Brother Sewing Machine Reviews

If you're interested in purchasing a Brother sewing machine check our reviews below on this page before going over to popular online stores like amazon.com, and or mass retailers like Target and Walmart.

The high end Brother Innovis line is sold exclusively at authorized dealers that specialize in sewing machines.

These highly specialized local sewing machine dealers can be located by visiting the Brother International website.

What Sets Brother Sewing Machines Apart from the Rest

Brother sewing machine
The single most outstanding feature of Brother sewing machines is owner satisfaction.

Of the many sewing machines we have reviewed, Brother is the only sewing machine that an owner proclaimed, “For the price I paid for this sewing machine, I could not have made a better choice.”

She said that she had had her Brother sewing machine for about 10 years and was still extremely happy with it in every way.

Another advantage to owning a Brother machine is the level of support from the manufacturer and an opportunity for camaraderie among Brother owners.

A visit to the Brother International website reveals a listing of events being held nationwide specifically designed for people who own Brother sewing machines.

Popular Brother Models

Through a partnership with the popular television program, Project Runway, Brother International has produced a line of highly functional, affordable sewing machines and sergers with the Project Runway logo.

These machines are not only seen on television in the Project Runway workroom, they are also seen in home sewing rooms across the nation.

Project Runway partnership with Brother

Project Runway partnership with Brother

Brother Project Runway sewing machines and sergers range in price from $100 for Project Runway machines available through amazon.com or retailers like Walmart and Target to about $1,000 for the high end Brother Project Runway Innovis line.

Brother International’s exclusive partnership with Laura Ashley is another popular line.

All of the sewing machines and sergers in the Brother Laura Ashley line are in the Innovis line and available exclusively through authorized Brother Innovis dealers.

Pros
- Machines to fit any budget
- Easy to operate
- Available for purchase on line and through local retailers
- User support through community events and forums

Cons
- With the company’s well established reputation as an expert in office machines, some home sewers remain skeptical about how well a Brother sewing machine will perform over time.
- Many of the lower end machines do not have covers to protect them from environmental dust and debris when not in use.

All Brother Reviews

BROTHER PQ 1500SL PRW
5.0

Brother PQ 1500SL PRW Review

The Brother PQ 1500SL PRW is a straight stitch sewing and quilting machine that is capable of sewing up to 1500 stitches per minute. When I reviewed this particular machine, it was attached to the Brother Dream Fabric Frame. While I initially thought performing a fair review might have been difficult, I quickly learned that it was impossible to do a good review of one machine without reviewing the other as well. It would have been impossible for the Dream Fabric Frame to operate properly without a well built, solid, reliable sewing machine. The Brother PQ 1500SL PRW is just such a machine. It is quiet and does not vibrate while in use. If you are in the market for a reliable straight stitch only high speed sewing and quilting machine without a lot of frills, this just might be the machine you are looking for.
BROTHER DREAM FABRIC FRAME
4.5

Brother Dream Fabric Frame Review

I have considered myself to be a sewing expert and up to date on everything related to sewing and sewing machines for many years. However, it wasn’t until watching a sewing program called It’s Sew Easy that I came across something I didn’t even know existed. The Brother Dream Fabric Frame is a quilt frame that stands alone and can be attached to certain sewing machines. Although I’m not a quilter, this intrigued me so much, I couldn’t resist the urge to embark upon a search for one to review. The Brother Dream Fabric Frame may not be the ideal choice for some machine quilting enthusiasts. However, if you love making large quilts but have space limitations, you owe it to yourself to take a very long hard look at it.
Brother Innov-Is 2800D
5.0

Brother Innov-Is 2800D Review

The Brother Innov-Is 2800D is not new on the market, but one that I was only able to review a little while ago. This machine is what some might call a hidden treasure. It is more than just user friendly. It is an ideal alternative to those throw away machines you come across in big box stores simply because of its solid construction and superior performance. If your budget won’t allow you to invest in a brand new sewing and quilting machine, take a very long hard look at the Brother Innov-Is 2800D before settling for a newer model machine of lesser quality.
Brother Innovis Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 1300 PRW
5.0

Brother Innov-is Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 1300 PRW Review

The Brother Innov-is Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 1300 PRW is one of the most user friendly affordable sewing and quilting machines I have had the pleasure of reviewing. It is also the very first sewing and quilting machine that I have had the honor of observing a store owner give a full demonstration for a customer. As I was reviewing this machine, a customer expressed interest in it. I cleared the way and watched Laura, owner of Laura’s Sewing and Vacuum in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, as she taught this woman how to operate the NQ 1300 PRW right on the spot. In just a few short minutes, her client was creating all sorts of stitches and stitch combinations on her own, without any input or assistance from Laura… confirming that this machine is truly user friendly.
Brother Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 700 PRW
4.9

Brother Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 700 PRW Review

There is no doubt whatsoever that all of the machines in the Brother Q series are affordable and user friendly. The Brother Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 700 PRW is no exception. The difference, however, is that this particular machine is even more user friendly – especially for the beginner – and more affordable. It has all of the most desirable features and benefits found on the higher end machines in the Q series, but not so many that it is overwhelming for someone who has never worked on a sewing machine before. I do not, however, recommend this machine for children younger than 12 years of age because with 180 utility and decorative stitch options to choose from, a young child could easily become overwhelmed.
Brother Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 900 PRW
4.9

Brother Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 900 PRW Review

As a big fan of the long running clothing design and sewing competition program, Project Runway, I have always gravitated toward sewing machines and sergers with the very popular Project Runway logo. To be honest, some of these machines have been great and others have been quite disappointing. I am happy to report that the Project Runway NQ 900 PRW is one of the best machines in the entire Project Runway series. It is affordable, user friendly and very well built. My only challenge with this one is the placement of the drop feed control lever and the fact the default setting on some of the dense design stitch options needed to be adjusted in order to achieve the professional quality I wanted.
Brother Innovis NQ 3500D
5.0

Brother Innov-is NQ 3500D Review

There are very few sewing machines on the market that I cannot find a single thing to criticize, but after reviewing the Brother Innov-is NQ 3500D just might be one of them. If you are interested in adding a reliable, user friendly sewing and embroidery machine to your sewing room, you owe it to yourself to visit an authorized Brother Innov-is dealer in your local area and take a long hard look at the Brother Innov-is NQ 3500D. Not only is this machine user friendly, it is also affordable and extremely well built.
Brother Innov-is NQ 1400E
5.0

Brother Innov-is NQ 1400E Review

Some time ago, I received an e-mail from a gentleman who was interested in the Brother Q line. At the time, the machines were still in the production phase and no one had seen one as yet. Since then, however, the Q series has been released and I am pleased to report that the Brother Innov-is NQ 1400E could very well be the beginning of something very good for people who are interested in finding an affordable embroidery only machine. It is so user friendly that anyone who is familiar with the operation of a computerized sewing machine would have no problem at all buying this one, taking it home and creating some fantastic embroidery designs right away.
Brother Persona PRS 100
5.0

Brother Persona PRS 100 Review

The Brother Persona PR 100 is the first industrial embroidery machine that I have been bold enough to actually operate myself. Until now, I have observed the machines of this type while being operated by sales associates who had been trained and certified in their use. The Brother Persona PR 100, however, is designed to not only be user friendly, but so easy to learn to operate that training takes only a few minutes. In fact, I learned how to use the machine that I reviewed while observing a demonstration for a customer who owns a business that specializes in customizing t-shirts, ball caps and small items. When the demonstration was finished, I couldn’t resist the temptation to operate the machine myself. The only challenge I had was user error when I made a mistake while threading the machine – I but only did it one time. The good news is my mistake was unnoticeable on the finished project.
Brother Project Runway Limited Edition PC 420
5.0

Brother Project Runway Limited Edition PC 420 Review

The Brother Project Runway Limited Edition PC 420 is a compact computerized sewing machine that brings more than 200 decorative and utility stitches to the sewing room. It is an excellent choice for someone who has never before operated a computerized sewing machine, even beginners who are 12 years of age of older. It is also an excellent choice for carrying class, for the college student who wants to have a sewing machine in the dorm room, as well as anyone who likes to take their sewing machine along for the ride when they travel. A machine like this is an ideal choice for people who spend part of the year in a warmer clime and travel back to their hometowns during the summer months.
brother ls 2400 machine
3.0

Brother LS 2400 Review

This is possibly the worst sewing machine that Brother has ever produced. It gets a high mark in maintenance [4 stars] because it is relatively easy to clean and a tentative high mark in stitch quality [5 stars] only because the one I reviewed is brand spanking new… right of the box. As a testament to the manufacturer’s own wariness about the quality of this machine, there is a huge red stop sign on the inside flap of the carton advising users to call them before taking it back to the store. They even took the time to include a similar advisory brochure along with the owner’s manual and quick reference guide. The Brother LS 2400 is not well made at all. My prediction is that it might last up to three or six months of normal use. After that, you’ll be shopping for another sewing machine.
brother 540d
4.8

Brother PE 540D Embroidery Only Machine Review

This personal embroidery machine brings Mickey Mouse and the entire Disney-Pixar crew to the home sewing room at an affordable price. As you teach your children to sew, they will be ecstatic when they realize that they can create Disney-Pixar designs to add to the things they are learning to make for themselves. The Brother PE 540D is extremely user friendly and so easy to operate a child could learn to use it with just a little adult supervision.
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3.8

Brother Innov-is NX 570Q Quilter’s Club Review

While I have some very real reservations about some of the features on this sewing and quilting machine, I think it is a good choice for someone who needs a lightweight machine to carry to class or to sewing group meetings. This is a solid machine, one that has virtually no vibration and very little noise, which is a very desirable feature when you are sewing in a room full of people where some people may be trying to have a conversation.
brother dream sewing machine
4.9

Brother Dream Machine Review

Have you ever seen a sewing machine that almost literally takes your breath away? The Brother Dream Machine has just about everything any home sewer could possibly think of. To top it all off, it is also the winner of the 2014 Consumers’ Digest Best Buy Award. In addition to its excellent stitch quality, the Dream Machine comes with 23 brand new features that have never before been offered on a sewing machine. This is one that must be seen to be believed. Drop by your authorized Brother Innov-is dealer soon and ask for a demonstration. No doubt, you will be just as amazed as I was.
brother laura ashley machine
4.4

Brother Innov-is Laura Ashley Isodore 5000 Review

The Brother Innov-is Laura Ashley Isodore 5000 is the very first full size embroidery machine in the Laura Ashley line. This limited edition machine has more than 300 built in utility, quilting and decorative stitches and comes with 14 snap on presser feet as well as a CD with an additional 44 stitch options. I do have a few concerns with this machine, but none that are so serious that I would be inclined to tell you not to purchase it if you think this is the machine for you.
brother dream creator
5.0

Brother Dream Creator XE – VM 5100 Review

If you like the Brother Dream Weaver but don’t want to spend quite as much for a great sewing, quilting and embroidery machine, you owe it to yourself to take a look at the Dream Creator XE – VM 5100. It comes with every single one of the great features built in to the Dream Weaver, but doesn’t have quite so many of the perks and add-ons. If you can do without those extras, this just might be the machine for you.
brother-pacesetter
4.8

Brother Pacesetter ULT 2002D Review

If the Brother DreamWeaver embroidery and sewing machine is on your wish list, but you simply don’t have the resources to get one right now, you may want to take a close look at one of its early predecessors – the Brother Pacesetter ULT 2002D. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles available on the DreamWeaver, but the basic features are there and they work great.
Brother Project Runway Limited Edition Innov-is 40
5.0

Brother Project Runway Limited Edition Innov-is 40 Review

Brother’s Project Runway Limited Edition Innov-is 40 is one of the recipients of the 2013 Consumers Digest Best Buy award. It comes with 40 on board decorative and utility stitch options, including 5 one step buttonholes and all of the features necessary to make anyone’s sewing experience a gratifying one. This sewing machine is so user friendly, an elementary school age child could master it; and the stitch quality and workmanship make it a great choice for home sewers of all ages and all skill levels.
brother nx 650q sewing machine
4.8

Brother NX 650Q Review

I was pleasantly surprised when I reviewed the Brother NX 650Q, then disappointed when I discovered that it had been discontinued. If you are in the market for a great user friendly sewing and quilting machine, you must check this one out.
Brother Innovis 950D
3.8

Brother Innovis 950D Review

The Innovis 950D is a cute sewing machine that sews, embroiders and quilts. It comes with an embroidery unit and an extension table for quilting. My most serious qualm with this machine is the quality of some of the stitches.
brother dreamweaver
5.0

Brother DreamWeaver VQ 3000 Review

Brother has come out with a new series of top of the line sewing, quilting and embroidery machines. I reviewed the Brother DreamWeaver VQ 3000, a sewing and quilting machine that offers more than 500 utility and decorative stitch options. This is by far, one of the most affordable and user friendly machines in its class.
Brother SQ 9050
3.8

Brother SQ 9050 Review

The Brother SQ 9050 is possibly the best sewing and quilting machine in its price range. It has lots of standard features and accessories that are normally found exclusively on far more costly machines, but the fact that it is such a lightweight machine causes me to wonder just how much really serious quilting you will really be able to do before you start to experience problems.
Brother LX 2500
4.3

Brother LX 2500 Review

All in all, the Brother LX 2500 is a great sewing machine for beginners, but in my opinion, it has a few shortcomings that I believe would make it a disappointment for anyone who has a lot of sewing experience. If you love to sew and like to take your sewing with you, then its light weight and portability might just compensate for those shortcomings.
Brother Laura Ashley Innovis Limited Edition NX 800
4.8

Brother Laura Ashley Innovis Limited Edition NX 800 Review

The Brother Laura Ashley Innovis Limited Edition NX 800 sewing machine offers the convenience of a knee lifter to raise and lower the presser foot; 14 different needle positions; an oversized work space; adjustable presser foot pressure and presser foot leveling that gives users the ability to work easily with varying thicknesses of fabric.