Sewing machine in the infirmary…


Oh, thank goodness it didn’t get to this point πŸ™‚

After almost 5 years, my Juki Hzl-F600, aka fancy, high-strung, and expensive sewing machine, has taken a dive!

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Suddenly today, the upper thread was not being picked up by the bobbin thread. In fact, it was forming a knot behind the bobbin case after about 3 stitches. Here’s the mess on the back/bobbin side of some stitching:


Of course, I cleaned everything, took off the casings, etc., to do it. Cleaned the tension discs. Changed my needles, rethreaded the machine. About 2 hours of hopeful work.

To no avail. I’ve spotted a worn thread guide on the bobbin case and also suspect the timing is off. A new bobbin case – which would only be a starting point – is almost $60.

Solution: I pulled out my trusty Singer Quantum Stylist.


And I was amazed by how quiet it seemed! I guess I had gotten used to my Juki slowly breaking down.

The Stylist is a great machine, does beautiful buttonholes, and is ‘uncomplicated’. I don’t plan to fix the Juki – I’d rather spend the money on a less picky machine, probably something that has been refurbished.

No woes! Coco

9 thoughts on “Sewing machine in the infirmary…

  1. I have found over the years that ‘simple’ is better. I think the more bells and whistles sets you up for more complications. And as a rule I don’t use the bells and whistles enough to make it worth the money anyway. I love my computerized Babylock’s (2 of them) but I still love and use my old mechanical White as well. It is a workhorse that never fails.

    Happy hunting for your perfect machine.

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  2. Bummer! I look forward to seeing which machine you choose. Thank goodness you had a backup available so that you can take your time with your choice.

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  3. Sorry about your machine!! I had purchased a juki and hated it from the start. Could be that it came with pieces falling off. lol I returned it and replaced it with that same Singer and love it! Such a coincidence! Happy sewing!!

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