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    Does anyone out there own a Juki TL 98Q? Is this is good machine? How does it compare to the Brother 1500 or Babylock QCP? Looking at alternatives to long arms that are cheaper. There are quilting frames (New Joy & Pinnacle) out there that work with these machines but, I'm just concerned that the 9 inch throat will make it almost impossible to quilt anything larger than lap size quilts. Ugh....why can't we all be millionaires?

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    The juki is a work horse!
    i had the same one my gracie pro frame.

    I would check the price of that to the Janome 1600, and which ever one was cheaper, i would get it..i believe they have the same throat size, and simple stitches.it would be a price issue for me if i was to do it all again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    The juki is a work horse!
    i had the same one my gracie pro frame.

    I would check the price of that to the Janome 1600, and which ever one was cheaper, i would get it..i believe they have the same throat size, and simple stitches.it would be a price issue for me if i was to do it all again.
    So did you have any issues quilting larger quilts. Did you run out of room when you got to the bottom of the quilt? I am worried that once the quilt is rolled inside the throat I won't have much room left to finish. Please let me know all your thoughts!

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    I am sorry i can't help you with that..i have only done one full size, everything else has been twin or lap..

    maybe start a new thread, for frame quilters on the subject of rolling them and fitting it under the throat.
    i do know you can't go wrong with the juki..

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    I was looking at the same machine and was wondering the same question.

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    The repair shop here swears by Juki's
    He is still trying to convince me to buy one.

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    it is strictly a straight stitch machine..no bells and whistles. i think it has a needle up/down and a thread cutter.

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    here is the Janome 1600
    http://www.sewvacdirect.com/janome1600p-db.html

    Sewvacdirect also carries the juki..
    http://www.sewvacdirect.com/jukisew....FQYMDQodNQEHEQ


    free shipping in the USA.

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    I Have 2 Juki TL 98E and I have made lots of quilts on them. Up to at least a queen and possiably a king, I don't really measure my quilts, I go by the measurements in the book. They get a bit tight when doing the very center, nothing I can't handle. They are work horses and quilt as long as I want to. I have the knee lift also but I don't use it. It gets in my way and don't find it an asset. I think they are very good machines for the money.

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    if you can just get 1/2 way then you can take it off the frame and start again from the other end. if you quilt side to side rather than end to end you wouldn't have as much on the roller, those frames are 10/12 ft long so that may be the best way to go.

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    I have the Juki machine. I wanted it for quilting because most of my quilts are large. I have quilted a queen size, King size, and a California king on it. No problems.

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    Hi

    I have and love my Juki TL 98Q, but what is the difference between it and the QE? I looked at the site given and could not see a difference between the two.

    Thanks

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    I also have and love my Juki TL 98Q.
    I have it set up on my Grace Mini Pinni frame.
    It's a workhorse, but only has a straight stitch.
    I've already told DH, that when she dies, I'm getting the exact same machine. ;-)

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    I have the Juki 98Q - someone asked about the difference in the Q & QE - the Q comes with the extension table & 2 extra fm feet, at least that's what the manual says. This is a great fm machine - I don't use it on a frame. I had the Brother 1500 & the Pfaff Grand Quilter - I would chose the Juki. I also have the Juke Exceed F 600 and that machine is a dream come true. I am a machine junkie - have had a bunch - this one is at the top of the list.
    Judi

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    if you can just get 1/2 way then you can take it off the frame and start again from the other end. if you quilt side to side rather than end to end you wouldn't have as much on the roller, those frames are 10/12 ft long so that may be the best way to go.
    Have you actually done that before? My dad and I were trying to figure out exactly how that would work. The lady at the quilt show said it was possible but she had never done it. It seems a little confusing.

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    I have the 98Q. I've quilted queen size with no problem. I don't use a frame. I love this machine- workhorse is the perfect word for it.

    Can't say enough good things about it. Just remember- it likes to be cleaned and oiled the every 8 hours, just as the manual says. But you'll be a pro in no time at all.

    (I keep a small piece of batting on the side to wipe off the machine after oiling just in case I get sloppy.)

    I am soooo glad I invested in this machine!

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    love my juki, its on a grace frame.

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    Juki is made by Janome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicki75
    Does anyone out there own a Juki TL 98Q? Is this is good machine? How does it compare to the Brother 1500 or Babylock QCP? Looking at alternatives to long arms that are cheaper. There are quilting frames (New Joy & Pinnacle) out there that work with these machines but, I'm just concerned that the 9 inch throat will make it almost impossible to quilt anything larger than lap size quilts. Ugh....why can't we all be millionaires?
    You can quilt anything you want, any size with those machines, if you don't mind doing it at five inches at a time ... I have the Pinnacle Frame with the Babylock "QCP" ... trust me ... not worth the time, money, or frustration of only doing quilting in bits and pieces. It is barely bigger than free motion at my stitching station, with less option to do an overall pattern. For another $3500 I could have bought a mid-arm "18 inch" quilting machine and frame. If you try to separate the machine from the frame, you will find that you only save about a thousand dollars, so my idea of using the pinnacle with an INNOVA 18 inch was a sorry solution ... and I didn't do it. It only took quilting two quilts for my husband to see that I would never be able to do the work with my set up that I could have if I had just waited and bought the mid arm or long arm.
    While you are waiting ... test drive EVERY long/mid arm machine and frame you can get your hands on ... it only takes about fifteen minutes of working with one to understand what I am telling you about the smaller machines ... have I said it enough??? DON"T DO IT! :thumbdown: :thumbdown: :thumbdown:

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    Thanks everyone for all the great info. I have decided not to purchase one of the smaller machines. I think I would regret it in the long run. I'm going to save my pennies and be patient!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicki75
    Thanks everyone for all the great info. I have decided not to purchase one of the smaller machines. I think I would regret it in the long run. I'm going to save my pennies and be patient!
    EXCELLENTE! Good for you!
    I know you will be happier ... in the mean time, you can practice free motion quilting or your quilting techniques with your regular sewing machine, if it will do darning, you can do quilting.
    Everything you learn at the home machine can be transferred to a quilting machine, easy peasy ... our LQS has a number of good quilters and we can go in and watch them work. Sometimes, they will even highlight a technique they are using. Quilters really do want each and every one of us to succeed:thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    Quote Originally Posted by vicki75
    Thanks everyone for all the great info. I have decided not to purchase one of the smaller machines. I think I would regret it in the long run. I'm going to save my pennies and be patient!
    EXCELLENTE! Good for you!
    I know you will be happier ... in the mean time, you can practice free motion quilting or your quilting techniques with your regular sewing machine, if it will do darning, you can do quilting.
    Everything you learn at the home machine can be transferred to a quilting machine, easy peasy ... our LQS has a number of good quilters and we can go in and watch them work. Sometimes, they will even highlight a technique they are using. Quilters really do want each and every one of us to succeed:thumbup:
    Well, it isn't easy because like most quilters...I'm itching to get a long arm. I just need to have patience (yuck!) and keep researching.

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    I know you are anxious, Vicki, but take it one day at a time. If you are like most of us, you have a lot of things to do while you are waiting, and that is a blessing. Get yourself an empty art pad and start gathering quilting examples to practice with/on and be inspired by everything around you. The more you know, the better you will be

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    i'm a mechanic and Juki is not made by Janome. in fact if you look inside you will notice that the Juki has a lot more metal components probably because Juki also make commercial machines which i think is a big influence on the household machines.

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    I bought the Juki TL98Q a few weeks ago and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!! It sews fast, and the stitches are even.

    I am using it exclusively to piece & quilt on. In fact, I just quilted a queen sized quilt and it was so easy since the hole is much bigger. I highly recommend it.

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