As if I didn't have anything more important to do, I spent the entire day yesterday reading sewing machine reviews. My head hurts. I haven't studied this hard in a long time. I piece and quilt on a Bernina 440QE. It's really a great machine, but I spend a lot of time changing the tension settings, adjusting the bobbin case, etc. when free-motion quilting. Which also causes my head to hurt. I've had the longarm argument in my head before, and decided that I don't have room for a giant frame. And I have a full-time job already, so a longarm would be like another "toy" in my mind. A very expensive toy.
Lately, a lot of quilters have been discussing the Juki TL-2010Q. It's described as a "semi-industrial" machine with only a straight stitch.
I read reviews of this machine and closely inspected photos of stitch quality until I fell asleep last night. (To those of you who have taken the time to write detailed reviews, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Really.) For the most part, the reviews were very positive. Aside from seemingly isolated issues with a couple of features, and a more common issue with the needle threader, this machine appears to be exactly what I need -- great tension, dependable, and affordable. Unfortunately, I don't live close enough to a store where I could test-drive one. As I was about to click the checkout button at an on-line store, it occurred to me to ask for any opinions about this machine you might be able to offer. I would really appreciate your thoughts if you have one or know someone who does, and whether or not you love it. I'm not at all concerned with the lack of bells and whistles -- I'm keeping the Bernina. I'd just like to know if it's a solution to my free-motion tension issues, and whether or not it's fussy about different threads. Unless I'm warned against it, I'm doin' this thing.
Thanks so much for any help you can offer. Hope you have a great week!