When I reviewed the Juki HZL – G210 Excite, I was pleased to learn that this 180 stitch computerized sewing machine can sew everything – from the heaviest to the lightest, most delicate fabrics.

At A Glance

To look at it, the Juki HZL – G210 Excite appears to be pretty much like every other computerized sewing machine.

juki hzl excite

Juki HZL G210 Excite

There is a monochromatic LCD screen that displays stitch numbers, the ideal presser foot to use for each stitch and stitch length and width settings along with graphics for the stitch selection menu and memory files.

Function buttons

Function buttons

There is also a stitch selection guide inside the top lid, and function buttons: start/stop; needle up/down; thread cut; memory storage and clearing; reverse stitch; plus a speed control slider and an automatic needle threader.

Features

  • 180 decorative and utility stitch options
    • Alphanumeric font
    • 7 one-step buttonholes
  • Free arm
  • Adjustable stitch length and width
  • Drop feed
  • Reverse stitch
  • On board accessory storage
  • LED lighting
  • Stitch pattern continuous/stop function
  • Start/stop
  • Needle up/down
  • Automatic needle threader
  • Automatic thread cutter
  • Manual thread cutter
  • Stitch memory
  • Extra large carrying handle allows you to lift the machine with two hands when necessary

Working on the Juki HZL – G210 Excite

The Juki HZL – G210 Excite has an easy to follow threading guide that is so clear and precise that a beginner could master the process after just one or two attempts.

An easy to follow threading guide

An easy to follow threading guide

The toughest part about threading this machine is getting the hang of using the automatic needle threader… and that’s not difficult at all.

Winding the bobbin is just as easy, the bobbin spindle and winder are located beneath the lid on the right hand side. Graphic decals show exactly how the thread is to be guided to the bobbin to guarantee perfectly wound bobbins every single time.

The handy on board stitch selection guide is conveniently located inside the top lid. Each stitch is clearly identified by menu category.

On board stitch selection guide

On board stitch selection guide

To get the stitch you want, use the menu selection button on the right side of the LCD screen to determine which menu you want to choose from – utility, decorative or alphanumeric – and then make your selection by using the buttons on the left side beneath the screen to bring up your desired stitch number.

The default settings for stitch length and width will appear on the screen next to the stitch number. Use the buttons beneath the stitch length and width settings to customize your stitch settings to accommodate your specific needs.

LCD screen

LCD screen

Before sewing, however, it’s a good idea to stop here to determine if the correct presser foot is attached, whether you want the needle to stop in the up or down position, whether or not you want to set the machine to stop at a certain point if you are working with a decorative stitch and whether or not you want to save the stitch or stitch sequence in the memory.

The function buttons to control all of these features are located on the right side of the panel (white buttons).

The detailed seam guides on both sides of the needle plate make it almost impossible to place the fabric incorrectly and the stitch quality is wonderful.

For this review, I sampled several of the utility and decorative stitch options and each and every one of them came out perfectly.

I played around a little with the length and width variations as well. No matter which setting I used, the stitches were always well formed, clearly defined and sturdy.

Stitch quality is wonderful

Stitch quality is wonderful

Obviously, the technological advances and superior workmanship that Juki industrial sewing machines are known for has been carried over to the HZL – G210 Excite.

While sewing on this machine, I heard very little in terms of machine noise. The motor is almost whisper quiet. There is no vibration.

Fabrics

  • Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
  • Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
  • Knits
  • Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
  • Upholstery
  • Leather/suede
  • Fur
  • Reptile skin
  • Canvas/Twill
  • Plastic/Rubber
  • Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers

Accessories

Standard accessories:

  • Snap on presser feet
    • Multi-purpose presser foot
    • Buttonhole presser foot
    • Overcasting presser foot
  • T-shape screwdriver
  • Needle set
  • Bobbins
  • Seam ripper/lint brush
  • Spool caps (2 – 1 large/1 small)
  • Owner’s manual
  • Hard cover
Accessories

Accessories

Optional accessories:

  • Extra wide extension table
  • 8 Snap on presser feet
    • Zipper
    • Blind stitch
    • Walking foot
    • Patchwork
    • Open toe
    • Smooth
    • Quilting
    • Edge sewing

Maintenance







After each useMonthly*Once Each Year**As Needed
Clean race hook and feed dogs
Wipe head with soft dry cloth
Wipe head with soft damp cloth
Lubricate
Service by sewing machine repair professional

* more often if the machine is used for extended periods of time or if used frequently

**more often if the machine is used heavily or if it is not operating properly

Tying Off The Loose Ends

If you ask me, the HZL – G210 Excite handles like a much larger, much heavier sewing machine. It’s almost impossible to believe that this machine weighs a little less than 10 pounds.

The Juki HZL – G210 Excite is one of those sewing machines that anyone would be proud to have in their sewing room… not necessarily because of the brand name, but because of the way it performs.

There are few sewing machines on the market today that are a as user friendly and deliver such great quality stitches with virtually no noise or vibration.

Because there are so many decisions to make when setting the machine up to sew, I hesitate to recommend it for use by very young children.

I do, however, believe it is an excellent choice for children in middle school and above. The user friendly stitch selection process is so user friendly, I believe a savvy middle schooler will get the hang of it after just one lesson.

Home sewers at the intermediate skill level appreciate the quality and those who have been sewing for many years will love the way it handles.

I have reviewed sewing machines that perform as well as the Juki HZL – G210 Excite, but I don’t believe I’ve reviewed any that perform better; and with such an affordable MSRP, it’s difficult for me to advise anyone NOT to go out and buy one of these user friendly computerized sewing machines.

The Juki HZL – G210 Excite is a computerized sewing machine designed and developed for home use, but it handles like an industrial machine.

Juki hasn’t been in the home sewing machine business for long, but I admire the way they maintain all of the key elements that made the Juki line of industrial machines so popular.

With that in mind, I strongly urge anyone who thinks it’s time to add a new computerized sewing machine to their sewing room inventory to take a long hard look at the Juki HZL – G210 Excite before making a final decision as to which sewing machine to purchase.

My only reservation is the placement of the droop feed control. If you are sewing with the free arm, it is easy to access.

If, however, you have the accessories case in place or are using the optional extension table, you must first remove them in order to use the drop feed function.

I have stated this in previous reviews, but I must repeat myself here. There is no rhyme or reason to putting the drop feed in such an inconvenient location.

With the drop feed control placed where it is, there is no way to efficiently attach buttons, darn or perform other tasks which require freehand sewing.

Juki dealers are not always easy to locate, but it’s well worth the time and effort to find an authorized Juki dealer near you. When you do, make sure you ask for a demonstration of the HZL – G210 Excite.

Juki HZL – G210 Excite Review
Link To Official Website
Skill Level:
Beginner
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
Intermediate
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
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
Stitch quality
Speed
Ease of use
Maintenance
Pros
  • Extra large work space
Cons
  • Manual tension adjustment
  • Placement of drop feed lever
5.0Overall Score
Reader Rating: (53 Votes)

22 Responses

  1. Marie-Claude

    Dear Vernelle, your reviews are always very informative and well balanced ! Congratulations.
    Please note that according to the Juki website, the Excite G210 weighs 9.5 kilos, equivalent to 20.9 pounds, so perhaps you would like to amend your review for this detail !

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  2. CAROL F.

    I actually have a question – I’m looking for a new machine to do basic home decor sewing, mostly slipcovers. I have an industrial machine which is perfect for sewing through the multiple layers especially on welted sections, but I want something that will do buttonholes, zigzag all my raw edges, and quickly sew the pieces together that I don’t need the industrial for. Why did you mark an X by canvas/twill fabric? I use a lot of cotton duck canvas for slipcovers. Would this machine not sew that? I’m not talking about super heavy sail canvas or something like that. I buy what they have at Hobby Lobby, JoAnn, etc.
    Thanks!

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    • Vernelle

      Hello, Carol –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      I hesitate to recommend sewing heavy canvas or twill o the Juki Excite because the machine is so light, it may not be able to handle things like sail cloth or very heavy canvas without encountering some problems. I prefer to err or the side of caution rather than to give the go-ahead and then discover that it cannot perform certain tasks.

      As for finding a machine that can do all that you want to do, I strongly recommend that you visit an independent authorized dealer that specializes solely in selling and servicing sewing machines rather than one of the large corporations that does not offer the same level of customer service or hands on training that you get from a small, independent dealer.

      Tell the sales associate what you need and ask for a hands on demonstration of every machine that you are genuinely interested in purchasing before making your final decision.

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  3. Kate

    I can’t find this machine for sale any more, only the Juki Sewing Machine – HZL-G110 , is it essentially the same machine? I want something that will go through heavy fabrics, not just hem jeans, and also do all the fine work. Is the G110 the same as this? Thanks.

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    • Vernelle

      Hello, Kate –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      As far as I am able to determine, the two machines are, indeed, identical. In fact, they share the same instruction manual, which is written in four different languages. According to the Juki website, both the G210 and G110 are currently available for sale. Perhaps the difference in model numbers has something to do with the location where the machines are sold.

      At any rate, if you cannot locate a G210, but have an opportunity to purchase a G110, you should be just fine.

      Happy stitching.

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  4. Angelina

    Hi I’m keen to know whether this model is good for quilting ? Thanks

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    • Vernelle

      Hello Angelina –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      The large work space and the ability to work with extra thick layers of fabric are indications that the Juki G210 Excite is capable of handling large projects like quilting. I hesitate to recommend it for extra large quilts that the projects you would normally produce on a frame, however.

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  5. Dietrich Chavous

    I currently own a Juki HZL G210 and I absolutely LOVE it!! The best features for me are the auto thread trimmer, push button reverse and tie down, which you can do all in one step! This saves incredible time when finishing a seam. Only “con” that I can think of is this machine is incredibly heavy so you may want to get a lighter machine for sewing classes and leave this one at home. Weight is approx 21 lbs!! Sturdy, durable, quiet (for a powerful machine), love the “pink/black” color combo. Will operate with or without foot pedal by using Start/Stop button. I only do garment sewing so 900 spm is plenty fast for me! More stitches that I could ever use plus an alphabet. Can’t think of anything I need that this machine doesn’t have. Looking forward to a long relationship with my Juki!

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    • Cindy Mills

      I am glad you’re having success with your machine. I have had nothing but trauma with mine. Purchase from a studio in Maitland, Fl. They were not nice at all!

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      • Marcy

        Wonder what problems you are having – I’m having a bobbin problem – they have put in three different bobbin casings already and it just shifted again on me so it’s back to the store again. Wondering if that is your problem too?

      • Jan C from Houston

        Since I wrote my original review I also had a bobbin case shift. Had to pay for a repair because per Juki USA there are no Juki repair shops in Houston that would honor my warranty even though the problem started at 6 weeks of ownership. Repairman couldn’t find the problem but returned the machine in working order. I’m nervous it will just start acting up again. When it works, it is wonderful.

  6. Cindy Mills

    I recommend to not purchase g210 or nothing by Juki. I have had two of the same machine in less than a year and now on my way to see if I can trade in for something that will work. Seller nor manufacturer were accommodating. I have wasted moneh I can’t afford thinking I had made an awesome purchase. By the way, I was told by manufacturer after the fact, you can’t sew more than three hours on this machine.

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    • Dietrich Chavous

      Dear Ms. Mills, I am so sorry to hear that you were having trouble with your Juki machine. I can understand your frustration. I had two Singer machines that drove me crazy and I ended up just GIVING them away. What’s more discouraging is the Seller was not helpful to you. My Juki G210 is still working fine and I guarantee I have sown longer that 3 hours at a time. I’m curious to know what brand you went to after the Juki “disaster”. I currently own a Juki, Babylock and Janome.

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  7. Juliette

    I am thinking of changing my sewing machine. I currently sew on a Husqvana Lily which is 16 years old and still going strong, but it struggles a bit with jeans hems and sewing multiple layers. I have seen the Juki HZL-G210 in my local shop and had a demo. I was very impressed with the Juki but wary of changing then finding I’ve made a mistake. Any advice/thought would be very welcome.

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  8. Jan C from Houston

    i absolutely ADORE my new Juki g210. I have been sewing for nearly 60 years and have worked on Singer and Brother machines and this is by far the best, easiest and most fun machine. I just completed a cover for my thrift store find ottoman. My Juki stitched through 2 layers of fabric then 8 layers without missing a beat. Love the overlock stitch…almost like having a serger built right in. The needle threader works every time and the thread cutter is such a wonderful convenience. It is quiet. I love the speed regulator so I don’t get too carried away on curves and can let my granddaughters work on it on the slower speeds. I was familiar with the Juki professional machines and this seems to be the best of professional and home sewing machine. I highly recommend thus machine!

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  9. fina

    Hi, I’m thinking of change my old machine and, among other things, I’d like sew with a double needle. Does that machine supports that? Thanks!

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  10. Chinelle

    I like your machines, how much does Juki HZL G210 go for? I mean the 2015 model.

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    • Lisa

      I purchased my HZL 210 last night for just under $600 following a sewing boot camp at a local fabric store. As a Juki dealer, all machines in the class were that model and after only a couple hours I felt right at home with it as opposed to my Brother. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with That one ever since I purchased it several projects ago. I am an advanced beginner and look forward to a long relationship why my new machine.

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  11. John S.

    I purchased the G210 last Feb for my 3 grandaughters (11,7,5). We’ve learned sewing together (thanks to Jenny of Missouri Star Quilts and Crafty Gemini). This Juki has been fantastic. The 11 yr old has made quilts, quilted table runners and quilted zipper pouches. The 7 yr old made aprons and stuffed dolls. the 5 yr old made pillow cases, dog collars, and pretend stuff. She can’t reach the peddle so the hand controls work great.
    I can’t recommend the G210 highly enough. After 8 months of sewing, it’s met all expectations and more.

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