Juki TL-98 Q Meme

Edit: After sewing with her for several years, I’ve written an updated post on my Juki TL-98 Q here.

Sew Mama Sew is having Sewing Machine Month! What fun, a whole month full on useful info about sewing machines! Anyway, as part of this month, they’ve asked for folks to review their machines on their blogs. Since I LOVE both my sewing machines, I thought I’d join in the fun! So, without further ado, here’s the info on Sewing Machine # 2, a Juki TL-98 Q!

Juki tl-98Q, along with feet and thread storage

What brand and model do you have?

  • Juki TL-98 Q!

How long have you had it?

  • 11 months

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?

  • I’ve seen it on the internet for ~$850. I bought it from my local dealer for $1000 or so. They let me spend a whole hour making a trial totebag on it, and answered all my questions in detail. Love the service, and they’ve got a great technician, so it was totally worth it to pay the higher price!

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?

  • Quilting, home dec, bags

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?

  • 2-20 hours a week, probably averages out to 4/5 hours each week…? Maybe more?

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?

  • Love it!  No, it’s just “My Juki”

What features does your machine have that work well for you?

  • GREAT stitch quality, great SPEED, tremendous power – I’m making lots of bags from canvas and layers of interfacing and quilt batting, this machine pays no attention to it!

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

  • I wish the feet were easier to change – you have to unscrew each one, and I switch feet multiple times/bag.

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!

  • Last June I finally had a few minutes to myself during regular business hours and I took an example of a handle I was topstitching down to my local shop to ask for advice on how to get the underside to look as nice as the top side. While I was chatting with the ladies about needle size and bobbin thread, their technician came out and joined the discussion. Gunter (not his real name, but he talks and looks like a Gunter…) said to me: “You, you have a Mercedes. But you would not move rocks with a Mercedes”. He was telling me that to use a Bernina to sew through all those layers for bag after bag after bag, I was going to wear it out faster! AAAHHH! I’d never considered that! So, I quickly came to the realization that the Juki was the way to go! Funny thing is, I’d wanted a machine like this for years, mostly for the increased room under the arm…but since I COULD quilt my quilts with my Bernina, I didn’t NEED to have that extra room. But hearing I was wearing out my “Mercedes” machine – eekks! Just the incentive I needed. And, with my little business becoming profitable, I could actually (just) afford to buy the machine with the money I’d made sewing! Voila – justification complete!

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

  • Yes. Great stitch quality, very sturdy construction, knee lift, needle up/down, thread cutter, incredible speed (1600 spm).

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

  • Knee lift, needle up/down, speed (spm)

Do you have a dream machine?

  • ?? Along with my Bernina (see this post), I’ve got all my bases covered! Maybe if I had a huge studio and lots more money, I’d look into one of the mid-size machines that mount in a table with the body to the back so there’s room for hand controlled free motion quilting on both sides of the head. But it would be an addition to the 2 I love now!
My 2 machines in the table my husband & I built for them

Tutorial for sewing machine table here.

17 Responses

  1. I have one of these too and it’s an awesome machine. I got it when I was designing and sewing a lot of bags and needed a machine that would sew through leather and really thick fabrics. It never let me down!

  2. I have the TL98E. I think it’s basically the same and I love it. It has become my primary sewing machine. It makes the very best straight stitch. I love your sewing table too.

  3. I have the Juki TL98Q as well. I’ve only had it a month. So far, I love it. The thread cutter works flawlessly and I love the speed. 98% of my work is straight stitch. I agree with changing the feet but I’m getting used to it. I can now thread the machine and use the automatic needle threader pretty quick now.. and no peeking at the book either.

    One thing I’m having a hard time to find is a 1/4 inch piecing foot. I’m going to start a project where I have to make half square triangles and I need to sew 1/4″ on each side of a pencil line on the fabric. The 1/4″ foot that came with my machine has a side bar on it. I need one without the sidebar. Can you let me know if you use one of these, and if so, where you got it. My dealer doesn’t have one.

  4. Hi!
    I am thinking about buying the Juki with the grace frame. Do you do machine quilting? Is the harp large enough to quilt larger quilts?
    Thanks! Diane

  5. What a fantastic studio! I have been looking at Juki’s and your glowing review has been very helpful. I love the table that you built. The link to the tutorial is not working though, would you mind sending my the link? Thank you!

  6. I, too, have a Juki. I love to make it go fast.

    You mentioned that you would love to have a machine where the back was to the wall and you could sew on both sides of the machine. I think there are quilting machines built for the Juki so that you can do that. I know I’ve seen them before.

    Thanks for participating in the “meme”. I’ve enjoyed reading your views on my two favorite machines.

  7. Hello
    I am lookig for good sewing machine to sew handbags I design JuKI TL 98 Q looks like somthing i should have but can this machine sew leather or suede?


  9. Argh, I am borrowing my mom’s Juki TL-98 QE (so not exactly the same but similar right?) and it keeps making the GFI circuit thingy go off. I am liking the speed but not happy about this. This post was in the first page of google results. 😀

    Also have you ever used an extension table with it? I am used to that with my other machine and miss it.