What JUKI Industrial sewing machine do I need?

Please consider the following question to be certain this is the right article for you. Are you looking for a high-quality sewing machine from a manufacturer that supplies replacement parts when a mechanism wears out? Because if you are looking for a cheap, throw away type machine, you’re reading the wrong article.

In this article, we cover a few things;
  • Why should I buy a JUKI industrial sewing machine and not some new junk brand?
  • How can I quickly understand the different Juki models?
  • What specific models are used to produce a T-Shirt?
  • What machines are used in the production of jeans and denim?
  • What JUKI's are used to sew leather, specifically a leather bag?
  • What selection of machines are used to create a couch?
JUKI started in 1938 making simple sewing machines and now produces assorted models of industrial sewing machines to complete varied operations. These industrial machine types are more streamlined in their functionality than home sewers. They meet the needs of a specific task and perform well under long work hours. The long list of JUKI industrial sewing machines can be broadly broken down into three types. The lockstitch, the chainstitch, and the automatic machines. Of the three types, there are subsets that handle apparel and non-apparel applications. Some of the most common types of sewing projects are T-Shirts, Jeans, Bags, and Couches. It doesn’t end there though. If it can be sewn and sold, rest assured, Juki has a sewing machine for the job.

The Lockstitch Industrial Machine

The front and back of the fabric are stitched identically on a lockstitch. An example of an indispensable machine for any sewing setup is the Juki DDL-8700. The machine responds will to various material types and produces consistent seam quality for men’s and women’s garments. There’s also the Zigzag stitching machine available in the LZ-2290A model. This machine is set up to stitch with minimal seam fraying when crafting women’s undergarments and lightweight jackets. Lockstitch machines are responsible for many of the daily items we interact with. For example; cushions, curtains, aprons and lightweight apparel are all created on the models listed above or on the LK-1900BN. Whereas leather and other heavyweight materials are stitched on LU-1508NS or an AMS-210EN to produce sofas, carpets, rugs, house slippers, and other heavyweight applications. These machines hold strong needles and have the force to feed dense fabrics.

Chainstitch is for flexibility 

Stretchy fabric sewing is accomplished on a chainstitch. A knit like seam is produced in a chain-like pattern with a single thread. The MO-6800D is often used for underwear and sportswear because the overlock stitches are optimal for fabrics that stretch. Another notable model of Chainstitch machine is that is a workhorse for button sewing is the MB-1800A. It has multiple stitch patterns that all hold up during typical button usage.

Automatic Machines

Processes are fully automated to perform a full suite of operations. For Instance, the AP-876 Pocket setter fully automates setting the pocket on a pair of jeans. Where the AMS-210EN Computer-Controlled cycle machine will sew programmed patterns automatically including decorative stitching on pockets and other difficult areas. It can also set emblems or labels. These days most jeans are created using a handful of industrial machines or these automatic types. 
JUKI’s line of industrial sewing machines aid in the production of both, apparel and non-apparel, sewn products. From yoga pants to car seats, JUKI has the machine to stitch a vast array of materials in the sewn products industry in 180 countries around the world. Depend on CUTSEW if you are in the market for a new industrial machine or just need to get another Juki sewing machine manual from us. We have been proudly selling JUKI industrial machines since 1969 and can help you select the right machine for your project. If you’re unsure of your needs then give us a call. 

**NOTE, For each of the following production steps - most steps list more than one machine that will work best for you**

Juki industrial sewing machines used in T-Shirt production

The manufacturer suggests several machines to handle the following sewn operations. The infographic below lists out each model which is capable of completing each step. There are usually five processes for sewing Tees. 

  1. Covering the neck seam......MF-7500-U11, MF-7500D-U11, MF-7900-U11, MF-7900D-U11
  2. Attaching sleeve...........................MO-6914S, MO-6714DA
  3. Hem the bottom............................MF-7500-U11, MF-7900-U11, MF-7223D-U10/UT45, MF-7900DRH24
  4. Join and attach the neck.....MF-7500-C11, MF-7500D-C11
  5. Hem the sleeve...............................MF-7223D-U10/UT45

Juki types used in couch production

There are four general steps in the creation of a couch

  1. Topstitch..........................................LU-1560N-7, LU-2260N-7, PLC-1760-7, PLC-2760-7
  2. The second Topstitch..........LU-1510NA-7, LU-2210N-7, PLC-1710-7, PLC-2710-7
  3. The Runstitch...............................LU-1510NA-7, LU-2210N-7, PLC-1710-7, PLC-2710-7
  4. and the Piping............................TSC-441

Sewing a Casual Bag

There are six general stages of constructing a casual bag

  1. Attaching the zipper...........................................................DU-1181N, DU-141H-7, DNU-1541S, LU-2212N-7
  2. Making the carry handle................................................DSC-245, DSC-246, LS-1341/LS-1342
  3. Sewing the inside of the bag to the bag........DSU-144N, DSC-245, DSC-246, LS-1341/LS-1342
  4. Attaching the handle to the bag...........................DU-1181N/DU-141H-7, DNU-1541S, AMS-210EN-HS1306, AMS-221EN-HS3020
  5. The W-topstich on the front........................................LU-1560N/LU-1561N
  6. Sewing the side cloth to the bag............................DU-1181N, DU-141H-7, DNU-1541S, LU-2212N-7

And finally, the steps to produce a pair of jeans

The infographic below had to broken up into three images since it is such a lengthy process. There are usually about 15 steps to sew a pair of jeans from start to finish. Here they are and below are the images to show you what Juki machines are used in the creation process.

  1. Hem the ticket pocket...........................MH-380
  2. Sew the eyelet buttonhole................MEB-3200, MEB-3900
  3. Topstitch waist band..............................DLN-5410NJ
  4. Serge side pocket facing...................ASN-690S, MO-6904S
  5. Bartack front fly............................................MOL-254
  6. Topstitch left front fly..............................LH-3568A-7, LH-3568A, LH-4128
  7. Sew the side.....................................................MO-6916G, MO-6916J
  8. Sew the inseam.............................................MS-3580S, MS-1261
  9. Hem the bottom...........................................DLN-6390-7
  10. Sew the yoke to the back....................MS-3580, MS-1261
  11. Sew the waist band label....................AMS-210EN-HL1306, DDL-8700-7, DDL-9000C, DDL-9000C-FMS/PBN
  12. Sew the seat of the pants...................MS-3580, MS-1261
  13. Decorative hip pocket............................AMS-210EN-HL2210, AMS-221EN-HL2516
  14. Sew the hip pocket to the back.....AMS-221EN-HL3020, DDL-9000C, DDL-9000C-FMS/PBN, DDL-8700-7
  15. Sew the belt loop..........................................MOL-254
In summary, we suppose the answer to the question; "Which Juki Industrial Sewing Machine Do I Need?" is not a fair question at all for these processes. In actuality, many sewn products require multiple machines to cover the different stages of the production process. If you are an old pro then you already know this. If you are new to industrial sewing you may be in a state of shock right now. The reality is that mass production left the United States in the nineties. Only high-quality products or lower production runs still have a place in the American sewn products industry. A variety of specialty products are still made in the good old U.S. as well as bedding and plenty of other non-apperal products. Hopefully, these infographics can guide you and better help you understand industrial sewing processes.