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
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
- Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
- Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
- Reptile skin
- Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers
- 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
- Spool cap
- Dust cover
- Owner’s manual
|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
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.
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.
- 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.
- Easy to operate
- Industrial strength for the home quilter
- Straight stitch only