Here it goes. I finally got my dream sewing machine! It's a Juki TL2000Qi. I ordered it from the US on the middle of June and just received it last Thursday. It was hard to find a store that will deliver to Puerto Rico. I finally got it from ShopJoya.com. They shipped it fast but I chose standard shipping and that's why it took so long. I'm not sure if it came on a boat or airplane. After all I'm on an island. But I finally got it and I'm thrilled about it. Their price was very good compared to others, even amazon.
I researched several models and brands and based my decision on the strength, ability to handle many layers, throat space, knee lifter and reliability, mostly. It has some other features that I've learned to love in these few days, like the thread cutter and of course the speed. I learned to sew on an industrial machine my grandma had. My mom also had an industrial one. I really missed that knee lifter all these years! You can see it better on this picture:
And check the difference between my Brother machine and the Juki. The throat space is the first thing you notice. Of course when someone that doesn't sew sees these two together they hardly notice the difference!!! Like my hubby! So funny! I had to show and explain the added benefits to him.
These are the accessories included, plus the extension table and a plastic cover. I was surprised by the real screwdriver. Lol. And that walking foot... wow! I used one on my Brother machine but with this one I'm not sure I need it. I don't quilt so the quilting foot won't be used. The other foot is a 1/4" seam allowance foot that they call compensating foot. Don't know why but I googled it and found the explanation on a blog. I would've appreciate a zipper foot. Actually I'm surprise it didn't come with one included. I already purchased one. That I can't live without.
I already made a messenger bag with the Juki and it sews so smoothly!!! Wow! No fuss at all even when going through many layers. Smooth as butter!!! I know I'll still use the Brother but a lot less.
I should show you the bag I made with my Brother machine just before receiving the Juki.
It's a backpack made with Sara's pattern: The Edelweiss Bag from Sew Sweetness.
I still have to take pictures of the messenger bag I made with the Juki. It might end of being a gift for a niece. I just have to ask her if she uses a backpack or a messenger bag for school.
I should stop blogging now and go to my Juki. I hear her calling my name!!