If you have been thinking about getting a compact sewing machine that would act as a nice backup machine as well as functions as a portable, you will not be able to pass up Juki HZL-27Z.
Even if you may have not tried using portables before, like the Singer featherweight or a Janome Jem, try Juki. Juki has a very good reputation for its high-end and commercial machines.
You will simply love this machine. Even though the price has risen from the $120 from past few weeks, I think, it is still a great bargain. Juki’s performance delivers 4 or 5 times more than its price.
If you have been wanting a relatively inexpensive, lightweight, reliable, portable, ¾ mechanical, and high-end electronic and computerized machines that will allow you to go places, you won’t go wrong with this Juki model.
You won’t be disappointed by the purchase. This is a rock solid machine. The first thing you will probably notice is the power of the machine. It is super fast, and goes through multiple layers of fabric so smoothly.
The footprint is small yet it feels rock solid and stays put even at the fastest speeds, which is absolutely amazing considering its weight, 13 pounds.
It has got box feed on 7 feed dogs which makes sewing a very comfortable business. There are more than enough decorative and specialty stitches, and while their quality is great, they are, I noticed not so outstanding.
That means the machine is designed for convenience and not for beauty. The built-in needle threader is simple and easy to use and the straight stitches are fine too.
The 4-step buttonhole leaves a lot to be desired. There is a way to cheat with it to achieve an outstanding buttonhole, but first time sewers would not be able to do this as easily as someone who is experienced. Neither the manual nor the accompanying DVD will show to you either.
This machine is a great bargain for a beginner, for someone who just needs a portable machine to take places, or for someone who does utility sewing.
The straight stitches are nice. Stitch tension can be adjusted but if you are not familiar how to co-ordinate the stitch tension with the bobbin screw tension, it can drive you crazy.
The dust cover that comes along with this machine looks silly. It is better that you make your own or buy a cover or carrying case.
- Light weight portable with 22 stitches and buttonhole
- Automatic needle threader
- Easy stitch change dial
- Free arm and drop in bobbin
- LED light bright work area
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 6.1 x 10 inches ; 16 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 16.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
JUKI HZL may scare you a little bit right out of the box. It has all kinds of pictures of drawings and stitches on it, and you would wonder if you were supposed to understand them right away.
Fortunately, you should calm down as you realize that mostly it was just a step-by-step instructions on setting up the machine and get it ready to sew.
JUKI HZL-27Z Sewing Machine: Our Verdict
JUKI seems like a great purchase. For this price ($200), it is a VERY worthwhile portable machine. You would be very happy with the purchase!