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Date: 3/4/13 11:02 AM

Hi Everyone-

As a boy I remember watching my mom sew my Halloween costumes and recently my daughters baptism gown, etc...I was always envious of her ability to act as the family tailor, etc.

Well, I have taken the plunge I was down to 3 machines, a Pfaff Select 150, Juki HZL-G110, and a used 7-10 year old Pfaff Ambition 2036. The used Pfaff was priced at $600, as was the new Select 150. The Juki is usually $699, but the dealer had one that was used for demo at a store in another state for a day and so they were willing to knock off $100 to bring it to $599 as well. Not knowing anything at all, test driving them was not that helpful. In the end although the used Pfaff was probably more machine, it was still close to 10 years old and there were a couple of things that seemed "lower spec" from the others. It had Max stitch width which was 2mm lower than the others and the plate maximum lift height was about 2mm lower than the Juki. At the end of the day I chose the Juki. It felt really solid, and seemed to be a lot of machine for the money.

So, I figured out how to thread it, wind the bobbin, etc over the weekend since I had only very limited time to spend. I now have some questions after reading the manual:

1. The machine does not come with a zipper foot, and the ones I see listed online list some of the other HZL models, but not the G110. Anyone know if it will work?

2. The machine as a demo had a spool of thread on it, but I was surprised to see at the fabric store how many sppol sizes there are. I am guessing I need spool caps for all of these sizes in order to use them right?

3. Are there any other accessories that are absolutely essential. The machine came with the usual included stuff, overcast foot, seam ripper, 3 boobins, buttonhole foot, a pack of 5 needles.

Im sure Ill have more questions, but thanks in advance for your help!

Nick

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Date: 3/4/13 11:26 AM

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Well, I have taken the plunge


3. Are there any other accessories that are absolutely essential. The machine came with the usual included stuff, overcast foot, seam ripper, 3 boobins, buttonhole foot, a pack of 5 needles.




Congrats on the machine. YAY!

Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and make a decision (like you did) even though you don't know very much about it. I do this all the time and usually come out ok and always learn something.

I'm not sure if I am reading your question right or not but I think you are asking if you need the 'cap' that holds the spool of thread on the spool shaft? If the shaft that holds the spool of thread is a standup you can get away without one but if its a lay-down you will need one.


From reading your last question the first thing that screams out at me is you need more bobbins. I personally do not think you can have too many of them. Next would be some extra needles since you say you are new you may break a few until you get the 'hang' of it.

Again, congrats on the machine and keep your fingers away from the needle

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Date: 3/4/13 11:30 AM

Absolutely you will need to buy needles and more bobbins!The needles you always need because you should change the needle every project or so, and really - that investment pays off.I like a divided plastic storage box - clear - for storing the notions and extras you need - you can see right through it and see what you have, and store feet, and all the accessories in the box. As the previous poster says - you just cannot have too many bobbins! Good luck and happy sewing!

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Date: 3/4/13 2:16 PM

Congratulations! It looks like a nice machine. You definitely need more needles and bobbins. I like Schmetz needles in various sizes and use sharps and stretch. Once in a while I might use a universal or a jersey needle. I buy them on sale at JoAnn's or Hancock's.
As far as feet goes, I would want a zipper foot, a satin foot, and a blindhem foot. If you are going to do quilting, then maybe a 1/4" foot too. Happy sewing!

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Date: 3/4/13 4:42 PM

Congrats, may you have many happy hours of sewing!

I have a Janome with a sideways thread spool, and just one thread cap which so far has worked with all the different size thread spools I have used.

I agree with a previous poster, more bobbins is helpful (a 10 pack might be a good place to start), and more needles (in the sizes you are more likely to use - it will depend on what you will be sewing; I usually buy the multi-size pack - several needles each in various sizes, I'd have to look to see what the range is, and occasionally a small pack of stretch, jeans, or quilting needles).

I would add a zipper foot and maybe a 1/4-inch foot to start.

Have fun!

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Date: 3/4/13 5:09 PM

Here is some information that may help you determine which presser feet will fit your machine.

Congratulations and welcome to the world of sewing. You have so much fun in store!

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Date: 3/19/13 9:28 PM

HOORAY! Congrats on your machine. Your Juki is a great purchase. There are lots of attachments and of course you will need needles but I would wait and purchase them as needed. For now just enjoying your machine can be enough and truthfully most of the things that are sewn can be done with what you already have. Good Luck!

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Date: 10/5/13 10:11 PM

This is not a reply but a question. I just got my Juki G100, kind of the Japanese analog to the G110. I love it so far, but the buttonholes look skimpier than the ones in the demo. Since it's computerized, I can't adjust the width or the length of the stitches. Any advice on how to override the computer system or to otherwise improve the appearance of the buttonholes?

Thanks and happy sewing,

Virginia

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Date: 10/5/13 10:40 PM

I can't see your instruction book, so I don't know what options you got there. But, most times if something is computerized, then you got more and not less, ways to tweak things, so maybe re-read it. But no matter what, there is always a work around for anything. Even without anything else, you could always make them just look and be more filled in and a tighter, plumper satin stitch. If that is what you really want. Because they did that on the demo, obviously, if you are really using same needles, thread, fabric, and interfacing and stabilizer. If not, all those kind of things make a difference too.

Things to try:

Don't use regular garment sewing machine thread, use two ply embroidery thread instead. And don't use normal weight 40 weight embroidery thread either, use a little extra thicker 30 weight 2 ply embroidery thread, cotton, polyester or rayon instead. It's thicker and will fill in more, also bends a lot better for tight zig zag or satin stitch.

Also learn how to cord your button holes. You don't need a real cord under them, you can even just use several stands of what ever thread you are just sewing the buttonholes with even. That will lay down more thread under them, as more underlay and make them look more filled in, and even raise them up and make them look plumper.

Maybe you could do them twice even, one right on top of the other one.

Or if you don't want to use the pull down buttonholer, you could always still make a 4 step more manual kind of button hole, all by yourself, with just the zig zag stitch and that way you would get to determine your stitch length, stitch width and bar tacking width more just on your own too. If you decide to make your own buttonholes like that, you could make them as tight density as you want, and as bullet proof density wise as you want, (most times not what I want in a buttonhole though) and even one on top of another one, in that case make the top most one, wider than the one on the bottom, and then the one on the bottom, will act sort of as padding and underlay for the top most one.

I actually don't think all button holes should look like tight satin stitches always though, as they are not really embroidery, and more functional instead. In that case, on lots of fabrics, I think they are actually better off made more open and even with less stitches wedged into them, but if you don't feel that way, try all those things maybe.
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Date: 1/2/14 6:38 PM

I'm thinking about buying this machine, but can't find any reviews of it. Anyone have this machine who can give me some feedback about it?

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