Brother Sewing Machine Reviews

Brother is one of the top sewing machine brands that most people know about and with good reason. The most outstanding feature of Brother sewing machines is owner satisfaction. Another advantage to owning a Brother machine is the level of support from the manufacturer and an opportunity for camaraderie among Brother owners.

Brother have been making high quality sewing machines for quite some time now and through a partnership with the popular television show, Project Runway, Brother has produced a line of highly functional, affordable sewing machines with the Project Runway logo.

So choosing a Brother sewing machine is a safe choice in our opinion. If you are planning on doing some quilting or embroidery, or maybe you are looking for a new serger, it really does not matter because Brother will have a machine for you.

Since it´s hard to just pick the best Brother sewing machine, we have made a list of the most popular machines and did a review of each model below.

 

Brother Sewing Machine Specifications

Brother CS6000iBrother SE400Brother XR9500PRWBrother PC420PRW
Nº of Stitches6067100294
Weight18lbs22lbs19lbs26lbs
Auto Needle ThreadingYesYesYesYes
Presser Feet78714
ComputerizedYesYesYesYes
Foot ControllerYesYesYesYes
Free ArmYesYesYesYes
Stitches Per Minute850710850850

Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine

The Brother CS6000i is the number one selling machine of Amazon. This is not an easy task and by looking at over 3000 positives reviews on amazon we can see all the qualities that this machine possess. It is a durable, reliable and full of features compared to others. It has 60 Built in Stitches and many users praise the LCD screen but saying it gives a wonderful effect to the sewing machine. We have some users that say it is a bit noisy but overall they all agree it´s great.

The CS6000i built-in stitches integrated within this computerized sewing machine can be used for simple and intricate tasks like quilting, garment construction and more.

This sewing machine makes sewing more fun. The LCD screen is helpful, the instruction manual is straightforward and easier to understand. The stitch speed slide provides instant control over how slow or fast your prefer to sew. It´s weight is lighter compared to other machines of its caliber, making it really easy to transport and move around.

The Brother CS6000i is also quieter compared to other sewing machines available today. It´s not totally quiet when in use but the noise produced is significantly lower then other machines.

Pros:

  • Reasonable tag price (Amazon BestSeller)
  • LCD Screen and Computerized Controls are simple to use
  • The CS6000i is easy to carry around
  • Very low maintenance costs to keep running
  • The Price – It delivers great value for the money. It´s packed with so many features that you would think this machine would cost $1000.

Cons:

  • Small LCD screen
  • Lacking embroidery features
  • In some types of sewing the CS6000i can be too light and move around the table.

 

Brother SE400 Sewing Machine

The Brother SE400 is the new model that replaced the SE350 which had a huge amount of happy customers and it was a an incredible machine. But somehow Brother has managed to include even more features into the SE400, the main one being the ability to connect the sewing machine to the computer via a USB cable.

Now Sewers can download more embroidery patterns to use and also update their machines with new software that will provide even more features. This means that now the possibilities are endless and with a single click you can now have new patters ready to use.

Pros:

  • 67 sewing stitches to cover all your needs
  • 70 embroidery stitches plus all the new ones you can download.
  • The fantastic ability to download new software and embroidery patterns via your computer

Cons:

  •  The 4×4 embroidery hoop size could be bigger
  • The internal memory is limited and could be bigger
  • It does not come with a carry case which limits the portability of the machine.

 

Brother Project Runway XR9500PRW Sewing Machine

The Brother XR9500PRW was featured in the Project Runway show and this means really high quality.

This sewing machine is ideal for embellishing practically anything and ideal for making unique quilting designs. It is optimal for managing simple and even complicated projects.

The XR9500PRW is easy to use despite the numerous features and it also includes an instructional DVD that provides an comprehensive tutorial about how to effectively use the machine. We can also say that the manual is well-written for easier comprehension.

As a portable sewing machine the Brother XR9500PRW can be considered lightweight, weighing just about 9.92lbs. This makes this sewing machine one of the lightest and you can conveniently carry it around when going to fashion class or professional work.

One thing that we need to mention is the fact that the XR9500PRW comes with a oversized table to give it´s users more workspace especially when quilting. It also includes a free arm and a LED light for better viewing while stitching darker fabrics.

It also includes an easier bobbing winding system for enhanced productivity and a Drop-in top bobbin that is jam resistant.

All these features make the Brother XR9500PRW without a doubt and ideal investment when it comes to practicality and economy.

Pros:

  • Easy to operate
  • Impressive features
  • Over sized table which is ideal for quilting
  • Lightweight
  • Low noise
  • Hardcover included

Cons:

  • Needle threader can be a little tricky
  • Some user say it is hard to get the right tension.

 

Brother Project Runway PC420PRW Sewing Machine

The Brother PC420PRW was also featured in the Project Runway show because of it´s professional-level results. Beginners and more experienced sewers who look for different types of useful features and a more professional level machine should consider this sewing machine.

The PC420PRW will help you achieve professional-results even if you are just a beginner, it has an impressive amount of features and accessories. You can select from a wide range of stitches (294) which can be viewed and selected using the backlit LCD. There is also the possibility of customizing your own stitches.

There are 14 presser feet included to obtain a designer-level finishing. This machine is all about customization and precision, giving the users endless opportunities to create any project they may imagine.

Different projects could be easily and effectively completed like pillows, draperies, blankets and clothing. It can handle all types of fabrics from nylon and tricot to leather and upholstery fabrics. The designated work area is very bright, logically to enable you to work more comfortable and accurately even on darker fabrics.

The Brother PC420PRW is impressively quiet when operating and if we compare it to other it easily surpasses all others. There is also one really impressive feature that you can see in the video below, the knee-lifter operated presser foot which can be used without need to let the fabric go, is a professional feature only found in industrial machines.

The PC420PRW is a Project Runway Limited Edition machine, that packs an impressive amount of features and this is one of the best sewing machines for achieving professional-looking results. Its built-in features as well as accessories are typical in higher level sewing machines.

Pros:

  • Reduced noise
  • 294 different stitches
  • Custom stitch creation.
  • Knee-lifter operated presser foot (exclusive)

Cons:

  • Takes time to master all the functions
  • Some featured are not perfect