I received my Juki TL-2000Qi Friday afternoon but there were issues regarding the dealer which I may or may not reveal depending on resolution. Let me just say that I was not impressed with the state of the machine when it arrived. If I were to do it all over again, I would buy locally.
However, this is a great machine, you can really tell the difference between a domestic and this machine, it sounds different, it feels different, it’s quick and super responsive. It reverses when you want it to reverse, there are no surprise extra stitches backward or forward, it’s super accurate. The feed dogs are fantastic, they grip and hold the fabric moving it straight and true, as they should. I love the reverse lever, it’s BIG, you can’t miss it unlike typical domestic machines where you may or may not hit the correct button. I’ve often hit the wrong button on my Bernina to reverse, which sometimes doesn’t work and sometimes takes too many stitches. When I first turned on the Juki, I was unsure there was any power to the machine because there was no noise, no movement, nothing, it was just ready to go.
So far my only complaints are that the lighting, although LED, is very, very dim and the 1/4 inch marking on the bed is not accurate. As you can see in the image, the difference between Nancy Zieman’s 1/4″ and Juki’s 1/4″ are off enough to make a difference in your piecing, this would be considered a very generous 1/4″! But this machine won’t be used for piecing, it’ll be mounted on a Gracie Queen quilting frame and used for free motion only. This model comes with a “compensating presser foot” which I haven’t tried yet, I don’t know what the seam allowance is with this foot as I haven’t tried it yet and to be honest, have no idea what it’s intended for, it doesn’t say in the manual.
This morning I did some free motion quilting, I had to fold up a piece of painter’s tape and wedge it above the spring of the quilting foot to raise it a little, there was too much pressure and I couldn’t move the fabric freely. So far in my quilting experience, I’ve only FMQ on my Bernina with the stitch regulator. Winging it without is a blast, quite frankly, I love it! Can’t wait to get it on the frame!!
BTW, I need help!! I have no idea how to quilt my log cabin quilt, if you have any ideas or have seen other log cabin quilts quilted online, please send me a link. I thought maybe a simple meander or water pattern — after all, it is a “guy’s quilt” and I don’t want any flowers or swirly girly stuff on it.
My Gracie Queen frame is due to arrive this Friday if the crazy hurricane doesn’t interfere. Have a great week and stay safe!