I got a new sewing machine last week! I wanted to hold off blogging about it until I’d had plenty of time to use it for the things that I usually use my sewing machine for (quilt blocks, bags, etc.). Today I’d like to tell you about it, since some people mentioned that they were curious about it, and that they’d like to hear a detailed review.
My new machine is the Juki TL-2010Q that I got from Sew Vac Direct. The funny thing about getting this particular machine is that I know of two other girls that got the same exact machine, the same time that I did (and we didn’t know anyone else was getting it). I had a sewing evening for friends last week, and there were 4 Juki’s on the table, so that was fun. Apparently it’s some ‘club’ that I didn’t know about, because I was oblivious to how great they are.
|Previous machine – CD to visually illustrate the amount of throat space.|
A little background about my previous machine. I got it when I first started learning how to sew as an adult, and when I started my blog. It did everything that it was supposed to do, and I never had any trouble with it. I’ve sewn probably close to 100 bags on that machine. I’ve only quilted a few quilts on it, and it wasn’t really that enjoyable, because I thought I just didn’t like the actual quilting part. I’m guessing it was mostly that I didn’t have enough space to work with.
|New Juki – see how much more throat space?|
I’ll admit that I didn’t know any better, and so I didn’t know what I was missing. I hadn’t used other sewing machines, and so I thought ‘what’s the big deal’? I started researching machines only recently, and I thought it was wishful thinking. But then I thought, “What could I do with all that extra throat space?” I mean, I *do* make structured and large bags, which I do have to wrangle through the throat area of my sewing machine; 75% of what I do on my machine is this.
So, here is a photo of the largest bag pattern that I have ever made, the Aeroplane Bag. It actually fits *inside* the throat space of the new Juki. I tried putting this same bag in the throat of my old machine, and I can’t really put it inside the throat area at all (how in heck did I even make these bags in the first place? lol!!).
I have to laugh a bit at this photo, as this quilt block looks so dwarfed on the bed of the Juki. Did I mention that the Juki is all metal? Yep, this sucker weighs about 40lb. A few other features about the machine to note, is that it is a straight-stitch only sewing machine. Yes, it only does a straight stitch. No extra fancy stitches included. Which is fine by me, since I use straight stitch 99% of the time. I still have my old machine for zig-zag or blanket stitches.
Unlike my old machine, which was a drop in bobbin, this one has the bobbin loaded on the side of the machine.
This is also a high-speed machine; I only have mine set at the mid-range. My friend Emily uses hers at the fastest speed (the rabbit), which makes me kind of nervous. 🙂 There is also a feature to cut your threads when you’ve finished sewing, and also an automatic needle threader
I also like that my thread loads in an upright position, and there is also that spindle on the right, for use with the cones. The Aurifil thread cones seem like a pretty economical buy, so I think I’ll get one of those next time.
Conclusion: I LOVE MY NEW JUKI TL-2010Q! It’s freaking amazing!! The shipping from Sew Vac Direct was super fast (it shipped the next day). When I first got the machine, I e-mailed their customer service with a question about if Juki made a 1/2″ foot (they don’t), and they responded to my question within about 10 hours. It was a great experience; I’m also ordering a dress form from them because I found one at a great price.
Anyway, I’m completely happy with this new machine. I know something like this is an investment, but I figured that I’m pretty serious about sewing. Having a quality machine with all this extra throat space is going to make my life a whole lot easier, and will make things that were unpleasant before (quilting a quilt) into an enjoyable experience. The final steps to making a bag used to make me sweat a bit (I’d usually leave that part for a separate day, lol), but now I won’t be ramming bags through my sewing machine. I know Santa’s coming soon, so maybe you need some more throat space too?