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