Q. I have a Juki TL-2000Qi machine which I use for piecing and FMQ. The manual says that I need to use an HLx5 needle in this machine. I've heard many good things about Superior's needles and would love to try them, but they're not in the needle type I need for my machine. Can I use your Topstitch needles in my Juki?
A. We have a Juki Tl-98QE, which is an earlier version of your machine. We LOVE it! We successfully use our Titanium-coated Topstitch needles in our Juki and get fantastic results. We also have a Baby Lock Jane (very similar, high-speed straight stitch machine) and only use our needles with it.
The High-speed home machines (Juki TL series, Baby Lock Jane, Janome 1600P, etc) are created for a single purpose; clothing construction at high stitching speeds of 1,500 SPM. Many quilters, sewists, and crafters love these machines for all-purpose sewing. If you are stitching at high speeds (1,500+ SPM) and sewing through thick fabric, such as denim or canvas, the HLx5 needle is recommended. If you are piecing, quilting, or general sewing through regular fabric, Superior's Needles are fantastic for these purposes.
An in-depth explanation about needle styles and purposes:
Home machine needles are 'Flat Shanked', meaning that the top portion of the needle which is inserted into the needle bar of your machine has a flat back and can only be inserted into your machine in one direction. Common styles for home machine needles are: 15x1: HAx1, 130/705H, SY2020, 206x15, and PFx130. These needle designations are available in a wide range of sizes with different metal plating/coating and points (such as ballpoint or sharp).