Juki HZL-F600 Review

This week I posted my review on PatternReview.com and I’d like to share it with you here.

What BendingPins likes about this machine
I was originally looking for an industrial machine as my Viking Sapphire 850 struggled with edge stitching, I was initially looking at the Juki DDL 8300 (or 8500) but purchased the Juki HZL F600 sight unseen and without testing it personally, on the recommendations of PR members and my local sewing machine repair dude. I chose the F600 over the industrial because I still needed to make button holes and a few other utility stitches. I am not disappointed! From the moment I took him home, plugged him in (yes, this is a man baby!) and put my foot on his, it was LOVE and first stitch!

This bad boy is Q.U.I.E.T.! You could sew merrily in a library and no one would know. I can watch a movie at normal volume while sewing away, it reminds me of my old Baby Lock Crafter’s Choice in the audio department.

The Juki F600 comes with a plethora of not just bells and whistles, but accessories and presser feet as well!

Features:
Automatic Needle Threader
Start/Stop Button
Direct Select Stitch Panel
7-Pt Feed Dog
12mm Extra High Foot Lift
Free Arm
10 Memory Slots holding up to 70 patterns each

Presser Feet Included:
– Walking Foot
– Patchwork Foot
– Free Motion Foot
– Zipper Foot
– Overcasting Foot
– Blindhem Foot
– Manual Button Hole Foot
– Electronic Button Hole Foot
– Open Toe Foot
– Edge Sewing Foot
– Teflon Foot

Included Accessories (Not including feet):
Hard Case
Knee Lift Lever
Wide Extension Table
4 Bobbins
Eyelet Punch
Quilt Guide
Small, Medium, Large Spool Caps
Special Screw Driver
Auxiliary Spool Pin
Seam Ripper
Twin Needles

Stitches:
225 built in stitches
10 Direct Select Patterns
23 Practical Patterns
16 Buttonhole Patterns
67 Decorative Quilt Patterns
Including 17 Juki Exclusive Random Stitch Patterns
72 Decorative Patterns
38 One Point Patterns
Elongation of Satin Patterns 1-5X
4 Alphabets including
upper & lower case,
numbers, punctuation and European characters

Specifications:
Sewing Speed: Max. 900SPMMin. 80SPM
Stitch Length: Max. 5mm
Stitch Width: Max. 7mm
Presser Foot Lift: 2-step lifter Max. 12mm (.47″)
Needle: HAx1 #9~#16
Dimensions (mm): 445(W)x290(H)x210(D)
Weight (machine): 9.8kg (21.6 lb)

The only other accessory you might consider purchasing for this machine is a straight stitch plate, which is in the CAD$100.00 range. I haven’t purchased it yet but since I’m getting into quilting, I’m considering it. I haven’t had any problems piecing fabric with the regular plate so I’m debating if it’s worth it.

Although this machine has automatic tension you also have the ability to adjust the tension yourself, and not just upper and bobbin tension but presser foot as well. I wasn’t able to do so with the Sapphire and the presets didn’t always work but there was nothing you could do about it. With the Juki HZL series, you have full control, if you want it.

The button holes aren’t as perfect as the Sapphire but the Juki isn’t as fussy about fabric! I could never trust the Sapphire to make a perfect button hole every time, if the wind wasn’t blowing at the correct velocity in the right direction, it would either sew backwards indefinitely or create a great mound of thread in one place which might ruin your fabric. I can depend on my Juki to make a button hole where I want it, every time!

With 225 stitches, I haven’t been able to try them all and it wasn’t the reason I chose this machine. I’m pleased with the straight stitch and other utility stitches I’ve used such as zig-zag and blind hem. I stitched out my name and wasn’t impressed but neither was I impressed with the Sapphire, that’s why I have a stand alone embroidery machine. I do plan to use decorative stitches on some of my husband’s shirts and perhaps quilting. Some have complained that the basting stitch isn’t big enough but I don’t have a problem with it.

The box feed works wonderfully, it pulls the fabric evenly and true. With the edge stitching foot, you’re able to stitch extremely close to the edge of your work while 7 feed dogs guide your fabric. Hemming jeans is a breeze when you can glide over thick seams.

The foot controller is fantastic, it stays in place while you sew, it’s not flimsy or cheap, it’s tough with rubber that sticks to the floor. It has a place underneath to neatly wind the cable and a place for the plug. It also has an automatic thread cutter which is activated by pressing firmly on your heel.

For the bonus round, the Juki HZL F600 accepts Janome bobbins and Baby Lock/Brother presser feet.

This machine gives you a lot of bang for your buck, I don’t think there are any other machines on the market that give you this much — walking foot, wide extension table, knee lift, automatic thread cutter AND a separate motor to wind bobbins, for the same price.

I don’t know if the Juki HZL F600 is for everyone but it’s the bee’s knees for me! I’m thrilled with all it can do as well as all the extras it came with not to mention the price tag. This machine has made sewing effortless for me.

What Bending Pins does not like about this machine

Sometimes (twice) I’ve had problems inserting a new needle and I’m not sure why. My beloved had to help me by turning the machine upside-down and lining up the components. I haven’t mentioned it to my sewing machine dude but I really should!

Not included in my review: I really love my Juki F600, if I had to do it all over again, I’d buy it, AGAIN!

One very wise piece of advise I was given by my Viking dealer is, “New needles are cheap, sewing machine repairs are not, always use a new needle!” I will always follow these wise words and would advise you to do the same.

I love this goofy video!

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34 thoughts on “Juki HZL-F600 Review

  1. WOW! It’s that quiet, too?! Oh, my Bernina is old, but she’s such a workhorse! I’ve never had any problems, except from a neighbor who actually came up to my apartment and asked me what I was doing… :/ I loved your review on this machine! Definitely on the wish list..high on the wish list! :)

  2. At this exact minute I’m awaiting delivery of MY Juki HZL-f600!!!! It’s presently on the big brown truck and out for delivery, lol!!
    I tested a Jamome 6600 and was impressed, but….. for a LOT less money, I could get a Juki with more bells and whistles, and better reviews/feedback! I can’t wait to start sewing with it! I feel like a kid waiting for my new bike! Thank you for the great review, you have reinforced my decision in chosing this machine.

    • OMG Tamar, how exciting!!! I know you’re going to LOVE sewing with it, please let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to help!

    • Nikki, I’m just about to quilt my first sandwich, how did that go for you? Did you do straight line quilting with the walking foot or do you stipple?

  3. I am a new sewer (65 year old new sewer) and I chose the JUKI HZL-F600. I really like it but I am stumped. I want to try making button holes, but I am not sure how to attach the buttonhole foot. Does the plate of the bottom of the foot stay or come off when in use??? I would love any advise you could lend.
    Thanks,
    Charlene

  4. Hey Tabitha, I was pleased to read your post re the Juki F600. I decided to buy one and your review was a contributing factor. I live in New Zealand, and was looking to update my old and trusty Bernina 1130, and I was looking at the Bernina 550 (you’re a very lucky girl to have one of those) – but sadly in my country they cost around $6k. That’s a hell of a lot of moolahs. So I got the Juki F600 as an ex demo model, hardly used and for a very, very good price. Right place right time! I think I’ll still lust after a new Bernina, I’m a Bernina girl through and through. But for now, my Juki purrs like a charm, cuts my thread with the flick of a heel, back/stay stitches at the push of a button and almost made me a cup of tea today. I’m sure I’ll have many years of happy sewing with her (funny, I ended up with a girl Juki). Yours in fabric and thread, Karina

    • Hi Karina,

      I’m always afraid someone will buy a Juki F600 based on my review and hate it. However, it’s such a great machine I don’t think anyone’s been disappointed. I did buy a Bernina 550 QE a year later but honestly, it doesn’t feed as well as the Juki and the Juki is much quieter. I still dread attempting to put a new needle in the Juki and I still haven’t had the thread cutter reset but I still you it!

      I’m now pining for a long arm set-up but that’ll have to wait, they expensive, even second hand it seems.

      Have fun with your F600, I’m glad you’re impressed with her!

      Cheers,

      Tabatha

      • Hahaha, I wouldn’t worry about that, how could a machine so cool ever be hated. I have changed a needle with no worries – so fingers crossed it continues that way. You know sometimes it’s the way you hold your tongue with these things. Re the long arm set up, there’s a guy here in New Zealand who has engineered a really good quilting frame setup – it works with domestic machines. Or he sells a setup that includes a Juki straight stitch machine. He’s the dude I just bought my F600 off. Check out http://www.swiftquilter.co.nz/ – it’s a reasonable price – and I know that he exports to at least Australia and South Africa, so Canada shouldn’t be a problem. If you do enquire, tell him I sent you to his website – I told him I would sing his praises whenever I could. I’m happy for now FMQing on my domestic – I’m very new to FMQ, so am starting small LOL.

        Yours in Fabric and Thread

        Karina

        Ps we’ve bought a Pita Pit franchise close to our home, and the shop opens in October. Now there’s a brilliant thing to come out of Canada.

  5. Can you tell me what the throat dimensions are for this machine? I would like the height and depth of the area to the right of the needle.
    Thanks,
    mg

  6. I just got a Juki F600 and I’m having trouble with the tension. I’ve rethreaded and retreaded. It seems the upper tension is not engaging and the top thread is being pulled to the bottom. I’ve tried 3 different threads and had the same result. I’ve wound 2 bobbins and used a prewound bobbin. I tried using the bobbin winding tension disk and was able to get perfect tension until it broke the thread so I’m sure the issue is with the upper tension. Have you ever had this issue and is there an easy fix? I’ve emailed the company I purchased it from and am awaiting an answer but thought I’d check here too.

    • Hey Heidi, I’ve not had any problems at all with tension. My F600 works like a charm (thankfully), even changing needles is a breeze. I’m not sure if this will help you but I have done loads of research on tension/threads/needles. And what I have learnt is even machines that have automatic tension need to have tension adjustments. The reason being, apparently, is auto tension is a factory setting that is set to a certain fabric, thread and needle – and usually set to only two layers of fabric being sewn together. I very rarely sew on auto tension now. I usually adjust to suit each project. Your problem does sound a bit more serious than just adjusting tension – so I hope you can resolve it. It does sound like a threading issue (top thread as opposed to bobbin), but as you have rethreaded a number of times this mustn’t be the case. One thing I did wrong on my first threading was I missed position number “6” and went straight from position “5” to the needle – not a pretty result LOL. Good luck fixing your problem. Karina

      • Karina thank you for your response. I have sent the machine back to be looked at. Perhaps something got damaged in shipping. The upper tension was clearly not engaging. I finally wrapped the thread around the tension disk for the bobbin winder and got a beautiful stitch until it got too tight and broke the thread so I’m sure that it has something to do with the take-up lever not engaging correctly. I love Superior threads and you’re right they have a ton of info. I have a longarm so I’m very familiar with tension and how to adjust it! Hopefully I’ll get a new machine or get it returned fixed and sewing well. Thanks again.

    • Hey Heidi, me again – check out this web page from Superior Threads http://www.superiorthreads.com/education/ – they are exceptionally informative re tension/thread etc. And I just looked at the time of my posts – hardcase, here in New Zealand it is 8.43pm on the 31st, so no – I’m not posting in the middle of the night :) Cheers again, Karina

      • I just happened across this post so the reply is too late to help anyone here. But for future readers make sure you raise the presser foot prior to threading the needle this will widen the upper tension and make it easier for the thread to slide in… This may have been your problem??

        –Maya

  7. hi, thanks for introducing me to the juki! i’m tempted. . .wondering what you think now after a year+,
    happy with your purchase? wishing for something else? any follow-up would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Little Shoe, thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      Both machines have their merits and pitfalls but the Juki has fewer flaws than the Bernina, IMO. Both have a lovely stitch quality, Juki really rivals Bernina! I also find the Juki more responsive when you put your foot on the pedal or hit the reverse button. I do not like the Bernina reverse button, you never know how many stitches it’s going to take and it seems you can’t reverse from a stop. I do like the metal bobbin of the Bernina over plastic on the Juki, and the Bernina just has a different feel to it. Maybe I’ve had too much of the Kool-Aid.

      Oh, and the feed dogs on the Juki are a thousand times better than the Bernina, they don’t pull your fabric down, instead it moves the fabric straight with minimal guidance. I don’t know why all sewing machines don’t have box feed, it’s really amazing. It also seems the Juki is stronger and able to glide through thick seams much better.

      Sadly, I’ve really come to depend on Bernina’s 1/4″ piecing foot, it’s super accurate.

      Let me know if you have any other questions, I’ll be happy to answer any questions.

      Cheers!

      • Hi Tabatha Thank you for such a great reply. Its funny that all the things you mention from the Bernina I have the same problems. I thought that it might be my inexperience but apparently not.I always had problems with the tension in my machine but the lady that owed it for only 3 weeks and sold it to me said she had problems with it too. I guess you need to be lucky when purchasing the machine with a good tension, at least that is what I figured from my mother in law who bought the same Bernina but never had any issues with the tension, Oh well its just that if I had the chance to get a new machine I would like know more about my options. I have some friends who sewer on Jenome and others who hate it. Oh well keep us updated on how it all goes with your new purchase. Thanks again. Alex (Little Wooden Shoe)

  8. I just picked up my Juki 600 Exceed yesterday. They gave me the electronic workbook as a bonus. It is so well done. So much better than going to a class and having a teacher go over things too quickly. After just a couple hours with this machine, I am so impressed. It sews like butter and you are right about the noise it makes…… there is none! This is going to make sewing more of a joy than it’s already been. We don’t have any Juki dealers in our city, so I went online and found a dealer 3 1/2 hours away. I was a little concerned that there isn’t a dealer closeby, but now that I have it and the workbook, I would tell anyone that this is a machine you can buy online without any classes, because the workbook will take care of that. I did see your review before deciding this is the machine I need. Thanks.

  9. I love your review on the Juki. I also bought the 600 model last August and love it. I am going to link your tutorial on my blog….hope that is ok. Working on the blog and it should be up in a few days http://www.thedaisyfields.blogspot.com I would be interested to know what setting you have found to be best for both the 1/4″ and the scant 1/4″.
    thanks
    Jennifer

  10. I just ordered the Juki HZL F600 yesterday! It’s scheduled to arrive Monday, 3/10, and I cannot wait! I decided to order this machine from your review, as well as that of others. My daughter will be nine in two weeks, and she asked for a sewing machine for her birthday so we could quilt together, at the same time – tugged right at my heart strings! I decided to upgrade my machine so she could use my old machine (which is only four years old anyway), instead of buying her a cheap machine. I’m looking forward to using my new Juki next week!!

  11. I guess I should update all of you on my Juki… I love it! The company I ordered from replaced the first machine. I can thread this machine and my tension is perfect. I love how this machine sews and have it set up along with my Viking Diamond. I have to say that much of the time I prefer to piece on my Juki! It was an excellent buy and a great machine.

  12. Great review and information. I have only used Janome machines for the past thirty years but want a second machine to sew when I’m machine embroidering. In researching, I have read many reviews and have only seen a few negative comments so now is the time to decide if I purchase a machine online that I have never sewed on, not all that afraid of the process and driving myself nuts with research when I really just want to sew! Glad to know the bobbins I have for the Janome will work on the Juki.

  13. Hi, I too am so looking forward to buying the f600. I’ve researched for literally hours online and after reading this review (and everyone’s comments) I am ready to “pull the trigger”!! I don’t live near a dealer but I’ve chosen a dealer that has a great reputation (thanks to more research online!). LOL

    My sincere thanks to all who took the time to post….

    Susan

  14. Sew many sewing machine choices, prices, opinions. I don’t spend money well or make decisions. I do make decisions better when hearing comments from someone who already owns it. Going from a traveling little brother, $130 which I love except for 4.5″ neck opening and Kenmore $250 at home, 5.5″ neck area which sews great but feed dogs don’t drop for free motion. Plate makes it hard to get fabric under presser foot. Was about to jump into Janome 8900, 11″ neck, $3200 with tax, Big, with all the bells and whistles. Paid for it 4 days before picking it up. Ouch…. too much me to think about what I had done. Got to store and sort of had a panic attack and couldn’t walk out of there with it. Got a refund. So embarrassed. Starting over…. . Now I’m considering the Juki Exceed 600, $1100, about 8.5″ neck area. So now looking for reviews on this machine. It does all I want and then some and neck is bigger than what I have. Felt like I didn’t sew well enough to justify 11″ neck and in my eyes that’s what I was paying for, $2000 more. Joan Lowder, jlowder1@bellsouth.net

  15. I am recently retired and have sewn very little in the last 25 years because I always had problems with my machine. I am learning to quilt and recently made a small baby quilt on my Brother XL3030 that I purchased years ago. I knew there were other machines that would make quilting far more enjoyable but I just could not justify several thousand $’s.

    Last week I finally made a trip to my local sewing dealer, told him my budget, and he led me to the Juki HZL F600. I liked the looks and especially the throat size as soon as I saw it. The dealer demonstrated several stitches … the “Shashieko (sp?) stitch did not impress me like the other stitches he demonstrated. He also folded a piece of denim multiple times and the Juki F600 sewed through all thicknesses with ease.

    I did not try sewing on the machine myself. I’ve never spent more than a few hundred $’s on a machine so I was still struggling and feeling a little guilty about the $1,050 price when I left the store. However, after spending almost 3 days researching and reading reviews on the Juki F600 here and numerous other sites … and thinking about the “many” sets of golf clubs my husband has purchased over the years … I decided the machine was worth the investment and so am I! Ha!
    So I will be returning soon to try the machine myself and make the purchase.

    Thank you all for your input re: the F600 … I know I will have to “grow” into this machine but that is fine with me. Based on your reviews, I have no doubt I will love using this machine.

    Sharon

  16. Hi Tabatha, and all the other readers,
    I wanted to thank you for writing this revieuw, it really helps for me to find teh right machine and I honestly think the Juki is by far the best machine I can buy for that amount.
    I only have one hesitation, we do not have any dealers here! I live in Europe, Belgium and I have phoned all the Belgian dealers list on the Juki website, but none of them sell the home sewing machines, only the Industrial ones and the overlocks. So I am hesitating to buy one (online in France or Holland) because when it should break down, I have nowhere to go.
    In my research the Pfaff machines came out in second place, but I am not a huge fan of the IDT system, it looks like a half solution to me.

    Anyway, your revieuw brought me a small step towards the Juki again,:-) (despite the lack of dealers)
    Thank you!

    Greetings from Belgium
    Lena

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