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Juki 35Z
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90.0 The Juki HZL-35Z is a non-computerized home sewing machine.  Juki machines have a reputation for being well made and this one gets mostly good ratings from consumers.  Owners report that the unit’s controls are very intuitive and that is sews through multiple layers of fabric easily.  The stitching is smooth and the thread rarely jams or breaks.  However, the cover that is included with the machine could be higher quality and some owners resort to buying a better cover/case.

Consumer Ratings
Juki is best known for its commercial sewing machines and there are few online reviews regarding its machines made for the home (this group is often referred to as “household and semi-professional sewing machines”).  There is quite a bit of information regarding 35Z features and specifications but only a limited number of consumer ratings and comments – see table below.  The ratings that are available are quite good and this unit scores a healthy 90 out of 100.

 Source Consumer Ratings #Ratings
 Amazon 4.5 stars out of 5 23

Consumer Insights
Consumer comments provide insights into an owner’s experience with a sewing machine.  Perusing the 35Z comments we found the following common likes and dislikes. 

PROS
- Very easy to use and intuitive design
- Sturdy, well-built, durable
- Well written detailed manual
- Creates smooth, even stitches
- Thread rarely jams or breaks
- Capable of sewing through many layers of fabric easily
- Needle threader is handy feature

CONS
- Some feel it is a bit noisy (although others don’t agree)
- Cover is of average design

A few owners report having problems with the sewing machine right out of the box.  They highlight tension problems, timing issues, and a high level of noise – but these kinds of comments are very much in the minority.  Most owners do not report any of these difficulties.

What most owners do report is that the Juki 35Z provides value for money.  This is a common theme. However we note that the list price on this sewing machine is $900+ which frankly seems a bit much.  It can be found online for under $300 if you look carefully.  It is possible that some owners feel they are really getting a bargain given the huge discount – on paper – from $900 to $300.

One area of contention is the sewing machine cover.  Several owners feel it is not really up to the standard they would expect with this machine.  It is indeed a cover and not a carrying case as it has no bottom.  It seems to be of average quality and some folks resort to buying a better case.

You can read some of the customer reviews on Amazon here if you wish.

Key Sewing Machine Features
- 27 built-in stitches
- Automatic 1-step buttonhole
- Automatic needle threader
- Thread cutter
- Drop feed capable (useful for free motion sewing and quilting)
- Hard case/cover
- 7 point feed dog system (includes 2 in front of needle entry hole)
- Auxiliary box for accessory storage
- Max stitch length = 4mm
- Max stitch width = 6.5mm
- Snap on presser feet
- Pressure regulator
- 2 step presser foot lifter (max = 11mm)
- Zigzag width adjusting lever
- Drop-in bobbin
- Max sewing speed of 700 stitches per minute
- Lighted sewing area
- Carry handle
- Automatic declutch bobbin winder

The stitches that come with the machine are shown in the illustration below:

Juki 35Z Stitches
27 built-in stitches


The Juki 35Z has an aluminum diecast frame with a plastic outer cover, and it weighs about 16 lbs.  It includes a foot control and several presser feet (standard, buttonhole, zipper, overcast, blindhem).  The machine also comes with quite a few accessories such as needles, bobbins, a seam ripper/brush, screwdrivers, spool caps, and even an oiler.  In addition, there is an instruction manual and, of course, a warranty card.

The Juki warranty provides 5-years mechanical, 2-years electrical, and 90 days on adjustments and defects in material or workmanship.

Video
This is an interesting video that provides insights into the sewing machine’s features and capabilities.  It is about 3.5 minutes long and worth a watch if you are interested in the 35Z.


Manual
You can find the Juki HZL 35Z manual here.  It is fairly detailed and easy to understand – although the mishmash of different languages can be a bit distracting.


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