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Brother PQ1500S High Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine Review


A serious quilter or dressmaker always needs a serious quilting machine. The Brother PQ1500SL is the one that surely fits your needs, since it provides a 1500-stitch sewing speed, a gigantic extension table, as well as an automatic needle positioner for the best kind of quilts imaginable.

If you’re feeling hesitant about wanting to spend $1000 on a quilting machine (example: The Juki TL2010) then at this kind of price range, the PQ1500SL should be one of the finest and best-rated quilting machines out on the market today. It’s quite difficult to find anything to complain in regards to this machine.


The features of the Brother PQ1500SL include: A sewing speed capable of producing over a maximum of 1500 stitches, automatic thread trimmers, a knee lever, a retractable drop feed dog, and an automatic needle positioner. Other features include a retractable drop feed dog, a thread tension dial, an LED working light, and a straight stitching machine. There’s at least 7” x 8.6” worth of sewing space available. The PQ1500SL also has its own 12” x 18” extension table.

In regards to good quilting machines, it’s still quite difficult to beat the Brother PQ1500SL unless you happen to have a budget that costs $1000. One of the best things about this machine is that you can use it for both your daily sewing projects and quilting, even though you’re only limited when it comes to the choice of stitches available.


If you’re the owner of this particular Brother model, then you will be pleased to know that this is currently one of the highest-rated and best-valued sewing machines found on the market. This is what it has to offer:


It’s got a maximum speed of at least 1500 stitches every minute. This just proves that the PQ1500SL is a wicked fast machine. But much like your average sewing machine or embroidery machine, this model also utilizes a foot pedal that allows you to control the sewing speed. You can move as slowly or as quickly as you like.

The quickness of the machine’s sewing speed lets you complete your projects in no time at all. Or you can just choose to move slowly to ensure that the designs on your current project are properly carried out.


Quilting is much more convenient with the PQ1500SL, since it provides an automatic needle threader, a needle positioner, and thread trimmers.

These features work closely together so you can save enough time and effort, and channel that into making big-time projects instead, like sewing quilts. Sometimes this is all wasted because of the amount of tries that it takes for you to build the machine.


The extension table and built-in knee levers are one of the best features that come with the PQ1500SL. It’s a highly valuable feature meant for any aspiring quilter, or even a professional quilter. The built-in knee lever gives you both hands-free lowering and lifting, especially with the presser foot – Thus allowing you to concentrate more on removing or re-positioning your fabrics.

If you want a machine that has free motion quilting options, then you’ll surely enjoy the PQ1500SL, since it’s got its own feed dog height adjustment feature. Four heights are available, letting you fix just about any type of project you want.


The machine’s got its own pin feed mechanism, letting you trade in your feed dogs for an additional pin. These pins clearly extend from beneath the machine. Another purpose of the pin is to let you move those quilting layers together without much difficulty, or handle tougher fabrics like leather, denim, and velvet, without having to leave any marks behind from the feed dogs.

Thanks to the touch of a button, you can easily and quickly change the tension level in the machine.

There have been some noticeable complaints from users regarding the machine’s tension issues – And this is very likely to happen since they did not either 1.) Thread the machine properly, or 2.) Wound up the bobbin correctly. If you were able to properly thread the machine before putting it to use, then the adjustment dial will be able to change the tension issue right away.

Much like other Brother sewing machines, the PQ1500SL comes with plenty of accessories, like several kinds of accessory feet. This includes:

  1. An adjustable zipper
  2. General purpose
  3. Rolled hem
  4. Invisible zipper
  5. Spring action quilting
  6. Walking
  7. 1/4”

The machine is also equipped with extra accessories, like:

  • A needle packet
  • A ballpoint needle
  • Fabric separator
  • Knee lifter
  • Five metal bobbins
  • Spool cap
  • Feed pin changer
  • Cleaning brush
  • Seaming guide
  • Two types of screwdrivers
  • A spool cushion

Every single accessory included in the machine makes it purely easy for you to finish your sewing, embroidering, quilting, dressmaking, and stitching projects straight out of the box.

If you happen to be a fan of machine quilting, then the Brother PQ1500SL provides loads of benefits. It doesn’t really matter if you’re a beginner or a professional – The machine is willing to do all of the work for you.

With just a single touch of a button, you will be able to automatically change the positioning of the needle itself. The automatic threading feature is also present to save you time, so you can finish up those projects as easily and as quickly as possible.

One more thing that the owners of the Brother PQ1500SL really do like is the fact that the bobbin casing can be found on one side of the machine, instead of the front or top side. The height and location of the casing itself makes it really easy to switch the bobbins out, while you’re dealing with only a small amount of interruptions.

In case you run a dressmaking shop or alteration business and tend to use the machine very often, or if you’re just a frequent user at home, then you have to continuously keep the Brother PQ1500SL well-oiled and maintained. But compared to other sewing machines out there, which force you to pretty much take the entire thing apart simply for oiling purposes, this model contains small oiling holes located on the outside of the machine itself. These holes make it purely simple and easy to keep the machine well-oiled enough, without having to remove certain parts then piece them back together. A handy cleaning brush is also included in the package, allowing you to keep the machine cleaned up and running in tip-top shape.

The Brother PQ1500SL does come with its own extension table. The table measures 12” x 18”, so you can have lots of room for quilting purposes. The table is completely sturdy as well, so you no longer have to worry too much about it interrupting with your sewing due to its consistent wobbling.

The machine’s got a pretty large throat too – Measuring at least 9”. This is probably more than enough space to let you finish up or resume your quilting duties, without having to reposition the fabric every five minutes or so.


Even though the PQ1500SL is a fast machine and can produce around 1500 stitches in one minute, the motor still runs quietly, and won’t bother you too much while doing your projects. You won’t end up waking your entire household when you decide to work in the dark, or rattle your sewing table while you’re in the middle of quilting and sewing. This is pretty much a bonus for both you and the people who live in your home.


  • The machine is whisper quiet.
  • As mentioned, the PQ1500SL’s high-speed sewing can produce approximately 1500 stitches every minute
  • There’s loads of working space right in the middle of the extension table, and the machine’s large throat.
  • Plenty of feet and accessories included with the machine itself.
  • The options for automatic trimming, positioning, and threading will save you lots and lots of time and energy.
  • The knee lever allows for complete hands-free control when it comes to the machine’s presser foot.
  • The PQ1500SL’s sensitive foot pedal lets you control the sewing speed pretty easily.


  • The thread cutter is responsible for trimming the thread, but there have been instances in which the thread got trimmed a little too shortly.

The thread cutter does trim the thread a little too short sometimes. In fact, it often comes to the point where the needle gets unthreaded because of how short it is. Each time this happens, just continue working on your project and the machine will simply pull up the bobbin for you. You won’t even have to do the job manually.

The Brother PQ1500SL is perfect for machine quilters who are more than ready to bring their project to the next level. Thanks to the machine’s convenient features, which includes quick sewing speed and a built-in knee lever, this sewing machine will let you complete those difficult projects in a short amount of time. Brother is also willing to provide its clients with excellent support – So if you’re having problems with how your machine works, then you can just give them a call.

Brother     $500+

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