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Thread: JukiTL98QE or Brother PQ 1500S

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    Junior Member Joan in AK's Avatar
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    I am looking for a straight stitch machine for quilting. These are the two machines I am thinking about. My local machine store has the Brother machine. I tried it out and liked it. I can see where a machine like this could make a difference in one's quilting. I didn't like the foot pedal as it seemed to offer little resistance in speed. It wasn't easy to control the speed, but maybe it takes practice. Both machines were cheaper if I were to order online. Also, if I were to do piecing, though the Brother has a 1/4 " foot, it does not have the edge guide. I don't know if the Juki has an 1/4" edge guide foot. I learned about the Juki from the Sharon Schamber site. She has an older model. I would appreciate comments about either machine.

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    I know nothing about the Brother, but I have the Juki and I love it. I absolutely love quilting with it. I have never had it up to full speed. I have little or no trouble controlling the speed.

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    personaly i would never purchase another brother sewing machin i purchased one less than a year latter i pourchased a elna and donated the brother to good will i had trouble with the tension and speedd controle and a lot of snarled up mess of thread when starting projects also brother machines are all made with platstic parts and requers a special sewing machine oil my aunt only had her new brother 3 months before she donated it to the good will they are not made for heavy duty sewing also if you want to quilt a project with the brother it won't do a good job pleas ask other i am shure there is someone out there happy with there brother

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    I have been wondering the same question. I have a "walmart special" cheapo machine that is a Brother. I have had it for 4 years the poor thing has never been to the shop, I clean it here at the house and no matter what I do to the poor thing it keeps working and has never caused me any trouble. SO I was going to just stay with the Brother brand. But after reading what Minnow wrote I am scared . I just looked and I can get the Juki online cheaper than I can get the Brother online or at my local dealer.

    I DON'T KNOW!!!!!

    Thank you Joan for asking this question!

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    I have the Juki TL98E which is an older model than the QE. I use it mainly for machine quilting on a Superquilter frame but lately I've been using it for piecing as well. It's awesome! My favorite thing is the thread cutter...it cuts the thread and leaves exactly enough to start the next seam, so when you finish piecing your quilt there are no long thread ends to trim.

    I've also used it for machine quilting off the frame and it does a great job on that too.

    I haven't used the Brother but I've heard good things about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    I have been wondering the same question. I have a "walmart special" cheapo machine that is a Brother. I have had it for 4 years the poor thing has never been to the shop, I clean it here at the house and no matter what I do to the poor thing it keeps working and has never caused me any trouble. SO I was going to just stay with the Brother brand. But after reading what Minnow wrote I am scared . I just looked and I can get the Juki online cheaper than I can get the Brother online or at my local dealer.

    I DON'T KNOW!!!!!

    Thank you Joan for asking this question!
    Don't let one person's experience put you off buying another Brother machine. The lower end machines may not be made for heavy duty use, but Brother do make good machines. I have a top of the line Brother sewing/embroidery machine that I wouldn't trade for anything.

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    I have the Brother PQ1500S, and have quilted queen size and one king size quilts with it. Never had a problem; I bought my DIL a brother and always recommend the brand. I am currently piecing with the Brother 4000D. Never heard of needing a special oil. I also own the Elna Quilter Dream. I am looking to sell the Brother 1500 as I upgraded to HQ16.

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    I have the Juki. LOVE it! She and I have a wonderful relationship, and she doesn't complain much.......The 1/4" foot doesn't have a guide, but it does have the markings on the needle plate. I compensate by using a stick on guide that doesn't hurt the machine. Otherwise you can use that old fashioned magnet seam guide, I think I have one around here somewhere.....The freemotion is so easy on this one. and love the thread cutter.

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    Thank you all for your comments so far. It looks like both machines are well liked and good for what I want. The Juki machine is a little cheaper, but that may be because it doesn't have the bigger sewing space. I am not interested in a frame. Just wanted to use it as a sit down machine, and was thinking that I would have it inserted in the table so the machine is even with the surrounding sewing space. I couldn't do that with the brother. I did try the Brother today and it was fun and in town,so I am still thinking.

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    how much?

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    I have 2 Juki TL98E machines, they have all metal parts and a darning/FMQ foot, Walking foot,Straight stitch foot and a compensating foot, which makes a perfect 1/4" seam. They are work horses and work as long and as much as I want to work. They should be oiled every 6 - 8 hours of sewing and I clean & oil the bobbin area everytime I put in a new bobbin. Bobbins hold more thread than any other machine I have. - 3 others. I am happy with the Juki. I make twin up to queen and maybe a bit larger. I quilt on my dining table.

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    I love my Juki. Bought it to use with Superquilter frame but find I use it for all of my piecing and general sewing. It has a beautiful stitch which is almost impossible to get with any machine that is not a straight-sttich only. I especially love it for heavy-duty sewing as in making purses and totes. I made them on my HV Quilt Designer and threw it out of whack with the extreme thickness of several layers of quilted fabric, but the Juki never blinked her cute little eye ---she went through it all with ease.

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    I have a juki and 2 brothers....love them all. The juki is on a Grace frame, bought used and never had a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR
    I have a juki and 2 brothers....love them all. The juki is on a Grace frame, bought used and never had a problem.
    Off topic for just a minute. What frame do you have. I want to get one to use with me Juki. I just need some advice on what people like.

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    I have the Brother PQ 1500s and it is by far, my favorite machine and I have four..... :-D My friend has the above Juki and we say they are "twins". I think that for a straight sewing machine, you can't go wrong with either. I generally use another for my FM sewing, but my friend uses her Juki on her Handiquilter and is trying to talk me into using my Brother for FM. She thinks it is unbeatable. Like most machines, I would go for the one that you can get easily seviced close to home. However, I have had my Brother for 10 years and only had it in once....for cleaning. I can take the bottom off myself and clean out the lint........Love, Love, Love it!!!

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    Go for the Juki. I have the 98QE and just love it. NEVER had a problem with it and sews like a charm

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    I just bought last summer a new machine after 35 years . this one is the Bernina 440 QE. IT most definitely in my estimation the BEST !!!!
    I would definitely suggest investing in this.

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    The Walmart Brother machines are awful. They give Brother a very bad name and I really wish they would stop selling them but oh well. I have a Brother QC1000 and a Brother serger . Got them together on a special a few years ago. Never had any problems with them And I use the machine almost every day. The serger has been used quite a bit for making crate pads for dogs. 3 layer, flannel, batting and cotton. Not a problem. I love my machine.

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    Well, I just bought a Brother XL2600i. It's a really cheapo, but I have the Bernina Artista 730 and cannot afford to spend a lot of money on a second machine. I wanted a light-weight one. I would like to take some quilting classes and don't want to lug my good one around. I've only quilted some strips for my photo quilt on it. It is, of course, nothing like sewing with my good one, but I think I will like it. It sews a good seam so far. Anyone else have one of these? Deciding on a machine is so hard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudeWill
    Well, I just bought a Brother XL2600i.
    This is the same machine that I have had for several years. I love it for doing everything except actually quilting a quilt. It has made several quilts, countless clothing items and several hundred purses and bags. It has never given me any trouble at all! It came from Walmart as a gift because I didn't know if I really wanted to get back into sewing on a regular basis, and now that I use it daily I would't trade it for the world. But I am however going (hopefully) Sunday to get that Brother PQ1500 that has been calling out to me! lol Now I will have little Brother and big Brother.

    Good luck to everyone looking for a machine!

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    Thank you all for your comments. It looks like I can't
    go wrong with either one. The Brother is available in town for $1149, but I can have either machine shipped to me for a few hundred dollars less, even including shipping. Not sure what to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    Quote Originally Posted by JudeWill
    Well, I just bought a Brother XL2600i.
    This is the same machine that I have had for several years. I love it for doing everything except actually quilting a quilt. It has made several quilts, countless clothing items and several hundred purses and bags. It has never given me any trouble at all! It came from Walmart as a gift because I didn't know if I really wanted to get back into sewing on a regular basis, and now that I use it daily I would't trade it for the world. But I am however going (hopefully) Sunday to get that Brother PQ1500 that has been calling out to me! lol Now I will have little Brother and big Brother.

    Good luck to everyone looking for a machine!
    Thanks so much for telling me that! So happy to hear that!

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    I bought mine (Juki) online from Ken's Sewing and got it for a lot less.

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    Just tonight I spoke with my friend about replacing my Brother PC3000 which I paid $700 for ten years ago ... or maybe a little longer. I told her "now I know why I never keep quilting once I start to do so." I have had it in 3 times in the last eight months because it repeatedly sews the zig zag stitch with a lot of vertical stitches. I brought it home (again) last week and wound two bobbins with Gutterman thread in case the Coats & Clark thread was the problem. I sewed last night and got the zig zag problem again. She sews on Berninas and loves them ~ I'd buy one if I were employed. The biggest point she made is to make sure you get lessons and can get it serviced.
    DI

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    Good morning. I have an assortment of machines including a 1974 Sears, a Baby Lock embroidery, a Gammill Statler Stitcher and my favorite, the Brother 1500. I purchased it about 1 1/2 years ago and find that is the machine I go to by choice, especially if I just need to make a quick repair on anything. I pd $1000 then and have seen that model at my local Barnes near Akron, Oh used for $599 and online for about that. Good luck and you won't go wrong with either.

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