When you get a chance to spend an entire day in a sewing machine store checking out the new models, you never turn down the opportunity.

When the folks at Laura’s Sewing and Vacuum invited me to spend the day with them, I jumped at the chance to review the entire Q line from Brother. Among them was the Brother Innov-is Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 1300 PRW.

At A Glance

Brother Innovis Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 1300 PRW

Brother Innovis Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 1300 PRW

The Brother Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 1300 PRW is one of several Brother sewing machines in the Q line that bear the logo of the popular television sewing design and sewing competition.

Monochromatic LCD screen

Monochromatic LCD screen

In addition to the Project Runway logo, the NQ 1300 PRW also has the distinguished Innov-is logo, an indication that it is available solely through authorized Brother Innov-is dealers.

There is a monochromatic LCD screen on the column with a touchpad that has a series of control buttons underneath. Above the needle you will find the advanced needle threader; function buttons – start/stop; needle up/down; presser foot up/down; reverse stitch; design stop and thread tie off/cut.

To the right of the function buttons is the variable speed slider with three settings. Beneath the needle is a bright LED light which illuminates the work surface, a see through bobbin cover and a needle plate with seam guides etched on it.

The two sided accessories case slides off to reveal a convenient free arm and the drop feed control lever – which is on the back of the free arm.

There is also an extension table which is used for quilting jobs as well as for working on large sewing tasks such as coats.


  • 290 on board decorative and utility stitches, including:
    • 58 combinable stitches
    • 10 one-step auto-size buttonholes
    • 5 Sewing fonts
    • 3 Alphanumeric fonts
    • 1 Cyrillic
    • 1 Japanese
  • Advanced needle threading system
  • Automatic thread tension
  • Jam-resistant Quick-Set™ drop-in top bobbin
  • Sideways sewing
  • Automatic Height Adjuster™ (AHA®)
  • Pivot Function
  • Longer feed dogs and zigzag foot
  • My Custom Stitch™
  • Reinforcement stitch
  • Drop feed
  • Function buttons:
    • Start/stop
    • Design stop
    • Reverse stitch
    • Presser foot up/down
    • Needle up/down
    • Variable speed slider
  • Advanced needle threader
  • On board stitch selection guide
  • On board ruler
  • Free arm
  • LED Lighting
  • Monochromatic LCD screen
  • Left to right mirror image
  • Stitch memory

Working on the Brother Innov-is Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 1300 PRW

The steps required to thread the Brother Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 1300 PRW and winding the bobbin is identical in all of the machines in the Brother Q series. Easy to understand and follow on board diagrams and guides take users through every step of the process.

Stitch selection guide

Stitch selection guide

After the machine is threaded and the bobbin is wound and securely in place, the next step is to select a stitch from the 290 utility and decorative stitch options.

The first step in selecting a stitch option is to refer to the stitch selection guide inside the lid on top of the machine. Next, Menu options on the column go to the menu icon on the column that matches the icon in the upper left corner of the section on the lid where the stitch is located.

Then, use left or right directional arrows to highlight the stitch you want on the LCD screen. The stitch will appear on the screen along with the default length and width settings along with identification of the ideal presser foot to use in order to execute the stitch properly.

This review was actually interrupted because a customer was interested in a demonstration. I stepped aside and observed as Laura sat with the client and showed her every single detail about the Brother Innov-is Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 1300 PRW.

No doubt, people reading some of my reviews may be inclined to believe that I give sewing machines a user friendly rating because I have been sewing for so long.

I have no way of knowing how long this customer has been sewing. I did, however, gather from the conversation that she had never before worked on a computerized sewing machine.

She was interested in purchasing a new machine that had an automatic needle threader and offered features that were not available on her old mechanical sewing machine.

After watching Laura thread the machine and go through the stitch selection process only once, this woman was able to perform those tasks with ease.

The stitch sample on black fabric was done by the customer. When the demonstration was finished, I sat back down at the machine and ran a few stitches myself, just so I could describe the feel of the machine.

Customer demonstration of stitch quality

Customer demonstration of stitch quality

Both the customer and I agree that the Brother Innov-is Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 1300 PRW is so quiet you can barely hear it from a distance of about 10 feet, very easy to operate and so well built that it does not vibrate at all.


  • Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
  • Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
  • Knits
  • Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
  • Denim
  • Upholstery
  • Leather/suede
  • Fur
  • Reptile skin
  • Canvas/Twill
  • Plastic/Rubber
  • Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers


Standard accessories:

  • 15 Snap on presser feet
    • Zigzag Foot
    • Monogramming Foot
    • Overcasting Foot
    • Zipper Foot
    • Blind Stitch Foot
    • Buttonhole Foot
    • Button Fitting Foot
    • Open Toe Foot
    • Non-stick Foot
    • Stitch Guide Foot
    • Adjustable Zipper/Piping Foot
    • Free-motion Echo Quilting Foot
    • Free-motion Quilting Foot
    • Walking Foot
    • ¼” Quilting Foot with Guide
  • Extra Needles
  • Twin needle
  • 4 Bobbins
  • Quilting guide
  • Seam ripper
  • Lint brush
  • Eyelet punch
  • 3 Screwdrivers (large, L-shaped, Disc-shaped)
  • Horizontal spool pin
  • 4 Spool caps (1 large, 1 medium, 1 small, 1 mini-insert)
  • Spool net
  • Knee lifter
  • Accessory bag
  • Wide extension table
  • Dust cover
  • Grid sheet set
  • Owner’s manual
  • Quick reference guide


After each useMonthly*Once Each Year**As Needed
Clean race hook and feed dogs
Wipe head with soft dry cloth
Wipe head with soft damp cloth
Service by sewing machine repair professional

* more often if the machine is used for extended periods of time or if used frequently

**more often if the machine is used heavily or if it is not operating properly

Tying Off The Loose Ends

The Brother Innov-is Project Runway NQ 1300 PRW is the last of the machines in the Brother Q line that I reviewed on that day long visit to Laura’s Sewing and Vacuum.

Each of the machines that I reviewed was user friendly and affordable. The NQ 1300 PRW has more to offer than the NQ 700 PRW the only other sewing and quilting machine in the Q line.

The primary difference between the 1300 and the 700 is the number of stitch options and the NQ 700 is not equipped with an automatic thread tension or automatic height adjustment feature. In addition, an extension table is only available as an optional accessory for those who purchase the 700.

I like this machine for beginners as well as advanced home sewers. It is one of those sewing machines that can satisfy practically everyone. Someone who has never before used a sewing machine will be at ease as they learn the ins and outs of sewing machine operation.

A person who has been sewing for just a short while will appreciate the ease with which they can adjust to this user-friendly machine and an advanced home sewer will be grateful for an opportunity to work on a machine that is so well built.

The affordability is another huge plus, regardless of the skill level. I do not, however, recommend that children younger than 12 years of age be permitted to use this machine.

Although it is extremely user friendly, it also has so many features and stitch options that a young child would be overwhelmed and possibly give up on the idea of sewing altogether.

The features and design are well thought out. I am not thrilled with the placement of the drop feed control lever, but I am coming to realize that this is not an issue for lots of people.

In fact, someone sent me an e-mail message specifically to let me know that reaching the drop feed control is no problem whatsoever if the extension table is in place.

With this in mind, I defer to those who own and are happy with sewing machines that have the drop feed control in the same position… on the back of the free arm.

Having said that, I continue to reserve my right to protest any control mechanism that is not within easy reach on the front of any sewing machine.

The Brother Innov-is Project Runway NQ 1300 PRW is one of the best sewing and quilting machines on the market today. Not only is it user friendly and affordable, it is also solid and very well built.

Of course, since the entire Q line is brand new, only time will tell if this is one of those sewing machines that will stand the test of time or if it will be obsolete in just a few short years.

My money, however, is on its longevity… providing the company does not stop making replacement parts after 10 years, forcing owners to purchase subsequent machines.

Even with this possibility in mind, I think anyone who is in the market for a new sewing and embroidery machine set aside time to visit their local Brother Innov-is dealer and do the same thing the customer did at Laura’s Sewing and Vacuum… ask for a demonstration of the Brother Innov-is Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 1300 PRW.

Brother Innov-is Project Runway Limited Edition NQ 1300 PRW Review
Link To Official Website
Skill Level:
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
Stitch quality
Ease of use
  • Good for beginners
  • User friendly
  • Lightweight
  • Placement of drop feed control
5.0Overall Score
Reader Rating: (33 Votes)

7 Responses

  1. Marcia

    What is the difference between a NQ1300 and a NQ1300prw

    On the NQ 1300 how many needle positions are there to the left and right. For example in quilting if you want to move to a scant 1/4 inch is there an option for that.

  2. Leah Evans

    I just purchased this sewing machine at English’s Sewing Center in Reidland, KY. I have had my singer sewing machine for 33 years and decided for as much sewing as I do that I needed to update. MAN DID I EVER – I absolutely love this machine. I have been sewing for 46 years and I wish I could get on a mountain top and tell everyone who sews to purchase this machine….. It is amazing and I have only had it for 4 days. I do a lot of window treatments, drapes, pillows, crafts and clothes for all ages. I was able last weekend to alter suit pants for my husband and this machine allowed you to go through very thick fabrics. What would have normally taken me at least 1 hour took about 15 minutes. It looks so very professional. I can’t wait to get off work to head home to sew more. Best investment I have ever made.


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