Thank you so much for your opinions about the Juki TL2010Q and other machines. If you are a "no-reply" blogger, I don't have your e-mail address, but want to thank you for your recommendation or opinions. I did in fact buy the Juki. I ordered it from Sewing Machines Plus.
I finally had some time to play with it this weekend, trying out different threads and practicing free-motion quilting without a stitch regulator. It's like learning to ride a bike without training wheels all over again, but with a little practice, I'm sure I'll get the hang of it. I won't go into detail about the machine's features since there are lots of reviews already, but if you have any questions or need to be pointed in the direction of the reviews I've read, just let me know. I will say that I LOVE this machine. The tension is wonderful, and it handles any brand and weight of thread I've tried so far.
I had an issue with the quilting feet that was easily resolved. I love that the free-motion quilting feet are heavy and sturdy, but they rest a little low and don't "float" over the quilt. I was having to work too hard to push and pull the quilt sandwich through the machine. Leah Day is a courageous woman who fearlessly modifies her free-motion feet. It makes perfect sense, but I'm afraid I would mutilate them and have to buy more. Then I found this post by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts. I wedged in a few tiny pieces of cardboard and they work perfectly.
Here are photos of my practice doodling. Yeah, I got a little impatient and didn't press the fabric or baste the layers. I'm thrilled that there are no knots and tension issues. I think I'll be very happy with this machine.
Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you have a fabulous 2014!