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Looking for the best Brother sewing machine? I can help! Choosing a new sewing machine is complicated, especially if you’re a beginner and have a hard time figuring out the differences between machines. Even if you’re not a beginner, this can be a trying process simply because you’re trying to pick a machine that you’ll be sewing with for many years to come.
Choosing the best Brother sewing machine for you depends on many factors including, but not limited to, your sewing needs, sewing expertise, and budget. I’ll help you narrow down your choices by explaining the differences between machine types and included functions and accessories.
Then, I’ve put together a collection of reviews to give you more information about what I believe are the best Brother sewing machines so you can make an educated selection.
Considerations Before Purchasing a Brother Sewing Machine
Here are a few things to think about before choosing your next Brother sewing machine.
Mechanical vs Computerized
Mechanical sewing machines have no computer parts and are simpler. However, computerized machines offer more built-in stitches, more accessories, and more versatility. They have LCD screens that are helpful for troubleshooting and an adjustable speed slider to limit the maximum stitching speed. Stitch selection is also done via a button rather than the dial on a mechanical sewing machine. Computerized sewing machines are, however, more expensive.
Sewing vs Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine
If you are wanting to start embroidering or monogramming at home, you might be considering a Brother sewing and embroidery combination machine. This type of sewing machine converts from a sewing machine to a computerized embroidery machine. This allows you to import embroidery designs from your computer to stitch on your machine. (Read: where to find free embroidery designs!)
Automatic Needle Threader
Many Brother sewing machines feature an automatic needle threader. You’ll use a small hook to pull the thread through the eye of the needle. While this feature is one of the most complained about in Brother sewing machine reviews as being temperamental, it can be a great help to sewists with shaky hands or failing eyesight.
Foot pedal vs Hands-Free Sewing
All mechanical machines require sewing with a foot pedal. However, many computerized Brother sewing machines include an optional foot pedal. For hands-free sewing, you can set your speed with a slider on the front of the machine and use buttons to control sewing. These buttons often start/stop the machine, reverse stitch, and put the needle up/down.
Included Presser Feet
Presser feet hold the fabric in place while you sew. Specialized feet allow you to do specialized tasks. While it’s nice to have several presser feet come with your sewing machine, it’s not necessarily a factor to exclude a sewing machine from your favorites list. Additional presser feet are inexpensive and can be purchased separately.
With more advanced machines, you can create a one-step automatic buttonhole. You place the button in the back of the buttonhole presser foot, and in one step, the machine makes an auto-sized buttonhole. In contrast, basic Brother sewing machines have a four-step manual buttonhole. Making this type of buttonhole takes longer and is more complicated.
Detachable Extension Table
Some machines, especially those geared toward quilting, offer an additional detachable, wide table. This helps hold large projects such as quilts, comforters, and costumes.
Some machines will have better illumination of your work area than others, so check for dual-LED light rather than a single if you have near problems!
Best Brother Sewing Machines Reviews for 2021
Without further ado, here’s my list of the best Brother sewing machines.
(My pick for the best Brother sewing machine!)
|Stitches||70 built-in stitches|
|Maximum Sewing Speed||750 stitches per min (spm)|
I owned the Brother CS6000i sewing machine (read: Brother CS6000i sewing machine review!) for almost 5 years, and it was a great machine that withstood the test of time. Brother recently released a new update to this machine, the Brother CS7000X, which I now own.
This computerized sewing machine is easy to use thanks to beginner-friendly features such as automatic bobbin winding and needle threading coupled with a top drop-in bobbin that’s jam-resistant. What I love most about the Brother CS7000X is it is packed with enough features for an advanced sewist to love or a beginner sewist to grow into. It also has an improved needle threader!
With 70 built-in stitches, 10 presser feet, and a max speed of 750 stitches per minute, this sewing machine will do almost everything you want it to. It comes with an oversized detachable extension table, which has been great when I’ve sewn bulky garments. Also included is a hard case, which is not the case (pun intended!) with most of the other Brother sewing machines reviewed here.
Particularly friendly to quilters, the Brother CS7000X sewing machine comes with a walking foot, spring action quilting foot, 1/4″ piecing foot, and a quilt guide to help quilters create great creations.
For more information, read my full Brother CS7000x review to see how easy to use it is. It’s one of the best sewing machine options out there, in my opinion!
(To note, there was a Brother CS7000i released in between these two machines, but it was shortly replaced by the CS7000X within a year. You can read more about it and the Brother CS6000i sewing machine in my Brother CS7000i review and Brother CS6000i review.)
(Best Brother sewing machine under $200)
|Stitches||130 built-in stitches (8 are one-step buttonhole styles)|
|Monogramming||55 alphanumeric stitches|
|Maximum Sewing Speed:||850 stitches per min (spm)|
The Brother HC1850 is the “Cadillac” of the Brother quilting and sewing machines. It features 130 built-in stitches (8 of which are buttonholes), comes with 8 sewing feet, and has an advanced needle threader. One fun aspect of this sewing machine is it also has one monogramming font if you’re wanting to do basic monogramming. This isn’t for computerized embroidery, although you can do free-motion embroidery.
The Brother HC1850 sews and quilts with precise and accurate stitches and will be a reliable workhorse for your sewing corner. It’s also easy to use and sews at 850 stitches per minute. Like many other Brother quilting machines, it has a bright LED light to illuminate your work area.
It includes an oversized, detachable table for quilting and has similar automated features to other Brother sewing machines of this caliber. The automatic drop feed is an added addition that some of the slightly less expensive models do not have.
It’s the most sewing machine that you can get for under $200, which is why it’s so highly loved and rated!
Learn more in Brother HC1850 review!
(Best Brother sewing machine for beginners)
|Stitches||27 built-in stitches, including one automatic buttonhole|
|Maximum Sewing Speed||800 stitches per minute|
The XM2701 sewing machine is so easy to use that it’s the best Brother sewing machine for beginners. It’s an affordable (under 100$ usually) Brother sewing machine that features everything you’ll need to sew or mend garments and craft Pinterest-worthy sewing projects. It’s not computerized, and it’s not glamorous, but this Brother sewing machine will impress you with its power and stitch quality.
It has 27 built-in stitches, including one automatic buttonhole stitch, and 6 accessory feet. Automatic features such as bobbin winding and a needle threader for easy threading are almost impossible to find on other sewing machines at this price point. The same can be said of finding an inexpensive sewing machine that makes auto-sized one-step buttonholes.
One of the more lightweight Brother sewing machines, the XM2701 is also very portable should you want to travel with it or move around while sewing.
Read more: Brother XM2701 sewing machine review!
4. Brother SQ9285 Sewing and Quilting Machine
The Brother SQ9285 sewing machine contains the most built-in stitches for you experienced sewers and quilters looking for an arsenal of decorative stitches. The Brother SQ9285 is specifically designed for the quilter in mind and is an impressive update to the well-loved Brother SQ9185 sewing machine.
A computerized Brother sewing machine, the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine comes programmed with 150 built-in stitches. You also get 8 automatic one-step buttonhole stitches and a whopping 10 presser feet! A basic monogramming sewing machine as well, you have one built-in font.
Because this is a quilting-friendly machine, a spring action quilting foot, 1/4″ piecing foot, walking foot, and quilting guide are all included. As are a selection of quilting stitches and a detachable, wide table to hold larger projects.
One downfall is its maximum speed is only 710 stitches per minute, which is slower than many Brother machines. If you’re not routinely pushing your sewing machine to its peak speed, though, don’t worry too much about this!
See: Brother SQ9285 review to read more!
|Stitches||37 stitches (1 automatic one-step buttonhole)|
|Maximum Sewing Speed||800 stitches per min (spm)|
A non-computerized, affordable sewing machine, this Brother XR3774 sewing machine offers more options than the Brother XM2701 but still comes in at an affordable price point.
With 37 built-in stitches (one automatic buttonhole stitch) and a slew of sewing accessories, including 8 presser feet, this machine will fulfill most of your sewing needs.
A basic Brother machine for quilting, the Brother XR3774 includes a detachable wide table for larger projects and both a quilting and walking foot. Feed dogs will have to manually be covered with a darning plate, though.
Still a portable machine, this reliable Brother machine features several automatic features including bobbin winding and needle threading. These beginner-friendly options, which are standard on most Brother models, set the Brother sewing machines apart from other brands.
Read the full Brother XR3774 review for additional information.
(Best Brother Project Runway sewing machine)
|Stitches||110 built-in stitches; 8 auto buttonhole stitches|
|Monogramming font||1 included|
|Maximum sewing speed||850 stitches per min (spm)|
The Brother XR9550prw sewing machine is the best Brother Project Runway sewing machine you’ll find. With this Project Runway sewing machine, you’ll be able to design and sew your own garments and other projects as well as quilt. Furthermore, with the included monogramming font, adding small alphanumeric stitches to your completed products is possible as well.
Boasting 110 stitch options, 8 automatic buttonholes, and 8 included presser feet, the Brother XR9550prw will be able to accomplish most tasks you want to use it for. I think it’s also the best Brother sewing machine for making clothes.
Accessories included such as the hard case, oversized wide table, and built-in free arm increase the versatility of this Brother sewing machine. Automated and computerized features are also friendly for beginners who want a sewing machine that will be easy to learn on but have enough features that it will still have enough options to satisfy them as they become more experienced at sewing.
See: Brother XR9550prw review to learn more!
7. Brother CE1125prw Computerized 100-Stitch Project Runway Sewing Machine
A Project Runway limited edition sewing machine, the Brother CE1125prw sewing machine is growing in popularity over time, and I can see why!
Featuring 100 built-in stitches (lots of decorative stitches!) and 7 presser feet all for an affordable price, you’ll be able to create runway-worthy garments and follow Pinterest patterns to your heart’s desire.
Despite being so feature-rich, it’s also very easy to use for beginners. Because it’s a computerized Brother sewing machine, the LCD screen will help beginners. The screen will display which presser foot corresponds with which stitch, and when an error occurs, the sewing machine will display an error code.
Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a computerized sewing machine that has the option of pedal-free sewing, this isn’t going to be the machine for you.
Get more details in my full Brother CE1125prw review.
(Best cheap Brother sewing machine)
|Presser Feet||4 feet included|
|Maximum Sewing Speed||850 spm|
The Brother LX3817 sewing machine is a budget-friendly sewing machine that is easy to use. It’s one of the most basic and most affordable Brother sewing machines. Not everyone needs or wants the latest and greatest technology on their sewing machine. And if you’re not going to be sewing all the time or stitching complicated projects, there’s no need to spend a mint on an expensive sewing machine!
The Brother LX3817 sewing machine weighs less than 11 pounds but still boasts 17 built-in stitches and 4 included presser feet. For such a small and inexpensive machine, it’s impressive that it can also stitch a maximum of 850 stitches per minute!
While I’m not a huge fan of the 4-step manual buttonhole, the price of this machine is great for beginners on a budget. It even includes a free arm for sewing small, cylindrical items.
Bobbin winding and installation are easy, and threading is simple, although you’re not getting an automatic needle threader. With the bare bones of necessary features, the Brother LX3817 boasts a simplicity that appeals to beginner users.
See the full Brother LX3817 review for more information!
Best Brother Heavy Duty Sewing Machine
Hands down, the best Brother heavy duty sewing machine is their new Brother ST150HDH Strong & Tough Computerized sewing machine. Why might you need a heavy-duty sewing machine? Because regular sewing machines sew most fabrics with ease but have a hard time with thicker fabrics. Heavy-duty sewing machines have a sturdier frame, a better motor, and improved feed dogs to make sewing heavy fabrics simpler. Heavy fabrics, for example, are denim, canvas, upholstery, and many-layered quilts.
The Brother ST150HDH sewing machine has 50 stitch options, including 5 automatic one-step buttonholes, and will stitch through almost anything. Denim, canvas, vinyl, upholstery, you name it! It handles heavyweight fabric and thick quilts and can also stitch delicate, thin fabrics with ease as well.
Compared to standard sewing machines, the work area is increased, offering more space for bulky sewing projects: large quilts and even costumes. The machine also includes two popular quilting feet (1/4″ piecing and walking foot) among the 9 included presser feet. It still has a free arm also.
The motor is surprisingly quiet, and the sewing machine itself produces beautiful stitches on projects that would be difficult for a standard sewing machine. Many heavy-duty sewing machines are not computerized, so the technological advancement here provides additional versatility. For instance, using the foot pedal to sew is optional, and the machine can be programmed to automatically sew reinforcement or reverse stitches before beginning to sew.
See: Brother ST150HDH review.
Best Brother Embroidery and Sewing Combination Machine
A recent replacement to the Brother SE400, the Brother SE600 is one of the best embroidery and sewing machines to start out with. As a combination machine, it includes 103 built-in stitches (10 automatic one-step buttonhole options) and 7 sewing feet.
In terms of embroidery, you get 80 included designs to embroider on the 4″x4″ maximum embroidery field area. Importing additional designs through the side USB port simply involves plugging in a flash drive and selecting the design.
The color LCD touchscreen is an improvement over the black and white screens of older Brother embroidery machines. This screen allows users to edit designs (change sizes, thread colors, combine designs, and more).
What I love about this machine is that it’s so inexpensive for such a versatile embroidery machine! There is a learning curve, though, so keep that in mind!
Ready my in-depth Brother SE600 review to find out so much more about this great machine! And, if you want to upgrade to a bigger 5″x7″ hoop size, check out the Brother SE1900 combo machine. This was my splurge machine about a year ago, and I love it!
Are Brother sewing machines any good?
Brother Industries is known for its production of consistently reliable products. Considering the technology they use, their products also carry affordable price tags.
Brother Industries originated in Japan and has been in business in the United States since the 1950s. In addition to producing quality sewing machines, this electronics and electrical equipment company also manufactures computers, printers, and more.
What is the Brother warranty?
All Brother sewing machines carry a 25-year limited warranty. It’s not 25 years for everything, though. Most of these best Brother sewing machines have a 1/2/25-year warranty limited, and a few will carry the 2/6/25-year limited warranty. For the 1/2/25 year warranty, here’s what’s covered and for how long:
- 1 year: parts, accessories, and labor
- 2 years: electronic components
- 25 years: the chassis, or body, of the sewing machine
Proof of purchase is required, so make sure to keep your paper receipts!
How much do Brother sewing machines cost?
Brother sewing machines can range from less than $100 to 6 digits! Those more expensive machines, of course, are typically used by commercial businesses. If you’re looking to add a Brother sewing machine to your craft corner, expect to pay around $100-$250 depending on the functions you want on your machine.
I hope this collection of reviews of the best Brother sewing machines helps you pick your next crafty companion! If you’re new to sewing, check out my list of best sewing books for beginners to get you started.