Juki TL2010Q Long-Arm Sewing & Quilting Machine Review
After we had checked out the Juki TL2010Q, we couldn’t help but recall those old industrial-type sewing machines that our grandmothers, aunts, or mothers worked with back in the day, creating wonderful customized slipcovers and draperies for their clients.
The TL2010Q is constructed from pure metal, and contains features that are both easy to learn and understand. This includes a knee lift made especially for the presser foot, a changeable presser foot control, a gigantic reversal button, a board thread cutter, and lastly, a button for positioning the needle.
The machine also has a rather huge needle plate that contains etched seaming guides. Also found here is a side-loading bobbin that you can access easily, thanks to the extension table affixed into place.
A manual thread tension control is found in front together with a slider for handling speed control. Other features include a drop feed control, and a huge stitch length adjustment dial.
Other features include an automatic needle threader and trimmer, an additional presser foot lift measuring 12 millimeters, additional working space, changeable speed controls, and a drop feed dog.
Winding up the bobbin while using the TL2010Q is pretty much as simple as locking the bobbin holder right into place and pressing down on the presser foot.
The look of the entire bobbin-winding separate mechanism pretty much makes sewing and winding up the bobbin seemingly impossible at the same time – In fact, a couple of owners have considered this to be a major drawback (a sewing machine with the same problem is the Singer 9960)
Despite the lack of a threading guide in the accompanying manual, it’s easy to wind up a thread on the Juki TL2010Q. If you’re an expert regarding how a sewing machine works, then applying a thread in this machine is a piece of cake.
The side-loading bobbin housing is focused on the leftmost side of the machine, and can pretty much access something that represents a trap door raised from the outside. Even though the extension table is attached, gaining access to the bobbin house is very simple.
In general, this makes for a completely efficient sewing experience. Simple sewing-related tasks, like changing the stitch length and the bobbin, while adjusting the speed from slower to quicker is also very easy.
The TL2010Q’s drop feed switch can be found in front, so that your freehand sewing can be performed with much simplicity. And since you can find the switch on the lower right half of the machine head, it’s not really that easy to raise up the feed dogs.
The Juki TL2010Q can power through the following fabrics: Natural fibers such as cotton, wool and linen, knits, synthetic fabrics, fine fabrics, velvet, silk, satin, taffeta, blends, polyester, rayon, upholstery, fur, leather, suede, reptile skin, twill, canvas, rubber, plastic, and multiple layers of a single fabric.
Accessories equipped with the TL2010Q include three types of presser feet – A standard presser foot, an even feed foot, a quilt foot measuring 1/5 inches, an even feed foot, an extension table, two types of screwdrivers (a small one and an executive size), four bobbins, a lint brush, an oil dispenser, a spool cap, needles, a dust cover, and finally, a manual for new users.
For industrial sewing machines and quilting machines, there are only so few of them that is capable of performing a job that’s both as fast and efficient as the TL2010Q.
We can safely assume that the Juki TL2010Q is one of those true-blue Juki sewing machines, since it can perform straightened stitches instead of just for quilting or sewing. This actually does make a bit of a difference for those who like to use sewing machines at home, or are so used to the capabilities brought about by a standard sewing machine.
Plenty of modernized sewing machines on sale right now are both being promoted as quilting or sewing machines by their respective companies – And they can do the job just fine.
But the main issue here is that when it comes to making quilts, the average computerized quilting machine contains plenty of quilting stitch options that are vastly different from the types that our grandmothers used when they made their own quilts back in the day.
Stitches created from the TL2010Q are so nicely formed and have a wonderful definition as well, no matter how long the stitch itself runs, or the setting that the machine is in.
Thanks to the various types of speed you can use here, we figure that the TL2010Q is one of the best choices out there if you’re only learning how to make quilts or blankets. It’s also a great sewing machine for kids, since children aged 10 and up can start using it.
In the process of learning how to use the machine, you can set this one to sew as slow as possible – Up to 200 stitches per minute. And once you are able to figure out how the machine finally works, or get used to how it works, at least, you can gradually increase the machine’s speed until it gets to the maximum of 1500 stitches every minute.
The machine is the perfect choice for experienced quilters who don’t have enough room to fit in a gigantic quilting frame – But still want to gain access to the freedom and accuracy of using a freehand quilting on either a Juki serger or sewing machine.
The amount of free space in between the column and the needle, accompanied by the extension table – Even the adjustable presser foot and feed foot pressure allow you to make quilts of all different shapes and sizes.
This doesn’t even occupy nearly as much space as a complete quilt-sized frame – Although if observed, it works like the average heavy-duty sewing machine from back in the day.
Some people have mentioned to us that if they didn’t already own a reliable quilting machine at their homes, such as the Juki DDL5550, then they would consider buying a TL2010Q for themselves.
We’re pretty certain that these people weren’t trying to sell their own sewing machines – And we have to mention that if we were as passionate about making quilts as some of the owners were, then we would also think about buying the TL2010Q as well.
The Juki TL2010Q is priced at around $1,669 – It might be on the pricey side, but when you compare it to other sewing machines (like the Brother SQ9185), this is already very affordable – You just need to save up a bit. Also, the mere fact that this sewing machine was made by Juki pretty much means that those who choose to purchase this machine and add it in their own homes won’t be disappointed by it, and others will surely be able to appreciate it for many years to come.
Juki’s reputation as a sewing machine manufacturer isn’t even compromised here, since the TL2010Q was created especially for homebased sewers, and not inside a professional studio or a warehouse. It carries all of the excellent workmanship and quality that the Japan-based company is famous for.
It is often said that one of the main reasons why people have purchased the TL2010Q is due to the visibility for both placing together pieces of a quilt, as well as a free-motion quilting technique. The machine has an incredible visibility, and it’s not hard to see why people love using this machine so much. We noticed a huge difference when it comes to using it for free motion quilting, since there’s plenty more control involved when dealing with quilting works.
The machine contains a harp space that you can use for so many purposes. It lets you work with different sizes of quilt, and have loads of room to move the quilt around at the same time. We are fully aware that there are plenty of sewing machines that use high-end motors with bigger harp areas, but their pricing as compared to the TL2010Q is just about ten times more than the average – And this is one of the main reasons why we love it so much. We didn’t even realize that it could justify on pretty much any spending level over at least $10K on just one sewing machine – Although we would have a different opinion if we were rich enough.
The TL2010Q is a single-needle and high-performance type of sewing machine with a lock-stitch. This means that the machine is capable of creating only straight stitches – But these are nonetheless elegant-looking stitches that don’t get themselves jumbled up, or look like a stringy bird’s nest on the opposite side. The motor works super-fast, similarly to a commercialized sewing machine.
When Juki made this machine, they had to incorporate features in there that could make quilting a breeze. Perhaps the best features in this machine include the speed control, the needle levelling, and the thread cutter found on the right side.
Pros: Stitches are made with complete accuracy. Changeable settings let you take complete control and customization over the machine. A huge tray is included gives you enough room for bigger quilting projects. Machine itself is highly durable.
Cons: A bit on the expensive side.