Saturday, January 2, 2016

Juki TL-2010Q: A Review

In late October of 2015, after months of research, I decided to invest in a high-end sewing machine.  I have been quilting now for a few years and my inexpensive sewing machines have done the trick, but I've run into issues with tension, skipped stitches and irregular stitching.  I was also getting really frustrated with the smaller space in which to stuff a quilt when quilting on a domestic sewing machine.

I compared the Bernina, Janome and Juki machines, read lots of reviews and in the end, I decided to go with the Juki TL-2010Q.


Now that I've been sewing with my new Juki for a couple of months, I feel I can actually write a review on it.  I'll let you all know if my opinion of the machine changes after a few more months under my belt.  :-)

What's good about this machine:

  • The Juki is solid, sturdy and feels like a well-made machine.
  • The harp space is 9" wide and 6" high - I quilted a 60" x 80" quilt on it very easily.
  • The dials are easy to use and all the features are right there on the front of the machine.  For example, to lower the feed dogs, just use the switch right there on the front.
  • It sews SUPER fast!
  • The automatic thread cutter is amazing!  Don't know how I lived without it for so long.
  • It has a knee lift for the presser foot.
  • Automatic needle down setting.
  • The stitches are consistent and I've not had to mess around with the tension at all so far!
  • The extension table that came with it is really big.
  • The Juki comes with a bunch of presser feet including a walking foot, 2 FMQ feet, a 1/4" foot and a zipper foot.
  • It has 2 spool holders which enables me to wind a bobbin without needing to re-thread the machine.
  • The light on it is really bright!  In fact, the bulb in the lamp on my sewing table burned recently and I didn't have any spares on hand so I sewed just with the light on the machine!
Most of the features are right there on the front of the machine.

Two spool holders means you can wind a bobbin without re-threading the machine.

What's not so good about this machine:
  • It's more expensive than what I've ever paid for a sewing machine.  The only dealer I could find in Montreal sold these for about $1,500 CAD.
  • It's very heavy - I obviously won't be taking this baby to guild sew-in days.
  • It only does straight stitches.  For fancy stitches or even zigzags, I'll need to continue to use my Singer.
  • Threading the machine isn't easy!
  • It needs to be oiled A LOT!!  The manufacturer recommends oiling it every day if you use it every day.  
  • I must use specific bobbins for this machine.  Thank goodness, it comes with 6 of them.
Threading Juki TL-2010Q is a little complicated!
So am I happy with my purchase?  I am THRILLED with this purchase.  None of the negative points above are show-stoppers for me and now that I've been using it for a while, I'm getting really good a threading it and don't mind the oiling so much.  :-)

If you're in the market for a new machine and don't mind the straight stitches only, I would definitely recommend the Juki TL-2010Q.


If you own a Juki, I would love to hear what you think of it.  If you own another brand, what do you love about yours?  

Izzy

6 comments:

  1. Glad you are happy with your purchase... I've had a Juki for years and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I do all my piecing on this machine and if anything happened to it I'd buy another in a heart beat. I have friends who do FMQ on their Jukis and they are very happy with them tool. happy stitching!

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  2. HI! LOOKS SO NEAT! THANKS for sharing! Wondering if FMQing is easier? Does it have a Stitch Regulator for even stitches? Enjoy! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  3. Great machine, I have heard such wonderful things about Juki machines!

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  4. I love my Juki HZL F600! I also have a Janome 6260. Both are capable of doing embroidery as well as the standard stitches. I have button holers on both and plenty of extra (still unexplored) feet. I have to say, my Juki gets used much more than my Janome. In a perfect world (larger space) I would have the Janome set up for piecing and the Juki for FMQ. I love the speed the Juki gives. I'm a peddal to the floor quilter and the Juki has never let me down. I've owned my Janome for 10 years and my Juki for 5. My next machine will be a Juki serger and probably when I make the jump, a Juki longarm. I'm highly considering becoming a Juki dealer, I love it so much. Great review! Thanks for sharing

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  5. Congrats. Tu vas avoir beaucoup de plaisir avec ta machine. J'ai acheté ce modèle il y a 18 mois et je suis toujours en amour avec. En effet, l'accès à la machine à Montréal est pas mal limité, j'avais acheté "le" démonstrateur à l'époque. Et depuis, mon FMQ s'est amélioré d'un gros cran sans que je fasse grand chose. La machine semble aimer toutes les sortes et grosseurs de fil que j'ai essayé, et même du fil invisible dans la bobine.

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  6. Awesome review you gave.

    I have a juki TL98, I bought it 5+ years ago, and paid 1400. for it then... and it is and has been worth EVERY penny. I also have a janome horizon, and if I had to do it over again, I'd buy a newer model of the juki - rather than the janome. I oiled the juki quite regularly at the beginning, but when I took the whole bottom off, to clean it, there were a couple of oil puddles, so I slowed down the oiling process.

    Another of the good things about the juki is the speed. It goes FAST; I had to learn to sew all over again, when I first got the machine, but I'm so used to the speed now, any other machine seems like a slug.

    It is a bit heavy, but I find the carrying handle to be very sturdy & easy to maneuver it with.

    The only negative thing I would have - and its so-o-o minor compared to the good things, would be that it only has straight stitches.... but that (for me) is somewhat irrelevant, I have other machines with zigzag.

    My SIL has been using my juki to make a couple of quilts, and she's in awe of it too!!
    Yep...... a juki lover here!!
    xo
    eva
    quilltered@yahoo.com

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