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Thread: Brother PQ 1500s - does anyone have this machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nygal View Post
    My frame is by Ken Lund. He has sold a lot of them.
    Thanks so much! Laura

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    I love all the comments because I am purchasing one to go on a quilting frame. I own 2 other Brother's that I love, but this is my first quilting designated machine and frame. I'm very excited!!!!! I know you'll love it. You should be able to contact Brother and get what ever you need.
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    I've got this machine. It makes a very nice stitch when quilting and as far as I know it does not have a quarter inch foot with a guide. The one it has is very good and it is extremely fast and accurate. There is also a felting attachment that you can buy for this machine. It comes with a plate that you attach at the side where the bobbin goes. The metal bobbins are the ones to use.
    Juki made the machines for Brother, and you will find the same machine in Baby Lock as well as Juki brands. Perhaps you could find other parts, that will fit , from those brands?
    I use it on my quilting frame and it is quite adequate - just doesn't have the reach of a long arm.
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    It is a wonderful machine. I used mine mainly on a frame. It has a bluebook value as a used machine of $500 so put the extra in your piggy bank! You really got a great deal.

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    Love my Brother PQ 1500. I use my mine for all my quilting because it has a little longer arm. The bobbins are metal and I just have the ones that came with the machine. Not sure if it has a 1/4 inch foot...I haven't used it for piecing in
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghquilter53 View Post
    Love my Brother PQ 1500. I use my mine for all my quilting because it has a little longer arm. The bobbins are metal and I just have the ones that came with the machine. Not sure if it has a 1/4 inch foot...I haven't used it for piecing in
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    This is a great machine for quilting. I love the 2 extra inches for the bulk. A good basic machine that is easy to use and reliable.
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    I bought mine when they first vame out an i wouldn't take nothing for it when everything fails that't my baby love love it don't pass this one up. Crella

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    Sorry came crella

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    So far I am extremely happy with the machine. I free motioned quilted for the very first time yesterday and in an hour was able to do 2 charity lap quilts in an overall medium-large design. These are my practice pieces as I can't see wasting fabric or batting -- I have 4 more sandwiched and ready to go. My stitching is irratic and all over the place, but that is not the fault of the machine as it worked flawlessly. I decided to keep using the Janome for piecing as I really do like the 1/4 foot with a guide - it has spoiled me from having to be so careful when piecing. But the Brother is going to be a champ for FMQ, and if I can figure out how to attach a guide to the walking foot, for that as well. I'm one happy camper right now with my new machine (which still hasn't been named).

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    I, too, have one....since 2000.Paid $999.00 on sale. It is my definite "go to" machine for straight stitching...Very uncomplicated.....Have you contacted Brother to see if you can't buy a manual? Bet you can although if you are a stitcher, you will figure this out in no time. As for bobbins, the manual says Part # SA159. I get mine on line or at a local quilt shop that also does maintenance. This machine does require sewing machine oil often and rather diligent lint removal. I even take the bottom off my machine every six months and clean out the lint. As a result, I've only taken it in for a full maintenance twice since I've had it. I generally put one drop of machine oil in each of the little holes on top of the unit, under the throat and one drop on the "hook" of the bobbin. I do think the threader is worthless. I just thread mine manually. This is a workhorse and a very well built machine. Glad you found yours.....

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    As for the FMQ foot, I altered mine. There is a Leah Day video regarding this. I just could not stand the closed circle so I cut mine off. Now it is an open toe and I can see much better.

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    Have this machine. Love it. After years of frustration trying to FMQ on my Sapphire, purchased this and it is a solid workhorse with a great straight stitch and perfect for FMQ. I use it a lot more than my Sapphire.
    There is a quarter inch foot with a guide online, saw it the other day. Will see if I can find it again. Have used the one that comes with it but, like you, would like the guide. (May try the plastic card method and see how that works.)
    Issues (all minor in my opinion)
    1. Bobbin is a little tricky to get in at first, and no clue when it is empty. Must be diligent.
    2. Thread goes from left to right. No problems once you have done it a few times.
    3. This thing goes fast. When FMQ a touch of the foot can speed it up to an uncomfortable speed. I taped a strip of cardboard to the foot pedal that has kind of become "mushed down" with use, but it keeps it from suddenly jumping to astronomical speeds. As I have become more used to it, this is not so necessary, but it does work well. This is a machine that cries out for a speed control of some sort.
    4. Occasionally when I use the thread cutter - and I use it a lot - the thread pulls out of the needle and I have to re-thread. Not sure what is happening, suspect user error since it is so good most of the time. Still working on that.

    Overall, however, I am super happy with this machine. It is mechanical, not fussy, excellent stitch, easy controls that are variable, has the needle down feature that I use a lot, and you can clean and oil it yourself - no expensive "servicing" for that routine maintenance.

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    I have a 1500 and I love it. I use it for piecing, the little bit of FMQ that I've done, and my DH uses it on the PCQuilter. Wish is had a zigzag and I don't ever use the threader, but otherwise, have no complaints. Wish I could pick up another one cheap. Enjoy your new littl gem Donna

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    Lucky you! That is a great deal!!! I have this machine and realy l.ike it. Mine came with a 1/4" foot that I use and several other feet that I have not yet used. As others have said this is a great workhourse of a machine. I have also found it coming unthreaded when using cutting feature so I will try to thread the top only one one hole. It is really nice for FMQ and also for regular piecing.

    Bobbin # SA-159. I ordered 5 pks of 5 from ken's so I would have many extra but at about $1.00 each bobbin (about $5 /pack I do not have as many extras as for my singer. I am afraid to use any other bobbin with machine since using the wrong bobbin can cause problems.

    This is a great machine and I hope you really love it and have many happy hours of quilting on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wendiq View Post
    I, too, have one....since 2000.Paid $999.00 on sale. It is my definite "go to" machine for straight stitching...Very uncomplicated.....Have you contacted Brother to see if you can't buy a manual?
    Glad you like yours and happy to hear it is still going strong after 12 years. I have the manual that came with the machine along with all the attachments. Or are you talking about something else maybe? I think I'm really going to like it and glad I took the chance on something sight unseen.

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    Thank you! I've bookmarked it as it's a bit pricey for me right now, but if I get some Christmas money, this will be my first purchase.

    Edited to add: Kens has them on E-Bay for $10.00 less. Might just not wait until Christmas.

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    corrections-bobbins from Ken" sewing center are no on sale 5 fo $6.95 (regular 9.99) with free shipping. I thinks this is cheaper than LQSl Also these bobbins have a small grove that fits on the bobbin threader.

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    I bought my machine from www.allbrands.com. Their shipping is free and delivery is very fast.
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    I too have this machine and use it all the time. the pastic cover on your quilting foot is very important it helps the thread from breaking while going so fast. My friend lost hers and had to replace the whole foot
    the machine would break the thread all the time


    to replace you have to buy the whole foot VERY COSTLY


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    Quote Originally Posted by Belfrybat View Post
    Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. I appreciate knowing the size of bobbins as I couldn't find that anywhere in the instruction book! And it never occurred to me it could be used in a frame, but I doubt I will as I want to learn FMQ either on her or the vintage Singer I bought a couple of weeks ago. I am now sewing machine rich!

    I tried the machine out today and am really happy with the way she sews. The only "ought" I have is the walking foot doesn't have the hole for a guide, and it appears the guide that comes with the machine can't be used with the walking foot (dumb if you ask me). The Janome does have the hole and it's so convenient to pop the guide in to follow a previous row of stitching -- up to 3" apaart. Does anyone have a suggestion for a work-around, as I really don't want to have to mark all those lines on the quilt.

    Tomorrow I'm going to test the free-motion foot as it is different than others I've used in it has plastic in the circle with just a small hole in it.

    Oh, and I need to name her. So far I have Jan (Janome), Bess (vintage Singer) and Lemon (modern Singer not even worth the price of lemonade).

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    I have the Juki TL 98 which I believe is a twin to your machine. My FMG foot had clear plastic with just a hole also. I popped the clear plastic piece out. It gave me a much better line of sight to FMQ. My 1/4 in foot does not have the guide either.

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    I just bought this. I don't need a frame as I do QAYG. I simply can't stand dealing with all the fabric at once. I'll probably use the Pfaff for blocks and the Brother for putting strips together. Even with QAYG, the 2170 needs room. I've played with FMQ on the Pfaff, tried the quilting system and while I liked the movement of the base, the opening left something to be desired as you had no idea where you were. I liked the slider better.

    I played with a Tin Lizzie sit down and had a far easier time with that setup than the embroidery machine.

    I like the idea of the pin feed. It looks like it works like the Pfaff IDT.

    What do you need for safety if you are FMQ smaller blocks individually?

    The Brother machines seem to be made to sew without a foot pedal. They use the speed control on the machine. Does this do the same? Manual doesn't mention. Local dealer doesn't carry this machine but will service it.

    I like QAYG and have no desire to change styles. I don't get as bored, and I don't have to worry about where to piece a kingsize top if I want one. I did one once on a Pfaff 1471. Never again.

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    I am also looking to buy this machine and am wondering if I should also buy a frame or use on my table. Any suggestions or advice is appreciated.

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