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Overview and Features
Equipped with the type of automatic features sewers and quilters of all skill levels can utilize, this model is very powerful, efficient, and reliable.
The large control panel is clearly labeled with images of the machine’s stitch options, so choosing the perfect stitch is fast and easy. The LCD screen located next to the stitch selection dial is easy to see and read and allows you to select the length and width of the stitch.
The switches and buttons for the other settings including the thread trimmer and speed adjustment features are also clearly labeled.
This model comes with a wide variety of accessories that are perfect for those interested in learning how to use a sewing machine, but they’re also great for seasoned sewers and quilters as well.
The accessories include:
- Zipper foot
- All-purpose foot
- Button sewing foot
- Blind hem foot
- Satin stitch foot
- Buttonhole foot
- Thread spool caps and nets
- Spool pin felt
- Lint brush
- Seam ripper
- Knee lifter
- Extension table
The manufacturer also includes a variety of quality accessories including a quarter inch foot, walking/even feed foot, open toe foot, and quilting and edge guide.
This model is covered by a twenty-five-year limited warranty. The warranty ensures that twelve months from the purchase date the manufacturer will repair any craftsmanship or manufacturing defects noted in the machine for free. After that 12 month period, the manufacturer will send replacement parts for the machine head for free, but you will be charged for labor.
Within a period of five years after the date of purchase, the manufacturer will provide replacement parts for the speed control, switches, wiring, light assembly, motor, and other electronic components for free, but you will be charged for labor.
This model comes with a variety of features that are designed to make sewing and quilting a little easier, such as the needle threader. This feature makes threading the needle a breeze.
With most models of sewing and quilting machines, the user will need to be careful when they stop the machine, stopping at the exact moment they want the needle to stop in the up position, so the fabric can be removed. With this model, the user can program the need to stop in an up or down position.
Sewing a baby quilt is easy on a small surface, but if you’re working on a large queen sized or king-sized quilt, you need all the space you can get.
Typically, problems can arise when the quilter is pivoting, making it difficult to hold the fabric in place with one hand while using the other to lower and raise the presser foot.
With this model, the knee lifter has solved that problem by providing a hands-free lowering and raising of the presser foot.
The large LCD screen is useful for keeping track of stitches. It also shows an image of the stitch you’re using, along with the length and width of the stitch.
With two hundred and fifteen stitches to choose from including six stretch stitches, nine essential stitches, six buttonhole stitches, 176 decorative stitches, and 17 quilting stitches to choose from, crafters of all skill levels can find the perfect stitch for their unique project.
If you’d prefer straight stitching for all your quilting work, or this type of setup is too advanced for you, we recommend the Juki TL-2010Q sewing machine which offers just the straight stitch option.
Ease of Use
The included user’s manual is well-written and packed with helpful information that will teach you how to use all of the different features this model has to offer. Once you’ve become familiar with all of the features and how the machine works, using it is pretty straightforward. However, some beginners may find the process complicated.
If you’re looking for a basic sewing machine that has a more beginner-friendly design, click here to read our sewing machine buyer’s guide where you’ll find information on five of the best-selling models.
The sewing machine has a sleek look to it, but don’t let that fool you. It’s also backed by a sturdy frame that can easily handle large quilting projects and heavy daily use. This model is perfect for anyone in search of a reliable sewing machine that can be used daily. And one that can also easily manage thicker fabrics such as wool or denim, in addition to more delicate fabrics, such as velvet and silk.
Since this machine runs so smoothly, the sewer won’t have to worry about jumps or skips.
However, you may have to deal with a common problem with the bobbin. Many quilters found that the normally handy drop and sew bobbin system often resulted in tangled thread, which can then lead to issues with rethreading the bobbin.
- Loaded with automatic features
- Over two hundred stitch types to choose from
- Easy to use
- Well-written instructions
- Solid frame design
- Bobbin quality is poor