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Industrial or Semi-Industrial Machine?

If you're tossing up between a JUKI industrial machine and the JUKI TL2010 semi-industrial, then this post is for you!  Many prospective JUKI buyers ask whether an industrial machine would be a better fit for their needs and in some cases, the answer is yes.  

Here are a couple of key questions to ask yourself before deciding which way to go.  

Will the machine be used for production?

Do you sew solely for yourself or do you produce a line of garments / products in-house?  If you are producing at scale, you may very well need an industrial machine.  

If you operate a small to mid-sized brand that is producing in-house as a single operator, the TL2010 could still be a great choice for you.  It packs the key benefits of an industrial machine into a more compact semi-industrial machine.  It's a straight stitch only machine that is virtually mechanical only meaning the stitch length and your machine speed are controlled by the manual knobs on the machine body.  It does offer a computerised auto thread cutter and needle up / down button which are included to speed up your work flow. 

The TL2010 offers 1500spm which is considerably faster than most of the domestic machines on the market.   

Who do you sew for?

Some home based sewist who sew purely for pleasure and to create their own handmade wardrobe will still see the benefit in an industrial machine.  If this is you, then I would absolutely consider the TL2010 before committing to a large, tabled industrial machine. 

What size is your workspace?

If like many of us you sew from home or a small studio, chances are your available space for a tabled machine may be limited.  Purchasing an industrial machine requires a permanent space, as they are heavy and awkward to move if not in a static location.  The TL2010 will however happily set up and pack away on a bedroom desk, dining room table or make shift or temporary studio within minutes.  

Who is the TL2010 geared towards?

Most sewists who own the TL2010 are either avid quilters or own it as a secondary garment sewing machine.  Having the TL2010 as second machine (although a dream for many of us!) allows for quicker straight stitching when piecing, basting, hemming + gathering.  Most sewists who I speak with about this use a domestic machine for zig zag + other decorative stitches, buttonholes, etc. but do find that they mostly sit at the TL2010 for the bulk of each project.  

Perhaps you already have a brilliant domestic that you can continue using for the above, but you'd love to add the speed and simplicity of an industrial for all your straight stitching needs.  If so, the TL2010 could be the perfect addition to your sewing space!

Or if you're looking for a domestic all-rounder machine, consider the HZL-DX7.   You can read about why I've selected a HZL-DX5 (the entry level machine in this category) as my personal machine here.   

Definite that a JUKI industrial is the right machine for you?  If you're looking to purchase an industrial, please get in touch here and I can point you in the right direction.

Further questions about our range of JUKI machines?  Please feel free to get in touch here

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