Singer Tiny Serger TS380

Back in mid-July I stopped at a yard sale. It was one of the yard sales I like – the ones where the people are REALLY trying to move their stuff so their prices are dirt cheap.

I found the Singer Tiny Serger for $4.00.

It didn’t come with the user manual, so naturally I went looking for it online. I was dismayed to find it was being sold for $20! I was tempted to put out the $20 since I’d only paid four, but I just couldn’t believe the company was trying to sell the product manual for so much money!

Then a few days ago, I decided to take another look around and see if I could find the user manual for less than twenty bucks! I ended up on an eBay forum where they were going on and on about how wonderful the Tiny Serger is, and someone there said the manual WAS available free from Singer. The thread was a few years old already and I felt kind of bummed out that Singer had decided to charge such an exorbitant amount for the user manual. But then I searched again, as it turns out, I wasn’t at the official Singer site. The manual I’d found was at a site that mimics Singer and uses a very similar URL.

Singer Tiny Serger TS380

Singer Tiny Serger TS380

Here’s how you find the user manual online, where Singer offers it FREE as a PDF download.

  1. Go to www.singerco.com.
  2. Look near the bottom and click on the link that says Instruction Manuals
  3. Type in the letters only – TS
  4. You will be given the option to buy the instruction manual, or download it for free.

Tiny Serger Free PDF Manual - Screenshot from Singer Company

Finally last night I decided I was going to try this little serger and see if it would even work.

I read over the instructions, and like all sewing machines, it said I should oil a few spots before using it for the first time. I got my sewing machine thread out and did that. It looked to be correctly threaded so I plugged it in and tried it out. The little motor tried to work, but it seemed like it was getting stuck. I had to fiddle with the knob that turns the gears and it would work okay, but then get stuck. If I jiggled it and turned it real hard, it would finally go around another time.

Singer Tiny Serger TS380 I left it alone for a while, and then I decided to check it out further. I found a small Phillips screw driver and removed the rubber feet from the bottom so I could remove the screws. I carefully took the top off, leaving it threaded. I found a series of interlocking plastic gears. Mr. A is really good at this sort of thing, so I asked him if he would come inside and take a look to see if he could see anything that might be causing the problem. I continued to examine it and I found what was wrong myself.

Singer Tiny Serger TS380 One of the gears is broken. It’s kind of hard to see because what happened is the gear split away from itself and it’s just the tiniest bit out of alignment, which caused the gears to jam when it gets to that point.

Mr. A says I can remove the gear, clean it very good and superglue it. It’s pretty covered with oil, I guess I could try that before I try to buy a replacement gear. I did a bit of searching to see if I could find a place to buy plastic gears, but it is one of those things that are like looking for a needle in a haystack.

I guess I’ll try to clean the gear and superglue it. Mr. A was in a Radio Shack a few days ago and he was surprised that they don’t sell the kinds of things they used to, otherwise he says I could have easily found a gear there. It’s a tiny little gear, much smaller than a nickel. It has 9 teeth and it’s about 1/4″ tall. Through searching for gears, I found it is most likely a hobby motor gear. So maybe a hobby store. I am so discouraged at looking for little weird things like this because most store clerks don’t even know what the store carries. So if you call on the phone, they’ll say they don’t carry it, or if you go to the store in person they’ll say they don’t carry it, and oftentimes, they do carry it! Maybe I’ll try Fry’s Electronics. They seem to have a lot of weird little things like this.

Singer Tiny Serger TS380

 

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25 comments to Singer Tiny Serger TS380

  • Funny about Money

    Wouldn’t be surprised if you could find that at an Ace Hardware.

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  • Bonnie

    Hi,
    Just read your info and went to Singer. They want to charge $5 for hard copy. Doesn’t give me the option of downloading a .pdf file. Do you still have the file? If so can you send it to me. My mother in law passed away and this is one of the items she had. I couldn’t find any info on it and am not sure what it’s for or how to work it.
    Thanks
    Bonnie

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  • Bonnie

    Hi,
    Disregard request. I was able to find the correct link and have downloaded the manual.
    Thanks
    Bonnie

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Hi Bonnie, I’m glad you found the correct link. I hope you can get the serger to work for you. I have never replaced the gear and am not sure I will. Thanks for visiting and commenting! I hope you come back to visit again!

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    bee Reply:

    @Bonnie,
    so what is the correct site there are a few of us out there that want to know
    thank you

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Bee, the post has been updated to include a screenshot of the exact area where you can download the free PDF for your Tiny Serger. Thanks for visiting and commenting, and good luck with your Tiny Serger. 🙂

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  • Yaneth Alvarez

    por favor si me pueden indicar donde puedo conseguir el manual en español se la maquina Singer Tiny Serger Modelo TS 380 Plus.

    Mil gracias

    Yaneth

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Yaneth, I’m sorry I don’t know where you can get the Tiny Serger manual in Spanish.

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  • Adina

    Hello, I have lost my AC adaptor for my never used TS380 PLUS serger, do you know of any places that sell these? I have done a lot of searching on ebay and the singer website but have come up empty handed. I found the same model # 9V 650mA but I do not know if they are all the same since some start with 41, 51, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated, I bought this machine when I was in high school since that was the one that we were learning on and haven’t used it since, I really need it now because I am trying to make my own clothing!

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Oh dear, I am not sure what to tell you. Back in the day, one could go to Radio Shack and one of the guys (they were ALWAYS GUYS “back in the day”) could have matched you up with something. I do know that you shouldn’t try just any AC adapter you come across because it could blow out the electronics in your serger. I never could get mine to work and during a decluttering session one day threw it away. I’m sorry I would have been more than happy to send you mine if I still had it. I would watch on eBay for the Tiny Serger, maybe you could buy one that isn’t working for parts, and get an AC adapter that way. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back again!

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  • KP

    Hi!

    I just found this story online today because I just bought a tiny serger ($15–you’re better at finding deals than me), and it’s having the EXACT same problem. Did you ever fix yours with super glue or find a new part???

    -Kim

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Hi Kim, unfortunately no I never did follow through with fixing the little serger before I finally threw it away. Good luck with getting yours fixed! I would suggest that you try a sewing machine store, I bet they might have some ideas. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  • ysabet

    Hello… I’m desperately trying to find the footpedal and power cord for one of the Singer Tiny Sergers, due to my having lent mine out and getting it back without them. If anyone here would like to sell those bits to me, I’d really love to talk. Thanks!

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Ysabet, I am terribly sorry I no longer have my Singer Tiny Serger. Have you tried looking on eBay for the missing components? Good luck and thanks for stopping by and visiting.

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  • tess

    hi there! i came online just now to do a search for this EXACT problem. i’m so relieved to have found your very detailed info on the issue. i was so excited to find this serger on ebay. i have needed it for serging cloth diapers. though mine came with a manual, i didn’t realize it at first. and i easily found the free pdf file manual online. too bad you threw yours away! you could probably have gotten about $30 for it, even with the cog issue. i am going to take mine to a vac and sew place to get it repaired because i need it to work and though i am moderately handy with gadgets, you have saved me the trouble of looking high and low for a cog that is nearly impossible to find! at least i know what the problem is now. thank you so much for posting this!

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Tess: You are welcome, and I hope you find the part you need. I did debate selling my broken serger on eBay but I have such a terrible habit of hanging onto stuff “just in case” it might sell on eBay. I don’t have time to list anything on eBay so the stuff just sits around collecting dust and adding to the general clutter around my home. I’m glad my post could be of help to you. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  • J.J.

    On the Singer Tiny Serger TS380; with the front cover off having the needle and the loopers exposed, position the needle about half way to its lowest position or to the point where the tips of both loopers are just about to cross. If you turned the hand wheel so the needle continues to move downward into its lowest position, is the correct position of the needle in front of the two loopers (from the front of the machine= needle, lower looper, upper looper), between the two loopers or behind the two loopers (from the front of the machine= lower looper, upper looper, needle)???

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    Nova Reply:

    @J.J., J.J. I’m having the same problem as everyone else here, and I checked my needle position – it’s behind both loopers.

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  • Pat

    Thank you for the info of where to get instructions for the Tiny Serger. I got one at an auction and had no idea what to do with it. I just printed them out.

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  • Pat

    Hi again. I finally sat down and figured out how to thread the serger and have been using it a lot. It is so much fun. I love it. Much easier than hemming things. Thanks for the advise.
    Pat

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  • Hi,

    Well I discovered my Singer Tiny Serger in a Dumpster, which is where I often uncover most of my favorite things. Because it would rotate intermittently and often seemed to seize up, I did a Google search and stumbled upon your post.

    Just like yours, my motor gear had a hair line crack! :O)
    I was so excited to discover this. I have since made a repair (NO Superglue! it is just not strong enough) I used JB Weld Epoxy and will post a Video of the repair on my youtube/naddycat page as soon as the epoxy cures (8 hours)

    Thanks again

    best
    Domicat

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  • Bea

    I just got one and it didn’t come with a foot petal. Does anyone have one that I can buy at a reasonable price? I don’t even know if the machine works. Otherwise, I’ll sell mine for parts 🙂

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  • Cindi

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the website manual link. Like you, purchased my surger at a yard sale years ago, stuck it in the closet and forgot about it. All parts seemed to be there but no manual. Will now try my little machine to see if it really does work. If it doesn’t, will post and anyone who wants it for parts can have it if they will pay the shipping. (shipping costs shouldn’t be very much).
    Happy Surging
    Cindi

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    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    @Cindi, you are quite welcome. I hope your little serger works great for you!

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  • Kathy

    Thank you for the information on the Singer Tiny Serger. I have had one for years, but never used it. I recently decided to give it a try but didn’t have the manual. Your information was just what I needed. Went to the site and downloaded the manual. Thank you again!!!!

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