Meet The Juki Girl

 

I often get asked How I began as the Juki Girl.  My answer is well…I am not totally sure.

My first experience in sewing was Garments.  I used to actually sew for not just myself but do commission work for other people.

Prior to working for Juki I owned my business called Karen Pharr Studios.  As an Author, Designer and Teacher I traveled the country working quilt shows and teaching.  I taught machine quilting, fabric painting ( I even had my own fabric paint line)  Piecing, hand embroidery and applique.

Yes…this may sound a bit like a fairy tale.  One day someone asked me to try the Juki F400.  Take it home give it a real try.  I was going to be teaching in a Juki room.  I took the machine home and well…I fell in love.   I had of course like many of us sewn on a lot of different brands but there was something about this machine that was different.  It sewed with such ease,  went through seams with no hesitation.  LOL, I later learned all about the box feed system and what a difference it makes.

A few months later I received an email that Juki was looking for an educator and would I possibly know anyone.  I guess the rest is History.

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  1. Donna McWhorter says:

    I have a Juki 2200 in 10′ frame, tried to quilt yesterday with Glide thread and the top thread kept shredding(cotton fabric bottom/top and two layers of cotton batting) I was using a size 16 needle then went to a 16 ballpoint, and then an 18 sharp. It seems to shred more from the right to left, but also some front to back. could it be the encoders? the tension seemed to be fine.. I will check the bobbin with the Towa this week.. If you think it could be the encoders, where/how do I go about getting new ones, and do you know the cost. Also, the frame is a grace metal frame, and we have replaced the ratchets that should stop the poles from turning, but they still seem to release during quilting. Thank you in advance, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. Donna,
      Usually I find with Glide that the tension may seem balanced but if the top tension is tight for the thread it will shred.
      Try loosen both the top thread tension and the bobbin thread tension. This will put let stress on the thread as it is going through the thread path overall.
      Shredding wouldn’t be an encoder issue.
      If you replaced your ratchets make sure to check underneath and insure they are completely clipped in place. Sometime from the top they look correct but aren’t actually snapped in underneath.

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  2. Julie Hoover says:

    Hi – I got a 2200qvp Mini and Im enjoying it. My challenge is that I like to sew standing up and the cord for the pedal is a bit too short. I’d like to put it on a Grace frame – am worried it will be too short for that too. Is there a way to get a cord extension??
    Thank you so much!

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    1. Julie,
      We don’t make a cord extension but I believe if you put it on a frame there is a different plug in for power.

      Karen

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  3. Judy Vailliencourt says:

    I have the 2200qvpS and it has been running beautifully!!! THEN, I broke a needle. Replaced needle, started skipping stitches and breaking top thread. Started from scratch: Cleaned, oiled, new bobbin, new needle, rethreaded, checked tension top and bottom, checked for burrs… Ran well for about 10 minutes and then broke another needle. Could the timing be off? Any other suggestions

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    1. Judy,
      Did you find all pieces of the 1st broken needle?

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  4. Pattie Long says:

    I have a TL 2200 Juki QVP long arm and I have just started to use it. I’m finding that the stitching is skipping going forwards and back. I have changed my needle, checked the encoders to make sure they are on the tracks and I have unplugged them at both ends to make sure they are connected properly. However, It’s still skipping. Do I maybe need to tighten the pressure of the encoders to the tracks? Is there anything else I can try? I’m at a loss.

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    1. Pattie,
      If you lift the encoder it should spring back into place. This would be the correct tightness.

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  5. bernie peluso says:

    Hello! I have a Juki TL-2010q. I use it for everything and love it. However, recently it’s skipping a lot of stitches when I sew vinyl, although it’s usually in the bulkier areas. I also get terrible stitches with the zipper foot. Can this model be upgraded to have a servo motor? Would that help with going through thicker layers?

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    1. Bernie,
      What foot are you using with your vinyl. How many layers are you sewing on and with what type of thread

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      1. Bernie Peluso says:

        I use a teflon general sewing foot with vinyl. There’s about 6-8 layers of vinyl once it’s all folded over onto itself and turned for topstitching. My thread ranges from 100% cotton, Isacord, Aurifil, and bonded polyester thread 69. I have used Size 20 leather needles. When I’m using the zipper foot, I have used the zipper foot that has the adjustable bar that came with my machine as well as a skinny zipper foot and a right or left side zipper foot that looks like a straight bar with a half circle cut out for the needle. The stitches I get with that are nesting on the bottom which tells me it’s the top thread tension but I tighten that all the way up and it still does it. It seems to work fine with the general purpose foot which I deduce that it’s possibly due to the surface area of the foot running along the dog feed?

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      2. Bernie,
        With the lighter foot you may need to add pressure to the foot so there is not loss of contact.

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  6. Debra Rosenquist says:

    I have had my Juki 2010Q for about 3 years. I use it for piecing and a lot of free motion quilting. I love it. I haven’t had any tension problems and could go between all sorts of threads and fabrics and thicknesses. The Juki was a workhorse. Then shortly after receiving it’s yearly maintenance I started having tension problems Thread breakage and top tension way too tight. After bringing it back to the sewing shop they just adjusted the tension and told me since I am using Aurifil thread, the tension needed to be lowered. (which seems to be what your comments also are saying) My question for you is regarding needles. I thought I could only use the HAx1 or HL x 5, but can I use other types too? Currently, I am using the HA x 1, but I feel the top tension still needs some tweaking. I currently thread the 2 outer holes (before the first tension ring), is there another way to thread this that could adjust my tension with Aurifil thread? Thank you for all the comments, they are very interesting and helpful to read!
    Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      You are perfect on the top tension, I use the two outer holes. As far as needles I have no issue using schmetz needles. I love Microtex and Top Stitch usually run a 90/14.

      Karen

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  7. Debra says:

    I have a Juki 2010Qi. I was stitching along just fine when I lost a game of bobbin roulette that I didnt even realize I was playing. Put a fresh bobbin in, now it keeps snapping my top thread. I have adjusted and adjusted, no luck. I changed the foot, thread and needle. I have cleaned her and oiled her. Still snapping my thread. Now it doesn’t seem like my top tension is loosening up. It is still pulling bottom thread to the top.
    Any clues what happened here?

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    1. Debra,
      Have you wound a new bobbin and put it in? Re-threaded the machine? Sounds like something may be a little out of place.

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  8. Rachael says:

    Hello,

    I purchased a Juki 2010 in December and I’ve been running into an issue of my thread shredding. It’s worst when I’m peicing small pieces. I use Aurifil 50 wt thread. Organ needles that came with my machine. I’ve rethreaded, changed the tension from 1.5 to 2, taken everything apart and cleaned the machine, changed the needle, changed the thread, changed the bobbin. The shredding has gotten worst! If I slow down when sewing the thread immediately breaks. I’m at a loss as to what to do next. Very frustrating. I love machine and I’m hoping to be able to fix it on my own. I have to move my machine around my house because it doesn’t have a permanent home, and I find after moving it I always have problems with it. Could you please help?

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    1. Rachael says:

      I should also note that the shredding of the thread is occurring in between chain peicing. So when ever there is not material the thread breaks. I’m very puzzled and can’t find a source for this issue. Wondering if I should take it in to be repaired.

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      1. Rachael,
        Sewing is fine? only when there is not thread? What thread are you using? What needle?

        Karen

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    2. Rachael,
      Moving your machine should not cause an issue unless, your thread gets tangled. If you lower the thread stand up and down it could get caught. Maybe try re-threading when you move it to be sure nothing got pulled or caught.

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      1. Rachael says:

        * as soon as I sew off a piece of fabric by two stitches or so the top thread breaks.

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      2. Rachael,
        What is your top tension set at?

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  9. Jennifer says:

    I just bought a TL2200 QVP mini for my little Gracie Frame. I have broken 3 needles in one short row, what is the problem? I am using the needles that came with machine, I had to adjust the tension but the stitches look good, I am using the open quilter foot.

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    1. Jennifer,
      I would try a size 16 or even an 18 if you are using the machine on a frame

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  10. Jill says:

    My Juki 2200 … the top thread is not connecting with the bobbin thread…I made a new bobbin… cleaned out the bobbin area. I tried changing the tension ..no luck… the machine is brand new..

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    1. Jill,
      when the thread won’t pick up it can often be a backwards needle. can you double check, you should be able to run your finger nail down the groove on the front of the needle, the groove should be facing you.

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    2. Shari says:

      You might try a heavier needle. As I said in my comment, the dealer helped me try a heftier needle and the performance improved.

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  11. Irene Scott says:

    Love your story and love these new pages. Well done!

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  12. Joan Curley says:

    Hi – may I email you a picture of my tension problem? I have a 2200 mini and i love it, but have been experiencing issues issues with the tension changing on me while in process. This has happened during fmq with the regular foot and especially with the ruler foot. I’ve twisted and turned dials so much I don’t know where to go back to start over. Thanks.

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    1. Joan,
      Yes you can email me. But first set your top tension between 1 1/2 and 2 making sure the foot is down. Use the regular free motion foot, then we can move on to the ruler foot.
      Tell me what size needle you are using and what thread top and bottom.

      Karen

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      1. Joan Curley says:

        Thanks Karen. Ok, did that. 1.5 is a mess, 1.75 looks a lot better and 2.0 better still. Will send pic of these. I’m using an Organ 12 needle, Mettler 30 wt cotton in the top and Aurifil 30 in the bottom. These pics use the standard fmq foot.

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      2. Hi Joan,

        I can tell you a size 12 needle is too small for 30wt thread. Please move up to at least a 14.

        Karen

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      3. Joan Curley says:

        All fixed. Got tension straightened out and needle size. Both ruler foot and FMQ foot working well and consistanty. And, gained confidence I’m on the right track. Thank you so much!

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  13. Shari Barrett says:

    i purchased a Juki Mini in Nov. 2016, with great anticipation of quilting with it. It skips stitches so much that I have not yet finished one quilt. I have had it serviced and still it causes me problems. I have ripped out so much quilting due to skipped stitches and thread balling underneath that I have quilted at least half of my current quilt twice and it is still unfinished. My dealer just tells me that the machine is fine. I have taken it in for servicing a handful of times in the year and a half that I have owned it. At this point, I am so frustrated that I wish I had returned it during the initial time that I could have done so. I have adjusted the tension many different ways with no success, I use a Supreme Slider. I use King Tut thread. I use a Schmitz quilting needle size 90/14. (Have also tried Organ and even Organ titanium needles) I have tried changing stitch length, presser foot height, and everything else I can think of. I unthreaded and retreaded my machine for at least two hours yesterday, trying it again and again. I know my way around sewing machines with a teaching degree in Home Economics instruction. I am no novice, but I cannot seem to solve this problem. Today, I discovered this site and realized others are dealing with the same issue. Any ideas or assistance would be so helpful. I need more help than the dealer technician seems able to give. Thank you.

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    1. Shari,
      Lets start from scratch since it seems you have made a great deal of adjustments. First a 90/14 quilting needle should be fine. I personally use a microtex or a top stitch. (sometimes for skipped stitches we can go to a 16/100.
      I am hoping you haven’t adjusted the bobbin case tension. If you have let me know.
      Thread the machine using the 2 outer holes of the guide prior to the pre-tension.
      With the presser foot lowered set the tension between 1 1/2 to 2
      Drop the feed dogs. You can set your stitch length on zero if you would like although with the feed dogs down it doesn’t really matter.
      Choose one of your quilting feet either the 1/5 or the open toe
      Set your foot pressure to the highest point.
      I quilt with my speed at slightly over half, but you will need to adjust the speed to your comfort. Never run faster than you feel comfortable.
      Try these then send me a picture of a test sample at karen.juki@gmail.com

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      1. Shari says:

        Thank you for your ideas so far. No, I have not changed the bobbin tension. I have only adjusted the upper level, and I have tried to only make one change at a time so that I do not complicate the matter. I did try your suggestions without success. However, I have contacted my dealer again after the frustrating weekend and they are going to give me further assistance again. I will contact you again to let you know the outcome. Thanks again.

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      2. Shari says:

        Hi. The manager of my local dealership sat with me and helped me improve my machine’s function greatly. The primary change he made was to use a larger needle. It now hardly skips at all. With this improvement, I feel much encouraged. It will need a bit more service. Hopefully with that done, it will completely improve. Thank you again.

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      3. Shari says:

        As a final conclusion to our conversation, I wanted to let you know that my machine is doing better with a jeans needle. However, the dealer did have to replace the computer board in the machine. Glad I bought from a local dealer and bought the warranty. Also glad to know that my frustration with this machine was not all self caused. Thank you for your help.

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    2. Carol says:

      Hi. I had that same issue. Number one I had to slow my roll. Number two I didn’t have the rubber rectangular in the right place under her. Lastly? Had my foot too high and it vibrated the fabric and made me dizzy. Hope this helps 🙂

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  14. Susan says:

    First, let me say I love my Jukis. I have an F600 and recently purchased 2200qvp Sit Down. I have been very happy with it. It was an easy transition and learning curve. Originally, it was running very smoothly with no issues. I hadn’t used it in over a week and when I went to sew, it seemed very shaky, lots of vibration made it very hard to quilt, especially pebbles. All I can think of, is last time I sewed, I increased to 50-70% speed and maybe that started the issue.
    I cleaned and oiled the machine. I tightened all the table screws and made sure the machine seated properly in table and table is level.
    It still feels like I am driving down a bumpy gravel road and I can’t tolerate for very long because of the shaking. I can visually see the machine, electronic screen and bobbin stand shaking as I sew.
    I would appreciate any other troubleshooting suggestions you might have.

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    1. Hi Susan,
      When did you last oil the Hook? You can email me at Karen.juki@gmail.com

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  15. Lynne says:

    I own a Juki TL 2010Q and am having trouble with my straight stitch quilting. I am using a walking foot, have my stitch length set at 3, have 50wt thread top and bottom, an 80/12 quilting needle, have my presser foot pressure set at “1 bar down” from the top and my tension at 1.5, My stitches are irregular in length and sometimes crooked. I have tried changing needle, changing bobbin and am making sure my quilt is supported well to the side and back of the machine. Can you advise me please? The machine is just back from its’ first service with a clean bill of health.

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    1. Lynne,

      On your machine the pressure foot should be at the mid mark. I believe you have the foot pressure too high allowing the quilt to move under the foot and not giving you a clean stitch.

      karen

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      1. Lynne says:

        Thankyou….I thought it would be something simple like that! The manual on page 25 said when installing the upper feed presser foot to
        “Turn the presser foot pressure regulator to set
        the presser foot pressure to “low”. ”
        I guess I took it too literally.

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  16. Julie Quigley says:

    I have a Juki 2010Q which I use for piecing. I hit a pin and the needle broke. I put in a new needle and started sewing again. I now have skipped stitches ever inch or so. I changed the needle (again) and checked my tension, still skipped stitches. I do not have a Juki dealer near me, I live near Jacksonville, FL, so I have to send my machine back to Chicago where I bought it. Can you advise? Thank you!

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    1. Sounds like it might be out of timing from hitting the pin. This won’t be warranty work so you can go to any Juki Dealer.

      You can find a local dealer at http://www.jukihome.com/where-to-buy/

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  17. Sherry Creech says:

    What brand and size needles work best on a Jukie 2010?

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    1. I typically run a schmetz 90/14 top stitch or microtex.

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      1. Sherry Creech says:

        Thank you. I was worried you could only use an organ.😁

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      2. sewonchris says:

        Depends what I’m doing. Piecing 80s. Sewing knits and fleece I use ball points. Just like a regular machine. I use 90s for sewing jeans, heavy patches and for free motion quilting.

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      3. I am sorry, but i have been updating the blog and lost our thread conversation. Can you email me? karen.juki@gmail.com

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  18. Jan Stephenson says:

    I have a Juki TL 2200 VP mini. It is skipping stitches while using a walking foot as well as all free motion feet. When quilting with a walking foot some of the stitches are 3.5, then drop down to about 1.0. The top thread is WonderFil 400M, and the bobbin is Aurifil 50. I have tried needles in all sizes, and rethreaded the machine continuously. The tension has been set everywhere from 1 to 2. Any ideas? I have had it for a year and have only sewn 2 lap quilts and in the middle of a baby quilt. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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    1. Jan,
      This could be foot pressure, where do you have the foot pressure set while running your walking foot?

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      1. Jan says:

        One notch down from the top. After threading through all 3 holes, the stitches are now uniform and not skipping. But the top thread breaks every 12” to 18”.
        Thanks for your help!!’

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      2. Jan
        Where is your top tension set?

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      3. Jan Stephenson says:

        Presser foot up: 2 Down: 1 plus a hair Thank you!

        Sent from my iPhone

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      4. Jan,
        Are you saying with the presser foot up you have the tension set at 2?
        If so we always set the tension on this machine with the presser foot down. When the presser foot is up the tension disk are open.
        Lower you presser foot and set your tension knob on 2 , Let me know if that helps.

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  19. Frances says:

    I have the sit down TL 2200 QVP. When I am moving the fabric left to right the machine skips stitches. Sometimes just one or two but other times it will not make a stitch for an inch or so then start again. I have played with the tension, speed and height of the ruler foot and nothing seems to make it better. This is the absolute worst when using a ruler and stitching a straight line but it will also happen when just doing regular FMQ. Any suggestions on how to get it to stop skipping?

    Thanks.

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    1. Frances,
      Are you on a frame? Does it skip in one direction? Front to back or side to side?

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      1. Frances says:

        I have the sit down. I am not on a frame. It skips mostly from right to left (side to side) but will also skip front to back. I have recently lowered the foot even more, so much that if you work off the edge of the quilt top it will not go back over the quilt top with out having to push the fabric under the foot with my fingernail. This has helped with some of the skipping but when you come up to a seam it is very difficult to move over. I feel like it shouldn’t have to be that low on the quilt top. I was using the tip of putting the needle in the down position and putting a credit card between the foot and the quilt top to adjust the height but with that spacing I have skipped stitches.

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      2. Frances,
        What size needle are you running with your machines?

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      3. Frances says:

        I use 18 or 16 needles.

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  20. Leslie Mangus says:

    I am having my automatic needle threader stick in the needle, brand new machine, already tired of messing with it ! It’s the Dx2000qvp

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    1. I have forwarded you issue to the technical department. They should contact you directly

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  21. arkticles says:

    Is there any ruler foot out there that works with a Juki F400? I’ve been researching it and can’t seem to find one; if there isn’t one made by Juki, should I try some kind of universal low-shank ruler foot or just give up on using one with this machine?

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    1. We are working on a ruler foot for our low shank machines F400,F600, DX7, DX2000
      We hope to release it by June.

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      1. arkticles says:

        Is there any update on the release of the low-shank ruler foot, now that it’s June?

        Also, I haven’t been able to get my automatic needle threader of my F400 to work with Shmetz or Organ needles (it just works with the one that it came with). Do you have any recommendations?

        Thanks!

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      2. We are awaiting supply from Japan. Should be here soon. I am very excited about the foot and working on some new rulers to go with it.

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  22. LeAnne Morvee says:

    My fabric keeps puckering even after threading machine numerous times… please help

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  23. LeAnne Morvee says:

    please, juki mini keeps puckering…i keep re-threading machine to no avail..

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    1. LeAnne,
      Can you tell me what fabrics you are sewing on, what size needle you are using, what type thread, which foot you have on the machine and where you have the foot pressure set?

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  24. Kathy Boland says:

    Hi Karen,
    Is there a ruler base available for a Juki2010T?

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    1. We do not have a ruler base for the machine. It has a large base and with the small throat space if you are on a frame you should be okay.

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  25. Cindy Glessner says:

    I have a Juki 2200 qvp long Arm that is skipping stitches. I changed the needle, retreated, changed bobbins, cleaned and oiled. Please help

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    1. Hi Cindy,
      I assume you are on a frame?
      Have you checked your foot height? also the dead bar height? Is is skipping in any certain direction? left to right front to back?
      Sorry lots of questions.

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  26. Carol says:

    Thank you

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  27. Carol says:

    Is there a ruler foot for the TL 2200 qvp sit down? The foot that comes with machine does not lift high enough for rulers to go completely around.

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    1. Carol,
      The foot that comes with your machine is our ruler foot.
      To adjust your foot, put the needle in the down position. Loosen the screw on the foot so it will slide up and down. place the ruler next to the left side of the foot and raise the foot so the ruler will fit just under the edge of the foot. Tighten your foot in that position.
      This should allow you to move your ruler in all directions around the foot.

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      1. Carol says:

        Yes I have done all of that, the problem is the angle bar on the ruler foot does not allow the ruler to slide up agains the round part and that puts it more than 1/4″ away. The foot does not raise high enough to clear that angle bar on the foot. Thanks for the help

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  28. Carol says:

    Is there a ruler foot for the TL 2200 qvp sit down?

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  29. Angie says:

    Help. I have a new TL2010Q. I can not get it to sew cotton thread. I have tried all the different needles with all different tensions. I’m trying to use Aurifil. Works great with isacord.

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    1. For Aurafil, I set the tension at about 1 1/2 with a topstitch needle size 14/90.

      Be sure you check your threading path.

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      1. Linda Barajas says:

        I too have a new Juki , mine is a F600 and it skips, I was told to use isacord, I quilt and I like cotton thread. I sent it back to Juki and it was returned with the same problem. I have not been able to do one project on it yet. So frustrated and sorry I bought it. Having a new machine that needs to go back for repairs and is not fixed is unacceptable.

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      2. Hi Linda,
        You should be hearing from our technical staff soon.

        karen

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      3. Angie says:

        I have tried all that along with testing the tension. It sews fine with polyester thread but cotton breaks every time 😦

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      4. Angie,
        I don’t understand the poly only thread. Can you email me at karen.juki@gmail.com and tell me how you are set up.
        Needles, thread, etc…

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