The Juki TL-2000Qi sewing machine is a mid-arm piecing and quilting machine that is simple to use, high-speed and heavy-duty. If you’re looking for a straight-stitch mechanical machine that can tackle large quilting projects and don’t want to spend a fortune, this may be a contender.
Basic controls for presser foot pressure, thread tension, stitch length, needle up/down and feed dog position make using this machine easy enough for a beginner but built for professional sewists looking for a quality investment machine.
Key Features of the Juki TL-2000Qi
- Weight: 25.3 pounds
- 1500 stitches per minutes
- Knee lifter to lower or raise the presser foot so both hands can remain on the fabric
- Thread cutting function on foot pedal or switch on the front of the machine
Convenient dials for tension and presser foot pressure
- 23.25”x11” extension table
- 6”x8.5” throat space
- Dimensions 17.8”x13.8”x8.6”
Pros and Cons of the Juki TL-2000Qi
All adjustments are easy-to-use dials and levers, so there isn’t a high learning curve to master the Juki TL-2000Qi features.
1500 stitches per minutes is comparable to commercial machine speeds.
At 25 pounds, the Juki TL-2000Qi is built for heavy-duty sewing projects. Its solid metal construction ensures you can tackle multiple layers of canvas without a problem.
The adjustable presser foot pressure feature ensures you can stitch multiple layers of heavy fabric or a delicate sheer fabric by simply moving the dial.
Set the needle position to up or down, by simply using the up/down needle positioning feature on the front of the machine.
The automatic thread cutter can be accessed by a switch on the surface of the machine or via the foot pedal for hands-free operation.
Unlike some modern machines that are self-lubricated, the Juki needs to be oiled regularly.
The thread cutter is on the foot pedal, so it’s easy to inadvertently snip your thread in the middle of a seam. It takes practice to keep your foot in the correct position.
The side-mounted bobbin casing is awkward to access via a removable top plate. Chubby, trembling fingers may make changing bobbins a real challenge.
You really need to become accustomed to the manual needle threader. It’s a delicate, picky device, but practice does make it a useful feature.
That 25-pound sewing machine sits sturdily on your table, but you may find that carrying it any distance can be problematic. Those who like to take their machine to quilting retreats or classes may need a roller case to transport it.
The automatic manual needle threader is a problem for some users. It’s not easy to figure out how to use the mechanism, and there seems to be a steep learning curve on positioning the thread just right.
A few people mention tension problems; some felt the machine didn’t hold the tension consistently, while many others applauded the stitch consistency.
There were a few complaints that the manual is written poorly.
More than one person complained that the screw that holds the needle in place either came loose or broke, resulting in repair by the dealer.
The Juki TL-2000Qi high-speed sewing and quilting machine is a solid investment for those who do heavy-duty sewing and don’t want to pay for a lot of fancy extras. This straight-stitch-only machine is built to last, and the lack of computerized components makes it easy to service and maintain.
With a large extension bed, easily lowered feed dogs, and adjustable presser foot tension, the Juki TL-2000Qi is a good machine for quilting. Although the extension table is quite large, the machine’s throat is merely adequate. The throat may make quilting queen or king-size quilts challenging.
If you’re doing production work, like making a zillion items for gifts or a craft show, the Juki TL-2000Qi can sew at 1500 spm. Sewing a long seam like stitching drapery or a curtain is done in a snap.
The presser foot tension adjustment is also very desirable for sewing extremes of fabric types. From sailcloth to silk, this machine can sew it all. This makes it valuable for the sewist who works with a variety of fabric types.
The Juki TL-2000Qi is a good choice for the person who’s looking for a mechanical straight stitch machine to augment their collection of specialty sewing machines. It’s probably not the best choice for a beginner who wants to learn everything they can do with a sewing machine.
However, for the knowledgeable sewer who knows what she or he wants to do and is looking for quality, speed and durability at a reasonable price, this Juki is a serious contender.