Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hello New Juki

You know you really love a sewing machine when you buy it twice! And that's what I did just recently - I've been sewing on a used Juki TL98Q for over the last year, and after a completely-my-fault-mishap with it in which I broke the presser foot lever, I decided it was a sign that I ought to buy the new model, the TL2010Q. So that's exactly what I did from my local Juki dealer Gigi's Fabrics, and oh my goodness, it's true love :)

 photo IMG_1298rt_zps4f0d094a.jpg

I loved my TL98Q, which I bought used via Craig's List last year, and didn't know it was possible for it to get any better...and yet, with the 2010, Juki really hit a home run. They took a fantastic machine, and somehow made it more fantastic! Here's a few of the upgrades that I've noticed that I've really appreciated thus far...

Juki 2010Q Pre-Tensioner photo IMG_1293rt_zps13378352.jpg

The telescoping thread stand is another great addition. There's also a nice stand (hidden by my giant cone of Aurifil) to really secure your cones to keep them from teetering when the thread is spooling off super fast, as is so often the case with this machine! 

Juki 2010Q Pre-Tensioner photo IMG_1293rt_zps13378352.jpg

The speed limiter is possibly my favorite upgrade on the 2010. Unlike the 98, you can now control the maximum speed of the machine, so if you have a lead foot, like I do, and maybe don't want to be stitching at lightning speed, you can control that. I never FMQ on this machine at full speed, so this is a feature that I expect to be using pretty often!

 photo IMG_1294rt_zpsc9533394.jpg

I also think there's better lighting on the 2010, which is especially nice since all of my sewing these days seems to be at night!

 photo IMG_1301rt_zpsfb8f844b.jpg

All in all, I'm super happy with the new machine. I've done a good bit of free-motioning on it so far, plus some paper piecing and some binding-making, so I feel like I've put it through its paces, and I cannot recommend this machine enough. The level of durability and sturdiness it provides and the quality of the stitches is just fantastic. I wouldn't trade it for any other machine out there! 

24 comments:

  1. I've heard nothing but good things about this machine. So happy for you.

    ReplyDelete
  2. How exciting! A new machine is always the first thing on my "If I win the lottery what would I buy" fantasy list.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I've got the TL98Q and love it too. It's nice to see they haven't changed it too much. Enjoy it.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks for the great review. I am currently doing all my quilting on the TL98Q machine. That speed control looks like a great option. It's good to know what else is out there. Have a super day!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love how the max speed regulator has pictures of a tortoise and a hare next to the dial! Congrats on the new machine.
    --Angie

    ReplyDelete
  6. Here's a way to make the lighting even better with inspiredLED, http://noidlehandshere.com/wp/?cat=14

    ReplyDelete
  7. I got a 2010 a few months ago and totally love it! It's a great machine. What brand of open-toed darning foot do you use? I'd like to get something like it for my Juki.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I use a universal foot, not manufactured by Juki, for free-motioning. I prefer an open-toe foot, and I'm not about to try to modify an existing foot, so I bought a universal foot that works for all high shank machines, like our Jukis. It's open toed and the toe is really giant, which is great. Here's a link to the exact foot and seller I bought from - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Open-Toe-Free-Motion-Quilting-Embroidery-High-Shank-foot-Juki-TL98-2000-series-/321111614618

      Delete
  8. i love my Juki too lol, i keep it pretty much at med speed and that is super fast,lol love paper piecing with it the knee lifter and thread cutter that are a new feature to me. how often do you oil your machine?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I follow the manual's directions, oiling it after every 6-8 hours of use, so I oil about every other day. I love the knee lift too - I'd never had one before I got my TL98, and I never knew what I was missing but oh my goodness, can't live without one now!

      Delete
  9. How do you like it for piecing? I love the lack of fancy plastic parts of these machines.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Love it for piecing :) Oh, and for the record, I'm a guide-foot kind of piecing girl and this machine did not come with that kind of 1/4 foot. Easy fix though - I found a universal foot I could use with my TL98, which fits this machine perfectly as well. Stitch quality is just fantastic!

      Delete
  10. Do you happen to know a part number for your 1/4 inch foot - or where I might be able to get one? I purchased a Juki tl2010 a few months ago, and haven't been able to find one that works yet, so would love to know what yours looks/is like - thanks!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sure do, Jen, here's the foot I have - http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/P60611.php
      And you can see a few good pictures of that foot on my machine right here: http://www.dontcallmebetsy.com/2013/08/my-new-sewing-space-revealed.html - hope this helps! :)

      Delete
  11. I've had my Juki TL2010 for almost two years now and wouldn't trade it in for the world. A must have if you are a quilter. My only problem was that I didn't have enough bobbins, but I solved that problem when at Houston Quilt Festival this month.

    ReplyDelete
  12. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hi again, my machine came with a 1/4" foot, but I don't care for it really. Is there some trick to adjusting to this foot - or is the one you bought a better version of the concept? I am going to try quilting my first quilt top in a few days and will order that open toe foot. I've made a couple of little practice sandwiches with the two darning feet provided and I don't really like them much. Your foot looks much better! thanks for the information....I'm excited

    ReplyDelete
  14. I have and highly recommend these led lights: http://inspiredled.com/products/kits/sewing-machine-led-lighting-kit. These leds are a great addition to the juke. I love the open toe foot. I'm going to have to check into that...thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I've had the Juki TL-98Q for years, and love it! But recently it's started randomly skipping stitches when I FMQ. Weird -- I hope it's not a sign of it breaking. I've tried everything I can think of (different sized needles, different thread, oiling it, cleaning it, etc). Next up is having it serviced, but I don't want to be without it during the busy holiday sewing season!
    Did you ever have this problem with your TL-98Q?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I had that happen early on with my 98, Michelle, and when I brought it in for servicing, they found that there was a ding on my needle plate that was causing the issue. If you've tried all of those fixes without any improvement, I'd say there's something more going on, like maybe a ding on your needle plate or perhaps an issue with the needle/hook clearance, which could absolutely cause such an issue. Let me know what happens when you take it in, I'd love to hear about it!

      Delete
  16. Super glad I saw this post! I have had a TL200qi and have recently been test driving a Bernina 750. After sewing on the 750 in store I come home and sew on the Juki to get a feel for which I prefer. I understand there is the familiarity factor, but after a couple days of comparison I know I would always chose the foot control thread cutter on the juki. The two things that I prefer on the Bernina are the presser feet options and the lighting. The dual feed is nice for bias sewing of 1/2 square triangles, but taking a little time vs the foot thread cutter is an option I an comfortable with.

    Which brings me to the 1/4 foot for the juki. Have you found a 1/4 foot with out the guide? Can't use the guide on those 1/2 square triangles.

    I will be checking out the lighting listed above as well!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Funny you should ask - I love the guide on my 1/4" foot, can't live without it. When it comes to half-square triangles, I do indeed use it, because the guide doesn't rest firmly on the needle plate or anything, so it doesn't prevent me from having fabric underneath. It just gives me something to line my fabric up with when I want to utilize the guide functionality. When I'm paper piecing or sewing half-square triangles, the guide doesn't get in the way or anything, but I have also used the compensating foot that came with the machine for 1/4" seams fairly successfully. I hope this helps a bit!

      Delete
    2. I think that unfortunately the compensating foot does prevent fabric going underneath... maybe I will try the 1/4" foot you have if the guide doesn't do that. I bought the FMQ foot you recommended and I LOVE it. LOOOVE. It is 1000x better than the feet that came with the machine. :) Thanks for the tip.

      Delete
  17. I have the same machine and I'm so excited that you have a recommendation for a good open toe foot. I bought it as soon as I saw the link above. :) I agree with Diane above that I haven't found a favorite 1/4" foot for it yet as the one with the guide prevents sewing HSTs or anything where you have a point or aren't at the edge of the fabric.

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for leaving a comment for me! I appreciate each and every one of them and try to respond when time allows. Your comments totally brighten my day :)

 hello

Welcome! I'm Elizabeth, mom to a very busy nine year old boy and a one year old baby girl and I sew for my sanity. Let's get to quilting, shall we?
Copyright 2010 by Elizabeth Dackson. Powered by Blogger.

DCMB Pattern Shop

 photo Coffee-Cup_zps05ff70bc.gif Eternity Ring Drop Dead Gorgeous Chain + Link Ferris Wheel Mod Gears Gradation showstopper small-button---color2 small-button---color2 small-button---sewpositive small-button---wheeloffortu small-button---seaofstars small-button---xsandos small-button---fabricland small-button---photocorners small-button---bella

Search This Blog

Archive

Tutorials

 photo Icicle-Star_zps7f032133.gif  photo Boxed-In2_zps800ae9da.gif EasyPeasyFauxZigZag StringHeartBlock StarCrossed CrossMAze CathedralStar RainbowRing DoubleFlip PatchworkWheel FriendshipOctogon FlyingGeese HST Weathervane MarinersStar StackedScrappyBlock ScrappyAngles HolidayPresentBlock DivideandConquer CharlestonFarmhouse ModernHalves ModCircuitry ModNine Kaleido SlicedCoins Kaleido BellaCrossing SweetGirlie MiniBookshelf ClamshellLoop DoubleHourglass BaptistFan TetrisMug StringDiamond ScraptasticTote OffsetDiamonds MunchkinSoftBook PatchworkBathMat