The Free Motion Quilting Project: New Sewing Machine Review

Monday, November 16, 2015

New Sewing Machine Review

Yes, it's high time I shared a detailed sewing machine review on the Juki Exceed F400, the machine I've been using for more than a year for sewing, patchwork, and machine quilting. Watch the detailed review in this video:


Read the detailed sewing machine review for the Juki Exceed F400 right here.

Yes, this machine really snuck up on me! I really wasn't planning to fall in love with it, but once I began using it I soon realized it was very well designed and awesome feet and features that typically come with much more expensive machines.

The ONLY thing I have to gripe about is the complicated set of steps to access the decorative stitches. But really, I use those stitches maybe once or twice a year so it's not much to complain about! Overall I love the way the machine is set up and I'm happy to use it in my videos and workshops.

What are you looking for in a new sewing machine? What are the features you value the most? Share in the comments below!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

13 comments:

  1. I have the Exceed 600 and love it.

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  2. I am waiting for my f600 to be delivered. It is a leap of faith as I am a lover of robust Berninas and the beautiful patterns on my pfaff so. The Juki looks so well built, I can't wait to put it through its paces.

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  3. I'm debating between the F400 and the F600 for my wife. The price difference isn't huge. Any reason to go with the F400?

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    1. Honestly I would go for the F600 if I had to buy this machine again today! It's definitely got more features and more gear that comes standard with the machine. You're going to have a very happy wife!

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  4. Thank you for not only telling us what you like about the machine, but also what to look for in shopping around. I have a machine I got from a warehouse store. I have heard that machines from any "big" store will not be as well-made as those sold through dealers (even the same brand), but I figure it buys me time.

    I also wanted to mention what an excellent backdrop your 365(?) quilt makes. I look at it and see different designs each time, which makes me want to explore further! I know I've seen you do many of these designs, but just having them there, I see which ones catch my eye.

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    1. As long as your machine works and does the job, I wouldn't worry about where you get it from! Don't pay attention to the machine snobs - they're out there and they're opinionated, but how much quilting do they actually do?

      I'm so glad to hear that you like seeing 365 in the background! I love seeing this quilt too and I'm surprised you can see so much texture in the videos!

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  5. Hi Leah! Do the feet from the Exceed got into the 2010Q as well? I have and love the TL2010Q but would be so happy if there were a few more options for feet :)

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    1. Unfortunately the feet are not compatible. I'm testing to see if a high / low shank adapter can be used to make the feet from the F400 work on the TL2010Q. If it works, I'll definitely share the modification on the main review page.

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  6. Thanks for the great review Leah! I LOVE my new Juki F600 for so many reasons! Well worth the extra $$ from the F600 if you can do it. The LED lighting, wide throat space, thread cutter on the back of the foot pedal & the button for 1/4" seam allowance are all worth the price. Happy quilting ♡

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  7. I just found your blog and I am so glad I did. I have a Juki and I have had the worst time getting started with FMQ...mainly because I was following the instructions in the manual. I dropped the feed dogs and the tension went funky and I have had a hard time getting a fairly even stitch. I just found this video and tried it with the feed dogs up and the stitch length on zero...that made all the difference for me. I am looking forward to reviewing all of your old and new posts about FMQ. Thank you, I am a new follower. Sandra

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  8. I have the JUKI 600 and am enjoying it but where do you put the oil? I can't find the usual holes. Can you help me? Thanks so much

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    1. I oil the needle bar and take out the bobbin case and drop oil below the bobbin case with every 2 bobbin changes. Please double check with your manual to make sure that's right!

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  9. Thanks for the reply, Leah. My machine came with a book but nowhere does it mention oiling the machine. I have been doing just about as you recommend. Now I feel much better about it. Thanks so much.

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