Juki Brand Ambassador

Juki is an amazing brand.  Becoming a Juki Brand Ambassador is a dream come true!  I am thrilled for this opportunity and am really excited to learn more about their wonderful products and share this all with you!  Let’s take a quick look back at how it all began…

My first Juki Machine

Several years ago, I was sewing a TON of bags for my online shops. I have a successful Etsy Shop and had just started with Amazon Handmade. When I launched my Amazon Shop, it was immediately apparent that I needed to upgrade my sewing machine. At the time, I was admiring my Mom’s DU1181N and loved how it sewed through several layers. I knew that I needed one of my own. My sewing business transitioned to a more efficient system and I learned all about assembly line sewing and batch production. I am still in love my my Juki DU1181N! I wrote an entire blog series. You can check that out right HERE.

Nicole Moore with Juki DU1181N

My Juki Long Arm Quilting Machine

Several years ago, I started offering Custom T-Shirt Quilts. I love quilting and was really confident at finishing quilts with free motion quilting on my domestic machine. The only thing I didn’t really like about quilting on a domestic machine was the tiny throat space and how long it took to wrestle quilts in order to finish. Conveniently, I was able to rent time on my friend’s long arm. That worked pretty well for a couple years, but I wanted one of my own. After all my research, I decided on my Juki J-350 Smart Stitch QVP for several reasons. The first reason was that I trusted the brand. The second reason was the laser guided regulated stitching. At the time, only one other brand offered this functionality on a table model. The final reason I chose this model was because I knew the machine would grow with me. You see, I have a tiny sewing studio and cannot fit a large quilting frame inside my room. The J-350 head can come off the table and transfer to a frame. I am still planning to transition to a frame (once at least one of my two kids leave the nest).

Nicole with J350

My Everyday Machine

I really can’t believe I waited until 2020 to purchase my Juki TL 2010Q. This machine is my everyday machine. I still have my 40 year old Kenmore (in case I need to do the occasional zig-zag stitch). This machine is so great! I may be a Brand Ambassador, but they don’t pay me to say things like this. I have loved sewing with this machine because the tension is PERFECT, I can easily operate and maintain it, and it sews SUPER FAST! It’s not the smallest machine, but that does not stop me from taking it to sew days and retreats. It comes with a table, but I upgraded to a Sew Steady Versa Table and always have my Daylight Slimline 3 overhead.

Nicole Moore with Juki TL2010Q

Looking forward to more

This new relationship with Juki isn’t really new. I have loved this brand for several years, so it only seems natural to take our relationship to the next level. Be sure to follow my events page and sign up for my Newsletter. I will be sharing upcoming events and get the opportunity to try new machines. You can read more about this topic on the Juki website. They published an article on their blog.

Happy Creating!

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Juki TL-2010Q Sewing Machine

This year, my birthday present is this Juki TL-2010Q Sewing Machine!  I have been wanting this Juki model for many years.  So many of my sewing friends have RAVED about this machine, so I called up my local JUKI dealer to see if they had one in stock.  They had one in stock so I decided to give it a test drive.  Well, it only took me a couple of hours to decide that I had to have this machine for myself.  Let me tell you all about my new Juki TL-2010Q!

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Whenever I get something new, I want to jump right in.  I want to ignore the manual and the registration paperwork and just get to play with my new toy! That’s normal, right?   However, this time I had to reference the manual right from the beginning.  I needed to know how to load the bobbing and use the needle threader.  I also wanted to learn more about the automatic thread cutter and other great features this machine offers.  While I was reviewing the manual, I went ahead and got online to register my machine.  I felt all grown up and responsible!  And now for the fun part!  Let’s take a look at all the bells and whistles of my Juki TL2010Q

Let’s dive into this bag of accessories!  This machine comes with four different feet: 1) Regular Pressing foot, 2) Adjustable Zipper foot, 3) Walking Foot, and 4) Free-Motion Quilting foot.  We will talk more about using this variety of sewing feet in a future post.  Be sure to check the bottom of this post for the list.

Installing the Extention Table

This machine comes standard with a knee lift and extension table.  I have grown used to and LOVE my knee lift on my Juki DU1181n.  I was so pleased to learn this machine has that option also.  You certainly don’t have to add this accessory if you don’t want to.  The extension table is an amazing offering with this machine.  The legs easily open and can adjust.  The extension table just slides right into place without any problems.

Winding the bobbin

Raise the support rod and set your thread onto the spool pin  Take your thread to the rod just above the spool.  Thread the bobbin winder guide.  Pass the thread through the hole of the bobbin.  Place the bobbin on the winding shaft there is a little metal notch you need to line up.  Press the bobbin presser.  Start winding the bobbin.  Trim the excessive thread.  This will stop automatically when it fills up.  Make sure the needle is in the up position. Open the slide plate and take out the bobbin case.  Put the bobbin into the bobbin case so that the bobbin runs clockwise.  Passing the thread through the slit of the bobbin case, continue passing it under the thread tension spring, and pull out the thread about 4 inches from the bobbin case.   Insert the bobbin case fully into the hook, and close the bobbin case latch. 

Threading the Machine

Pass the thread through the thread guide.  Pass the thread through the space between the two tension disks on the sub tension knob. Next, pass the thread through the clearance between the two thread tension disks on the thread tension dial.  Follow the diagram through the hooks and take-up lever.  Next, you will pass the thread through the hook, just above the needle threading mechanism and also the pig-tail hook on the needle bar.

Using the Needle Threader

Lower the presser foot and lower the needle threader lever.  Bring the needle to the top position.  Pass the needle thread from the opposite side to this side, and move the thread on the right-hand side until it comes in contact with the guide.  When the finger is taken off, the thread is caught in the hook and passed through the needle’s eye.  Magic!  Draw out the thread about 4 inches.

This machine also has an automatic thread trimmer, which is either activated by a touch of a button or tapping your heal on the foot pedal.  There is also a sewing speed control with speeds up to 1500 stitches per minute.  You can also set a “stop position for your needle”.  When you stop sewing, the machine will come to an accurate stop with the needle in the down position.

To get your own Juki TL-2010Q, visit my friends at Quilter’s HQ.  They are a family-owned business and have wonderful customer service.  Be sure to use my code: SMMIS and receive a free magnetic seam guide with your machine!

Watch the video

Sometimes, with a new machine – it can be difficult to know which thread to use for a certain material type or which needle to use for a particular thread.

Be sure to stay tuned for additional posts about my Juki TL-2010Q.  Here is what I have planned:

  • Quilt Piecing
  • Free Motion Quilting
  • Using the Walking Foot
  • Maintenance Tips

Please let me a comment to let me know if you already have this sewing machine and what you love about it!

I love my Juki Miyabi J-350 QVP

I have wanted my own Long Arm Quilting Machine for a very long time.  For the past few years, I have been renting time on my friend’s Long Arm and have dreamt about the day that I could get a Long Arm of my own.  As you may know, my sewing studio is rather tiny.  In my studio, I already have my Industrial Juki DU1181n and my domestic machine as well.  After my cutting table and ironing board, I barely have enough room for my cabinets and fabric storage!  I thought I would have to wait until my kids moved out before I could have enough room for a Long Arm Quilting Machine.  Well, that changed when I stopped by Quilter’s HQ to check out the latest Juki Long Arm model.  Let me tell you about some of the features with my Juki Miyabi J-350 QVP!

Compact Size and Adjustability

My Juki Miyabi 350 QVP measures 35.4″ x 33.7″ (that’s the main table).  I also have the optional table extensions which provide and additional 15.7″ on each side.  This brings my total table top measurement to 66.8″ x 33.7″.  This fits perfectly against the west side of my studio!  The table is also adjustable.  I can either sit or stand to use my Long Arm Quilting Machine.  I am currently loving to stand when I quilt.  While the table is compact, the quilting area is more than enough space!  This machine has an 18″ depth and a 10″ height!  That’s a ton of space!

Regulated Stitch option

The feature that immediately caught my attention was the regulated stitch capability of the Juki Miyabi.  I have used both constant and regulated Long Arm Quilting Machines and really love the results of a regulated stitch.  A regulated stitch basically means the stitch length stays the same (or is regulated) no matter how fast you move the fabric under the needle.  If you notice the little white boxes in the base plate (pictured above) – these are basically sensors that watch the fabric as it moves under the needle and adjust the stitch speed accordingly.  Brilliant!  The Juki Miyabi also has 3 other stitching modes, which are Basting, Constant and Manual.

Programmable LCD Touch Screen

 

I have the basic (out of the box) display and functions, which include the Automatic Needle Positioned, Foot Control, bobbin capacity indicator, and stitch length (just to name a few).  I can control the settings with a simple touch and the interface is easy to understand.  There is plenty of room to upgrade the controls of this machine.  I have big plans for the future!

Foot Control

 

Threads are automatically trimmed by push button with the exclusive Juki knife system saving time and increasing efficiency. Upper and lower thread cutter with auto set thread lock. Choose the preferred threads locks prior to auto cut or choose and auto thread pull to bring your threads to the top of your quilt.  This machine also has the electronic foot control with quick control thread cutting.  The foot pedal can also be programmed to work one of two ways:  1.  Used like a regular domestic machine (the harder you push the pedal – the faster the needle runs).  2.  Push the pedal to start the programmed stitch and then push the pedal again to stop the stitching. I like to use the second option the most!

Great Visibility

This machine has Dual directional LED lighting for bright, true white lighting of your quilting area.  Having this bright light, directed onto the immediate work area is great for my eyes!  I often like to Quilt at night and this additional lighting is such a relief to my eye sight!

Warranty and service

The Juki Brand offers an excellent factory warranty.  One of my favorite things about having this machine is the service I can expect from the Shop Owners at Quilters HQ.  Robert and Joan personally installed my machine and helped me get started on this new quilting journey.  Robert came back to install my extender sides while Joan gave me all sorts of tips and tricks to get me started.  They are super helpful so check out their website to see what they have in store for you!

There are so many more features to share about my new Long Arm Quilting Machine, that I have decided to start a series about it!  Be sure you are subscribed to my email newsletter so you won’t miss anything.  I have loved learning all about my new Juki Miyabi J-350QVP and can’t wait to share more about it with you!  Stay tuned for videos!

ps – I need a name for my new machine!  I’m not sure if I want to give it a girl or a boy name, but I’m pretty sure that I want the name to start with the letter “J”.  Comment below on the name you would suggest for my new Juki!

Happy Quilting,

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