Monday, June 21, 2010

My choices….

About a month ago, I wrote this POST;

I asked you what type of sewing machine you had and loved and what brand of thread you used for piecing. I was thrilled with all the answers, advice and help you shared.

Here is my decision on thread...

As soon as I find a store that carries these brands I am going to try Aurifil and Masterpiece by Superior.

I also took your advice and gave a sewing machine I was thinking of buying a test drive....

There we only a few things I wanted in a machine:

a strong workhorse
one that could work with any thickness of fabric
no fancy stitches
no embroidery
just one who would sew and not give me any trouble.

I already have two other machines with bells and whistles, I just needed a worker bee.


Here she is in all her glory...

May I present the newest member of the family


Juki Quilting TL-98Q

What I love about this little girl of mine:

Comes with extra large sewing table

Needle threader

1/4" and 1/5" quilting feet

Feed dog up/down mechanism

Walking foot

Thread trimmer switch on the machine and built into the foot control!! (I just love this feature, no more starter and stopper fabrics)!!!

Sews 1,500 stitches per minute just as smooth as “butter”

Perfect tension

Holds large spools of thread

Needle down

Bobbin holds a ton!!

And it came with a 12 Piece Juki Kit Free of Charge

Which included:

Velvet foot
Shirring foot
Cording foot right
Cording foot left
Ultra Glide foot
Narrow Straight Stitch foot
Concealed Zipper Foot
Me & My Sister Betsy Ross Quilt CD
Me & My Sister Contessa Quilt CD
ME & My Sister Flower Girl Quilt CD
Me & My Sister Crazy for Baby Quilt CD
Medium Sewing Basket (it was pink)!!!

I only have one dislike and I know many of you will disagree with me, but, I do not like the knee lift that raises the pressure foot. The silly thing just gets in my way, so I do not use that part!!

So my conclusion is that after many years of trying to find just the right machine, I, Jane Elizabeth, declare this one to be my new gem!!!


  1. I think I would have bought a Juki if they had been available here in Canada. I love your choice. It does all that you will require for your endeavours.
    Excellent machine and it has excellent reviews by all that have them.

  2. Congratulations on your newest addition to your family! I am sure that you will love it and hope to see many great things made!

  3. Congratulations, Jane. May it bring you many years of sewing pleasure.

  4. 1. Nancy Rink has the best cost on Aurifil thread...

    2. Try moving your foot pedal to the left side and using your left foot..and use your knee lift for ONE DAY!! In one day... i am willing to bet you will love the knee lift...

  5. Congratulations! Have a great time getting to know your machine and let us know what you think of her.

  6. Oh yeah!!!! Welcome to the world, Juki!!! You will get a workout.

  7. Congratulations! Hope you enjoy her for many years and many great quilts! When do we get to see the pink sewing basket? ;-) Have a great week!

  8. Looks like a beauty! I don't think I would care for the knee lift either.

  9. That was the first think I noticed was the long table....and the room under the arm (I am sure I am not saying the names right).

    Looks wonderful!! Want to hear more about it as you sew with it.

  10. Jane, congratulations on your new Juki :) I've heard really great things about them. Hope you get years of enjoyment from it :D

  11. Congrats! Looking forward to hearing how the Juki works out!

  12. Oh, you'll love it Jane...Juki's are great machines..
    During my seamstress working life, I had a Juki industrial...never misses a beat / stitch..
    Great choice..enjoy!

  13. It sounds like your new machine meets ALL the criteria... YAY! Have fun getting to know your new Juki!


  14. Congrats on the new machine! Can't wait to see what you create now :)


  15. Have fun with your new toy! I felt the same way about the knee lift when I first got mine, but I use it everyday now. Great extension table!

  16. 1,500 stitches per minute!!??

    You're going to get lots done!!

  17. What a beauty! I test drove this machine also Jane. It seems like a nice machine. I'm looking for a new machine to free motion quilt on. Do you free motion quilt and how do you like it for that so far. Thanks
    I can't remember the throat size is it 9 or 10" ??


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