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The PQ-1500S is a dream machine that belongs in the sewing room of every serious quilter and seamstress. It is a high-speed straight stitching machine, sewing up to 1,500 stitches per minute! The PQ-1500S offers an adjustable pin feed mechanism,4 feed dog settings for maximum fabric control, a knee lifter and bed extension table for quilting, full range foot pressure adjustment, an automatic thread cutter and easy needle threader a time saving convenience.
I purchased this machine to be used exclusively for free motion quilting. I did a lot of research, and yes, there were some really bad reviews, but way more good reviews. I've had really good luck with Brother machines, and this machine had more of the features I needed for the setup I was creating so I decided to go for it.
I'm pretty machine savvy and no, it did not work perfectly when I took it out of the box, it was doing a lot of looping on the underside. But once I adjusted the tension on the bobbin (which was WAY off), adjusted the presser foot pressure (the color guide adjustment window made it super easy) and the thread tension dial - and got all 3 in sync, which just took a little time and patience, the stitches were perfect! I then dropped the feed dogs, there's a dial that also makes this function super easy, readjusted my presser foot pressure using the color guide window, again super easy, and started practicing free motion quilting and the result is all I'd hoped for.
Two of the features I really like on this machine is the location of the bobbin casing, which is on the side of the machine vs the top or the front. The machine is facing me when I free motion quilt, so the bobbin casing is facing me which makes it really easy to change bobbins when I need to. Also, when you do the type of sewing I do on this machine, it must be oiled frequently. You do not have to take the machine apart to oil it, there are small oil "holes" on the machine where you put in drops of oil as needed. For someone who is used to taking a machine apart to oil it, this is a little bit of heaven!!
I was having a small issue with the automatic thread cutter.Read more ›
Purchased this machine even after reading a few poor reviews and were they wrong! This is a great machine for free motion quilting and piecing! I have had it for almost a month and it's getting used almost daily, no thread breakage, no needle breakage even at full speed. The only thing I wish it had was a bobbin out indicator. Totally satisfied with it.
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Update to my review: I've been asked how I used a quilting guide with the walking foot on this machine. I do fmq (free motion quilting) and outline quilting. As I haven't done grid quilting,I hadn't noticed that my machine did not have a quilting guide to use with the walking foot to do grid quilting. It has a walking foot, but there is no hole in the walking foot to insert a quilting guide. Another buyer called Brother to ask how a quilting guide would work with this machine. Per Brother: This machine does not have a walking foot with a hole to utilize a quilting guide. So if you're looking for a machine to do grid quilting, please keep in mind this machine does not have a quilting guide. I believe there are other ways to do grid quilting. I've seen tutorials showing the grid marked with painter's masking tape, or with a chalk marker. Otherwise I still love this machine.
I used to be a "singer machine" gal, mainly as that's what my grandma always used, and what I learned on. The last Singer I bought, I just did not have good luck with it...so, I researched, and bought the Brother CS6000i here on Amazon....it is a great little machine for the price...then as time went on, and I started getting into quilting more and more, I decided I needed a few more features, mainly auto thread cutter and knee-lifter...so, back to Amazon, and bought the Brother PC-420. It, too, is a great machine! I actually probably would have not bought another machine if it had a larger throat space and was a little more "industrial" as far as stitching faster, and machine heavier...plus my husband has made me a frame for machine quilting, and I felt I needed something more substantial. So, off I went to do more research!Read more ›
This machine sews WONDERFULLY. It's a quilting dream. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 not because of the way it sews, but for some of the set-up functions that are slightly (but not seriously) annoying.. First the POSITIVES: 1) It sews like a dream. 2) It's very quiet--quieter than my expensive Bernina 3) It's very fast but you can control the speed easily with the foot pedal, so if you want to go slowly, it does that also. 4) The foot pedal is very responsive and easy to control. 5) If you're quilting, it handles so well that quilting becomes smooth and easy whether you go fast or slowly. 6) The harp (throat) is so commodious that I fit a very bulky quilt through it without difficulty. 7) The bobbin area is accessible even when you have the extended tray on. 8) There are 4 feed dog settings which allow all sorts of sewing materials. The feed dog settings are easy to change. Now the NEGATIVES: 1) Threading it requires that you put the thread through a series of holes the way old-fashioned machines were threaded. If you've been using a more modern machine (like a Bernina) you may be used to the modern way of threading which involves quick movements and no putting thread through awkward holes. At first it's annoying, but the machine sews so smoothly, the annoyance is minor and worth the result. 2) Winding the bobbin, although not hard, also requires poking the thread through a tiny hole on the bobbin to get it started. Slightly annoying,but once done, the bobbin winds smoothly. 3) If you run out of bobbin thread, there's no notice that it's happened, and you can be sewing merrily along and discover that nothing's happening.Read more ›