Thursday, November 17, 2011


Sorry ladies, but have not been feeling good today. Back has been giving me lots of pain. Shuffling about - unable to sit at sewing machine or computer for any length of time. Posting the Juki info took ages and didn't help. Just hope you gals found the content useful.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Not for the faint-hearted - JUKI 98P

This is not a machine for the faint-hearted! One has to persevere. It is quite different to using a bog standard sewing machine. Read on . . .

First attempt . . and helpers (see blog list)

Was ready to chuck the machine out of the window . . . could not prevent the pedal running away with me. OK for a tippy toed - light footed fairy, but pedal too responsive to my size 6 (UK) foot. Tensions all wrong.

Didn't have this problem with my old Bernina.
BUT - the Juki has a large 'harp' which makes it a doddle to work on a bed-size quilt.

Offered the machine up for sale.

Only Angie Whiston from Staffs ( - and Maureen Lamb ( from Cumbria - saved the machine by encouraging me to persevere and offered some very helpful tips.

Left the machine for a few days before trying again.

Another useful source:
Leah Day (
Not forgetting the amazing Patsy Thompson (

Second attempt . .

Foot pedal adjustment

Found this a bit tricky - ended up using 2 telephone directories to ease pressure off foot.
This is one speedy machine and can run away with you. Using the directories enabled me to slow the machine down.
There is a thread cutter on the pedal (red bit) which I disconnected. Idea sounds wonderful but I found it easer to use the scissor button on the body of the machine - less liable to to cut threads by hitting the red button by mistake. Fine for a very experienced professional machinist - which I am not.

Brilliant - cuts top and bottom thread - saves a lot of messing . .

Upper tension knob

Adjusted Presser foot tension

Adjusted top tension

Adjusted tension in bobbin . .

Ready steady . . .OFF . .

Schmetz needles seem to work best . .

Sharon Scharmer adapted foot . .

Sharon Scharmer v Juki foot.. .

Sent for Sharon's adapted foot from the States. Expensive - and was shocked at cost of shipping. $2.95 on envelope - charged $14.95 by Sharon.

Having said that - the foot is very good and I prefer it to the original Juki foot.

Getting better

Aiming for a proper feather - see Patsy Thompson site.

Stitches OK on reverse side of work . .

Not there yet - but trying . . .

Playing . . .

First Patsy Thompson feather - long way to go . . .

First real feather - tho a bit wobbly. Used Invisafil #100 thread - not the best (in my opinion) for this particular work.

Re-played every DVD I own of Patsy Thompson's. She is the Queen of Feathers! Do look at her site. Her instructions are so clear and easy. Wonderful! Can see her on utube.

Using different threads on Juki TL98P

I used the following with varying degrees of success:

Presencia (as recommended by Angie). Good.
Sylko mercerised cotton 50wt.
Aurifil 50/2 thread. Good.
Madeira Polyneon #40 thread. Very nice result.
Invisafil #100 was quite good.
Madeira machine embroidery thread was OK.
Bottom Line #60 wt was OK.

Better control with hoop . .

Autumn/Winter Singing Garden quilt tops.

These are waiting to be layered and quilted.

Trusty Bernina 1230 but Juki is growing on me . .

Will use my old machine to quilt the Wm Morris quilt (better the devil you know).
And then tackle remaining 10 quilt tops on my JUKI - after lots . . . . of practice. . .

BUT - I have to say the JUKI is growing on me and very exciting to use once you're used to it . . .

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Latest Offering . . ."Live well - Laugh Often - Love much" Quilt

My "Live well - Laugh often - Love much" bed quilt - started some years ago - set aside whilst Stephen was ill - finished recently.
Ready to be layered - then machine quilted - possibly on my Juki TL98P. More about that later.