Brother is one of the most prestigious sewing machine manufacturers on the market. The brand has been in the market for over 60 years and has been adapting to the needs of its consumers ever since. Unlike other manufacturers such as Singer, Brother is a manufacturer that not only produces sewing machines: it also has products in its catalog such as printers, markers, scanners, and fax machines.
About Brother Sewing Machines
The philosophy of the brand is defined with the phrase “at your side” since its inception has worked developing products and patents that facilitate the work with their machines.
One of the main features of Brother sewing machines is their ease of use. The purpose of the brand is to make the complicated simple and facilitate the life of users who use their models of sewing machines. On the other hand, Brother always uses the best materials and finishes which means quality assurance.
As with any other product, the price of the Brother sewing machine may vary depending on the range we choose. Brother makes inexpensive and more expensive sewing machines for industry professionals.
Brothers Brand Models
Below, we will cover the most important models of sewing machines that Brother have manufactured. If you are specifically looking for a Brother sewing machine, then this will give you a great insight into which one to buy.
1) Brother CS10 (Best for Starters)
It is clear that if you choose to buy a Brother sewing machine you will be making a good decision. If you want a sewing starter model and you’re not sure which model to choose, my recommendation is the Brother CS10 machine, which provides a large number of features at a really competitive price.
Recently I was able to try this Brother model as I have a friend who has it. What surprised me the most is that it is very quiet and very easy to use, something that other more advanced machines can’t boast about, but they have menus that are not very intuitive. It is also a machine that does not weigh much, so if we have space problems can be a very good option because we can move it comfortably.
There are many Internet opinions of people who have opted for this model to start in the world of sewing and remain satisfied with their purchase.
2) Brother XM2701 (Best Under $100)
If your budget is very tight and you want to spend the minimum on your new Brother sewing machine, one of your options is the Brother XM2701, which despite not being as complete a model as the one we recommended above meets the basic characteristics of any amateur sewing.
Brother XM2701 still stands out amongst buyers though, and for good reasons. It comes equipped with 27 built-in stitches which include the basics such as a decorative, blind hem, zigzag, and stretch stitches and one auto-size buttonhole, this makes the XM2701 simple but beginner-friendly.
- 27 built-in stitches
- Automatic needle threader & drop-in top bobbin
- 6 sewing feet and instructional DVD for beginners.
- Versatile free arm for a range of projects
- 25 years warranty
- 1-2% of users have reported defects
- Used for light-duty sewing
3) Brother CS6000i (Best Under $200)
The Brother CS6000i is one of the most attractive sewing machine on the market. It’s ideal because Brother designed this to be very simple to use for those who do not enjoy steep learning curves. It comes with the basic functions of all sewing machines but also has some extra additions to help with usability such as an automatic needle threader and a free arm to complete awquard projects such as sleeves.
- Simple to use
- Option to use for Quilting
- Automatic needle threader
- Wide table
- Free arm
- Best Seller
- Some tension issues (May be frustrating for beginners)
- Few sewing machines reported to be defective with E6 error code
4) Brother DZ3000 (Best Under $400)
The Brother Designio is a big seller amongst the sewing market, it provides great value for both intermediate and expert sewers. The DZ3000 comes with a massive 130 built-in stitches, 110 alphanumerical stitches and 8 styles of autosize button hole, this makes it a very attractive sewing machine amongst those hunting for more built-in stitch functions. It’s mainly designed for those who like to get very creative with their projects and love to give them a high standard finish. We highly recommend the Brother Designio DZ3000 if it does match your price range.
- 130 Built-in stitches
- 110 Alphanumerical stitches
- 8 Autosize button hole styles
- 14 Sewing and quilting feet
- Smooth fabric feeding utilizing 7 point feed dogs
- Easy threading system
- Wide table for quilting included
- Is somewhat noisier than most sewing machines
5) Brother PE800 (Best Embroidery Above $400)
The Brother PE800 sewing machine model is one of the most interesting of the brand. It is an computerized machine and has 138 different built-in embroidery designs including scrollwork, florals and quilt patterns. The amount of designs that this sewing machine has is really to target the most creative sewers to let your sewing skills flourish the way they should. Another interesting feature about this sewing machine is that it has 11 built-in fonts which include different languages such as English and Japanese which is rare to see on a sewing machine. This machine is mainly used for embroidery.
- High quality sewing machine
- 138 Designs
- Different fonts including different languages
- Large colour touchscreen for those who find it hard to read
- 5″ x 7″ for larger embroidery designs
- Quite a few issues reported, seems to be too complex for beginners
- Some models reported to be noisy
6) Brother Quilting & Sewing PQ1500SL (Best Quilting Above $400)
Now that we are getting into the higher price ranges, we can look at more specialized types of sewing machines. The Brother PQ1500SL is a specialized sewing machine designed specifically for quilting. It provides an amazing stitching speed of 1500 stitches per minute which means you can speed through your quilting projects while including a versatile free arm that allows you to really speed up those tricky parts of the projects such as sleeves. With a 25 year warranty, it boasts durability.
- 1500 SPM
- Automatic needle threader
- Versatile free arm
- Included accessories: instructional DVD, 7 sewing feet and a knee lifter
- 25 years warranty
- Steep learning curve
- Difficult to thread for the less experienced
Conclusions on Brother Sewing Machines
I have been fortunate to be able to test several models of industrial Brother sewing machines and I have also been able to test domestic models. The feeling when using your machines is very good. You see good materials and the machines make the task a lot easier.
Personally, I like the CS10 much more than the X14, as this second one is too simple.
Brother is an experienced manufacturer of sewing, quilting and embroidery machines. They are machines that have great prestige in the realm of sewing machines.
History of the Brother brand
The company, founded in 1908, began as Yasui Sewing Machine Co. A few years later it was renamed Brother, as we know it today. The brand has built its reputation as a supplier of sewing machines to both the amateur and professional audiences. Each Brother sewing machine has the basic functionalities, and in its catalog, we can find specific machines for sewing, quilting, and embroidery.
Its machines are aimed at both users who want to learn to sew and those who are professionally engaged. The fact is that the security of the brand is such that it offers a guarantee of up to 25 years for its sewing machines, something that provides a lot of security to the buyer.