I Bought a TL Machine… Now What?

Congratulations on your new machine! The creative possibilities are endless. To help you with your projects, we have a list of essential items that we think make life just a little bit easier.


1.Here at Juki Junkies, we are obsessed with Glide thread. This 40 weight thread glistens on your projects while maintaining strength and elegance. Glide is a versatile thread that is great for piecing, free motion quilting, embroidery, top stitching and even bag making. The bonus here is Glide is virtually lint free, made in the USA and runs smoothly on your Juki sewing machine. Start with our basic colors today.


2.We know it’ll be hard to pull you away from you machine once you get those creative ideas flowing. But with hard work comes dirty machines! Don’t you worry though. We have the best cleaning swabs that get into every nook and cranny. You’ll be sewing again in no time. We recommend you clean your machine every 4-6 hours of use.


3.After spending hours creating beautiful quilts and bags, your machine is going to have trouble keeping up with you! But luckily, this is an easy fix. Oiling your machine keeps it functioning the same way it did when you first took it out of the box. Now the hours of creativity can continue without a hitch. Grab the oiling pen for precision oiling and not making a mess. We recommend that you oil the Juki TL sewing machines every 3-4 months on the top 4 holes and the bottom 2 holes (1-2 drops). The hook should be oiled every full bobbin exchange (1 drop). Check out our video on oiling your TL here.


4. Do you sew with heavier fabrics? Your machines come with a regular size plate, but we recommend this plate for those that are sewing with heavier materials. Using the thick throat plate gives your needle more clearance to sew with ease while also protecting your plate from any needle flexion while sewing through dense materials. This is a must have for bag makers, home decor and any bulkier projects.


5.Garment makers… this is for you! The thin throat plate is perfect for those more delicate fabrics such as lace, silk or organza! Because the hole on this plate is much smaller this prevents your delicate fabrics from being sucked into the machine. And to make life even easier, this plate pairs perfectly with the thin presser foot! A light fabric needs a light touch and these parts knows how to deliver.


6.The smooth presser foot is ideal for those sticky fabrics that just don’t want to let go. Leather and vinyl are no match for this presser foot. The thick throat plate also pairs very nicely with this presser foot as they are both very capable of taking on thicker fabrics or multiple layers. This is the magic combo for bag makers!


7.This is not your average zipper foot. Along with easy zipper application, this foot provides beautiful and professional topstitching close to the edge. The Hinged Zipper 3mm will give you a wonderful 1/8″ inch. The Hinged Zipper Foot 2.5mm gives you closer to 1/16th inch. You’ll get plenty of compliments on your work, trust us. It is our most popular foot for bag makers.


8.As we know, you can’t sew without your bobbin. They may be tiny but they are mighty. Juki has the perfect bobbin that is designed specifically for the vertical full rotary hook in JUKI semi-professional sewing machines. Stock up so you never have to stop the fun. And to make life even easier, go ahead and get the bobbin case to go with it! Having an extra bobbin case is perfect when working with different weighted threads and varying tensions.


9.The regular hinged foot is one of our favorites. A classic if we might add. This 1/4″ foot is used for piecing together patchwork with a seam allowance of 1/4″ (6.5 mm). Just align the edge of the fabric with the presser foot guide to easily sew with a seam allowance of 1/4″. It’s as simple as that!


We couldn’t leave you without some of our favorite notions that make sewing that much easier.

Sewing Machine LED Light Strip

One of the notions we can’t live without is the Sewing Machine LED Light Strip. The bright light provides an illuminated workspace, eliminating any shadows you may have had before. The strip is easy to install and can be cut to size. Its tap technology also allows you to adjust the brightness and remembers the setting for the next use. Now you can see all of your beautiful stitches without straining your eyes.

These are just the basic starter accessories that we think you will need to start your projects. If you’re looking for more goodies, feel free to visit the mechanical accessories page and shop away! The fun has just begun.

For any questions or concerns, please contact us at sewingmachines411@gmail.com or call us at (813) 661-9000.