JUKI Tip: Using the Needle Threader On Your MO Series

For this month’s JUKI tip, we go over how to use the automatic needle threader that can be found on select serger machines in our MO Series! Creating an easier sewing experience for you, this feature is perfect for getting your machine ready to create, without the hassle.

Follow along below as our National Account Trainer Alba showcases how to thread your automatic needle threader.

The needle threader on the Serger from JUKI is a mechanism that has a lever that goes right and left, whether you’re choosing to thread the right or left needle, before being pushed down to cover the needle in front of the eye.

As you watch the video, you’ll notice how our JUKI National Account Trinaer Alba moves the mechanism to the right-hand position, turning the hand wheel towards herself until the needles reach the highest possible position.

Ensuring the lever is set for the right-hand needle, we’re going to lower the self-threading lever, until it comes right around the needle. Here is where you’ll notice how the mechanism just hugs that needle, giving you the perfect spot to place your thread. Now, remember, for the best experience ensure your thread is not taut, and instead loose. This way the machine is able to thread your needle, without tugging.

Now, as you raise up the needle threader, as shown in the video, you’ll notice how it forms a loop that you can carefully pull through the eye of the needle, completing the threading of your needle. Pull the thread behind, and you’re all set on the right-hand needle!

For the left needle, we’ll position our needle threader for the left-hand position, before lowering the mechanism where it will hug your needle. Next, we recommend using two hands to place that thread in the groove of the needle threader; this will be right at the eye of the needle.

As you raise your needle threader mechanism, you’ll notice the loop form once again, before pulling the thread completely through and towards the back of the machine.

We hope this helps you the next time you want to use the automatic needle threader on your serger machine! What tip do you want to see next from JUKI? Let us know in the comments below!

JUKI Tip: Using The Micro-Lift on the TL Series

For this month’s JUKI Tip, we’re focusing on the micro-lifter feature that can be found on your TL series machines! Now, a common question we get is, “what is different about the Micro-lift feature from the presser foot pressure?” To show the difference, we’re going to use the TL-18QVP because it has two different locations for each feature.

Now the presser foot pressure, as it sounds, is the amount of pressure the foot puts on the fabric you’re sewing. For example, if you’re moving your project, the presser foot pressure is what will help you keep that nice straight seam. With the Micro-lift feature, your presser foot pressure will stay the same, but the height of the foot will change. Raised above the feed dogs, your foot will now have space to create using multiple layers of fabric, thick fabrics, complete binding easier, work on handbags, and so much more.

Our favorite part is not needing to adjust the presser foot pressure as often when using the Micro-lift feature, helping your project process become more simple.

As you watch the video, you’ll be able to follow along as our National Account Trainer Alba demonstrates how the Micro-lift feature looks when in use, and how easily the fabric you’re working on will go through. From 8 layers of denim to 15 layers of denim, you’re able to see how the fabric smoothly glides through; the needle easily sewing through the material.

We hope this video encourages you to try your hand at the Micro-lift feature on your machine and that it helps you create beautiful projects with quality style! What JUKI Tip are you hoping to see next? Let us know in the comments below!

JUKI Tip: Working with Your TL Needle Threader

At JUKI we know how important it is to know your machine’s features and how to use them, so starting this year at JUKI we’ll be sharing monthly tips for creating on, and using, your beloved JUKI sewing and quilting machines! This month we’ll be focusing on the TL Series and its Automatic Needle Threader. Showcasing each step, and how the feature works, follow along below to view our Tip Video and breakdown.

Needle Up/Down Feature

The first step is knowing where your Needle Up/Down button is, and when to use it. Now the most important step to using your needle threader is, making sure the foot is in the down position (engaging the tension) and using your Needle Up/Down button to lower and raise the needle.

You’re going to start with having the needle in the highest position, before using your needle threader, so your machine can thread your needle.

Check out time stamp 1:42 to learn where you can find your Needle Up/Down button.

Threading Your Needle

Stopping right before the eye of the needle, we’ll be using our Needle Threader today to get our machine ready to create.

To start, your thread should be at the point right before needle-eye entry.

Next, we’re going to pull our thread off to the side and lower our mechanism all the way down. Now grab your thread and go behind that metal groove on the needle threader, and into the two grooves on the white piece of the mechanism, while holding your thread off to the side. Check out the time stamp 4:00 in our video about for an example of this section.

Now, when we raise the mechanism, you’ll see a loop formed with your thread on your needle. Once you see the loop, pull the thread carefully through the needle and to the right, completing your needle threading!

To learn more about the TL series visit our JUKI Home Sewing YouTube page here, or visit your local JUKI Dealer here.

Have questions about your JUKI machine? Let us know down below! We look forward to creating more JUKI Tips to help you bring your projects to life.

Upgrading your Sewing and Quilting YouTube Page

With so many channels on YouTube, it can be difficult for new sewists and quilters to find your page! That’s why in today’s blog post, we’ll go over some tips you can put in place for your channel that will encourage viewers to stay and engage with your page.

Follow along as we go over pieces you can start editing today!

Cleaning Up Your Channel

Have you been posting videos for a while? We bet your skills in filming and editing have upgraded, so let’s review those old videos! Cleaning out videos that are low quality, outdated, or have a low amount of views can help your channel seem cleaner and build credibility.

Sometimes, those low-quality videos can turn a viewer off your page and prevent a new subscriber from joining, so it’s best to keep up to date with your content!

What’s Your Brand?

Having a brand goes beyond color scheme and font, but what viewers see in the background of your video and what you may even be wearing! Think of the space you’re creating and what viewers can see when you film. Remove pieces that may bring attention away from your projects, and add items that promote your brand or shop!

Here, you can focus on placing past projects, items that speak to your personality that allows viewers to feel like they know you, and wearing pieces you may have created or matched your personality. It’s these details that build a larger picture for your audience. When viewers like your personality, they’ll come back and watch just for you, even if the project isn’t something they’re interested in!

Lean into your brand; for example, if your page focuses on garment creation, try wearing past pieces you’ve created that encourage viewers to watch your old projects videos!

Creating a Channel Trailer

JUKIHomeSewing Trailer

Creating a promotional video for your page is a great way to share your goal and brand with new visitors. This video will automatically play for visitors that find your channel and pinned at the top of your page. We recommend creating a short trailer that covers about a 2-3 minute length!

Some items in your video are past video footage stitched together, a “pitch section” where you share what your channel is and what viewers can expect to see, and a section where you can request new viewers to join your page and subscribe. Focus on your tone and the script, and let your personality shine through!

Thumbnail Designs

Help your channel look coherent and professional with consistent thumbnails! Following a design theme, you can create thumbnails that attract viewers looking for projects.

While YouTube comes with preset options, creating your own on free software like Canva can help your channel feel clean, showcase your personality, and help viewers get an idea of what your video will be about.

Collaborating with Those in Your Community

Are you looking for exposure to a new audience? Then, reach out to your fellow sewist and quilter YouTubers!

Suggest an idea to another creator where you can cross-promote your channels while creating a fun project or pattern that viewers will love and engage with! Of course, the best way to do this is to appear on each other’s channels. We recommend introducing your new friend to your audience and where they can be found before diving into your video so viewers can see why you’re endorsing one another.

Using Binge Watching

Binge-watching is an excellent tool for encouraging new viewers to watch and follow your page. By creating playlists that viewers can follow along too, they can get a better idea of your credibility and have more time to decide if they’d like to join your channel. In addition, viewing multiple videos of yours will give viewers a better sense of why they should follow you.

Creating a playlist for your channel will also upgrade your SEO, depending on what keywords you use to title them. Your content can be organized by project type, level type, sewing or quilting, etc. Curating your playlist will depend on what videos you post and how you want viewers to watch and enjoy them.

Two ways binge-watching can encourage subscribers is by creating a playlist where you control the next video viewers are watching, stopping them from transferring over to a new channel or two; you can focus on a video series that is posted over a period of time, encouraging viewers to subscribe and get notified when the next video posts.

YouTube Video Cards

Easy to add to any video, YouTube cards are the perfect way to promote another video from your channel and a subscription from the viewer. While YouTube offers the option that automatically chooses the best video from your channel, you can also pick a specific video yourself that correlates with your project.

For example, if your video is on a new project for quilting, you can place a past video with another similar project or a different video you want to promote.

Be Consistent

Whether you’re posting once a day, a week, or a month, having a consistent schedule is needed! The key to success is consistency.

Beyond the theme and content of your channel, consistency will help viewers figure out your style and what you’re about. Viewers subscribe not just because they loved your video but because they hope to see more like it!

Find what your focus is and how you’re going to communicate this to viewers. Find the best schedule, and focus on your analytics to see what’s working.

For example, depending on your viewership, you might have better luck with views posted in the morning on the weekend than on weekdays in the afternoon. Your schedule should work for you and your viewers.

Sharing and Promoting Your Videos

While we can make beautiful videos, they can go nowhere without proper promotion! This is why posting your content in the right places is essential when looking for your audience.

The first location you can focus on is your go-to social media page. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. These are popular platforms that creators rely heavily on when looking for project inspiration and new ideas.

Another format can be diving into niche community pages. Think of fellow Facebook pages, Reddit pages, or specific quilting and sewing communities you’re a part of that would love to see your creation! Remember when posting in niche communities to share who you are (the creator) and what you do (your page); this way, members of those groups accept your posts and join your channel!

Implementing These Tips

While some of these tips can be implemented immediately, like creating a playlist for your seasonal projects or how-to’s, building your channel takes time! Focus on what you want viewers to learn and feel when they watch your channel, and create a brand you are proud of. Don’t worry about the number of viewers when you start off and prepare to be consistent and keep creating!

Looking for inspiration? Check out our JUKI Youtube page here today! Follow along as we showcase how we implement these tips on our page!

Designing Your Sewing Space

When we’re ready to get creative, we want to sit in a space that encourages our energy and helps us get our project done! That’s why in today’s blog, we’re going to cover some tips and tricks you can start using when setting up your workspace. Whether you’re creating in the studio room or your kitchen island, having the proper organization and setting up your space in a way that flows for you will help improve your project creation experience.

Follow along as we focus on four key aspects of any sewing area design: your space, budget, tools, and storage. Then, let’s set up a space to inspire you to get creative and have fun!

Choosing Your Space

While we may not always have options available, figuring out where to set up shop when we plan to sew can be difficult. If you have trouble deciding where to create, or keep jumping around spaces, view below for some things to consider the next time you’re ready to sew.

Think About Your Space

As long as you and your machine fit, you’ve found space! The good thing about sewing is that as long we can create an area where supplies are nearby and we can sew, we can now create our projects. Focus on organization and storage techniques if you work in a small space.

For example, if your space is limited, think of what you’re essentials are. Machines, tools, fabric, and notions can all be organized, placed, and readied for specific projects. Spend time in your space, decide what pieces you can use to expand your storage, and set up a spot that allows you to create comfortably. Options like wall organization, under-table storage, or allocating closet space can better enable you to have your tools and fabrics on hand.

Next, focus on lighting! When you’re creating, you don’t want to strain your vision to see how your stitching is going; therefore, we recommended to find a spot with natural lighting, using supplemental lighting like overhead, desktop, or portable lamps. Also, keep in mind that some machines include LED lighting, which can be another lighting option when working at night.

Last, let’s focus on how you can organize and keep it clean! While our project spaces can be free for all when sewing, it’s great to have a clean space. Think of what accessories, like baskets, drawers, carts, and more, can be brought into your room that will provide storage and organization to your project area. 

Budgeting

We all know sewing can be costly! This is why, when it’s time to set up your sewing space, it’s a good idea to allocate a budget and decide what you need or want for your area. While furniture and organization sets can be costly, there are ways to set up your space while being budget-friendly.

Upcycling

Have a desk in a spare room? How about a bookshelf rarely used or a closet with some space? These things can easily be added to your sewing space! Using what you have in your home is a great way to begin building your area because while it’s budget-friendly, it allows you to create a designated space for your craft.

It doesn’t stop at furniture, either. These are excellent storage pieces for notions and tools if you have empty cookie tins, unused containers, or storage bags. In addition, baskets can be used for fabric and even be created by you! For example, this basket (including the sewing basket on the JUKIHome website from LuAnn) is great for tossing in those scrap pieces you plan to use again in the future.

DIY

It can be extremely rewarding building furniture! For example, if you have the space allowance, you can create a piece like a custom cutting or ironing table. Or, if you’re working in a tight space, you can create custom organizational furniture that is in tune with your storage and space efficiency needs.

Thankfully, there are thousands of inspirational photos that other sewists and quilters have shared online that new sewists can find inspiration from. Search your favorite media sites like Pinterest and YouTube for tips, or check out your favorite sewist blogs, to gather ideas on what type of space projects you can do that will upgrade your sewing area without breaking the bank.

Furnishing

Finally, if this is within your budget, you can choose to purchase new furniture for your sewing room. We recommend focusing on pieces that offer ample storage space, vertical style furniture, and hanging an item like a pegboard for tools.

When setting up your space, think of the top 3 spots: your cutting area, your sewing machine spot, and your ironing area. These spaces don’t need to be large but comfortable enough for you to create and get the project done! Whether it’s your dining table, Kitchen Island, or a designated studio room, having these three spots will help get your project done.

Tools for Your Space

Think of your budget and what projects you plan to create before deciding what tools your studio needs. While it can be tempting to buy everything we see at the sewing shops, it’s best to start with the basics and build your way up to new tools and accessories. For example, a beginner sewist should create an essential sewing toolkit that includes cutting tools, a marking tool, a clear ruler, pins, needles, measuring tape, a pin cushion, an iron, and a seam ripper.

If you feel like it’s time to upgrade your toolset, pick accessories that can help you elevate your current skills. Items like curved rulers, pattern weights, seam gauges, or presser feet that weren’t included with your machine can help you create more professional-looking finished projects. If you plan to sew for life, you know new accessories and tools will always find their way into your studio space. Remember your budget, projects, and storage when choosing new tools and accessories for your studio.

Organizing Your Space

Whether we’re sewing in a small or large space, the organization is key to a tidy workspace. The fact is, if you’re creating on your kitchen table, you’re going to be packing and unpacking your machine often. Based on your needs, you can create an organization system that stores your equipment well and is within easy reach.

One of the best ways to organize your space is vertical! Using vertical shelving is perfect for all your supplies. Fabric, notions, tools, and accessories can be displayed, so you keep track of what equipment you have, and the shelving will allow you to fix the shelf sizing to your needs. You can also find add-ons like organization boxes that enable you to separate your accessories and tools easily. Other options include baskets for fabrics, hanging racks for tools, or boxes.

Since fabric tends to take over most of our storage space, we recommend folding flat or rolling the bundle to keep space. Stashing your fabric in a basket or clear container is best for viewing your inventory and keeping count of what fabrics you have on hand. Creating a swatch system with fabric descriptions or organizing by color or type is a couple of ways to organize your fabric and keep track.

For patterns, we recommend storing these in boxes or creating a pattern binder to keep track of your collection. If you’re someone who likes to purchase digital PDF patterns and don’t use them upon purchase, we recommend creating a filing system on your computer or laptop as well! Keeping these pieces organized will help you easily set up your next project and allows you to keep in mind what patterns you already have when you’re in the mood to create.

Focus on keeping your equipment clean and ready to use for machines and notions. A cover for your machine will reduce dust buildup and keep your machine safe when not in use. For your tools, a peg board for your wall can be the perfect furniture piece! Add hooks, buckets, and shelves to organize your tools by type and size. Lastly, keep notions organized with clear baskets and jars. Pieces like rolling carts, clear mini drawers, and clear plastic containers are best to easily see what you have when it’s time to create. Focus on making your most commonly used tools, notions, and accessories visible and in easy reach!

Get To Sewing!

Once you’ve planned your sewing space and have everything set up, it’s time to enjoy your new space! Keeping an organized sewing space can be hard when creating and amid the process, but having a designated area for our tools and fabrics can upgrade our creative process with each project! Of course, as you keep creating, you’ll reorganize your studio, and we hope these tips help you plan the space you’re happy to create in!

Are you looking for a new machine for your studio space? Visit your nearest JUKI dealer to learn more about JUKI near you!