Oh, Juki TL-2010Q, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
1. First Impression
I worked an 8-5pm shift the day you came into my life. This means that Nate, my husband, signed for you from the UPS guy and I had to wait ALL day just to come home and see your pretty face. On top of that, I had to wait a tiny bit longer to open you up because I wanted to create an unboxing video. You were worth the wait, though! Your construction is super solid. Die-cast aluminum body, parts AND accessories. Your stitch length adjusting dial makes sturdy, audible “clicks” and your side handwheel has just the right amount of give to it. I believe I said in the unboxing video that you felt as solid as a rock. Couldn’t be more true.
Yeah, we know….you’re mighty, mighty. You let it all hang out. You’re a brick house. But you’re not cheap. Namely, your extension table is top-notch despite some reviews that made me think otherwise. I don’t know what those fools were smoking. The grated bottom, rubberized kick-stand feet, ruler, and slick surface make your extension table a dream to work on. Fabric simply dances across your surface. I can tell why you like to keep it simple–less resources spent on frivolous features like fancy stitches means studier parts and accessories.
You know what? You’re a real trickster. The first time we worked together, Nate thought I hadn’t even started sewing yet. That’s because you’re so stealthy and quiet that he didn’t even notice we were sewing up a storm. We sewed over heavyweight interfacing, together, and free-motion quilted a twin-sized blanket. You didn’t utter a single peep. I can’t tell you how awesome it is to watch TV or listen to music (WITHOUT HEADPHONES) when we’re working together.
You go slow. You go fast. You do whatever I want you to and you pretend like you don’t even care. Thanks to your handy speed control gauge, we can work together at any pace we’d like. Even through the fastest speeds, we don’t lose control of our fabric and our stitches remain evenly-spaced. On top of that, there is no delay when we finish a section. As soon as I let up on the foot controller, you stop in the needle down position. Your speed control is one of my favorite things about you <3.
I’m not sure how I ever pieced on my old Brother XL2600i. Oh, yeah, miserably. I didn’t think I could piece as fast as I do in your hands. My piecing time has significantly declined due to your extension table. Now, I can place my charm squares directly on its surface and slide them under my presser foot. This means that there is less shifting of the fabric which leads to more accurate piecing. In one week, I was able to piece two twin blankets. I couldn’t imagine doing that on my old Brother.
6. Free Motion Quilting
Juki TL-2010Q. Are you for real with that free motion quilting nonsense? I can tell that is what you were made for. First of all, your feed dog switch is genius. It’s right there, on the front of the machine, within reach and extremely valuable. Most other machines require a feed dog cover. Not you. You realize that a feed dog cover just won’t cut it. On top of that, you must be a tension God because I haven’t had a single issue with looping on the front or back of my quilts, yet. Your stitches are nearly perfect (as expected with my level of experience) and there are no gaps in consistency. Your needle down position works wonders when I have to shift quilts around under your presser foot. I haven’t utilized your knee lifter lever yet, simply because I’m not used to that sort of accessory, but I’ll have to give it a go, soon.
Overall, Juki TL-2010Q, I can tell we’re going to have a long and fruitful relationship together. You’re sturdy as hell, piece like a dream, and your free motion quilting features make me feel like Michaelangelo with thread. A special shout out to SewingMachinesPlus.com for bringing us together at such an accommodating price. I only wish we had met sooner.
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