New Machine Brother PQ1500S by True

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Complete
Started:
2014-10-25T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2014-10-25T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

I picked up my new straight stitch Brother sewing machine yesterday and played with it last night and then used it to quilt my first quilt today.  I love it so far!  And while I did not do FMQ on the quilt I did do some practice pieces and it was amazing.I was able to do designs I have never pilled off without tension issues and overall stitching was much better..think will give it a try on net quilt I do.  So got one of three tops waiting to be done completed today!

Added quilting pictures as with daylight could see thread.  Now nothing remarkable design wise but for me what is remarkable is the front and back look the same...what a change for me.  Cannot wait to see on project.

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Comments

Mymble

aw- new baby pic- looking good!!! You will have to post some sample pics too!!! Congrats!

Aizome

That's exciting!!! Great to hear the FMQ is coming off easier. clap

True

Aizome Mymble thank you...and I will post pictures. I realized what I use to practice on and the color of the thread were too close to show well in pictures so will have to do more!

True

Mymble I added two pictures!

Mymble

True oooh! Looks good- you aren't going to want to do anything but quilt quilt quilt

True

Mymble LOL so true...I did some more this afternoon...and now need to baste a quilt and see if I can do same on a larger piece!!

Mymble

So....are ya taking orders????

True

Mymble LOL ahh...no;-)

Mymble

True Well..watch out- word gets out in your area you have this spiffy baby and suddenly ...peeps with unfinished tops come to your doorstep- can you quilt this for me- sorta like when people find out I sew, they want me to hem their pants- or make them CURTAINS - arghhhhhhhhh

Menolly13

I just got the same machine last week! Isn't is amazing? I am loving mine! It makes such a difference with piecing too. I've finished 2 quilt tops since it arrived and just need to get backings figured out so I can try quilting on it. I can't wait!
Are you altering your FMQ foot (removing the clear plastic and clipping the metal circle) to make it easier to see? I did that with the foot on my old machine and am debating about doing it to this one. I don't want to ruin it though.

True

Menolly13 I love it...am kind of stunned how much so... I am not modifying foot. I had read others had done so but for me (at least at moment) I had no issues with it and like you do not want to take chance of hurting it. But I can see through it well and will see if that changes as I use it.

Did you do your piecing with the 1/4" foot that came with it or did you buy one with an edge (I was just looking that up)? I have not tried piecing on it yet what do you like about it for that part? So far I have switched back to my Janome for piecing but was thinking I may try using this one for that as well as use Janome for things I need to move needle or alternative stitches. Would love to hear any comment you have...+Tifray is also thinking of getting one.

True

oops used her IG name not her TB name TiffanyRay

Menolly13

True I am using the larger of the two "standard" feet it came with to do my piecing. I'm using a magnetic seam guide with it in place of the edged 1/4 foot I was using on my other machine. I'll take some photos so you can see. I did a couple of test pieces to find where the guide needed to go to get my scant 1/4" seam and it is working beautifully. I didn't really like the 1/4" foot it came with as it is BIG and you can't see the fabric to make sure you're lined up all the way through. With it set up how I have it now, I can see the fabric against the guide all the way through so I know it hasn't moved on me. I had thought about buying the foot with the built in guide but this set up is working really well so I don't think I will bother. I'm guessing the screw on seam guide it came with would work the same but I haven't tried it. I like that the magnetic one can be popped on and off without messing with a screw driver.
I actually like this set up better than piecing on my Brother sq9050. I don't have any problems with the fabric not feeding through straight (the 9050 always tries to pull fabric to the left), and the knee lift and thread cutter make everything go so much quicker. I plan on keeping the 9050 around to use for fancy stitches, button holes, and hemming, but I'll be using the 1500s for anything that needs a straight stitch. My only complaint is that the 1500s is a little too long for the drop in compartment on my sewing desk so I'm squished to one side right now instead of centered comfortably. ;P I just picked up a used dining room table though, so that will be remedied as soon as hubby borrows a router saw thingy from his dad so it can be mounted flush with the table top. I can't wait!

True

Menolly13 I would love to see a picture! I had not thought of that only that I do not like the 1/4" foot it came with for the reasons you mention. Do you have any clue the difference between the two standard feet? I know the shape is a tad different but no clue why. I do not have a drop in table so it sits on top of my dining room table as my Janome always did. I wish I had room to keep them both set up BUT if I follow you lead will be able to piece on this one and moving the Janome over (I do have a cabinet I can store whichever one I am not using quite easily and still have it be readily accessible). You are so right about the thread cutter and knee lift making piecing faster! Now I have to try it out as soon as figure magnet thing out...

True

Oh and thank you!

Menolly13

You're very welcome! I was so excited to see that you just got one too. It's nice to have someone to bounce ideas/issues off of. :)

I've added photos to my projects folder. I'm not sure what the difference is between the two standard feet. The manual doesn't say what specifically they are for. Maybe something for garment sewing? I can see where the smaller one might come in handy when sewing a tight seam on a bag or the like. I like the bigger one better for piecing because it feels like it holds the fabric better.

I got lucky and found my current drop in cabinet at a second hand store for $20. Even the used ones on ebay are out of my price range, so I was unbelievably happy to find it! I love having the flush surface, so being able to do the same for my 1500 is a must in my book.

I've seen the magnetic guides at Joann's before. Mine came with the ancient
Singer I bought in high school and has just sat in my sewing box ever since. Sometimes being a pack rat comes in handy! LOL.

Menolly13

Oh, you might find this blog post & youtube video on tension useful. I just watched it and am off to check mine.

https://osuzyquilts.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/too-much-tension/

True

Menolly13 I will watch it thank you. I was lucky as my dealer set mine for me and so far so good but the more I can know the better.

HawkFan

Finally checking in here on TB and love seeing your FMQ samples! Looks like you're off and running with the new machine. I'd watch out for Mymble though. She's liable to show up at your door any day now wink How nice that you and Menolly13 can trade tips too! All in all a great purchase

Mymble

HawkFan Yup- gonna board a Greyhound with a pile of quilt tops ...Mary needs practice grin

True

Mymble HawkFan LOL I would love to have you and YOU can use the machine and quilt while you are here Margaret!!! I even have the magnetic guide now and figured out the scant 1/4" seam so I am already for you;-)

Skynme

I'm a little behind on my stalking lately, but I'm so happy that you got a machine that you love and works for you. Happy to see that you have already been breaking it in on IG as well.

True

Skynme LOL it is fun but I also get so nervous with a new machine...always worried will not be able to figure something out?!

Quilt455

Mary, good for you. Quilting is looking great. Oh ya, on my way with my unfinished quilts. Hehe

True

Quilt455 the more the merrier!! Quilting Retreat 2016 will need to be in Maine;-)

Quilt455

Works for me. I need to hit the east coast again.

TiffanyRay

True Thanks for keeping me in the discussion!! I am about half way there with my savings $$, so I'm hoping right after christmas I will be able to make my purchase.

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