04 Jan Brother PQ1500S High Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine Review
The Brother PQ1500S is a no-frills quilting and sewing machine that has the speed, power, and versatility to take on all your straight-stitching needs. It can handle a wide range of fabrics, including those that require special care like leather, velvet, and suede.
Even fabrics with a plush nap will not be disfigured by the presser feet or feed dogs thanks to the company’s exclusive feeding system. What’s more is the included presser feet makes quick work of zipper attachments and rolled hems as well.
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Key features of the Brother PQ1500S
This high-speed straight stitching machine is equipped with a 150-watt motor that gives it the power to dish out up to 1,500 stitches per minute. Built with a heavy-duty metal housing, the machine stays stable at warp speeds so you can sew, quilt, and craft with no worries. Despite the industrial grade motor’s capacity to hum along at high speeds, the Brother PQ1500S is a smooth, quiet operator.
It can even sew in the reverse by holding the reverse stitch lever down. No matter if you’re a hobbyist or a professional quilter, you’ll also like the addition of oil holes for quick and easy oiling. Now you won’t have to remove your work or pull the machine apart when it needs some greasing.
The Brother PQ1500S is not just loaded with stitching speed and power but also packs a whole lot of space for bigger projects. This is made possible by the extra-large 12-inch by 18-inch extension table that comes with the set.
The machine is ideal for repetitive straight stitching, high-speed machine quilting, free-motion quilting, or just about any basic large-scale projects. The throat or harp area is oversized as well, as it stands 6 inches high and offers a 6-inch by 9-inch field to the right of the needle. Plus, this model is compatible with several quilting frames for convenience.
Stitching made easy
To make stitching easy, the PQ1500S comes with a feed separator that will let you work on two different materials simultaneously without puckering or pulling the fabric. Threading is easier than ever with the inclusion of Brother’s F.A.S.T. needle threader.
There are also a total of three thread guides that provides improved thread tension while eliminating tangles and jams. The manual thread trimmer can be found on the left part of the machine, right above the needle. If you want the machine to stop with the needle down, you may do so too with a push of the needle stop button.
Other useful features of the Brother PQ1500S include the detachable knee lifter that will let you raise the presser foot using your knee so your hands are free to work on the material. There’s also a work lamp that can be activated to keep your work space well-illuminated.
If the service life of the bulb reaches its end, then don’t worry because it is easily replaceable too. The machine uses durable, commercial-grade HLX5 needles (9 to 16 in size) but you may use the Schmetz 130 or 705H as an alternative. As for the presser foot lifter, it can be found on the back and features a 1/2-inch maximum presser height when raised.
The Brother PQ1500S High Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine measures 19.3 by 12.6 by 7.9 inches (D x W x H) and weighs in at approximately 24 pounds. It comes complete with a total of eight screw-in presser feet and a screwdriver for removing/reattaching the feet. Brother has the PQ1500S covered with a 1-year limited warranty on parts and labor.
Last thoughts on the Brother PQ1500S
This versatile machine will allow you to sew and quilt with speed and accuracy, as it runs very true and smoothly. With a sewing speed of up to 1,500 stitches a minute, you will certainly find yourself getting through the work very quickly too. The Brother PQ1500S offers great functionality and provides all the quality that Brother machines are renowned for.