Quilting and sewing sound as though they're the same thing. Except quilters will happily explain the difficulties, they experience behind a standard sewing machine. Quilting does call upon certain qualities in a sewing machine that many standard machines don't offer. You may have spent years creating garments or craft pieces but found that your sewing machine doesn't make quilting enjoyable and especially not convenient.
Do you need a new sewing machine for quilting? Possibly. If you're starting with quilting, or if you've quilted for years, a Juki can change the game for you. Have you had a problem with the fabric bunching or moving around as you're sewing? Maybe the thread tension keeps changing because of the fabric's weight, and you're not sure what to do. The trouble isn't you. Your machine may not have the power or design to accomplish the necessary elements of quilting.
This Japanese brand sewing machine company started in 1938. Juki machines were created with commercial sewing needs in mind, and that often means that they are high in power and low in extras. A Juki machine can provide the power and ease-of-access necessary to work on these huge projects without getting bogged down with a variety of fancy stitching and changing feet that you don’t need.
Juki is not the household name that Brother and Singer can claim, but the company is well-known among quilters and within the textile industry for its power. They produce durable products that outlast many other machines and handle heavy-project work for hours on end. It’s a unique combination of speed, power, and ease-of-use. They're also low maintenance, which can turn many people away from commercial machines and handle everything from synthetic leather to chiffon.
These are among the top options for Juki machines, and they offer unique features that make them excellent for quilting. Some of these machines offer additional features that make them more versatile.
All of your essential quilting needs in one spot and easy to access. The 80HP is one of the best options because of its high-functionality, durability, and surprisingly lightweight. The lightweight allows people to travel easily to sewing groups or a quilting class. If you're new to quilting, this might be a great option to access the quilting features you need while also having a machine that can handle other types of sewing as well.
The machine has the basic sewing stitches that quilters rely on but additional decorative finishing stitches as well. With over 190 stitch options and a drop-feed system, you can do anything imaginable with free-motion quilting.
The HZL 5020 is well-known as a professional's best option from Juki. It provides a massive amount of power, incredible speeds, and extra features that you don't typically expect from a commercial machine. Unlike other commercial machines, it has a computer base with a large LCD screen to manage your stitch selections and adjustments. You can even create a needle stop position memory.
With a 7-point feed dog system and a drop-feed system for free-motion quilting, it’s no wonder that this machine comes in as a top choice for quilters specifically. The only downside is that it is fairly compact compared to other Juki's that could serve well for quilters. You can always ensure that the sewing table or extension arm can handle the project's weight well.
Made almost entirely of metal, it has a massive needle plate with established seam guides. The bobbin is easily accessible, and you can opt for an extension table without cutting off access to the bobbin area.
The Juki TL2010 stands out because of its extra high knee lift for a presser foot and the automatic needle threader. The automatic needle threader isn’t a standard feature on commercial machines. It also features:
Professionals adore this machine because of its high-quality stitches and the reverse button. It is an excellent choice for beginners who need easy control over the speed of the machine. The speed of commercial machines can spook many people. Overall this machine offers a lot of value without compromising on the quality of materials.
The Juki DDL 8700 is best for those who work with lightweight and mid-weight fabrics, making it a top-choice among quilters. It delivers the classic Juki power but at an affordable cost. This model is more affordable than other Juki options, but it still outshines most of the market's home sewing machine options.
There are a few elements to consider before investing in the Juki DDL 8700:
Another computerized model, the F600, offers over 200 sewing patterns and can function well at 900 stitches per minute. It’s often the high-end option for sewers who handle a wide variety of projects, from quilts to garment making. The machine can accomplish monograms and other intricate stitching designs, which is excellent for finishing quilts.
A bit slower than the DDL 8700, this machine still turns out 1,350 stitches per minute and works well with a wide variety of fabric options. As a bonus, it serves as a portable serger and performs rolled hemstitching as well. Typically, this can work well for quilters who complete projects quickly and focus more on decorative stitching.
Here at GoldStar Tool, we want to give you the best options for your sewing needs. If you have any questions about our Juki sewing machines, please contact our customer service.