Juki TL-2010Q Long-Arm Sewing & Quilting Machine Review: Worth The Price?

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If the sturdiness of an industrial sewing machine combined with the accessibility of a home machine is something you’re looking for, you should probably consider the Juki TL-2010Q Long-Arm Sewing & Quilting Machine.

This machine is hardy and dependable, and could easily become a fixture in the household of a passionate quilter.

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It’s major drawback? Undoubtedly the high price. Although Juki fans would argue that you get what you pay for!

Is it the right machine for you? Read on and see for yourself…


Juki TL-2010Q Long-Arm Sewing & Quilting Machine: The Details

The Look

The Juki TL-2010Q looks like just what it is: a sturdy workhorse of a machine that doesn’t have many frills, but is nevertheless dependable and excellent at what it does.

The clean, white exterior and minimalist look of the controls give you an idea of the kind of simple but very high-quality sewing you will be able to do with this machine.

Its left side features helpful diagrams on the buttons that let you to control the feed dogs and automatic thread cutter. You’ll even know which switch to use to change the speed of the machine by the clever little pictures of a rabbit and turtle on the top and bottom. Cute!

It’s on the larger side, which isn’t surprising for a hybrid between an industrial and a home sewing machine like this one. The extension table it comes with gives it a bit of extra bulk, but that will come in handy.

Best of all, the huge throat space means you will be able to see exactly what you’re working on at all times, no matter what size it is or whether you misplaced your glasses.

Specs

  • Weight: 37.9 lbs
  • Dimensions: 25.7 x 18 x 14 inches
  • Stitches: Straight stitching, forward and backward
  • Speed: 200 stitches per minute (min) – 1500 stitches per minute (max)
  • Computerized/Mechanic: Mechanic
  • Bobbin: Side-loading bobbin
  • Warranty: Five years for mechanical defects, two years for electrical defects

Accessories

As you’d expect with this price tag, the Juki Long-arm sewing machine doesn’t skimp on extra accessories. We already mentioned the extension table, but they also throw in some extra needles, 20 bobbins, and a truly wonderful range of detachable presser feet.

You’ll get to choose from:

  • General sewing foot
  • Piecing foot
  • Zipper foot
  • Blind hem foot
  • Walking foot
  • Two different darning feet

In our opinion, the multiple feet you get with this machine help to make up for it’s not-so-wide range of stitching options.

We always feel confident that the Juki TL-2010Q is a machine that we can rely on for a number of quilting and sewing projects, and definitely won’t be gathering any dust in the cupboard.

You also get a user manual, which we found very helpful in allowing us to master the learning curve that comes with this sophisticated machine.

Juki: the Company

Juki has been in the business of manufacturing quality sewing machines for a long time. In fact, it is their business. They have been on the frontlines of new advancements in both home and industrial sewing machines since their founding in Japan in 1945. We have them and their research to thank, at least in part, for such gems as automatic thread cutting and needle threading.

In 1974, Juki opened up their first U.S. office in New York City and their popularity with American crafters grew so rapidly that soon, more offices and dealers of their products started popping up in other states as well. Today, they have done business in well over 100 countries.

In the seven decades it’s existed, this company has made its goals clear: to distribute technologically advanced machines that are both safe and convenient for their customers.

Juki TL-2010Q Features

Thread Cutter

If you need to snip a thread while using the Juki sewing and quilting machine, you have two options. The first is to just tap the button with the little scissors icon on the left side of the machine.

If you don’t want to break your concentration by looking away from your work though, your other option is to hit the built-in thread-cutting pedal with your foot. The pedal has the same function as the button, but it might save you some precious sewing seconds, especially if you’re down to the wire on a project. Don’t worry, the thread-snipping pedal requires a fairly hardy stomp, so you won’t set it off by accident if you move your leg or go to use the main foot pedal.

Needle Up/Down Button

This is something you get with a lot of machines nowadays, but we were still happy to see it included here.

You still have the option of raising or lowering the needle manually if that’s how you prefer to do things. If not though, this feature can save you an extra step and keep your needle from freezing mid-position, should your machine stop unexpectedly.

Automatic Needle-Threader and Bobbin-Winder

Like the previous two features, these are just ways that the Juki TL-2010Q Long arm machine can save you some time and effort, so that you can get back to sewing. Convenience at every turn!

It’s worth mentioning though that the automatic needle-threading function is potentially confusing and does require a step or two from the user in order to get the thread into position.

If in doubt, be sure to check the manual or some of the helpful videos that Juki provides on their website.

Here’s a great video of how to thread the machine:

Adjustable Speed

Here is another example of this machine making up for its lack of a variety of stitching options with variety in other areas. With a minimum setting of 200 stitches per minute and a maximum of 1500, you aren’t likely to ever find this machine too fast or too slow to suit your needs.

This feature also saves you the trouble of controlling the speed exclusively with the foot pedal, which is helpful for those of us who are sometimes unsure about how much pressure to use on the pedal, or whose legs tend to fall asleep or get tired while sewing.

Adjustable Stitch Length

With a machine this sturdy and straight-forward, you have a lot of choices when it comes to what fabrics to use it on, and how much. We were therefore glad to see that the Juki allows you to adjust the stitches up to a maximum 6mm in length.

The TL-2010Q is a great machine for cuddly quilts and other projects on the softer side, but it can also handle multiple layers of hardier fabrics and even soft leathers if that’s what you need. Just make sure to set it to the proper stitch length before you get started.

Extension Table

The Juki Long-arm sewing machine may not fit as compactly into your craft room or cabinet as some other machines on the market, and that is partially because of the addition of the extension table.

Nevertheless, you’ll be glad they included it if you plan on using this machine for quilts or other large, bulky projects — we certainly were!

This way, you can easily keep your larger projects in place and not have to spend extra time and money buying an extension table separately or trying to DIY one.

Juki TL-2010Q Long-Arm Sewing & Quilting Machine Review

The Positives

Plenty of Visibility

When you are spending time and energy creating something, it can be stressful, if not maddening, not to be able to properly see what you’re working on. This machine’s slender arm and extra throat space are a game changer; they allow you to keep an eye on your work better than most of the larger machine’s we’ve worked with.

Sure, sewing machines with less throat space available are still workable and some of them are great. But we usually find ourselves having to lean down or crane our necks to see our work through the small openings, which is inconvenient at best and painful at worst.

Luckily, that’s a thing of the past with the Juki TL-2010Q.

Sturdy and Durable

As we’ve mentioned, this machine is a good choice for more heavy duty projects and fabrics because of its simple, hardy design.

It’s also an excellent choice for sewists who prefer mechanical over computerized machines. Because it doesn’t have a motherboard, it’s less likely to break or become outdated sooner rather than later.

This trusty machine will probably be a long-term investment capable of sticking with you a good few years. For us, knowing that it won’t need to be replaced any time soon makes that price tag a little less daunting.

Great for Quilting

With its simple, well-executed straight stitching and helpful extension table, the Juki TL-2010Q is a great candidate for your next free-motion quilting project.

The extra space provided by the extension table and the visibility from the extra throat space mean you will be able to move your project around freely and pay attention to the details of your work instead of whether or not it’s disrupting the rest of the contents of your work space.

This machine’s ability to deal with fabrics of various thicknesses will also be a plus for quilting. This way, whether you like a little extra or a little less batting in your quilts, you can make short work of it with the Juki’s adjustable stitch lengths and speeds.

A Good Hybrid

If you’re looking to buy a good sewing machine, but on the fence between an industrial or a home machine, then fear not! With the Juki TL-2010Q Long-arm machine, you no longer need to decide!

Typically, home machines offer more variety, but can’t handle as much daily wear-and-tear as an industrial sewing machine can withstand more frequent use, but gives you less options.

With its lockstitch setting and durability, the Juki sewing and quilting machine resembles an industrial machine, but also resembles a domestic one with its adjustable settings. It would fit right into a household where sewing sometimes a hobby and sometimes a career.

The Negatives

Poor Lighting

This machine does include an LED light on the bottom of the arm to help you see your work, however, the quality of the light is pretty weak and sometimes only makes a project more difficult to focus on.

If you don’t have lots of natural light available to you, the situation can still be remedied fairly easily by purchasing a better LED light to supplement the one you get with the Juki.

Still, it can be annoying to have to buy a separate part, and using the machine without that part is likely to be a bit of a struggle.

High Maintenance

The Juki sewing and quilting machine does need to be oiled relatively frequently, especially if you plan on using it on a regular basis.

This isn’t all that surprising for a mechanic sewing machine and we didn’t find it to be too much of an inconvenience. Nevertheless, it could cause setbacks or damage if the machine isn’t oiled correctly or enough, and the oil itself is likely to get messy and expensive after a while.

Pricey

While Juki are well known for being one of the highest quality manufacturers of sewing machines in the world, they’re undoubtedly very expensive.

And the TL-2010Q is no different.

It’s a fantastic machine, for sure, but we’d recommend quilters on a slightly smaller budget look to the equally capable Brother PQ1500SL High Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine instead.

Overall Verdict

The Juki TL-2010Q Long Arm Sewing and Quilting Machine is undoubtedly a fantastic machine and on the wish-list for quilters everywhere.

It’s incredibly well made, with industrial speed and exceptionally high quality stitches. It’s very expensive, however, and there are a few niggles which put us off paying such a high price for it.

However, the Juki TL-2010Q is a high quality machine that will help the right sewist create beautiful projects for years to come.

Where to Buy the Juki TL-2010Q

This specialist machine can be found readily across the internet and in store thanks to its legendary quality.

Take a look at these online stores for starters:

And, of course, it’s available on Amazon.

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