Finally My Baby is Home!
Before and After!!
Out of frustration with the lack of space while quilting, (Summer of 2011) I called and put my name on a list to have my machine stretched, by WOW Quilts (Update:They are no longer in business). I was told then there was a 6 month to a year wait. Early December 2011 Rick called and told me it was time to send my machine in. So I sent my Brother PQ1500S out to be stretched. Needless to say I was VERY Apprehensive! I was told it would be about 3 months before I would get my machine back. I waited......and waited......... and waited.......called and called then.......6 months later I got the call that she was ready to be sent home.
She sat in the box for days before I was able to set her up.
It was VERY well packed. All the packing was removed for the photo. I was so so nervous.... Did I do the right thing spending all that money.... what if it sews terrible? Did I do the right thing??????
YES!!!!!! IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT!
I get about a full 15 inches of quilting space now.
Here are some other changes to the machine.
Black button is for needle down/up (which the Brother does not do)
Red Button - Thread Cutter at the front of the machine.
|Removed Backwards Sewing Handle|
Some of my modification:
Thread Guide - Thread was breaking due to the length, so I added some 3M Wire holders. They are removable and
repositionable if I need to move them. They are smooth inside so no shredding of thread. I added three.
Wooden Base for Support:
Now that the machine is so much longer, my carriage is not! To prevent any bowing or distortion of the new size I added a solid piece of shelving to the carraige. I had it cut to fit the machine and the carraige. I cut it 22 by 7.5. Perfect Fit!
I kept it flush with the front of the machine.
I wanted the back to be a little longer so I could add my Iron Keeper. The Iron Keeper holds the electrical cords away from the quilt frame.
The suction cups on the bottom of the machine fit just right!!
I am so happy with my machine. She sews beautifully and I have so much room Now!