JUKI TL 2000Qi Sewing and Quilting Machine Review
The Juki TL2000QI has often been described as the ‘Rolls Royce of quilting machines’ and it’s actually true. Of course it tends to be a bit pricier as compared to other Juki industrial sewing machine brands (like how a Rolls Royce is much more expensive versus other cars), but it’s not as expensive as its successor, the Juki TS2010Q quilting machine. For a machine sold in a mid-ranging price, you’ll get plenty of state-of-the-art equipment that can deal with years of usage. If you like to create seams or quilts, then this machine is the perfect one for you.
The TL2000QI is capable of producing 1500 stitches per minute. It’s got LED lights in the back, an automatic trimmer and needle threader, saving you plenty of trouble from accidentally injuring yourself. There’s also a knee lever, a single pedal operation, as well as an additional expensive table made especially for quilting projects. The arm and aluminum die cast can result in lesser vibration.
If you’re looking for a top-notch quilting machine, then the TL2000QI is your best bet. This machine was constructed to be a portable tool while providing you with loads of work. The average sewing machine won’t be able to hold a candle to this sort of workhouse.
Here is a list of the Juki TL2000QI’s features:
Automatic thread trimming – The type of thread trimming this machine provides is basically just one step ahead of the rest of the competition. It uses the most unique type of foot-controlled trimming system, allowing you to trim both the top and bottom threads with plenty of simplicity.
To create this piece of work, the only thing you have to do is to press the back of the pedal using your foot to exactly snip out the area that you want. This is a feature that is perfect for those projects in which you don’t necessarily need a free hand with you to work.
An automatic thread trimming button is also available, which has the ability to snip the bottom and top of the bobbin thread.
No sewing machine can’t be called as such without having its own thread tension adjustment – And the TL2000QI works wonderfully here too. Just the turn of a dial lets you change the tension to fit in the material, as well as the thread currently inside the machine.
Juki TL2000QI’s more advanced features include a state-of-the-art microcomputer that can fix the speeding control mechanism. This lets you sew at a slower pacing, which helps if you’re handling fragile or thicker pieces of fabric.
If you take your quilting very seriously here, then you are sure to love this feature, since it makes sewing right through the fabric layers an easy task.
Above the machine, you’ll see a regulator that lets you change to presser foot’s pressure without any difficulty whatsoever. This is actually a handy feature since it lets you make a quick adjustment according to the type of fabric you’re currently working with, which gives you a very comfortable type of sewing experience in general.
Do you like free-motion quilting? If so, then you will love the TL2000Qi’s needle-controlling feature. This feature immediately stops the needle while it’s on the downside position – Allowing you to quickly pivot your own work, and provide a more accurate form of design.
There’s also the choice of manually moving the needle in either an upwards or downwards direction whenever you feel like it, through pressing the ‘up’ or ‘down’ buttons in the machine.
Threading a sewing machine is very complicated – It’s hard to find someone who’s willing to do the job. This machine can ease up this painstaking task through automatically threading the needle for you. How convenient is that? Now you can start working on your projects with plenty of ease.
The machine has a brand new bobbin case which has its own convenient latch, making it easy for you to either attach or remove these bobbins. Replacing, attaching, or removing a bobbin is no longer frustrating.
Even though you’re working inside a brightly-lit room, it’s quite hard to look at the fabric directly beneath the needle. The TL2000Qi has its own set of LED lights, bringing even just a small amount of light into a dimly-lit sewing area. The LED illumination also allows you to make even more professional objects or enhance your sewing skills.
Juki has a reputation for providing sewers with the best machines made especially for quilting projects – And the TL2000Qi is no exception here. In fact, it’s one of the best machines you can invest on, especially if you like doing free motion quilting.
You can lower or raise up the machine’s feed dog just by pressing a button. Its drop feed lets you sew curved stitches with more precision, and without difficulty.
The lever in this Juki sewing machine is one of its best-known features. This lever lets you raise up or lower down the presser feet without the aid of your hands – In short, there’s no need for you to jeopardize the quality of your work just by changing the position of your presser foot button.
With the help of the lever, you can change the presser foot as much as possible, with a maximum height of 12 millimeters.
It doesn’t really matter whether you’re stitching, sewing, dressmaking or quilting your way through the heaviest of fabrics, Juki has a ready presser foot made especially for these tasks.
For instance, the 1/5-inch quilting foot is perfect for free motion quilting projects, along with freehanded embroidery projects. Even its feed foot is great for handling tough fabrics, including velvet and leather.
If you love quilting, then you will appreciate the extension table that comes with the TL2000Qi since it gives you loads of room to work on bigger projects, such as blankets. This table is also suitable for bigger home decoration projects too.
The Juki TL2000Qi is capable of producing around 1500 stitches every minute – And although this isn’t exactly the best kids sewing machine, the professional sewers and quilters will still be able to appreciate working through most projects in the speed of light.
Despite its body being cast in pure aluminum (like the Brother XL 5130), the TL2000Qi is still lightweight. This makes the machine completely portable, letting you sew and stitch whatever garment or craft you want. And not only that – It’s also highly durable, letting you use it for decades without much difficulty.
This is a machine that excels in straight stitching. It’s capable of producing a whopping 1500 stitches per minute, so it’s good for major projects like creating gowns, tailoring, dressmaking, and quilting – Among others. It’s got a huge sewing table as well, a thread trimming foot switch, and presser foot knee lever. The machine is known for being both dependable and sturdy. But it’s only capable of producing a straight stitch, and there are a couple of people out there who might find this feature limiting.
People who have bought this machine have often described it as sturdy, quick, and a powerful work-horse of a machine. Certain users have described it as being as close as possible to the average commercial sewing machine (think of the Juki DDL 8700), except the features are easy to use. The TL2000Qi sews quickly, and brilliantly. So far there haven’t any reports of thread or needle breakage, or skipped stitching. Several comments have also mentioned that the machine is highly dependable and isn’t too high maintenance either.
The TL2000Qi is both fast and powerful. It can sew through several layers of fabric, or thick pieces of fabric. There are also reports that it can even sew through leather or denim.
However, the main drawback here is that the machine does not include any fancy stitch types. It does create amazing straight stitches, but this is the only thing you’ll get. Apart from that, several owners have at least felt that the machine’s top speed might go too fast for the sewer, especially if they’re new. Although this feature is very useful for those who are already seasoned sewers.
There are folks that have talked about the convenience of both the foot-controlled thread trimmer and the presser foot knee lever. Both the bobbin and needle threads are trimmed when you press the foot controller’s heel portion – You can do the same by pressing a button on the machine. These are features that you won’t see in your average Juki sewing machine, although it is present on the Juki TL2010Q.
This machine isn’t the lightest one on the market, but it doesn’t carry the unnecessary bulky weight found in an actual commercial sewing machine. It’s both light and small enough to be portable. There are websites out there that have called the TL2000Qi as ‘semi-industrial’ machine. That description might come off as strong for some, but a couple of specifications aren’t typical regarding plenty of home-based sewing machines.
Pros: Quick sewing speed, has a thread trimming foot switch, very sturdy and reliable, perfect for quilting, and comes with a giant sewing table. Also creates perfect tension and stitches. Runs smoothly.
Cons: Slightly pricey, and does not have a zigzag stitch option.