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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Trying to Decide b/t Babylock Quilter's Choice Pro and Juki TL-98 Q ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Trying to Decide b/t Babylock Quilter's Choice Pro and Juki TL-98 Q
Unsure which is the better quilter for my money
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Date: 6/22/10 10:59 AM

Does anyone have any advice on which would be the better quilter? I currently have a Pfaff 2058 that I love but I need a stronger machine to handle the larger quilts, before I burn the Pfaff's motor out! I have sewn on the Babylock Quilter's Choice Pro but the dealer did not have the Juki TL-98Q in stock, I tried a different Juki model instead. Any advice or opinions are welcome!

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Subject: Trying to Decide b/t Babylock Quilters Choice Pro and Juki TL-98 Q Date: 6/22/10 11:44 AM

Bringing this up to the top, because I'm also really interested in what others have to say about this.

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Date: 6/22/10 12:00 PM

I had the Juki and liked it very much but I'd have been just as happy with the BabyLock bc it was smooth too when i tested it and just as powerful. It offers the various feed drop levels but i never knew what that was for. Juki has the thread-cutter on the pedal--not a big deal as I always used the one on the machine. Juki might come w/ more feet if i recall it does come w/ walking foot? Anyway at the time, I was being guided mostly by best price and so I went for the juki.

edit to add: i like having a speed-control for FM. it is easier for me to find and maintain that happy spot. it was easy enough to control speed on the juki but it is easier still having the speed-control on my other machine.
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Subject: Trying to Decide b/t Babylock Quilters Choice Pro and Juki TL-98 Q Date: 6/22/10 11:26 PM

I like that the Babylock QP and identical Brother PQ1500S have the 4 different levels of drop feed and no needle plate change needed..but most of all love that they have "pin feed" to stop slippage and the stitch on these machines is longer than most machines, which is up to 7mm long.
These machines come with more feet than most straight stitch quilt models plus the Brother 1500s also offers an optional felting needle punch attachment.

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Subject: Trying to Decide b/t Babylock Quilters Choice Pro and Juki TL-98 Q Date: 6/23/10 3:01 PM

I've been talking with online and brick and mortar dealers about these machines, and have found a bit of preference for the Juki TL98Q over the others when 2 or more are sold by the same dealer. One of the dealers likes the Juki because several of the components used are from Juki industrial models (such as the hook and thread cutters).

It seems, however, that these straight stitch machines are actually all pretty similar to each other, and the best one is really going to be the one that feels best to the individual sewer. That is, of course, if we can find places to try them all out!

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Date: 6/24/10 11:06 PM

This was very informative. I have (2) Brother machines, a ULT2003D that I use exclusively for embroidery and a CS6000 that I bought to take to sew small quilts for Linus Project at our local sewing dealer. Anyway, the CS6000 is a little workhorse and great for small projects but when I'm making a quilt I don't have the "throat" room for the quilt to go through while I'm sewing so I'm thinking of looking at quilting machines. I wasn't sure what were good machines for just quilting so I was glad this was posted. Are the Janome quilter's good too??

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Date: 6/25/10 3:17 AM

txgirl, I think that the Janome quilt models get very good reviews by their owners. Janome makes the straight stitch quilter models for Viking/Pfaff also..with the Viking Mega Quilter and Pfaff Grand Quilter.
Besides the straight stitch quilt models that Janome makes they also make the Janome 6500 and 6600 and the Elna 7200 and 7300. The Janome 6600 and Elna 7300 have builtin dual feed.

Allbrands gives a comparison of the BrotherPQ-1500S at the bottom of the page for that model and one of the Juki models. I think it is the Juki TL-98E. They state they are almost identical but free motion varied between them in the past but now has been corrected. They also state that the Brother model has a heavier walking foot which is included but ..they also state on the same page but near the top that being that the Brother has pin feed that a walking foot is usually not needed.

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Date: 6/25/10 2:48 PM

Thanks so much Betakin I've been doing some comparison shopping online between Janome MC1600P DB and Brother PQ1500SP. They are very similar (even in price) with only a slight difference in SPM (Janome has more) and arm size (Brother is slightly higher). It's going to be a tough decision between the two :)

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Date: 6/25/10 8:16 PM

I think if you get the chance to actually sew on the machines it really does help to decide which is best for you. Did you see the newest Janome 1600P-QC? It has a few improved features over their other models plus the new gray color. I think it takes a regular needle rather than a DB needle and it has a new improved operating sound and I think the speed is 1600 spm. I don't know how that compares to other models. You still have to change the plate though to do free motion with the Janome models where with the Brother and Babylock models you do not and you can drop the feed dogs in the Brother/Babylock models to 4 different levels. I think the 4 level drop feed plus pin feed with the Brother/Babylocks is very nice for sewing on different types of fabrics.
That new 1600P-QC is such a pretty machine though and certainly seems to be extremely sturdy.
I hope you love the machine that you decide to purchase.

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