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Pq 1500s machine

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I am looking to purchase a machine so I can free motion quilt large quilts. Any one using or have used a PQ1500s? I would really appreciate the good and bad Or any other machine suggestions. This machine is in my price range. Have a great day! and thanks.
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  1. mjpEncinitas's Avatar
    I have a nouvelle 1500s Brother machine, that I believe is the same as PQ1500s. Bought it used. I'm very happy with it. I use it mostly for quilting. I've sewn three big bed quilts on it and several wall hangings. I piece, free motion quilt and use the walking foot on it. I've been able to use all sorts of threads on it (various superior, various mettler, even the occasional dual duty etc) without any major problems. I haven't had to adjust the bottom tension (after my first use) but of course do adjust the top tension. It goes through many layers of fabric easily. Easy to clean the area by the bobbin.

    It's pretty sturdy, it traveled with me last year and I didn't have a special case. I should have bought one for it. The case with it is not good, just a plastic cover over the top.

    This machine is very similar to the Juki. When I first got it, I sat next to a woman who just bought the juki during a machine quilting workshop. I actually used a Juki the first day. They thread exactly the same. The only difference we could see was the foot control. I think hers had a thread cutter on the foot controller, while mine just had the one on the front. This worked for me.

    Good/bad It goes like a bat out of hell (really fast). You have to be careful when using the walking foot. I use bare feet when I sew with this machine for better control on the foot controller.

    Occasional the machine electronics (needle up/down) get stops working. Never while I'm sewing. I simply turn the machine on and off and the problem is solved.

    No other problems with it. I bought it from a woman who's husband was a sewing machine repairman. It was in good shape. I used it the 2nd-4th day of a machine quilting workshop and have been using it for the last few years. I do basic piecing but more intricate machine quilting.
    Good luck with the machine.
    Mary Jo
  2. mew542000's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mjpEncinitas
    I have a nouvelle 1500s Brother machine, that I believe is the same as PQ1500s. Bought it used. I'm very happy with it. I use it mostly for quilting. I've sewn three big bed quilts on it and several wall hangings. I piece, free motion quilt and use the walking foot on it. I've been able to use all sorts of threads on it (various superior, various mettler, even the occasional dual duty etc) without any major problems. I haven't had to adjust the bottom tension (after my first use) but of course do adjust the top tension. It goes through many layers of fabric easily. Easy to clean the area by the bobbin.

    It's pretty sturdy, it traveled with me last year and I didn't have a special case. I should have bought one for it. The case with it is not good, just a plastic cover over the top.

    This machine is very similar to the Juki. When I first got it, I sat next to a woman who just bought the juki during a machine quilting workshop. I actually used a Juki the first day. They thread exactly the same. The only difference we could see was the foot control. I think hers had a thread cutter on the foot controller, while mine just had the one on the front. This worked for me.

    Good/bad It goes like a bat out of hell (really fast). You have to be careful when using the walking foot. I use bare feet when I sew with this machine for better control on the foot controller.

    Occasional the machine electronics (needle up/down) get stops working. Never while I'm sewing. I simply turn the machine on and off and the problem is solved.

    No other problems with it. I bought it from a woman who's husband was a sewing machine repairman. It was in good shape. I used it the 2nd-4th day of a machine quilting workshop and have been using it for the last few years. I do basic piecing but more intricate machine quilting.
    Good luck with the machine.
    Mary Jo

    Hi Mary Jo,
    Thank you so much! This really helps. I have been looking at the brother and the juki. I have a brother se350 sewing and embroidery and love the machine, but I have to do contortions (hehehe) to quilt medium to large quilts.
    Thank you and have a great day
    Margaret
  3. Sue cook17's Avatar
    I have this machine, I bought it on Amazon at a very good price over a year ago. I think it works best with 40'or 50wt thread for quilting. As for the speed I put a little dowel at the front of the foot control so it doesn't go so fast when I am free motion quilting. I have made some large quilts with no problems. It's good to order extra bobbins and a spare light bulb if you plan to do a lot of sewing. Good luck!

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