Monday, April 18, 2016

'Juki TL-2200qvp Mini' Review


Happy Anniversary to me!!! 28 years and counting with the hubs. We don't usually exchange gifts, but this year we went nuts. He got some toys and I got some toys. This is my one of my new toys.

A brand, spankin' new Juki TL-2200qvp Mini.  It's pretty much the TL-2010, but with new colors and a few extras.



Here she is. New machine still in the box smell. Ahhhhh


First look. Yep, a knee lift


All kinds of notions. 9 feet in total
New....a guide for the walking foot


All the Free motion feet..New...the open toed one.
For those that turn their machine, you can get a sideways open toe foot optionally


There she is, sans extension table. Huge extension table


A little goofin. The light is bright, but it needs to be all the way around. 
Yes, I will be adding some light


More play to see the stitch quality and get a feel for this puppy



Also new, a real quarter inch foot, not just the 7mm compensating foot


Yep, a scant quarter

Walking foot with guide. It's not a quiet foot, just saying. 
My Bernina 440qe has a quieter walking foot.
This foot edge is a quarter inch....how awesome is that?


Guide time...pretty accurate


 I actually used it to bind a quilt. I used its cousin, a tl-2010 to quilt.
Like buttah


All in all, I am quite pleased with this machine.

Pros:
  •  a ton of feet
  • deep and tall harp space
  • quiet machine
  • good foot pedal response, no jaggy, jumpiness..smooth as can be
  • faster than spit
  • reasonably priced compared to other quilting machines, especially computerized, multi stitchers 
  • thread cutter....oh my! It is fab...really fab. How did I ever live without it?
  • thread cutter activated by foot pedal
  • pow er full
Cons:
  • cutter and walking foot loud
  • only stops with the needle down...I wish I could control that, but this is a mechanical machine
  • light has shadows on the wrong side
  • Thread cutter activated by foot pedal..yes, pro and con (thankfully, comes with a piece to stop that function)
  • more frequent oiling (so easy)
  • heavyish
  • I don't yet have a table for her

    The cons are, by no means, deal breakers. The only time I dislike the foot pedal thread cutter is when I am free motion quilting and I accidentally cut the threads when I don't mean too. Pain in the patootie. I suppose with time I could overcome this, but I just put the little rubber thingy on the foot pedal and no more booboos. Take it off for regular sewing and I can cut with my heel again.. Takes all of 30 seconds. :-)

    Is it an elegant machine? All little bit yes and a little bit no.. Is it my end all be all of a sewing machine? 
    Darn close, but not quite.

    All machines should have foot attaching like a Bernina and a builtin walking foot like the Pfaff, a tall, 12" harp space, great lighting, the power of the juki and not cost the same as a good used car....a girl can dream, right? LOL Oh, and a low bobbin warning...seriously.

    Will I get rid of my Bernina and my Janome Gem? (and my featherweight, my serger, my cover stitcher, my singer 185)?  Nope. The Juki is a straight stitch only machine and I do a lot of non quilterly sewing. And the little Janome Gem makes thee best stinkin' buttonholes. Yes, better than the Bernina. I know, right.

    What are your favorite machines? 
    Do you have more than one? 
    What features would your "dream machine" have?

    I am really liking this machine. I'll know if I love it after a few months of sewing. I am betting I will.

    Yes, Ratty.....save your pennies. 


    23 comments:

    1. yay, Yay, YAY!!! Savin' NOW <3 So, since you've sewn on both, what are the differences between the 2010 and the 2200?? Why is it a MINI? Isn't it the same size? I have a nice, nice space on my table for it..., oh. Wait. Gotta move some fabric and stuff, LOL! :)

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      1. It's the same as the 2010. Updated color and extra feet. It's called the mini because the 2200qvp is a 16" long arm. Updating their branding as far as I can tell. 

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      2. fyi, I don't own both, I got to borrow the 2010 until mine came in

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    2. So, this is embarrassing... But they're so new that I can't find a price ANYwhere :P How much was it? I need to know what I'm shooting for and if, maybe, the tax return is spent already, LOL!

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      1. Every place will be a little different,  I'm sure. But mine was the same as the 2010...1000.  I got mine at a local sewing machine store.  You can get the tl-2010 for 800 or 900 online. Same machine mechanically speaking. Yep, big chunk of our taxes is now gone. I almost bought the used one for 700. It was used in a sewing camp for 3 months. The hubs said to spend the extra and get the new one with the extras since I would probably end up spending the full amount to get the feet I wanted anyway. Lol  he's right 

        and it's not a silly question. ...that info is no place. 

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    3. I recently tested the Juki 2010Q and Janome 1600PQC... and came home with the Janome. Nice features on both machines, but I noticed that the Juki runs noisier than the Janome. Perhaps an indication of how well/tight the machine is designed/and manufactured? Mostly I'm lovin' that my Pfaff Grand Quilter quilting feet (three of them) all fit the Janome, and the price. It's good to compare brands, and you have a nice review here. Thanks!

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    4. Solution to thread cutter in foot pedal. Turn the foot pedal sideways and then you won't cut the thread accidentally. That is from Karen who works for Juki.

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    5. Are you using your walking foot to bind? I see you made a note you used the new machine to bind a quilt but wondered which foot you used. I just purchased the 2200 and love it!!

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      1. I don't remember, but I am betting I did

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    6. Just picked up my 2200 today. Can't wait to get home and play! I have a TL2010Q that I bought last year but I keep it at the house up north-I was working on purse handles on my Janome 8900 on Tuesday and kept breaking needles and skipping stitches. I know I have zero problem sewing them on the 2010, so I was going to get a second one because it is a WORKHORSE! Don't get me wrong, my 8900, I refer to her as Momma Joy, is a great machine and I love all the fun things she can do, but sometimes...you need to sew on something with power to spare and JUKI is that and more. I know this one is a "mini" but I believe I will call her Maxi, she is beautiful and that piecing foot......Hollah!

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    7. Love your review!! How come my local dealer quoted me $1199!? Ugh! Did it come with an extension table, maybe I missed that? Thanks again!

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      1. I've been quoted prices as low as $999 all the way up to $1499. Unfortunately, the dealers closest to me have the highest prices and I would also have to pay state sales tax. As much as I would like to support local businesses, I can save a few hundred dollars buying out of state with no tax, free shipping and no interest financing. I am buying this machine on blind faith and good reviews...I have never seen one in person. 😃

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      2. I've been quoted prices as low as $999 and as high as $1499. The higher prices have been from my *local* dealers (2-3 hours away). As much as I would prefer to shop locally, I can save a few hundred dollars purchasing online from out of state stores who offer no sales tax, free shipping, and interest free financing. I am buying this machine on blind faith...I have never seen one in person.

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    8. Our price in Canada is $1199 and free shipping for this machine. Given the poor exchange rate to the US dollar that is a pretty good price, around $907 US. There are a couple of nice optional feet, too...a ruler foot and a transparent echo quilting foot.

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    9. Asking for confirmation about something you wrote: You can't choose whether the needle stops in the up or down position?

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      1. the needle always stops in the down position. there is a button to raise it, the flywheel or you can tap the footpedal to cut the threads and the needle goes ups. It isn't computerized so it's set to stay down. I am pretty sure a good sewing machine repair person can reset the timing so the needle stops up if that is a big deal for you

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    10. Do you happen to have a picture of your 2200 next to your Bernina 440? I have a 440, and the harp space kills me. I love every other thing about it, but that tiny harp space is painful for a quilter! I've been coveting the 2010tl or 2200 mini, but I've never seen them in person. I'd like to get an idea of the size sitting next to the machine I actually have. I have seen a lot of reviews from people who have both, but I've yet to track down a picture of the two together. Thanks!

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      1. http://cluckclucksew.com/2015/02/sewing-machine-mash-up-bernina-440qe.html

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    11. I don't have a side by side, but the harp space on the juki is two and a half hands wide and the bernina is 1.5. It's also a few inches taller and since the head isn't as bulky, the visibility is grand

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    12. I am LATE to this party, so sorry but I'm going to ask a question ... I just had a 2200 shipped to me from a quilt show a couple of weeks ago. A friend who has the 2000 says the 2200 has a shorter throat space - I thought they were the same ... and from what I understand, the 2200 has a new motor than the 2000 or 2010, supposedly stronger. IDK I hope I love her!

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    13. I used the 2010 and it is the same machine with prettier decals

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    14. Does anyone use a tutto carrying case for their juki qvp mini? If so, what size? Thanks in advance!

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      1. I checked the site, they say the 1X is the correct size for this machine

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