Juki Exceed F600 Quilt and Pro Special

Juki Exceed F600 Quilt and Pro Special

Juki Exceed F600 Quilt and Pro Special

Historically, Juki have been known for their industrial sewing machines, only recently moving into the domestic market (history here) around 2009. I’ve previously looked at the basic Juki long arm quilting machine, this time I’m checking out the more sophisticated Juki Exceed F600 Quilt and Pro Special, one of Juki’s computerized domestic sewing machines.

This Juki quilting machine comes with an array of functions and features and Juki claim that you can “exceed your sewing and quilting expectations” with the Juki Exceed F600 Quilt and Pro Special. Let’s take a closer look at these features and see how they fare against other computerized sewing machines of a similar price, like the previously reviewed Singer S18

Functions and Features

  • Juki Exceed F600 Quilt and Pro Special built in stitchesDirect Pattern Selection – This Juki quilting machine comes with a good variety of stitches and patterns.  You can save up to 70 patterns, combine stitches and recall them easily with the touch of a button. There are also 67 stitches specifically for the quilter.
  • Large LCD display – The 33mm x 66mm display lets you easily see your and easy pattern selection.
  • Sensor Buttonhole – Unique to Juki, this sensor method will sew perfect buttonholes no matter what type of fabric or overlapped sections.

 

  • JUKI Exceed HZL F600 wide sewing spaceExtra Wide Surface Area – Great for quilters at 8″ wide x 12-1/4″ long!
  • Auto or Manual Tension – You can choose whether to use the automatic tension or use the manual one to create special effects.
  • Easy Threading System – You can thread this machine seated and it has automatic needle threading.
  • Push Button Thread Trimming – I love it when this function is provided! You can trim the thread with a push button or using your heel on the foot pedal.
  • High Speed – The Juki f600 can sew up to 900 spm. It also has a slow speed setting for more control with the finer work on your project.
  • Walking Foot – I’ve said this before, but the walking foot  is a must have for quilting and getting the even feed with the layers of fabric,
  • Knee Lifting Lever – Good for keeping your hands free and the presser foot lifts to 12mm when using the lever.
  • Box Feed – 7 dog box feed dog system ensuring even feed no matter whether you’re using lightweight or heavy fabrics. The diagram below illustrates the difference.

Juki box feed technology

  • Juki button sewerButton Sewing – Use the Juki to sew your buttons on!
  • LED Lights – 2 bright lights for illuminating the work area.
  • Presser Foot Adjustment – The pressure can be adjusted depending on the type of fabric and layers to be sewn.

 

 

  • Free motion quiltingDrop Feed Dogs – As you would expect, the feed dogs can be dropped, great for free motion quilting.

 

 

 

 

  • zig zag center taperingVariable Needle Position – You can place the needle where you need to AND move the position of a complete pattern without changing the width. This means you can also taper the zig zag stitch to the center, left or right.
  • Free Arm – Free arm for those awkward places such as cuffs and hems.

 

 

What’s in the Box

With the Juki Exceed F600 Quilt and Pro Special you get all the accessories you expect to find with a sewing machine in this price bracket. Particularly welcome is the walking foot!

Juki Accessories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warranty Information (US) 5 Years Mechanical, 2 Years Electrical, 90 Days Adjustments on defects in material or workmanship.

Weight 21.6 lbs, 17.5″ (W) x 11.4″ (H) x 8.2″ (D)

How does the Juki HZL-F600 perform?

Juki HZL F600 sewing thick layersThis is a super quiet machine, if you’ve owned a noisy machine then it takes a bit of getting used to! The foot pedal is very smooth and easy to push down, both for sewing and using the thread cutting function. The #2 setting gives an automatic 1/4″ seam for quilt blocking and it stitches beautifully. It really does manage multiple layers of thick fabric.

The Juki Exceed F600 Quilt and Pro Special is a workhorse, feedback from users after a year of extensive use is very positive. Juki have kept the tradition of building quality machines as they’ve moved into the domestic market.

This video walks you through the functions and features of the Juki Exceed F600. It’s always useful to watch a video as you can get an idea of the size of the machine and also here if it’s actually as quiet as claimed!

 

 

Cons

  • This is not a beginners machine, you need to make a quite a few adjustments to get the settings perfect for your project.
  • It’s not really portable for taking to groups and classes although with Juki machinea  you’d expect it to be solid and heavy.

Pros

  • Excellent stitch quality and quiet operation.
  • The instructions are easy to follow and the automatic threading system works well (not the case with all machines).
  • There are a lot of nice shortcuts, like easy to access buttons, I think the Juki team have consulted with sewers and quilters for this one!
  • The automatic buttonhole foot works well, fit it to the machine and it will do the work for you.
  • The walking foot is included.

Buy the Juki Exceed F600

17 thoughts on “Juki Exceed F600 Quilt and Pro Special

  1. Hi Kathy,
    The Juki sounds like a fabulous machine! I love that it is super quiet and that the peddle is smooth. I remember my mom’s old machine and the clunky peddle that would stick sometimes.
    I also think it is great it doesn’t have an issue with the cheaper thread and that it does buttons. Very nice!
    Angela

    • Juki have always been known for quality machines in the industrial market, they’ve carried this on to domestic sewing machines. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. 🙂

  2. Jukii HZL F600 is really a top of the line machine. Excel review and you answered all your visitors questions. Will recommend this product and your site to friends in the market for a new machine.

    Cheers

    Tony

  3. Wow. A 40% discount is a lot. for the Juki Exceed sewing machine. I looking to buy such a machine for my monther for the next mothers day.

    Great review and luckily my mother has a bit experience so I think she might like this machine 🙂

    • Wow, lucky Mother, getting the Juki exceed for her birthday! I’m sure she’ll love all the great features. 🙂

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    At first this looked really complicated, but thanks to your marvellous step by step instructions and some really clear photos I have managed to get my brand new sewing machine working. I really like the close up photos which make it easier to see what I am supposed to be doing with the thread. Thanks so much for posting. Out of interest, what’s your ultimate favorite machine?

    • Great that you found my article useful, some sewing machines can look a bit daunting to start off with!
      My ultimate favorite machine is not one of the latest models, it’s a vintage Bernina. The quality of build, and the perfect stitch along with the smooth operation is great. I can’t do much quilting with it but for all my other sewing tasks it’s the one I use.

  5. Oh my goodness! This sewing machine is awesome. I know a few people that are quilters that would love this machine. I really like the large LCD display. That would be a plus for me.Love all those pattern selections! I am a beginning seamstress, so this may be a little advanced for me. What do you think?

  6. At some point I’m going to learn how to sew, you should write an article about trying to break down the stereotypes of sewing, knitting, and crocheting being “feminine” hobbies.

    I have my own style and I found modern clothing to be cheaply made, poor in design, and of course, there’s that nasty child labor policy. I’d love to get good enough to were I can make suites from the 50s and 60s, those guys just had a sense of taste and style that’s timeless (Sinatra, I’m looking at you)

  7. Very nice review of this quilting machine. I am in the middle of a cursing rant about my Singer machine and may find myself in the market for something new very soon. If so, this is probably a machine I will look into. I have been a passionate quilter for 25 years, but recently have discovered that my hands do not want to do the hand quilting I loved so much. And so, I need to find a good and reliable quilting machine! Thanks for having a great site that provides great advice!

    • Hi Maura. My experience has been that not all Singer machines are made equal, some are excellent and others abysmal. I purchased a new one a number of years ago, in the mid budget range, it was so bad I ended up giving it away. And yet, the lower priced Singer Quantum Stylist is a far better machine in my view!

      I hope you get your new machine, let me know if you do and what model you decide on. 🙂

  8. What kind of warranty is offered through Amazon?. Does Juki warranty this machine if bought through Amazon? I cannot find a Juki dealer close to me but I have been looking at this machine for the past year. What is holding me back is service and warranty on it.

    • Hi Donna:

      Juki have a good warranty on all their machines. US Warranty: 5 Years Mechanical, 2 Years Electrical, 90 Days Adjustments on defects in material or workmanship. Non-US Warranty: 30 days parts and labor.

      When you purchase your machine, my advice is to register it with Juki. It’s easy to contact their technical support through the “Customer Care” link. This is the registration link: http://www.jukihome.com/members/registermachineturing.php

      Hope this helps, let me know how you get on! 🙂

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