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Good machine but not perfect
on March 13, 2014
The Juki is a great machine, but not flawless. I used it for a year to make a few quilt tops, some garment sewing, and mending. I'd say I'm an intermediate seamstress. I've sewn extensively on a Kenmore Mini Ultra, a few misc. Singers, Singer Quilter Confidence, vintage Dressmaker, Elna 7200. The machine is alright, but in my opinion the stitch quality not worth the price.
foot pedal thread cutter
automatic buttonhole foot - you put the button on the foot and it automatically makes the perfect sized hole
wide variety of stitches
machine runs quiet
a lot of adjustments - this is not a beginner machine. You have thread and bobbin tension as well as the pressure foot
stitch quality - This is ultimately why I sold it. I don't know if it was just my Juki or not, but I had a hard time getting perfect stitches. I understand doing test stitching on the fabric before sewing but it seemed to take SO long to adjust everything just right, and sometimes still was sub par. The machine didn't skip stitches but they weren't always even
horizontal thread holder - this is just a personal preference. I prefer a vertical holder because I can use the bigger spools of thread
durability - I don't know why everyone says it's so heavy duty. It's better than my Singer Quilter Confidence, but sounded bogged down going through two layers of denim (and I was using the right needle and it was new). It did better than the Singer, slightly worse than a Husqvarna Sapphire when going through a few layers material for making a quilt block.
I ended up selling my Juki recently and going with an Elna and couldn't be happier. I miss the foot pedal thread cutter and some of the stitches, but the Elna has a superb stitch quality and no problem going through several layers of quilt fabric or a few layers of denim.