Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Juki DDL-555

By Bliss Man

Meet our Juki DDL-555. This is one of our two industrial sewing machines. Without it we would not be able to produce a fraction of the monsters that we do. It’s so good, it’s bad-ass good. Despite being able to do only one type of stitch (straight) it has the ability to do it well, consistently, and for a long, long time. Let’s just say it’s no sissy machine.

The Juki DDL-555 was a gift from my stepfather, Joe. I got it while I was in school studying fashion. At the time I didn’t appreciate having my own industrial sewing machine and opted to use the machines at school instead. Little did I know that I had a gem of a Juki just sitting in my living room.

Soon after school ended my mom threatened to sell it at one of our garage sales since I had been neglecting it. I was able to plead my case and promise to start making better use of it. Coincidently that’s when we started making monsters. And that’s when I discovered that I had the BEST machine ever! It’s true, we love it, our interns love it, it sews like a dream…and that’s just the way we like it. Thanks little Juki, we love you!

This Juki is old school. It was even made in Japan. Newer versions aren't anymore...they're made in China.

Juki even has a face.

Adam took this shot. He's much taller than me. This gives me a bit of a different perspective.

Dave chills out with me while I sew.

These markings help guide us while we sew. Our favourite is 1/4"seam allowance.

This is what I look at before I start sewing. Let's go!

I hope you enjoyed my little segment. I love my machine...it makes great monsters.



Anonymous Xandra said...

If it was socially acceptable I think I woul marry this machine...

12:36 PM  
Blogger Bliss Man said...

I can arrange for that....maybe.

1:15 PM  
Blogger j said...

hi. i just bought a Juki DDL-55. it is a mystery to me. but you have encouraged me to feel i made a good purchase.
if only i could make it GO SLOW!

thx James

6:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI!! theres not much info on this machine on the net. can you tell me more about your wonderful Juki DDL-55 as I think I'm about to buy one...

7:41 AM  
Anonymous i said...

Hi there. Have one of these babies sitting in my garage. Scared to use it, but after your post, i am inspired to bust it out and sew up a storm. Thank you. =]

9:50 PM  
Blogger mugwump said...

i as well have recently bought a juki ddl-555 and can't seem to get it to pick up the bobbin thread as i'm sewing..we've timed it and done everything we can with the instruction manual..everything short of finally taking it to the sewing machine doctor..
does anyone know if there's any SPEED CONTROL on this machine?
i know it's capable of so much..
but can't use it right..
any tips on tuning the machine?
why isn't there a juki q+a blog somewhere!!?

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So how do I get a hold of an instruction manual? Have the machine, but ran into a problem,

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Blogger ali said...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please Help , I just bought this exact machine , and the first time i tried it it worked and the the bobbin poped off . then when I put it back i can't get it to " sew " ... the machine is moving propeley , but it's not completeing the stitch ?

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Blogger Matthew said...

Would anybody be so kind as to email me a copy of the manual for this machine.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Woef said...

Do you maybe still have the user manual?
I bought the same juki today, and would love to have the user guide....
I would be willing to pay for the trouble, if you could maybe make a photocopy...

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Blogger Mima said...

Hi! I am looking for a sewing machine to sew leather bags and I was looking on the internet for an second hand one. I found a second hand juki ddl 555 sewing machine and was wondering if anyone coul tell me if it's suitable for leather.
Can anyone advice me please?
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have one for sale if anyone here is interested. Very good condition. It was my mums but she is a pensioner now and does not use it any more.

5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mima it is suitable for leather as long as you get the right attachments. This machine is so powerful that it will go through your finger like butter.

5:24 AM  
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There is your link for the manual of the Juki DDL-555

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Blogger No Excuses Disc Golf said...

I just got this machine for sewing bags and I can't use it. The thread snaps everytime I run it or the thread strips and does not run correctly through the needle. Help please. I have 5 bags due yesterday. Thank you

11:45 PM  
Blogger Doris said...

You can slow down the machine by putting a big hunk of foam underneath the foot petal. You can also get a regulator for it.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Trisha said...

I am looking for a gathering attachment for my Juki-DDL 555

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Blogger MixeDesigns Lab said...

I just got one as a gift also!! it was going into the garbage and someone thought about me!!! But is a mystery to me.... I just ran into your post and is great to know that the machine is a crack! thanks for your opinion! ciao

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Blogger Frances said...

I am looking at purchasing one of these machines. I was wondering if it works on all kinds of fabrics. I do sewing for the public from formal, to upholstery. Think this might be a good machine? Thank you

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have one of these too, to make them go slow it is all in the way you use the pedal, I use one foot forward and one foot back, on the pedal, then you can even go one stitch at a time if you like, love the machine

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Anonymous yudis said...

hola soy de colombia y tambien tengo una DDL-555. es una hermosura y si, es muy rápida, pero se puede bajar la velocidad bajandole el pié, colocandolo totalmente acostado y tambien aflojando la mariposita ke hay al lado del motor despues de esto ya uno la puede controlar y es maravilloso, espero ke les sea util la información att: yudis

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Anonymous Nicholas said...

The juki DDL-555 is a very good machine but it is not suitable for leathers.It is suitable for all kinds of cotton or synthetic materials except leathers and plastics.For better results in leathers you can use a Teflon foot it is very cheap . For leathers there is a different machine with transport walking foot.

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Blogger Annie B said...

Yes you can sew leather on this machine but not heavy -weight leather. If your stitches are skipping or not sewing properly it could be that you a=have the wrong needle Or the needle is in wrong. There is a long groove down one side of the needle and this should be on the left as you are looking at the machine. This machine has the needle threaded from the left of the machine to the right and not straight ahead as domestic machines. I hope this helps.

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Anonymous Gloria said...

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Blogger Annie B said...

Put a piece of foam rubber under the foot control pedal so that you can't push the pedal down too far. This will slow it down & give you a chance to control your sewing a bit better until you get used to the machine

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Blogger ablast said...

For those having trouble with their machine completing a stitch. The Grove in the needle must face inwards. Opposite to most machines. Normally you would have the thread in line with the Grove. Not so with this machine.

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Hi, would you be able to help me with a Juki dld-43a threading diagram? It has a wheel and pin for picking up the thread. Thanx

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