Getting a new sewing machine is an exciting time, especially when you are unboxing brand new Juki sewing machines like the Juki TL2010Q. As with all new sewing machines, it is important to spend some time learning about its many functions and features before sitting down to start on a new project. So, how can you familiarize yourself with a new unit? Follow the easy steps below and learn about that new machine in no time at all.
First Read the Manual
Before doing anything else, read through the manual or watch the DVD if one is included. Go through all the basics on the use of the machine and become familiar with its many features, troubleshooting methods, and other important details. Be sure to pay particular attention to the instructions on threading the machine since this is something you may have trouble with. Learn how to wind a bobbin on your new model.
Most problems experienced with sewing machines are due to improper use. Avoid these issues by learning the correct way to perform various functions on the new machine so that sewing is a breeze.
Try A Stitch Sampler
Stitch samplers are useful in a number of ways, whether a new machine is an entry level model or a more equipped one like the Juki TL2010Q. They allow you to explore the many stitches that can be made with your new machines as well as how to make them, gaining valuable practice time with all the basic functions. Some models can make a few stitches, while others can make as many as 200 varieties. Trying out each stitch is a great way for you to learn about new Juki sewing machines and get good results later on.
Making An Easy Stitch Sampler
Following are the four steps you should take to create a stitch sampler:
- Begin a stitch sampler by selecting a piece of light-colored cotton fabric that is easy to work with and will show the different stitches. Cut a piece about 16 inches wide and long enough to test each stitch using about an inch for each stitch type. Include a few extra inches in length for the top and bottom.
- Mark the fabric with a ruler and fabric pencil or marker to make stitching guidelines. Mark 12-inch lines across the width and spread them an inch apart. Make enough lines to test each different stitch, one after the other.
- Once the fabric is ready, thread the machine. Use high-quality thread in a contrasting color that will make the best stitches. This will most easily show off the great ability of new sewing machines.
- Using the manual, start stitching the different stitches that can be made and adjust the machine accordingly. Sew a line using the stitch selection, cut the threads, and change the adjustment to make the next stitch, etc. Work through all the different stitches one-by-one until the sampler is complete.
It may take some time for you to get through all the different stitches of some Juki sewing machines; however, making a stitch sampler is well worth your effort. By doing this, you will spend valuable time learning the intricacies of your new sewing machine, reducing the change of any future issues. Whether you work on a new Juki TL2010Q or some other model, familiarity and learning the proper way to use a new machine will yield the best project results!