provides a clean edge as needed for clothing and delicate fabrics.
Without a doubt, one of the biggest challenges with manually threaded sergers is the task of threading all the needles and loopers. JUKI provided an easy-to-understand color-coded threading guide right on the front of the serger to make this easier for users.
Adjustable Differential Feed
Being able to adjust the differential feed dogs makes a marked difference in stitch quality. The adjustable differential feed controls the ratio of movement between the front and back feed dogs, which will help feed the fabric smoothly beneath the needles. This adjustability is essential for producing smooth, even stitches, especially when working with very stretchy or delicate fabrics.
Adjustable Stitch Length
A conveniently located stitch length dial allows the user to adjust the stitch length effortlessly. Unlike some machines, this model doesn’t require the user to stop and open the the front of the machine to make adjustments.
Powerful Knife System
The knife system has an adjustable upper knife that can be disengaged if needed. A dedicated drive mechanism cuts easily and consistently through both light and heavy fabrics. Knife adjustment is calibrated to offer consistent response.
Built-in Tape Guide
The presser foot features a built-in tape guide that can be used when sewing seams in stretchy fabrics. Using tape with these materials prevents the fabric from losing its shape during stitching and provides extra stretch in the finished seam. This feature is useful for sewing swimwear, athletic wear, and costumes.
JUKI AMERICA, INC. (“JA”) offers a two-year limited warranty on the motor, light assembly, wiring, switches, circuit board, and speed control. All other parts excluding consumable parts (such as needles, loopers, feed dogs, knife blades, bulbs, lamps and belts) are covered under a five-year limited warranty from the date of purchase.
The JUKI MO654DE is a small and powerful machine that delivers function and versatility as needed for home serging tasks. It allows users to get projects done efficiently while still offering room to experiment. Overall, this model will likely meet the needs of most sewists looking for an entry-level serger.
About Amanda S.: Growing up, I was fascinated by watching my mom and grandma turn fabric into beautiful handcrafted items. In my early 20’s, I finally got brave, buying a sewing machine and teaching myself to sew. As I fell in love with sewing, my machine collection expanded, and I ran an Etsy shop sewing children’s clothing for a few years. As a single mom of 3 great kids, my sewing time has lessened, but I still try to find time to work on quilts, bags, and projects with my kids, teaching them what I love.