Users who are looking for a good-quality sewing machine will certainly not be disappointed by the smooth performance and efficiency of the Brother PQ1500SL. Often hailed among the best quality quilting machines on the market, this particular model’s best feature is its impressive sewing that enables users to finish their projects in no time at all.
Designed for heavy duty use, the PQ1500SL has been known to last for life, provided of course, that you properly care for and maintain the machine. Although it doesn’t boast of as many features as other models such as the Brother Project Runway PC420PRW it does come with all the basics such as built-in automatic threader, needle positioner, auto-thread trimmer, knee lever for the included presser foot, fully retracted dog feed control and the likes. It even boasts of an oversized work table which makes it even better for quilting purposes.
While it received mostly positive reviews on most major websites, the PQ1500SL does have certain drawbacks. For example, a few people commented about the bobbin mechanism, which they claimed to have been poorly engineered. Other people also deplored the lack of an overcast stitch. Some customers had issues with the shorter-than-average power cord. While the apparatus also included handy diagrams to guide you through the bobbin and threading process, a few users found these diagrams too be too small to comprehend.
However, other than these minor issues, the machine has been well-received by the general public. In fact, it even boasts of a 4.7 star review on most major review sites.
Size and Weight
Weighing a hefty 34 pounds, the PQ1500SL measures 24.9 x 11.4 x 15 inches. By this token, it is not lightweight enough to be carried back and forth to your sewing class. On the other hand, however, it is more suited to more experienced users. However, since the machine is so hefty, you can be sure that it won’t budge- not even after hours of sewing.
Still, if you do need to move the sewing machine, you will be glad to learn that it even comes with a hard shell carrying case with a solid handle, hence enabling you to move it around the house- even if you’ll need some extra muscle power to do so.
Ease of Use
This is a mechanical sewing machine, so it’s far easier to operate and navigate through than computerized ones. Designed for practicality, the Brother PQ1500SL even features an automatic needle threader- something that is undoubtedly going to be helpful to elderly users who often have trouble inserting the thread. In fact, all users have to do is press on a lever and the machine will automatically insert the thread through the eye of the needle.
Brother PQ1500SL: Extra Features
Designed for several types of projects, the Brother PQ1500SL can be used for basic sewing but also for quilting and embroidery. Users will be glad to learn that the machine is also equipped with a wide extension table to accommodate larger fabrics. The extension table is also designed to provide you with an easy angle for sewing and completely eliminates the need to detach the table to occasionally replace the bobbin.
It is also equipped with a knee lifter designed to enhance your comfort as well as a needle stop position button that will prevent you from accidentally wrecking perfectly good sewing projects. It also comes with a variety of additional accessories such as 5 metal bobbins, 6 needles, a seam guide attachment, fabric separator, lint brush, screwdrivers, charger for the pin feed, foot controller, thread spool cap and more.
As its name suggests, this is one of the fastest quilting machines on the market. Indeed, it can deliver an impressive 1500 stitches per minute- a feature that is very rarely seen in most sewing machines. Much more powerful than the average machine, the PQ1500SL also has an adjustable range foot pressure and a dual thread stand that allows you to work with two thread spools at the same time.
While it is certainly on the more expensive side, this sewing machine is worth the buy, especially if you have quite a bit of experience in this field. It may not be the most affordable machine on the market but it’s easily among the fastest ones and will help you complete your projects in a mere matter of days instead of weeks. It is, however, too heavy to take to sewing classes, in which case you’d be better served by the likes of the Brother CE7070PRW and the Laura Ashley CX155LA, which are lightweight models. The Brother PQ1500SL, it’s surprisingly easy to understand and navigate through.