Why Brother sewing machine?
If you have done any research into sewing machines, you will notice that the two main brands are Singer and Brother. Both brands have been in the business for a long time, and both offer many products for beginner and advanced sewers. Brother sewing machines are versatile, quality products, and you can’t go wrong with them.
Features to consider while choosing a Brother sewing machine
There are many features to consider with a Brother sewing machine, depending on what you plan on using it for. Here is a look at the different features you may come across while shopping.
It’s important to know what you plan on sewing in the future before purchasing a sewing machine. If you plan on making clothes or hemming items, then an all-purpose machine will work. If want to embroider, then a special machine, like the Brother SE600 should be considered. There also special sewing machines for quilting, which requires more functions than a basic model.
There are also four distinct types of sewing machines. The most commonly used are electronic machines, which use electric power to sew. They have dials to select different stiches. Computerized machines also use electricity, but have an LCD display instead of a dial for selections. Overlocker machines are also called sergers, and are useful for creating smooth hem edges. Finally, there are mechanical machines, which use foot power instead of electricity. They are hardly used anymore.
Almost quaintly, the motor speed of a sewing machine is measured in stitches per minute. So basically, the motor speed refers to just how fast you can sew. This speed can range from 710 stitches per minute with the Brother SE600 to 850 stitches per minute for the Brother CS6000i and the Brother CS5055PRW.
If a fast speed is a bit worrisome to you, don’t worry as the foot pedal that you press down on to run the sewing machine has variable speeds. It’s similar to stepping on a gas pedal for a car.
Stitches, stitch functions and buttonholes styles
Sewing isn’t just about straight lines on fabric. Or rather, it can be more than just that. While beginners often grapple with just creating straight lines, more advanced sewers will want to experiment with different patterns. Sewing machines have a lot of interesting stitches to choose from including the ability to make buttonholes, depending on what type of project you are working on.
While basic sewing machines will have fewer options, some machines, like the Brother XR9550PRW has 110 different stitches to choose from. If you are an advanced sewer, then be sure to check out advanced machines.
Automatic needle threader
If you are new to sewing, then one of the most frustrating and hard to master processes is threading a needle. You need to insert it right into the eye of a needle, and you will have to do this multiple times.
Thankfully, sewing machines have improved over the years, and many now offer an automatic needle threader function. In essence, you pop the thread into a slot, press a button, and the machine will thread your needle for you. It’s almost like magic.
Number of foot accessories
If you are just a beginner, then you will not need many foot accessories. If, however, you want to sew crafts and a whole new wardrobe, then you will need many different foot accessories to complete all your projects. A universal foot will create straight and zigzag designs. For more information on types of foot accessories, check out the FAQ section.
A sewing machine is an expensive electronic device, and a warranty is a good thing to have. All Brother sewing machines included to our list boast a long warranty of 25 years.
If you are worried about your machine or have bought an advanced, highly technical device, then be sure to check out supplemental warranties.
You can purchase a basic sewing machine that will be just fine, or you can purchase one that has extra features. It all depends on what you want your sewing machine to be capable of. Extra features can include a USB input, like the Brother SE600. Both the Brother CS6000i and the Brother XR9550PRW come with wide tables, which are great for quilt projects. The extra features may not be necessary for your first few projects, but they definitely open up the possibilities for future sewing designs.