Although you can use a regular sewing machine for quilting, the Juki HZL-F400 quilting machine has a variety of add-ons and capabilities that really separate the two. Compared with a regular sewing machine, this Juki HZL-F400 quilting machine boasts a larger amount of workspace (also referred to as ‘throat’), which is perfect for sewing large and huge projects such as curtains, sheets, and bedspreads.
And of course, Juki HZL-F400 can handle multiple layers with ease and is great for quilting projects. You can also easily sew through heavy materials without worrying about the fabric bunching up or getting stuck in the machine.
Moreover, this Juki HZL-F400 quilting machine comes with a higher stitching speed, meaning that it not only saves time but can also be used on large numbers of projects at one time. When you have less time to complete a quilting project and more items to work on, the ability to sew faster is sure to come in handy – and that’s where this Juki HZL-F400 high-speed quilting machine comes into play. This Juki HZL-F400 quilting machine is certainly not for the faint-hearted, as it requires much more from the operator than a standard quilting machine does – and he or she will be rewarded with faster results!
All in all, Juki HZL-F400 is a quilting machine for those who want quality results from their quilting efforts and are prepared to work hard for it!
Frame, Construction, & Sewing Speed
There are lightweight, portable machines that are great if you tend to sew in different locations, as well as bulky, heavy-duty options that are best for pros who have a designated sewing area. This sewing machine measures 17.5”(W) x 11.5”(H) x 8.25”(D) and weighs 21.6 pounds, which is a bit lighter than other models that have the same features and durability. But this doesn’t mean that it compromised with its quality. Moreover, the lightweight design makes it suitable for home use and great for both beginners and pros.
This Juki HZL-F400 quilting machine is extremely durable no matter what happens. The reason for this is the material quality and manufacturing technology used, which will be detailed later in this article. Juki HZL-F400 has a large table to work with as well, so no matter how big your project is, you’ll be comfortable working on it.
The Juki HZL-F400 heavy-duty quilting machine is powered by an impressive silent motor that provides a consistent, reliable stitching speed of 900 spm for completing a variety of stitching tasks from all types of fabrics and materials.
The Juki HZL-F400 sewing machine also comes with an impressive range of additional features. For example, the adjustable stitch width and length capabilities enable you to easily alter these important factors depending on the type of design you’re creating. The stitch width adjustments are located on the side of the machine and allow you to change them easily without having to remove your hands from the machine. The maximum stitch width of this Juki HZL-F400 sewing machine is 7 mm, and the maximum stitch length is 5 mm.
What We Like About Juki HZL-F400
- The knife is heavy-duty and cuts through even thick fabrics
- Its metal frame is sturdy enough to keep it from vibrating and gives you a pleasant sewing experience
- The stitch width and stitch length are adjustable
- You get smooth finishing for straight stitches and pretty gathers with perfect spacing
- The Juki HZL-F400 uses lesser energy to operate, making it more efficient and durable
- As the dial is adjustable while operating the machine, you need not stop to make changes
- This Juki HZL-F400 produces results for home décor to fashion accessories with a professional finish
What We Don’t Like
- The LCD light could be brighter
- Experienced sewers may find the speed a little slow
- The customer service leaves a little to be desired
- It is a bit pricy for some people
Features of Juki HZL-F400 Sewing Machine
The Juki HZL-F400 comes with 157 built-in stitches. It gives you the freedom to experiment and create all sorts of sewing designs. You can use this model for quilting, garment construction, heirloom sewing, or even household crafts. The stitch quality is excellent, and you can adjust the tension of each stitch to match your sewing project’s needs, whether it be light or heavyweight fabrics.
A needle threader is a small sewing tool that often consists of a round metal piece to which a diamond-shaped wire is attached. The needle threader of Juki HZL-F400 is made from thin metal and is stamped with the shape of the queen’s head. The needle threader is a life-saver, and you don’t need to struggle to rethread your machine.
The Juki Exceed series bring industrial style, perfectly balanced sensor buttonholes to home sewing. With 16 buttonhole styles to choose from, you’ll always have the perfect buttonhole for any fabric.
Adjustable Cutting Widths
Adjust the width of the buttonhole without increasing or decreasing the stitching size. This allows you to have thin or wide buttons, adjust buttonholes for thick or thin fabrics, and still have stable, strong buttonholes.
Quick Thread Bobbin Case
Inserting the bobbin into the bobbin case is fool-proof…just follow the clearly marked threading path, and you are ready to sew.
Independent Bobbin Winder
This allows you to sew and wind bobbins at the same time. And bobbin winding couldn’t be easier! Put the bobbin in place, catch the thread on the base, and push the lever.
Combine, Save and Recall
Combine decorative stitches or lettering into pattern sequences and save them to the machine memory. The Exceed allows you to save up to 70 patterns in 10 memory folders! Recall your favorite patterns with a touch of a button!
Auto or Manual Tension Settings
With the Exceed series, tension settings are never a worry. You can use the Automatic Thread Tension or increase or decrease the tension to create different stitch effects. Perfect control is always just a turn of a dial away.
Thanks to a 7-point surgical steel feed dog system, the Exceed series can handle even the heaviest off projects with ease. The industrial style box-feed system means that heavy or light fabrics feed evenly and smoothly.
Perfect Needle and Stitch Placement
The Exceed series not only has variable needle positions which allow you to place the needle anywhere you desire, but the Exceed series also has a feature that allows you to move the position of a complete pattern without changing the width. Because the Exceed Series machines have the ability to change positions of the pattern, you can also taper zigzag stitching to the left, right, or center for perfect applique, decorative sewing, and more!
Complete Control and On-Board Guides
You have complete control with just a push of the button. This feature allows you to program the needle up/down position, program automatic thread trimming, program a pattern or pattern sequence to stitch once or multiple times, program the foot control trimming, set the contrast on the LCD screen, change the volume on the machine buzzer, select from 8 languages settings, and open the on-board sewing guide when you need a little help.
Drop Feed System
The feed dogs of Juki HZL-F400 are made out of hard metal for smooth fabric movement while stitching along with an anti-rust surface coating added for longevity and durability. This Juki HZL-F400 sewing machine can go through multiple layers of fabrics without any hesitation due to its amazing drop feed feature, which adds convenience no matter where you are working.
Juki HZL-F400’s thread cutters are very sharp and will make quick work of all the threads in your project. It will cut your thread faster and make the process easier, and you won’t have to struggle with it.
Convenient Stitch Selection
The stitch selection on the Juki HZL-F400 sewing machine allows you to choose the type of stitch you want to sew with. To select the stitch you want, you just need to turn a dial or push a button. When selecting a specific stitch, it is recommended to refer to the instruction manual for details such as stitch length, stitch width, and the presser foot.
Juki HZL-F400 also has a beautiful large LED display screen that will make it easier and more enjoyable for you to create your projects. It provides you with information about the stitch width/length, sewing speed, and the stitch type you have chosen.
Who Is Juki HZL-F400 For?
Are you searching for a durable yet light machine with all the necessary features? If yes, then Juki HZL-F400 is just right for you. This Juki HZL-F400 sewing machine will impress you with its design and aesthetics as well as performance. The Juki HZL-F400 sewing machine comes loaded with lots of features that make it stand out from other products in the same category.
For example, its needle threading feature, automatic bobbin winding system, drop-in bobbin, speed control, drop feed system, and one-step buttonhole make it a preferred choice of both professional and novice sewers. Not only will you be impressed with its strong stitch quality, but also with its speed which is about 900 stitches per minute. It also has an ambidextrous design that makes it more user-friendly for all types of users.
The Juki HZL-F400 also boasts an extensive range of stitch options as well as an LED light that illuminates the workspace very clearly. The Juki HZL-F400 sewing machine is comparatively cheaper than other machines, yet it offers excellent performance and function.
We recommend this Juki HZL-F400 to those who want high-quality stitching at an affordable price with lots of features found in expensive sewing machines.
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Tips for Using Your Quilting Machines
If you plan on machine quilting your quilts for shows or just to sell them, making sure your work is clean and neat is significant. Most professionals will say that the best way to make sure it’s done properly is by using a frame or hoop while stitching.
The main reason why this is suggested (instead of just hand-quilting) is because it will help provide even, accurate spacing between stitches, so the result doesn’t look sloppy.
High-speed quilting machines are generally heavier than standard machines. They need stronger motors to provide greater power so that the machine can operate properly; however, they also tend to cost more than standard models.
Many people who enjoy quilting use both types of machines depending on which project they’re working with; however, if you’re planning on using your machine for commercial production, then it is well worth investing in one of these all-around quilting machine models.