What can be said about the Juki DDL-8700 that hasn't already been said? This machine is a favorite among factories, tailors and even home sewers. This machine hit the market in the 1960s with the Juki 227, then the 555, then eventually the 8000 series, where we get this 8700. This is the newest model. It has a maximum speed is 5500 stitches per minute. This machine can be used for;
  • Light lingerie
  • Medium Cotton 
  • Polyester Denim 
  • Canvas 
  • And Fashion Leather 
It’s easy to work with multiple material types because of the wide variety of available plates and feed dogs. Here we have a medium plate and feed dog, but there are plenty to choose from. It’s also easy to change out the foot for your desired operation. All these parts are very affordable and easy to find at CUTSEW.com.

This high shank machine sites atop this 20x48 inch table. The bed of the sewing machine is approximately 19 inches. From the foot to the neck is about ten and a half inches. And the foot raises about half an inch. You’ll also see the reverse lever over here at the base of the neck. So if you need to back up, just press this lever and begin to sew again. Here we have the adjuster knob for the stitch size. It adjusts from one millimeter, up to five millimeters. And here we have the bobbin winder. The reason for two spools on the thread stand is so you have a spool for bobbin winding. And of course, the other spool is for sewing.


Take your thread and run it through the post, through the two tension disks, run it through the two guide holes, through the tension disk, and over the check spring, and through the thread guide. Next, go through the take-up lever. Then through the top thread guide and lower thread guide. Then through the thread guard. At this point, you’ll want to snip the thread to get a very clean point. And finally, you will thread the needle from outside the machine to inside. (from left to right). This is very important. You may find tweezers to be helpful. Now that we’re finished…


Place thread through the start hole, and then through the two tension disks. Make sure it pops when you pull it through. Attach the bobbin to the axel. Pull the thread down through the bobbin and begin to wind it counter-clockwise a few times, then wrap the thread under and wind it the opposite direction. Then set the bobbin winder in place by pushing the lever forward. 

The needles you want to use are a 16x257. You can use any size from a size eight, up to a size eighteen needle. Any size higher and you will need to get a 16x95 needle and adjust the timing of the machine. 

Our Juki DDL 8700 comes fully assembled just like you see here. It is ready to sew when you receive it. However, there is one thing you MUST do first. We DO NOT ship the machine with oil in it because it will spill during shipping. YOU MUST OIL THE MACHINE. Here’s how you do it.

Fortunately, this is very easy. Just tilt the head back on the machine. You will notice the high and low lines marked inside the oil pan. Just take the oil bottle(included with your purchase) and pour it into the oil pan until you reach the full mark. It’s important to keep an eye on the oil levels when you sew. How often you check should depend on use. If you begin to run low, just add a little oil to the pan to once again reach the full indication line. If your oil is getting thread build-up and begins to look a little gunky, you can simply drain the pan by placing a container under the table and releasing this oil plug with a flat-head screwdriver. Just above the plug, underneath the machine is the oil pump. It’s easy to clean with just a blast of air from your canned air or compressor. Replace the plug after, and refill the pan with fresh oil. Now over here you’ll notice a plastic part – this is not packing material – this is the umbrella. This raises and lowers the foot, controlled by the knee lifter.   


You can expect an industrial-grade table and legs, with drawer, a bottle of oil, thread stand, adjustable speed servo motor, and operational pedals. You will also get a users’ manual, a dust cover and a package with a bobbin, needles and a screwdriver. When you order from us, you can expect to get all this, fully assembled and ready to sew in about three to five business days.