My very good friend Lindsey just purchased a new sewing machine, a Brother PQ1500s. This just so happens to be the same machine that I have, and when I was talking to her about it the other day and telling her what I loved about my machine, I realized that I have had this thing for a year and a half, and have never really done a follow-up after I bought it to share my thoughts. I’m using an outline that Sew Mama Sew has on their site (in an awesome index of reviews- check it out!) because I think it’s really thorough. So here we go!
What brand and model do you have?
A Brother PQ1500s
How long have you had it?
A year and a half.
How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
This is a straight-stitch only machine. I use it almost exclusively for quilting. Occasionally I will hem something with it, or do some other small project, but 99% of its use is for quilting.
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
Very frequently. I’ve slowed down my use of it since I purchased a longarm machine, but before I bought my Gammill I did 100% of all my piecing and quilting on this machine. I still use it for all of my piecing and for sewing on bindings.
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
I love this machine. It was absolutely worth every cent in my opinion, and it does everything I need it to do.
What features does your machine have that work well for you?
I love the big throat space. I love the height of the arm, too. It isn’t low, so it’s much easier to fit quilts through it. It has a knee lift which I don’t know how I ever lived without before getting this. It’s all manual, which has become a major positive for me, because I have control over every aspect of its settings. Another thing that I really loved about this machine was that it came with all the feet I could ever want with the machine. I didn’t have to buy a walking foot or a darning foot separately. Huge plus!
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
No- not that I can think of. It would be nice if it had a needle up/down button, but that’s not necessary and I really don’t miss it.
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
Possibly. I would recommend it to people who are serious quilters and really only have need of a straight stitch. If you want a machine that has a lot of bells and whistles and decorative stitches, this isn’t the machine for you. It does one thing, but it does it very, very well. And it is excellent for free-motion quilting.
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
I think it’s important to know what you plan on primarily using it for. For me, I knew I would be using it for quilting, so I wanted something that had a big throat space, came with an extended table, and could handle free motion quilting. This machine has everything that was important to me in a machine.
Do you have a dream machine?
This is the one!