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Juki TL-2200QVP Mini Review

I’ve had my Juki TL-2200 QVP Mini for about six months now and thought it was time for a review. I get a lot of questions about this machine and I’m hoping that this post will answer them all for you!

Juki TL-220QVP MiniMy number one priority for a new  sewing machine was that it would give me some extra space for quilting–both free motion and walking foot. I have a Babylock for piecing, but I just don’t enjoy cramming a quilt through that small throat space when it comes to the actual quilting part of making a quilt.

quilting with a Juki

After much research and in-person testing, I ultimately decided on the Juki TL-2200 QVP Mini. It is the newer version of the ever popular, cult-classic Juki TL-2010Q. It is basically the same machine except that it comes with an extra open-toe quilting foot, and an improved walking foot (which was a common complaint about the TL-2010Q model), and a few other feet that were less important to me as a quilter. And it has a fancier paint job. Since both these feet were things I wanted anyway, the $200 price difference between the two machines seemed justified. I paid $1200 for the 2200–with full warranty and support from the dealer. This turned out to be more important than I realized.

Before I made my decision, I put the Babylock Jazz, Juki TL-2010Q, and the Juki TL-2200 QVP through their paces. I brought quilt sandwiches, quilting gloves, and patchwork pieces with me to the shop. Though I wanted so much to love it–since it has such a huge throat space–I had to rule out the Babylock Jazz because it was missing some crucial features for me: a needle down setting, and a thread cutter. It’s just so hard to go back after you get used to those features. I predict Babylock will add those features in the next model of that machine.

Then it was down to the two Juki’s. I had to figure out whether or not the additional feet were worth the extra $200 (which is about what they retail for) and ultimately I decided that they were. I also just liked the feel of that machine better on the floor of the dealer-but that could have been my imagination. The TL-2200 QVP usually goes for $1400, so they came down a bit on price for me and that helped make the decision as well. This dealer would actually sell me the TL-2010Q for the internet price of $999, but they would not handle warranty issues for that price. I would have to deal with Juki directly in Florida. It turns out that I’m really glad that I decided to go with the machine that the shop would support the warranty.

The machine comes with an extension table. It is a bit smaller than the Sew Steady extension table that I had made for my Babylock, but I really don’t mind.

Another cool thing–all the Juki TL-series machines are made to fit the Grace quilting frames–so you can actually turn it into a very afffordable longarm! I don’t have room for that now, but it is an interesting possibility for the future.

Once I got it home, threading the machine and winding the bobbin went smoothly. The manual was great, and there are plenty of YouTube videos showing how to do these things on the TL-2010Q–and it’s the same for this machine. It took a few tries to get the hang of the needle-threader, but I’ve got it figured out now. This was the most helpful video for that feature.

Ribbon candy quilting kristinesser.com

Lady of the Lake table topper at kristinesser.com

Once it was set-up, I  went straight in for free motion quilting. Since it’s a mechanical, straight stitch machine, it definitely feels different. It’s kind of like driving a new car, it takes some getting used to. The stitches are beautiful and I love all the space and visibility! There aren’t a bunch of features to talk about here–it’s a very simple machine–which I really like. It has a nice big foot petal and a knee-lift, which is another feature that I could not live without anymore.

Juki TL-2200QVP

Then I put it through it’s paces on patchwork. I put my Babylock away and started piecing my current project with it. I tried two different patchwork feet–one with the usual guide and another called a compensating foot–which has a more serious guide on it. I thought I would like the latter–but I didn’t. I will try it again sometime though. I really like piecing on this machine–my only issue is the thread cutter is loud! Which reminds me–this machine has a thread cutter on the foot petal as well as on the machine! I didn’t think I would like it–but I love it! If you don’t like it, however, they give you something to put in the petal to disable that function.

Squiggles quilt kristinesser.com

Then it was on to walking foot quilting. This is a straight stitch machine–so no built-in wavy line quilting on it, but it makes beautiful walking foot stitches! I just did a hand-guided organic walking foot curves on the quilt above.  I’d heard that the walking foot was loud, but when I tried it at the store, it didn’t seem too bad. As a quilted my small project, it got louder and louder, and something definitely seem wrong. When the foot eventually got jammed, I knew I needed to take it back to the dealer.

The dealer took a look at it while I waited (which was nice–since it’s about 40 minutes away) and told me that something was off in the alignment of the machine that only became a problem with the walking foot. Sometimes these things happen–as long as between Juki and the dealer they fixed it quickly–I was fine with it. But it really made me glad that I didn’t need to deal Juki myself–it was all handled under warranty.

Now that I’ve had the machine for six months, I will tell you that I had some fits with it a few months ago–something got off with  the needle bar that was causing thread breakage–and I was on a quilt deadline–so it was frustrating. But once again, the dealer and Juki dealt with it beautifully. Since then, I have completed several quilts on it and could not love it more!

So, I admittedly had a bit of a rocky start with this machine, but all was quickly resolved and I highly recommend it. I have a feeling that I would have also been very happy with the TL-2010Q, but I do love the extra feet that the TL-2200QVP Mini came with–so I have no regrets. I’ve provided a couple quick links below for the Grace frame and the TL-2010Q, but the TL-220QVP Mini is only available from a Juki dealer. You can find the closest one to you here.

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25 thoughts on “Juki TL-2200QVP Mini Review”

  • I love my 2200 also! Got it at a show, and got an amazing deal – the same you would have paid for the 2010! I had trouble with the walking foot, but was going to try quilting with the regular 1/4″ foot after watching some videos (just lowering the presser foot pressure). Nice to see others getting it and reviewing it. Enjoy!

  • I have been piecing for 12 years and quilting for about 3 years on my Babylock machines. Recently my husband decided he wanted to make quilts as well. I told him he needed to look for a sewing machine. After much reading and searching he decided that a TL 2200Qvp Mini would work just fine and after a demo on it he was sold. He is learning to piece on it. I as well really like this Juki. It is impressive and a little work horse. The stitches are beautiful and I really like the 1/4inch foot, its stout and accurate. We have had it since Oct 2017 and we very are happy we bought it!

  • Have you experienced any trouble with piecing because the right feed dog tooth side seems much shorter than the left. It seems to be about a quarter inch back from the left feed which also seems to cause the machine to constantly want to pull the fabric to one side – the side with more feed dog teeth. I felt like I had to fight the machine to keep the fabric feeding straight in.

    • I never noticed that about the feed dogs! I just got up to look and you are right! This hasn’t caused me any problems that I’ve noticed. I will see if I am unconsciously fighting it when I piece. I usually piece with a stack of painters tape on my machine, so that I can just glide the edge of the fabric against it to get a scant 1/4 inch. Maybe that helps?

      • I bought this machine 1 month ago. After doing fmq and some piecing started having trouble with the stitch, seems like tension issue, I get a beautiful stitch on the bottom of quilt, but loose flat stitch on top. Where do you set the tension for each type of quilting, fmq, piecing, walking foot? Had it in the shop twice now and they are not helpful. Any info can help. I really want to like the machine!

        • Hi Gayle,

          I keep my tension (on the knob) between 1 and 2 most of the time. I always play around with it before quilting–there seems to be so many factors that affect stitch quality! I hope this helps.

        • Check to see if you have lint built up underneath. My 2010Q does the same thing if there is any lint blockage in the bobbin or feed dogs areas. You have to clean these areas frequently.

        • If the Stitchs are wonky on top it’s the bobbin tension
          Make it so when you hold the thread the bobbin just holds it weight
          It should slip just a bit. Check it every time you change the bobbin

  • I’m going to get this machine. I hope I don’t have too many problems with it. Looking forward to a machine lighter that my 40 pound Bernina.

  • Thanks for the review. I am wanting to buy this machine also. I live very rural and I’m wondering if you have any recommendations for who is reliable to order one from at the price point you bought yours.
    Thanks so much!

  • I arrived at this blog to see if others were having the same problems with Juki that I am having. But my issue is with a different machine — the sitdown long arm – 2200 qvp. It’s been seven weeks since I bought it, and I still don’t have it. It arrived unable to free motion because of skipped stitches, went back to dealer, came back here ( dealer says it was timing issue) and had the same problem four hours after the installer left. Now they saw it is a needle hook adjustment….whatever…And it is going back again. And the silicone table top I purchased with it came out of the box all wavy. It’s stuck down, but has to be replaced. The dealer is trying to fix all this, but I am out of patience and calling Juki to take this piece of junk back. The quality control on Juki is not what it used to be. This is like buying a brand new car and having it crap out before you could get it home. Beware….

    • Hi Gayle,
      I’m so sorry that you are having issues! I think that the issue that I had at first was also a needle hook adjustment. I have also heard from the Juki Facebook group that if you increase the pressure foot pressure, that can help with skipped stitches. I know that it is frustrating when things that you are excited about don’t work! I’m sorry that you had to return it. It is so disappointing.

  • went to the quilt show in salt lake and bought the juki 2200 mini. They gave me a good price 8800.oo I PLAYED WITH IT FOR AWHILE AND JUST LOVED IT. I hope it does not give me problems. Ty for your review. I have never had a a straight stich machine before so here goes Karroll

  • I am considering buying this machine but all the prices I see are way way more than the prices i see mentioned here. I am wondering why there could be such a huge difference. Juki TL-2200 QVP Quilt Virtuoso Pro Long Arm 18″ X 10″ QUILTING MACHINE…. I mean like many thousands difference in price.

    • The machine that you mention is a full longarm. That’s why it’s so expensive.

      The one that I have is the TL-2200 QVP Mini. It’s not the longarm. They really named these badly—the names are too similar. Mine is the most recent model of the TL-2010q.

      That said, you can put the Mini on a Grace frame and use it as a small longarm— but it is really just a regular, straight stitch domestic machine.

  • I believe that the machiene people are writing about is not the long arm sit down. But the basic qvp mini. Which runs between 850-1000. I got mine for 900 last January and I love it! Took sometime to get used to it and you have to fuss with it a bit more than an automatic machine with things like tension, but it stitches beautifully, especially fmq.

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