I really am not familiar with the Juki model numbers, but I looked up the Juki machines, and the DDL-8700L seems to be a good basic lockstitch, compound feed, walking foot, with reverse. There are no bells and whistles other than automatic oiling, but you don't really need any. If you get a servo, get a good one, like the Reliable Sew-Quiet 4000, or 5000.
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Last edited by DanTwoLakes; 11-23-2011 at 03:21 PM.