Review of JUKI serger MO-2000 QVP

Sewing in the modern world is so much different than 30-50 years ago. Innovative technology constantly brings new ways to our creative lives. When I started to sew I didn’t even know the word “serger” (funny that Google doesn’t know it even now) and learned to finish raw edges by hand or by zigzag stitches. Now I have changed 3 sergers already and I am looking to buy another one. Technology is changing rapidly and everyday there are new techniques and gadgets to learn and use.

Self-threading serger with LCD screen

So, this is a review of JUKI serger MO-2000 QVP.

First of all, it has an amazing threading feature – so called Air Threading. You just put upper and lower looper threads in small threading holes – and a strong whoosh of air from a motor will bring threads right to the needle plate. Of course, you need to push a button for this. But it couldn’t be easier, really. It works well with regular polyester and cotton threads, and it works well with Eloflex – an innovative stretchable thread from Coats. Very convenient! No more fear or frustration when changing threads. I didn’t try to thread the serger with wooly nylon but people say it works also.

I heard from many people that it’s too complicated to change threads in upper and lower looper on sergers without this feature. Some even never changed the threads just to avoid the procedure and because of this didn’t use their serger to its full potential. If you have an old serger you understand what nightmare it is sometimes to thread loopers.

Second, JUKI has an auto-threader for both needles – a device for helping to put threads through the eye of a needle! I tested it. It works wonderfully. None of my previous sergers had this feature, even if they were from very high-end, well-known sewing machine companies – Singer, Brother, and Janome.

auto-threader on Juki MO 2000


The Juki MO 2000 serger can be threaded in any sequence!

I love this feature.

With my previous sergers I had to re-thread in the exact given order: upper looper, lower looper, right needle, left needle. I have almost never been able to cheat this threading sequence. When I tried to replace only one broken looper thread I never managed to get the serger to work properly. And it was really hard to remember the sequence without going to the manual.

With Juki I don’t have this problem anymore. The thread is broken? No big deal. I can re-thread the machine fast and easy. So no more worries about the threading order.

Another great feature (and quite unusual to me in sergers) – LCD Screen with a lot of necessary information about tension, stitch length, differential feed settings, position of needles, knives and loopers. I don’t need to search through pages and pages of my manual what settings are necessary for chosen type of stitching. I simply glance on the Screen and see clear instructions for 15 different stitches.

I noticed with my previous sergers that the more stitch types a serger offers the more complicated it is to use. Not the same with Juki. I just press the button, choose a stitch – and all the settings can be found on the LCD Screen! What is the recommended tension? It is on the Screen. Do I use an upper knife? It is on the Screen. What is the stitch length? It is also here. As well as many other necessary instructions for the stitch I choose.

Next wonder – I can use just regular sewing machine needles! Universal or stretch or ball point. I don’t need to buy special serger needles anymore.
The Juki serger has two step presser foot lifter with integrated front foot lift.  To raise the presser foot I lift the presser foot lever on the rear of the machine until it engages. And I can raise it again to the maximum height and held in this position to provide more space between presser foot and stitch plate. It is very nice feature for sewing thicker fabric.
A few words about the tension. I don’t need to put it to 0 when changing threads! When the presser foot is raised, all the tensions are released making it easier to thread the machine.
The presser foot has clear marks on it to use as a guide when placing the fabric under the presser foot. I have some marks on the presser foot for left and right needle position on my Janome serger but Juki has also a mark for a knife position that represents the position at which the fabric is cut.
Juki has a very practical small tool –  a needle inserter. Needles can be inserted quickly and easily.
I can easily regulate cutting width. The position of the lower knife determines the width of the seam. If the edges of fine fabric curl up when being sewn I reduce the cutting width. If the loops seem to be too loose I increase the cutting width. And it has 5 settings

1 = 3–5 mm seam width

2 = 4–6 mm seam width

3 = 5–7 mm seam width

4 = 6–8 mm seam width

5 = 7–9 mm seam width

A very nice feature of Juki serger is its differential feed. Other sergers have it also though. There are two feed dogs – one front and one rear. The two feed dogs move independently and the distance each feed dog travels during one complete movement can be adjusted. The differential feed prevents fluting or waving in knits or stretch fabrics and movements between the layers of fabric. It also ensures pucker-free seams in smooth fabric such as nylon or closely woven fabric.

The differential feed can be adjusted by simply turning the differential feed adjustment dial in the direction desired. The differential feed is infinitely variable and can be adjusted while sewing. Using the differential feed, I can gather a single layer of fabric before sewing it to the garment, for example, sleeve heads and lower edges, yokes, lace edging or frills. There is a Craftsy tutorial about gathering with a serger, if you are interested.

There is a small part which is very convenient – Upper Looper Converter 2-/3- Thread Conversion.

I can switch to 2-thread stitches just by pushing this attachment to the left. I don’t need to cut the thread from the upper looper, I just move this attachment to the left and the upper looper thread is not fed and the lower looper thread is fed to form 2-thread stitches.

Another detail which I didn’t see in other sergers – a thread trimming blade for easy thread cutting. It is useful when removing the fabric after raising the presser foot at the end of sewing.
A standard presser foot of Juki serger is equipped with a tape guide! For example, the tape can be sewn into the shoulder and side seams of garments to prevent stretching of very stretchy knits and spandex.
The serger has a LED Sewing Light so the sewing area is brightly illuminated. The light is energy-efficient and eco-friendly and will not heat up even after a long period of use.
There is a Waste Collector container which catches cut-off fabric and keeps the working area clean.
The lower and upper knives provide the greatest, most robust cutting force even for thick fabric so all fabric edges can be trimmed professionally. There is option to deactivate the upper knife to carry out sewing without cutting the fabric.
The serger operates amazingly smooth and quiet.
Juki has a wider working area so the usability of the work space improved infinitely.
Juki MO 2000 serger has some optional presser feet you can buy separately.

Blind hem presser foot Beading presser foot

With Juki serger you can master basic  serger stitches (like finishing raw edges and in the same time trimming and stitching the seams)  and learn advanced techniques to embellish clothes or home decorating projects. It has 15 different types of stitches. All seams made with the serger are stretchable, so you can sew knits, jersey, spandex, lace quickly and durably. 
I can show you now few types of stitches I made in my trial run with the Juki serger. All of them look very nice and I am really pleased how they turned out.

First setting on the machine is 4 thread overlock stitch with integrated safety seam. It looks like 3 thread overlock stitch but second needle thread is added to make seams more secure. The needle threads form straight stitches for a stretchy and durable seams. This is ideal stitch for sewing knits.

3 thread super stretch overlock stitch is most common for edge finishing. The machine produced very neat beautifully balanced stitches and cut the fabric perfectly. The stitch formation was perfect because both looper threads meat at the fabric edge. All three treads moved easily and without resistance. The edge of the fabric didn’t curl up or pucker.
The other stitch I want to show you is the rolled hem, and this serger sews a beautiful rolled hem. You just need to remove the left needle and turn a couple of knobs which is very fast. I like to use this stitch especially for hemming chiffon garments. I don’t need to change either the stitch plate or the presser foot. The roll hemmer is fully integrated in the machine – I simply flip the special switch. The edge of the fabric will be rolled over in a flash. The machine produces a very narrow, fine seam or hem. The Juki serger provides a neat, attractive finish for a variety of fabrics from medium weight cotton to weightless chiffon.
I hope my hands-on experience with the Juki serger will be useful for my readers; for me it was a pleasure to use the machine. Is it worth the price ? My answer is if you can afford it, yes, Juki is not a cheap machine but to me it is worth every penny.  You will get everything you pay for and then probably some. And if we compare this serger with other high end air threading sergers (like Babylock) the price does not even look very high anymore.

Where to buy this Juki serger?

Amazon and Ebay don’t sell it, it’s only available for now through Authorized Juki Retailer locations and I see many only sell it locally in store. Use the Retailer Locator to find an Authorized Retailer near you if you want to test it yourself. I am in Florida and I went to “Tops vacuum and sewing


where this serger is sold with full 10 years warranty and expert customer service ( and by the way, they also have a very good price in the store ). They also have free shipping on all Internet orders over $50.00 to any location in the continental US.


  1. Claire Upton

    I just bought this machine yesterday. I went to Tops and the owner was wonderful! I traded my Elena serger and I am very pleased!

    • Olga Balasa

      Congratulations! I am sure you will love to use it. Did you ask the owner to show you how to work with the machine? I made some mistakes at the beginning while threading but after I learned the steps everything went ok. This serger is the best in my opinion. What do you sew? Clothing? Or home decor?

  2. Somuk

    Thank you – just got the same serger from Tops and Greg was wonderful. This info helped as I have not used a serger before.

    • Olga Balasa

      Oh, I am sure you will love the Juki serger. What do you sew?

  3. Dalene Kitslaar

    I am going to be purchasing a new serger. I have a very old White 534, which has been a little beast, but time to move on. I have it narrowed down to Juki 2000 QVP or BabyLock Enlighten. A Juki dealer within 100 miles of me has a new Juki 2000 QVP that was used as a demo for a weekend class which he will sell to me for $1199. The BabyLock Enlighten is on sale at a local sewing center which I have bought my other machines but is $1900. I would love to hear what you recommend. I just don’t know if the BabyLock is worth $800 more. It is so hard to find reviews on the Juki as everyone seems to have the BabyLock. I do some quilting but love home decorating projects, curtains, Slipcovers, etc….Thank you! A Minnesota sewer.

    • Olga Balasa

      Dalene, I didn’t try Enlighten myself but heard from my friends that it is an excellent serger. But I tried Juki 2000 QVP and was really impressed by its performance. I would choose Juki over Enlighten. But your situation is a little bit different. What if you buy Juki and you will need to repair it or do some maintenance on it? 100 miles is a great distance to the Juki dealer, and problems can happen even with 10,000 dollars Dream machines, so in my opinion, it’s better for you to buy Enlighten because you can always go with it to your local sewing center and fix any problem. You can also try the machine there and see how you like it, right?

    • Karyl Kemper

      I have a question. I cant find the info anywhere to fix an issue I’m having with the Juki 2000QVP.
      When I serge, alot of the cut off portion somehow ends up under the looper threads of my project. My cheaper Juki does not do this and I’m getting really frustrated with how messy it looks on finished garments.
      Did I get a lemon. Or is there something I can adjust so that it cleanly cuts the fabric off and leaves it on the floor rather than inside my project?
      Thanks, in advance.

      • Olga Balasa

        I am not sure how this could happen, unless the looper cover is open, and my serger will not even work with the cover open. Perhaps you are using the thread catcher, and that is not installed properly? I myself have not used the thread catcher at all, I don’t see its utility (I am told I am special though). Or perhaps the knife is no longer sharp and it drags the fabric? This should be easy to check, with a new knife, but I have never changed a knife myself because of the adjustments necessary afterwards, I always went to a technician. Sorry, I really have no idea, have never seen this. I will try to ask if I find anything I will update.

  4. Marilyn Norton

    Will the JUKI do 4 layers of denim? I make denim quilts

  5. Lynda

    I used this at a class in Arlington,tx. The plastic door is solid with a place for tools. I have a juki qvp quilting machine and love it. This will be my toy next year.

    • Olga Balasa

      I am glad you agree with me! And it’s really a cheaper option for air-threading sergers! But only dealers sell this machine for now.

  6. Sharon

    Just bought one from Tops today. It was On sale plus I traded in my MO654DE and got a great deal on the trade as well. Just set it up and it was a breeze. Looking forward to using it after Thanksgiving!

    • Olga Balasa

      Enjoy! I am sure you will love to use it. It’s good that you could get it for a lower price.

  7. Donna

    I was looking to upgrade my serger. So I traded my babylock Eclipse for this machine because of your review. I always had trouble with threading the machine and getting the tension & stitches right. I also got a great price and get free lessons. My Tops dealer is great.

  8. Christine Van Tassel

    I bought this machine somewhat impulsively along with the cover stitch machine that is still on order. I’ve been using it only for a few days but I’m loving it. I do not quilt so I started to wonder if I made the right decision for garment sewing & alterations since it has “quilt” in the name. no offense to quilters out there but there are people who do other kinds of sewing so it would be hard to believe that walking into most sewing centers around here! I had done at tremendous amount of research over the years. when I stopped at the sewing store and put it through its paces I was pretty impressed. sometimes I wonder if I should have been shopping for industrial machines. I have two other sergers that I bought used but I never really felt like I was getting refined features, though they trained me in the use and care of sergers so I’m glad for having them. Has anyone tried using a heavier material with this serger, like a mid-weight canvas or denim?

    • Olga Balasa

      Thank you for commenting and for your question! I am sure you are not going to be disappointed in this machine. It handles heavy fabrics just fine. I even tried to sew real fur – it works! And this serger is not only for quilters of course.

  9. Wendy

    I purchased my JukiMO2000QVP Serger June 2019 without having good sewing practice or ever touching a server. I’m in LOVE with my seger!!! Yes it took me a few days to read the manual and watch the CD and practice. I was comfortable within 4 days!!!! I haven’t stopped sewing since the 19 of June!!! My fears of sergers being complicated went out the window! Only issue I’ve had was forgetting one step while threading. If it’s not sewing right, I shit it off and check every step and of course I forgot a step. It’s still brand spanking new to me but I love it. I 100% recommend this machine!

    • Olga Balasa

      Wendy, thank you for your detailed comment! I also love this serger! It makes everything so much easier and faster, right? I can’t even imagine sewing clothes without a serger even if it’s possible. We are not professionals but we also want that one step professional finish for our sewing projects.

  10. Barbra Mudd, In Georgia

    I bought a Serger, a few years back, I was told by sales person and owner I was getting a machine that sewed the cover stitch,a seam like you see on tee shirts. sleeves and hem. However this machine did not have the feature I asked for. So are you saying the juke does this stitch? I would like to know b4 I go looking to replace this one.

    • Olga Balasa

      No, this serger (JUKI MO 2000 QVP) doesn’t have the cover stitch. A few years ago I had Singer serger with coverstitch and I hated it – it was too complicated to switch between serger and coverstitch, like really really hard. So I bought a separate coverstitch machine – Janome Cover Pro 1000CPX Coverstitch Machine (affiliate link) and I like it very much. I know that JUKI also has a coverstitch machine (which is also separate from a serger) – Juki MCS-1500 Cover Stitch and Chain Stitch Machine but I never tried this one.

  11. Ása

    Hi. I got the mo-1000 for Christmas. But I think about changing it, to buy the 2000 model instead. I just can’t find any place where I can read about the difference, if the 2000 is much better than number 1000.

    Are you guys able to help me to decide :)?

    • Olga Balasa

      MO-2000 has an LCD screen where you can see all types of stitches serger can do and all the settings for the stitches – tensions, positions of loopers, knives, etc. The LCD screen is so helpful to me! I think this is the difference.

  12. Toni Carreiro

    Thank you so much for your information and instruction on the juki serger. I just purchased one a few days ago. I have never used a serger before. I read the manual watched the DVD and successfully sewed my first seams. What I am confused about is how do you calculate seam allowance? Most patterns are 5/8” I don’t understand how to use the guide?

    Thank you for your help.

    • Olga Balasa

      Thank you, Toni! Look at your presser foot – there are marks that are showing the left and right needle position. Align the mark on the presser foot with the seamline – and stitch. I am making a serger course right now and it will be ready in a few weeks. Stay tuned.

  13. Miki

    Olga: appreciate your input and you sharing your knowledge in this feed. (1). I am interested in your serger course; please tell me more. (2). I likewise am researching the differences between the M-1000 and M-2000QVP. Please clarify —- the ONLY difference is that the M2000 has a LCD screen? (3). Can you explain why M-2000 is labeled QVP and what exactly QVP means? ThanK you!

    • Olga Balasa

      Yes, the only difference is the LCD screen, but it’s a BIG DIFFERENCE! That screen tells you all the settings for 15 different types of serger stitches. You push the button – and you see what needle(s) you need to use, what loopers you need to thread, what tensions are necessary for that stitch, what is the knife position, what is the length, width, differential feed settings, etc. I use it all the time.
      QVP means – Quilt Virtuoso Pro, haha. I am not a big quilter (yet) and I don’t use the serger much for quilting (only for binding), I use it for sewing all the time.

      • Phyllis

        Olga just found your link on another fb page and love your info! I have had my mo 2000 for 3 yrs now and love it! Bought 6 addl feet for mine recently and learning bit by bit what each does but you mention binding your quilts with the serger? How and what foot do you use? Thx again for all this good info and FYI per my dealer the 2000 has a more powerful engine more like a commercial machine? All I know is I can serge through as many layers as I can get under those feet and it cuts it like butter!

  14. Sue Pinkham

    Looking to invest into a new overlocker. I am interesting in this one and the Elna 864 air. How would you compare the two machines? There is a £300 price difference and trying to justify paying the extra for the Juki.

    • Olga Balasa

      I have never used any Elna so I can not directly compare. But I can suggest three basic principles:
      1. Test both machines and buy the one you like best.
      2. Buy the machine for which you will most likely get service long term locally, if possible buy from the local dealer.
      3. Ask the dealer to match the price if you want to buy the more expensive one, perhaps they will, especially in the current environment. Or ask the dealer for free extra parts, for example original feet (Juki has a set which costs over $100 in the USA).
      Also because now you are probably limited in what you can do in person, perhaps ask the dealer if he is willing to ship the machine to you and take it back if somehow you don’t like it. Again, with sale numbers tanking, he might be more flexible.

  15. Linda

    Hello I found this machine on a Facebook for sale page, brand new, according to the seller, for $1400. What’s your thought on this price? I’m having a hard time finding pricing info. Thank you!

    • Olga Balasa

      I think it is overpriced. Anything sold on Facebook is not new and has probably no warranty, I would rather buy from a reputable dealer new. A dealer would probably sell it for less too in the USA.

  16. Frances

    What a wonderful article. I have been wanting a Serger but they intimidate me but after reading and watching this I am more confident that I can concur my fears.
    I am going to go out and buy one and actually use it…LOL

    Thank you so much

    • Olga Balasa

      Frances, I think if you go out and buy, you should try it at the dealer, see how it fits you. This is a serious purchase, you may like it (probably) or not, who knows. And give them my website address please! If you buy online, make sure the dealer accepts unconditional returns, I only buy online from places that I trust. But I do not believe this is sold online by dealers directly, at least the local dealer in Naples, FL told me he is prohibited from online sales for this particular machine. Beware, an unauthorized sale will not give you any warranty, and while I do not expect the machine to fail, you never know.

  17. Janet

    I found your article full of great information. I have a Janome Centurion model 3010 which I have had for maybe 6 years. I find the threading and tension issues very frustrating so after reading your review on the Juki MO-2000 QVP. I ordered one at your favorite online shop here in CA.
    I’m looking forward to start using this serger.

    • Olga Balasa

      It is always difficult for me to give good reviews to a sewing machine because inevitably, even if most people love it, there will be some who will never work well with it. So while I am happy that my article convinced you to get a Juki, I am also a little bit afraid in case you will not like it as much as I do. Fingers crossed! But yes, I really like this machine, and all my friends and acquaintances who have the machine also like it.


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