I dropped in to say hello to my friends at Ace Sew and Vac in Pompano Beach, Florida and spied brand new Juki DDL 8100e straight stitch only industrial sewing machine.
I don’t review too many industrial machines, but there was no way I would leave without taking a close look at this one.
At A Glance
When I first noticed it, the Juki DDL 8100e reminded me of many other industrial sewing machines I have seen… even those that are used in some homes.
It is table mounted with a goose neck lamp and thread cone attached along with a side mounted bobbin winder and a convenient compartment for storing bobbins, needles, thread clippers and other frequently used small sewing machine accessories.
There is also a large reverse stitch lever, a knee lift, two push buttons – one red/one green which turn the machine on and off – and a large comfortable foot pedal.
- Straight stitch only
- Reverse stitch
- Sews up to 5500 stitches per minute
- Clutch motor
- Knee lift
- Separate on board bobbin winder
- Built in accessories compartment
- Push button on/off
- Mounted goose neck lamp
- Built in cone thread stand
- Adjustable stitch length
Working on the Juki DDL 8100e
When you are looking at a single purpose industrial sewing machine, you look for different things than the things that might be of importance to someone who is most interested in a sewing machine for home use.
Single purpose industrial sewing machines are expected to be workhorses… doing the one thing they are built to do better than just about any other machine on the market.
If you expect to be able to wind the bobbin or thread the Juki DDL 8100e or any other industrial sewing machine the same way you would a machine built strictly for home use, you will be sadly disappointed.
Machines of this type are built for use by people who have many years’ experience and don’t need the added benefit of a detailed graphic display of the threading instructions or decals or numbers for you to follow.
If you are going to use any industrial sewing machine, you will be expected to know enough about basic sewing machine operation to be able to sit down and thread the machine with little or no assistance of instruction.
The same goes for winding the bobbin. Using the side mounted bobbin winder is not a difficult task, but one that anyone who attempts to use this machine is expected to already know. If you really need instructions, they are written in the owner’s manual, but that’s it.
When you thread the Juki DDL 8100e, it is necessary to go through a series of steps that include several thread guides as well as a pair of manual thread tension discs.
If you miss one of these steps, or if you do not have everything just right, the machine will not function properly.
A visit to the Juki website reveals that the Juki DDL 8100e was built to work with light to medium to only. For this review, I used a double layer of medium weight denim.
There were no stitch options to test… just the stitch length. The dial regulating the stitch length turns easily and getting it to go from forward to reverse stitching was a cinch.
The surprise for me, however, was the lightning speed with which this machine sews. A light touch of my foot on the pedal and this thing literally took off!
I’m not sure if I ever worked on a machine that sews up to 5,500 stitches per minute, but I will readily admit that I’m not sure I would be comfortable working on a machine that sews this fast unless I was working on something that is simple and straight forward… like a long straight seam.
I’m not at all sure I would be comfortable sewing curves or setting in a sleeve on a machine as fast and powerful as this one.
The quality of the stitches is great. Although I may have been intimidated by the speed, I love the stitches. Regardless of the length, each stitch is absolutely perfect… and that’s the whole purpose for this machine.
- Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
- Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
- Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
- Reptile skin
- Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers
When it comes to industrial sewing machines, you will never find the long list of accessories that sometimes come with home sewing machines.
For instance, with a straight stitch only machine like the Juki DDL 8100e, there is no need for a full complement of presser feet
You can, however, expect to find the following items included in the carton with the purchase of a new Juki DDL 8100e:
- Oil dispensers
- Owner’s manual
- Screw drivers
|After each use||Monthly*||Once Each Year**||As Needed|
|Clean race hook and feed dogs|
|Wipe head with soft dry cloth|
|Wipe head with soft damp cloth|
|Service by sewing machine repair professional|
Tying Off The Loose Ends
The Juki DDL 8100e is not just an industrial sewing machine by name. This is truly a machine that is designed and built for use in an industrial setting.
I know several people who have industrial machines in their homes. I have one myself. However, this is not a machine that should be used in the home unless you have a serious home based sewing business.
Few people can handle a machine that sews 5,500 stitches per minute, and they, no doubt, are professional seamstresses and tailors… not people work in the back of a shop doing alterations, but serious professionals.
I make no bones about the fact that I have been sewing since I was a child. This is the very first sewing machine I have worked on that is so fast, I was actually intimidated by its power and speed.
I have no doubt that in time, I could get accustomed to this powerful machine, but only after a bit of time and practice.
There are certainly plenty of people and situations where a machine this fast is not only welcome but required. With an MSRP of just $899.95, and the Juki name and reputation behind it, I am convinced that the Juki DDL 8100e would be a great choice for any industrial setting.
Its solid all metal construction and simple operation make it a wonderful workroom machine in any factory setting.
The clutch motor maintains a steady hum the entire time the machine is turned on. If white noise is a problem for you, it might be possible to switch to a quiet electronic motor, but the tradeoff would be that you probably would not be able to achieve such high speed sewing.
I know from some of the e-mails I receive that people with a vested interest in commercial sewing machines visit this website as well as those who are primarily interested in machines for home use only.
For this reason, I will continue to occasionally review truly industrial sewing machines like this one. If you are in the market to increase the number of sewing machines in your commercial workroom, take a few minutes to seriously consider the possibility of adding the Juki DDL 8100e to your inventory.
The Juki brand name is synonymous with superior sewing machines. The Juki DDL 8100e is no exception.
- Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
- Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
- Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
- Lightning fast
- Side mounted bobbin winder
- Straight stitch only