I had been sewing on an entry level Singer before, and this machine is a completely different sewing experience. It has the needle up/ down feature, lots of 1 step button holes, automatic locking stitch, the feed dogs drop for free motion quilting, thread cutters, and lots of stitches. I don't do a lot of embroidery, but it is a nice to have. I have made a quilt and several heavy tote bags using multiple layers of interfacing and duck canvas, and the machine performed wonderfully. Thread tension adjustment was a common complaint in other reviews, but I have not had too much of an issue. The manual says to leave it on 4 for most fabrics, and adjust down from there as needed for thicker fabrics.
After two months of moderate to heavy use, the bobbin casing slid out of place and I have to get it serviced. Getting the machine fixed is a bigger ordeal than some of the other manufacturers- repairs are expensive and you have to find a dealer or a Juki repair specialist. We will see...
Got my juki just before Christmas! Researched machines for over a year as I had never seen a Juki before. Finally found a dealer where I could try the machine. For some reason the stitches on the demo machine didn't look as good as I expected. But the machine is solid and practically purrs when sewing. It felt great. Pulled fabric through and handled the 8 layers of denim like a champ. I loved the response of the motor and I decided to buy it. Dealer ordered it for me and it was delivered to my house. Breeze to set up. And mine sews beautifully. Perfect stitches every time. I am now so very glad I chose this one. I just know this machine will take me through doll clothes all the way to drapery panels. I too hope more folks will discover that Juki is a solid machine and worth every penny. I just love how she sounds when I am sewing. Buttonholes are amazing! This machine is going to be working with me for a long time.. I highly recommend it.
I just love my Juki Excite HZL G210!! The features on this machine are amazing. 180 stitches, alpha and numeric, it has more than I will probably use. The BEST feature for me is that I can auto reverse stitch and cut at the touch is a button. No more pulling out fabric and thread to cut. It runs smoothly and is really quite quite for such a powerful machine. It can handle the thick fabrics as well as fine, it is best of course to use the proper needle for the fabric. I have had mine for about 1 month but have sewn on it often. I like the hard cover. Note: this machine is not lightweight.... If you take sewing classes you may want to leave this one at home and take a lighter model. I don't regret parting with my Singer at all. The difference is between night and day. This machine is definitely for the intermediate sewist.
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