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  1. Hi, do you say that because of technical reasons or because of better reliability?
  2. Thanks for the information. It's very helpful to know that you have compared machines from both areas. For me it's quite disappointing that such standards might have dropped because of this.
  3. Thanks for the reply. As far as I understand, Juki made there name well before they were built in China. I'm not slating the Chinese made Juki's, but I just haven't used or compared the differences in built quality. This will be a machine that will be used for hours a day, and therefore reliability is of most importance.
  4. Hey guys. I really need some advice from you experts. I am looking into purchasing a new machine, but i'm stuck between the Juki 1541 or the Juki lu 2810. I am going to be working on mainly car upholstery. I originally had a Brother ls2 b837 which was awesome, but I had to sell due to relocation abroad. Before anyone suggests another brand other than Juki, I am quite limited with options where I live, so I narrowed it down to these two. I can get either a brand new Juki 1541, or a used but and good condition Juki lu 2810 (without the fancy extras). Both are similarly priced, with the 1541 being slightly more expensive due to taxes and delivery. Also I understand that the 2810 is manufactured in China which is a slight put off for me, as well as it being more difficult to find parts and accessories such as suitable welt feet etc for the 2810 over the 1541. However I love the technical specs of the 2810. The 1541 is made in Japan and with parts and accessories more easily available and more cheaper. I this this will be more familiar for me as I used the Brother b837 in the past. I would be grateful if you lovely people could give me some advice and experiences with these machines if possible. Many thanks.
  5. Great information, as I can understand that having eventually having 2 machines would be ideal. However, as a starting point I will only be depending on 1 of the 2. I don't know why but, I am leaning more towards the 1541s as I believe that I may be able to take on projects with thicker and denser materials if required. From your experience, is there anything the 1541s can't do which the 1181n can? Or the opposite? Obviously, I will have to take the adjustment of the machine into factor according to the material.
  6. Thanks for the information. That makes a lot of sense and it's a great tip about the dragging the stitch to our benefit. Tooth marks was also a concern when I was doing research. But as you say, it really depends on the material. Thanks for the advice, much appreciated.
  7. Thank you for the welcome and I appreciate the feedback. Unfortunately the 1508 is not available in Norway as I would have to import it. That would cost much more due to customs & delivery costs etc. However out of the 2 mentioned, you would recommend the 1541s over the 1181n? I was just a little concerned that the 1541 would not be appropriate for a little thinner materials, but then again the 1181 not suitable for the heavier leather materials. I am trying to find a balance. I have tried neither machine, but at the same time I would like to future proof my work by buying the better machine.
  8. Hi everyone. I'm a newbie here from Norway, and thank you for accepting me to the forum. I have a question which i'm sure you guys can help with me, as the deeper I investigate, then the more confused I get of which machine to buy. I am going to be learning to stitch car upholstery which would consist of a variety of materials such as Alcantara, vinyl, some leather, cloth, tweed, attachment foam etc. You get the idea However I am quite restricted to the machine brand in this country, and so far Juki is the best bet for me. I would require a walking foot machine, but I have so far narrowed it down to 2 options. juki du-1181n servo (top and bottom feed mechanism) or juki dnu-1541 servo. Budget wise, it would mean that I either buy a brand new juki 1181, or I buy a used juki 1541. Apart from the budget, the real question would be, which is the most appropriate machine for my usage. I'd rather buy once and cry once, rather then regretting a bad purchase. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks
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