It was necessary for me to travel all the way to Stuart Sew and Vac in Jensen Beach, Florida to review the Juki TL 2010Q quilter, but the trip was well worth the time.

At A Glance

Juki TL 2010Q

Juki TL 2010Q

When I first looked at the Juki TL 2010Q, I couldn’t help but remember some of the old industrial sewing machines my grandmother used during her days as a professional seamstress, making customized draperies and slipcovers for prestigious clients in Washington, DC.

A manual thread tension control on front along with a speed control slider

A manual thread tension control on front along with a speed control slider

This machine is practically all metal with easy to understand and use features, including a knee lift for the presser foot, an adjustable presser foot control, a large reverse button, on board thread cutter and needle up/down button.

It also has a very large needle plate with etched seam guides and a side loading bobbin that is easily accessible even with the extension table in place.

There is also a manual thread tension control on front along with a speed control slider, drop feed control and an oversized stitch length adjustment dial.

Features

  • Automatic needle threader
  • Automatic thread trimmer
  • Extra high presser foot lift (12mm)
  • Extended work space
  • Drop feed dog
  • Needle up/down
  • Variable speed control

Working on the Juki TL 2010Q

Winding the bobbin on the Juki TL2010Q is as easy as snapping the bobbin holder into place and pressing the presser foot.

The design of this bobbin winding separate mechanism makes it impossible for you to sew while winding the bobbin – something some people might consider to be a drawback of sorts.

Threading the Juki TL 2010Q is easy, although there are no thread guides to follow. If you are at all adept at the workings of a sewing machine, threading the Juki TL 2010Q is a piece of cake.

The side loading bobbin housing faces the left side of the machine and is accessible through what resembles a trap door that raises from the outside. Even when the extension table is in place, access to the bobbin housing is quite easy.

Bobbin housing faces the left side of the machine

Bobbin housing faces the left side of the machine

The quality of the stitches produced by the Juki TL 2010Q is superlative. Adjusting the stitch length is accomplished by a simple turn of the dial. The reverse stitch lever is situated directly beneath the stitch length adjustment dial and the variable speed control slider is beside the reverse stitch lever.

Superlative quality of the stitches

Superlative quality of the stitches

All this makes for a very efficient sewing experience. Tasks like changing the bobbin, adjusting the stitch length and changing from slow to fast speed sewing are as easy as they could possibly be.

The drop feed switch is conveniently located so that freehand sewing is accomplished with ease. Because the switch is situated on the lower right side of the machine head, lowering and raising the feed dogs cannot be easier.

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

  • 3 Presser feet
    • Standard presser foot
    • 1/5 inch quilt foot
    • Even feed foot
  • Extension table
  • 2 screwdrivers (1 executive/1 small)
  • Lint brush
  • Bobbins (4)
  • Oil dispenser
  • Needles
  • Spool cap
  • Dust cover
  • Owner’s manual
Accessories

Accessories

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

An adjustable presser foot control, a large reverse button

An adjustable presser foot control, a large reverse button

When it comes to home quilting machines, there aren’t many more sewing machines that get the job done as effectively and efficiently as the Juki TL 2010Q.

This mechanical straight stitch only machine is a true quilting machine, not a sewing and quilting machine. That makes a huge difference for those home sewers who are machine quilting purists.

Lots and lots of the computerized machines on the market today are promoted as sewing and quilting machines, and they do wonderful work.

The issue, however, is that when it comes to machine quilting, the computerized quilting machines have tons of optional quilting stitches that are not the traditional quilting stitches that our grandmothers used when making those heirloom quilts that are cherished for many generations.

The stitches made on the Juki TL 2010Q are perfectly formed and well defined regardless of the stitch length setting.

Because of the variable speed control, I think the Juki TL2010Q is an ideal choice for the beginner home quilter from the age of ten on up.

While learning to operate it, the Juki TL 2010Q can be set to sew as slow as 200 stitches per minute. As the user’s skill level improves, the speed can be increased until it reaches the maximum speed of 1500 stitches per minute.

This machine is also a good option for the seasoned home quilter who doesn’t have enough space for a large quilting frame, but wants to have access to the precision and freedom of freehand machine quilting on a superior machine.

The large space between the needle and the column, coupled with the extension table, even feed foot and adjustable presser foot pressure make working with quilts of all sizes incredibly easy.

It doesn’t take nearly as much space as a full size quilt frame, yet works like a heavy duty industrial quilting machine.

During the course of this review at Stuart Sew and Vac, the owner’s wife came by and pointed out that if she did not already have a reliable quilting machine at home, she would definitely think long and hard about purchasing the Juki TL2010Q for herself.

After reviewing this machine, I am certain she was not just trying to make a sale. After all, she knew who I was and why I was there. I will add that if I were a machine quilting enthusiast, I would certainly give buying this some very serious consideration myself.

One of the most affordable home quilting machines

One of the most affordable home quilting machines

The economical MSRP of $1669 makes the Juki TL 2010Q one of the most affordable home quilting machines on the market today.

The mere fact that this is a Juki means that anyone who decides to add one of these rugged quilting machines to their sewing room inventory will not be disappointed and will enjoy using it for many, many years to come.

The Juki name and reputation are not in any way compromised because the TL 2010Q is made for home use rather than in a warehouse or professional sewing studio. It brings with it all of the great quality and workmanship that Juki is known for to the comfort of any home.

Juki TL 2010Q 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
  • Easy to operate
  • Industrial strength for the home quilter
Cons
  • Straight stitch only
5.0Overall Score
Reader Rating: (23 Votes)

16 Responses

  1. Clarice Dean

    I own this machine and I’m very happy with the performance. I use this machine for FMQ and the stitch quality is amazing. The needle threader takes a little bit to get used to, but after a few attempts I got the hang if it. This is a heavy machine and is built to last. It has a carrying handle and I have taken it to classes. The bobbin holds a lot of thread.

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  2. Suzanne M

    I love this machine! It is so easy to use, the stitch quality is great, and it’s just so easy to use. I also have a Babylock Melody and have found it to be a real pain because of recurring bobbin problems. So, I decided to keep the Juki as my everyday machine and the Babylock to do anything else. I’m a quilter and I make clothes. Honestly, so far, the Juki has handled 99% of my sewing needs. It has NO trouble with thick fabric or multiple layers, which always caused snarls with the Babylock. I am just so impressed with the quality, reliability, and ease of use.

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  3. Arleen E

    I purchased a Juki TL2010Q about 2 months ago and would not trade this sewing machine for any of the fancier ones. I also have an older Husky and a fairly new Janome machine but the juki is out performing them both on straight sewing. Since purchasing this juki, I have stitch 4 queen size quilt tops and never once did I have any problems with my juki. the bobbin kept running out on the janome but not the juki. Straight sewing, not a problem and I love their 1/4 inch sewing foot.
    Getting ready to use this Juki with a quilting frame and know it will do what i want.

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    • Robin

      Hi Arlene,
      Have you used your Juki 2010Q with a quilting frame yet? How do you like it? What all is necessary to attach this machine to the frame? Overall, do you like using it like a long arm vs. sit down machine? I keep coming back to this Juki, i’ve watched you-tube videos & it looks great but would like to have input from a fellow quilter. I have a computerized Brother sewing/embroidery machine and it’s ok. Wanting larger throat space, larger bobbin capacity and easier tension adjustment. Your input would be appreciated.

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  4. Caren Brown

    I’m an intermediate quilter, and I need a quilting machine of my own in order to take my craft to the next level. Does this machine have a quilting foot that would allow me to stipple my quilts? Or could I only quilt in straight lines?

    If someone could please explain this to me, I’d be grateful! Thanks in advance! – Caren

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    • Vernelle

      Hello Caren –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      The TL 2010Q is a straight stitch machine only. Stippling on this machine is not an option.

      Happy stitching.

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      • Jean

        Although the machine is straight stitch only, it does include both a 1/4″ and a 1/5″ quilting foot. Just put one of these on, drop the feed dogs and stipple away! (As well as any other free machine quilting design you want to do.)

    • Donna Menke

      I have had my 2010Q for three years. It is on a Gracie King Frame. Mine came with 2 sizes quilting feet. I lowered the feed dogs and raised the pressure on the foot to zero. I do the majority of my quilts in stipple. Never skipped a stitch or mis-behaved in any way…love this machine.

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    • Cheralee

      Mine came with two quilting/darning feet. I purchased it because a girl in my guild does all of her quilting on her Juki. The feed dogs do drop, as far as I know, so you could quilt however you wish. However, when sewing it is only a straight stitch machine. Hope that helps.

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  5. Margaret

    Can this machine be used for fmq or not?

    The reply to Caren was that she could not stipple with this machine, but Clarice, the first poster, said she uses it to fmq.

    If it is possible to drop the feed dogs, then I do not see why you could not fmq/stipple.

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    • Donna Menke

      Yes, you can fmq with this Juki 2010Q. I do it all the time. You can drop the feed dogs, raise the foot pressure to zero, stitch length to zero, and away I go…Have had my machine for three years. No problem fmq with it on a quilting frame or sitting on my work table. You either move the fabric, while on the table, or you move the machine, while on the frame….

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    • Shauntae

      You can do any free motion quilting with this machine. You would manually move the fabric to create the stitch patterns, like Leah Day. She uses this machine in conjunction to her Juki Exceed. This machine is excellent in two things- straight stitching (which is perfect for piecing) and free motion quilting.

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  6. Jeffrey Wong

    Hi Vernelle,

    Excellent review.
    Because I live far from a Juki dealer, I just bought this TL2010Q online, with delivery scheduled for April 26, 2016. While I don’t quilt, I want the machine’s speed, the needle up/down, knee lift and power to sew through layers without blinking. I have a wimpy pair of machines at this time that lack or compromise these features: a Viking Emerald 116 dances around at full speed, no needle down, hates thick stuff; a Pfaff 2023 no needle down, hesitates to get to speed, makes birds nests, no presser foot tension adjustment.

    Cheers,
    Jeff

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  7. Karen

    I am wanting to travel with my Juki TL-2010Q on an airplane. Has anyone else done this and how have you packed it, etc.? Hints, suggestions welcome!

    Karen

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  8. Janice

    I am looking for a sewing machine to make bags and purses. My older Pfaff 1473 does a nice job on cotton, including multiple layers. But sometimes has a problem when I add heavy interfacing, foam interfacing or use home dec fabrics for the bags instead if quilt weight cottons. Any suggestions?

    The Juki 2010Q sounds good but the $1600 price tag is a bit high, I can get a Juki industrial machine with servo motor for $700 new. Not pretty or portable but faster and more powerful. Would rather have something easier to move, the industrial machine is super heavy.

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