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Date: 5/27/14 12:49 PM

So, I have a Juki F600 and I've had minor issues with it, but it's all been fixable with calls and advice and online research. Now, the last problem I'm having are with the decorative stitches. They just don't look clean and pretty. For my new sewing gig, I have to use a variety of them.

Having better thread definitely helped some, but I'm not completely sold. I'd like to see what your machine produces and what your faves machines for decor stitches are or even if you have some tips, I'll gladly hear them out.

Here are some pictures from the MY Juki F600. Maybe I'm just being too picky. I'm very happy with the straight stitch and the Alphabet. What you see are some the stitches I would be using.











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Date: 5/27/14 12:53 PM

They're perfect......much much better than mine!!
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Date: 5/27/14 1:13 PM

they look like they just need embroidery thread and stabilizer and they will be just peachy.
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Date: 5/27/14 1:15 PM

Those look beautiful to me.... what kind of thread are you using? Are you using different top and bobbin thread (obviously, from the picture)? What about stabilizer? What kind of fabric? Sorry for all the questions, but I will try some on my machines tomorrow and want to be able to do it as close to the way you did as possible...

I've done a few on my Brother before and was not impressed... I bought it for the ease of use and mostly straight stitching, so it's ok... I've not tried many on my Bernina, so it will be fun to experiment... but from what I've seen, yours are beautiful!


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Date: 5/27/14 1:27 PM

The Juki makes some of the nicest decorative stitches I've seen the box feed makes everything neat and precise. Dark thread on light fabric NEVER looks good, btw. I've read several of your posts and am not sure what you are expecting from your machine. In spite of its relatively low cost, the F600 is one of the better, more reliable machines on the market.

I can't help but wonder how happy you would be if you bought a considerably more expensive machine that delivered the same stitch quality. Most machines don't have box feed, which improves the precision of the stitches. I'm sure you would see the difference right away.

Good luck on your quest. May you find the Holy Grail and the Fountain of Youth along the way.

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Date: 5/27/14 2:16 PM

Here's a blog where the owner took the time to stitch out every stitch on her Juki F600. Click on the picture to enlarge. The stitches look beautiful! It's good to create a sampler of sorts to figure out which settings will give you the best results on any machine.

I think that decorative stitches are not always going to be absolutely flawless, regardless of the machine. I've had high-end and budget machines give wonderful, matching results. The needle may come down between the weave of fabric or it may split a thread in the weave, landing the thread ever-so-slightly off. Fabric may have a slightly thicker spot. The same goes for stabilizer.
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Date: 5/27/14 2:29 PM

Your stitching is very nice. However, the most lovely deco stitches, in my opinion, are on a Viking. My Platinum has the most lovely stitches, very delicate and very elegant. Babylocks seem to have lovely stitches are well. In fact, each brand has some wonderful stitches and it all depends on the look you want. To me, the delicate stitches on the Vikings are more grownup and more elegant, whereas I also like the Janome deco stitches which are different. SO - it seems to me if you sew commercially you may want more than one brand of machine....don't lets forget the lovely bernina stitching!

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Date: 5/27/14 3:12 PM

Quote: Mufffet
Your stitching is very nice. However, the most lovely deco stitches, in my opinion, are on a Viking. My Platinum has the most lovely stitches, very delicate and very elegant. Babylocks seem to have lovely stitches are well. In fact, each brand has some wonderful stitches and it all depends on the look you want. To me, the delicate stitches on the Vikings are more grownup and more elegant, whereas I also like the Janome deco stitches which are different. SO - it seems to me if you sew commercially you may want more than one brand of machine....don't lets forget the lovely bernina stitching!

enabling SMAD are we??? LOL!
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Date: 5/27/14 3:13 PM

What happened to "Mommy"?

Test drive and then decide what will be the best for those items you like to make.

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Date: 5/27/14 3:38 PM

It might be you need to take a class to learn all the tips and hints.
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