My Juki, my love

Sew Mama Sew is doing a linkup for sewing machines and I thought this would be a great opportunity to talk a little about my love for My Juki.

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There she is, glistening in the morning light.

This is the Juki TL2010Q and I got it last May from Sew Vac Direct for about $800. It would have been $900 but at the last minute I googled “sew vac direct coupon code” and found a 10% off coupon. Score!

There are a few key features I was looking for:

  • I sew every day so I was very concerned about durability. I wanted a heavy-duty machine that would last a long time. (I’d rather spend my $$$ on fabric than have to buy a new machine every 5 years). For that reason I specifically looked for a minimally computerized machine. Computer technology changes too fast.
  • I knew I definitely wanted an automatic thread cutter! In case you don’t know what that is, it’s just a button that you push and something inside the machine cuts the thread for you. That is an A-MAZING feature for a quilter because we sew such short seams all the time. I almost never have to trim threads anymore and my family’s socks are happier too.
  • I wanted a table extension for quilting because I quilt all my own quilts and I tend to make large quilts more often than small projects.

I knew those were the features that mattered, but I didn’t anticipate the best part: my sewing accuracy really improved with this machine. I am definitely not saying that beautiful and wondrous things cannot be created on cheaper machines! I made a lot of lovely quilts with My Old Singer and also every curtain and pillow in my house (there are a lot – just ask my husband). But if you are having trouble getting the results you see others getting, it just might be your machine.

Here’s a big thing I noticed when I got My Juki:

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See those feed dogs right under the presser foot? Now look where they are on My Old Singer:

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The feed dogs on the right are out of range of a 1/4 inch seam! This makes accuracy really tough, especially when sewing triangles or anything else that requires a scant 1/4 inch seam (if you wonder what I mean by that you can read this tutorial about piecing or this tutorial about sewing perfect half square triangles).

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If I had to say something negative to balance out all the gooey show of emotion, I would say that My Juki and I did need to spend some time getting to know each other. For some reason the first 2 days of sewing I had a lot of tension problems. Part of it was because I was using both tension discs. Apparently even though the instructions tell you to thread through the second disc (on top near where it says “Juki”) that’s actually an extra tension disc for sewing with silk thread. Things got better quickly when I was instructed by Sew Vac Direct to bypass that disc. Unfortunately in the process of getting that all figured out I managed to bend my automatic needle threader. I just thread it manually for now but I’m sure I’ll eventually need to get it fixed.

So that’s it! She’s My Juki and I love her. She gets me through the most stressful days of raising 2 toddler boys… One of whom is being a true stinker this morning.