I just bought the Bother PQ 1500 so that I could do the sit down quilting, I got the other half to make a table lower to what would make quilting a quilt easier and I've been practicing on this machine.
Now the bad part. My sewing and cutting table and material are in another room in the house. I have a few projects to work on and find that it is easier to work closer to the cutting table. I know logical thinking going on here. The new machine doesn't fit into the other room, I do have another machine for just regular sewing. Sooo when the regular sewing machine started making noises and running funny I figured it was time for a tune up. Called the Sew and vac store near me and found out that they want $250. just to look at the machine, parts are extra of course. Keeping in mind the machine is a good 10 years old. It wasn't cheap when I bought it and the extended warranties which have run out a few years ago. It could be me just being cheap but that is a good chunk of change to look at the machine that they weren't even sure they could fix. The shop was more than happy to sell me another machine but I didn't want to buy what they had. I don't need a $1500 sewing machine with button holes and zig zag stitches or one step zippers and none of them came with the 1/4" foot for working on quilt blocks, that was another $30.00 part.
Part of the lesson learned here is not to give up most recent sewing machine to my other half and his daughter who wanted to learn to sew. Said sewing machine is no longer located any where in the house for me to use, and I don't want to know what did happen to it. The other part of lesson learned is that I really do like Amazon.com. I was searching on line and reading alot of reviews. The new Brother CS6000i will be here early next week and cost less than what it would have to get old machine looked at.
I should find a class on how to repair sewing machines and start a new business!!!!!