Brother PQ1500S High Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine Review

A Quilting Machine and Sewing Machine

Doing double duty as a quilter and mainstream sewing machine, the Brother PQ1500S is a crowd pleaser up for any task that today’s seamster throws at it.  It sews 1,500 stitches per minute with a high speed straight stitch to boot and increased stability at high speeds.  While it is two machines in one, a quilter and a straight sewer, it has the heavy duty construction elements you would expect in a quality dedicated sewer or quilter.  As you would expect from a walking foot, it allows multiple layers of fabric to glide almost effortlessly without slippage.  It cuts both threads automatically to keep your work moving along and, my favorite, it allows you to free your hands when quilting by virtue of a knee mechanism that lifts the presser foot for you.

What else do you want from the PQ-1500?  How about four feed dog settings to ensure you will be master of your fabric and an easy to use needle threader. 

Perfect For Quilters

If you work on free motion quilting designs, you will love the ability to easily oil the machine as necessary without taking it apart or removing your work.

Straight stitchers praise the smooth stitch quality, quiet motor and, of course, the speed.

Despite its ability to hum along at warp speed, it is a smooth, beautiful stitcher with an uncomplicated, reliable tension.

Receives High Marks From Users

Although this machine has received 21 five star review and three four stars, the few negatives reported are minor concerns.  Several people desire a different bobbin placement, though it is not a deal breaker for them.  They feel the wide work area more than compensates.  In addition, it will work smoothly with your quilting frame.

Quilters know that a longarm quilting sewing machine can set you back thousands of dollars.  While the Brother PQ 1500S is not a bargain basement purchase, they know that you have to pay for quality.  This quilting and sewing machine offers exceptional value, reliability and just plain fun.  Some of the pain is taken out of projects that require precision and accuracy, such as stitch length regular, fast bobbin insertion, a knob for adjusting the feed dog heights for heavyweight, middleweight and lightweight fabrics.  And as an added attraction, it stops the needle in the lowest position so your work is not flying off the table.  And speaking of the table, did we mention the large extension area for large projects.  And what quilt is not a large project.

Expect A Learning Curve At First, But Not A Long One

As with any technical wonder, expect a learning curve as you set up the machine and get used to its features.  But don’t worry, you won’t be signing up for advanced engineering classes before you can get down to work.  It’s user friendly design assures you of that and makes it one of the ideal quilting machines for home use.  While few machines please every sewer and quilter, you will find a lot to love, especially at this price in the Brother PQ1500S High Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine.

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