The Juki TL-98QE
So the sweet little machine posted above is arriving today via UPS and I can't wait! It was ordered yesterday afternoon and I already got a notice that it will be delivered today. Wow! I have to thank Aki of Oktak handbags and purses for being so sweet and taking time out from her busy schedule to give me some advice about which machine to purchase. By the way, you must check out Aki's handbags and accessories at her Etsy shop Oktak. Her work is absolutely beautiful. She has such an eye for beautiful fabric and design.
The Juki that I purchased is a straight stitch semi-industrial high speed sewing machine. My present machine, a Brother Innovis 40, is great for it's variety of stitches especially the applique stitch that I use the most. But for sewing handbags it is just not strong enough. I purchased it a year ago and have already cracked 4 bobbin cases! At $39 dollars a pop at my local dealer it was getting quite expensive. Yesterday I ordered two directly from Brother and they just cost me $20 dollars each so I was glad. From now on I plan on doing all my applique work on the Brother and everything else on my Juki. I have to add that the Juki sews at 1,500 spm which I am thrilled about. My Brother sews at 850 spm and I often find my mind wandering when doing my straight stitching. With the Juki 's faster stitch I am sure l will keep my mind and eyes on my fabric at all times!