Brother Quattro 2 6700D Review

Brother Quattro 2 6700D Review
Brother Quattro 2 6700D Review
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Users
  • Stitch quality
  • Speed
  • Ease Of Use
  • Maintenance
Beginner
Intermediate
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
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.

Introduction

Multi-functional machines that sew, quilt and embroider have been on the market for quite a while now. However, very few of these machines are as user friendly and easy to operate as the Quattro 2 6700D from Brother.

When describing this machine, the people at Brother use the tag line “Creativity times Four”, and that’s exactly what came to mind when we reviewed this machine.

Brother Quattro 2 6700D sewing machine

Brother Quattro 2 6700D sewing machine

Pros

  • Advanced Super View (ASV) high definition LCD touch screen
  • Sew with embroidery arm attached
  • Large work space

Cons

  • None

At A Glance

"Creativity times four" - on Brother Quattro 2

“Creativity times four” – on Brother Quattro 2

The attractive blue and white motif coupled with the oversized embroidery arm and large high definition color LCD touch screen with the changing pictures and messages drew us to the Brother Quattro 2 6700D sewing machine.

The images included several different pictures of beautifully sewn clothes and embroidery designs, including the Disney logo, indicating that this machine is equipped with Disney embroidery designs.

Our curiosity almost had the best of us when we saw the screen light up with the words “Creativity Times Four” followed by an image divided into four quadrants, each one with a graphic and a different word… Sew, Quilt, Embroider, Craft.

After standing there watching this animated display for a couple of minutes, we decided to sit down to see exactly what the Quattro 2 was all about.

Features

Quattro 2 stitch library

Quattro 2 stitch library

In addition to the large user friendly high definition LCD touch screen that is larger than 4”x 7” in size, the Brother Quattro 2 6700D is equipped with:

  • 638 utility and decorative stitches
  • 15 one step buttonholes
  • 470 built in embroidery designs
  • 10 frame shapes
  • 12 frame stitch
  • Side feeding
  • Trial position/layout function
  • Curving text
  • 8” x 12” embroidery area
  • 1000 embroidery stitches per minute
  • Automatic presser foot lifter
  • Automatic height adjustment
  • Presser foot leveling
  • Pivot function
  • and many more…

Working on the Brother Quattro 2 6700D

The stylus for interaction with LCD screen

The stylus for interaction with LCD screen

As soon as we turned on the power switch, we knew the Quattro 2 was a different type of sewing machine.

The Home menu on the LCD screen gave us several options: Operation Guide, Sewing Guide and Pattern Explanation.

The various touch screen options can be accessed by using either the stylus which is conveniently located in a slot on the right side of the machine or by the simple light touch of a fingertip.

When we selected “Operation Guide”, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that the entire owner’s manual is electronically loaded onto the Quattro 2.

As we scrolled through the guide, we clicked on the link labeled “Maintenance”, which took us to detailed written instructions for cleaning the race hook accompanied by an animated video which clearly demonstrates the process for those users who may be visual learners.

You can do literally everything with this touch pad, including adjust stitch length and width, snip thread and reverse stitches. These tasks can also be performed by touching buttons mounted on the machine head, giving the user additional options for how to perform routine tasks.

Quattro2 pen tablet

Quattro 2 pen tablet

The touch screen is particularly useful for accessing stitch designs, sequence memory, and retrieving stored designs.

Choosing the right utility or decorative stitch or embroidery design is as easy as scrolling through the on screen options and following the directions that appear when a final selection is made.

However, if the occasion arises when the hundreds of embroidery designs are not sufficient, the pen tablet, which connects to the Brother Quattro 2 6700D via a USB cord, will allow the user to design their own embroidery designs and then bring them to life on the Quattro 2 using any colors they choose from the on board 300 color palate.

The basic steps for setting up the machine, such as threading and bobbin winding are as simple and uncomplicated as could possibly be. Start/stop button is extremely convenient, especially when performing embroidery or quilting tasks.

The Brother Quattro 2 6700D has a free arm for sewing those small items. However, we found the fact that it is possible to sew without removing the embroidery arm to be particularly refreshing.

A closer look at the sewing work area

A closer look at the sewing work area

Most other machines of this type require that the embroidery arm be used only for embroidery tasks.

In order to perform sewing or quilting tasks on those machines, it is necessary remove the embroidery arm and then replace it with a standard work table or use the free arm.

Fabrics

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

Accessories

The Quattro 2 comes with a full complement of accessories, not always considered to be standard for some other machines in this same category and price range.

  • 15 presser feet
  • Zigzag
  • Monogramming foot
  • Button fitting
  • Walking foot
  • Free-motion quilting
  • Embroidery arm cover
  • 2 Bobbin cases
  • Embroidery bobbin thread
  • and many more…

In addition to all of these standard accessories, anyone who owns a Brother Quattro 2 6700D has the option of purchasing a full range of additional optional accessories, including an extra wide work table, Disney and Brother embroidery cards and embroidery hoops of many different sizes.

Maintenance







After each useMonthly*Once Each Year**As Needed
Clean loopers and feed dogs
Wipe head with soft dry cloth
Wipe head with soft damp cloth
Lubricate
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

When it comes to sewing, embroidery, quilting and craft machines, we are inclined to say that the Brother Quattro 2 6700D is the most user friendly choice available.

The on-board electronic user’s manual and step by step design instructions, along with the pen tablet combine to make this an excellent choice for any sewing room where embroidery is a major task.

The Quattro 2 is uncomplicated, but not for the home sewer who does not have a strong knowledge of basic sewing techniques and sewing machine operation.

With an MSRP of $9,999, this machine is not only affordable it is one of the most reasonably priced machines of its type. On the other hand, it is definitely not a machine for anyone who does not know what they are doing.

The Brother Quattro 2 6700D is far above the skill level of anyone who is new to sewing or who has limited experience with machine embroidery.

If someone who has done just a little bit of machine embroidery is in the market for a machine designed to help them perfect their embroidery skills, we suggest they take a look at the Brother Innov-is 1250. That machine is ideal for the home sewer who is adept at sewing machine operation and is ready to expand their abilities.

The Brother Quattro 2 can do it all

The Brother Quattro 2 can do it all

To sum it all up, we believe anyone who is ready to upgrade the inventory in their sewing room to include a machine that does absolutely everything should take a close look at the Brother Quattro 2 6700D.

This is one machine that does everything and does it very well. In addition, it is affordable, well designed and easy to maintain.

12 Comments

  1. I purchased this machine, within the first month the F05 speed sensor light came on and shut down the machine. It went to the shop for 2 1/2 weeks. Came home and again the speed sensor sign came on and the machine shut down. It was replaced. New machine, the first time I used it it frayed the threads while embroidering, the threads broke up inside making it impossible to retrive the thread. I used the machine 5 more times. It continued to fray threads and not work properly. So now the new machine is headed for the shop. This machine was sold to me for $8,600. I have been told last week 4 other people have had the same problem in my area. This machine has left me feeling like I have been RIPPED OFF. I just want to leave this machine at the shop where I purchased it and get my money back and never return or see another Brother product. This machine is not worth the head ace you will get from using it. It is a night mare. It will spend more time in the repair shop than it does with you.

    • Lisa-Thank you very much for your input. I am very sorry you have to endure this problem. Based upon your comments, I will revisit this review and possibly change the original rating to reflect your experiences.

      I review all late model sewing machines while they are still on display in the store. Therefore, when I review them, they are brand new out of the box and in perfect operating condition. During reviews, I do all I can to test them, but the true test of any sewing machine is how it performs in day-to-day situations when they are really put through their paces.

      This is one of the reasons why reviews of older models are included on this site as well.

      I, too, had the experience of purchasing a highly rated brand new sewing machine only to be disappointed when it didn’t perform up to expectation in a real life situation.

      Your experience is a very valuable one. I urge everyone to take heed before making a final decision to purchase this or any sewing machine.

      Unfortunately, buying a sewing machine is much like purchasing a car. Make sure you have a good warranty and return policy. Nearly all of them look great and perform well on the showroom floor; however, some machines … especially those with brand new technology, like the speed sensor in this case … need to get the bugs out before they can really do the jobs they are built to perform.

      I sincerely hope the issues with your Quattro are resolved very soon

    • I left an earlier comment on the Brother Quartto 2 embroidery machine. I continued to use this machine after the tech. told me it would never give me anymore trouble. That was true for a few months. In March during the embroidery process the cutter stopped working. Off
      to the shop it went in May I called the shop and decided I better speak with the Tech. myself. I found out all the parts in the bottom of the machine broke. He had to order those parts. When those parts came in he replaced them only to find the mother board went out on the machine he told the shop where it came from that it needed to be replaced. They don’t think so. I have spoken to Brother don’t know what they are going to do at this point. I am so very disappointed with the Brother Quartto 2.

  2. I purchased this machine two months ago. This is my third Brother machine and I have enjoyed everyone of them. I upgraded to this machine for many of the new special features. I have done sewing repairs and embroidered more than 10 items, some quite large and complex. At this time I have not had any issues with my machine. A few times thread have broken, but I have found that to be the case with any machine I have used depending on the thread used for both top and bobbin. Also dependent on material type and thickness of design embroidery. I rate this machine very high and enjoy it every time I use it.

  3. I have been looking at this machine to purchase. I have a Janome 350 at this time. I don’t have store close to me, the closest one is a 2 hour drive. They gave me a price, but after reading some comments on different forums, I think the price is too high. I hate the fact that prices on any machine are not listed on any websites in order to compare. It is kinda like shopping for a car..I just hate all that dealing with the prices, most of the time you don’t feel you got a good price. I do think this is the machine for me. Thanks for the review.

  4. Your review convinced me to purchase the Quattro 2. It is an incredible machine but I do have to disagree with the notion that it is affordable. Guess it depends on the person’s budget! In spite of having to take out a loan to pay for the machine, I am thoroughly enjoying it. I embroidered all weekend and now want to figure out the quilting aspect of it next. Any tips?

  5. I have had my quattro 2 for a couple of months. It is an absolutely wonderful machine. I have sewn 2 quilts embroidered some bibs, and am now working on Christmas ornaments for presents. It has performed beautifully. So glad I upgraded to the Quattro 2.

  6. I have had my brother since march 2012. I love it. It has not been a problem at all. The store where I purchased my machine, let me know that it is sensitive to coats and clarks embroidery thread. I tried the thread before I asked them. They knew it was that thread right away. Try a different thread. It may work better for you.

  7. Beautiful machine…got it for Christmas! I have already done lots of embroidery on it and it sews like a charm. One of the things I love about it is that it is very user friendly and has an excellent stitch quality. It is very quiet compared to other machine’s I’ve had. So many wonderful features that really are fun to work with, and learning them is simple because of the good instructions given on the help guide that is on the machine and the instruction manual also. The pen tablet that comes with this machine is a plus if you enjoy creating your own designs too. The feature of not having to change the embroidery table when you want to do regular sewing is great! I would highly recommend this machine if you are considering it as a choice.

  8. I am actually embroiderying my first design on my new machine.
    It is a 91,856 stitch design with 16 different colors. I am so excited and even though I had a few problems in the past (that were taken care of) I wouldn’t own anything but a Brother.
    This is my 5th Brother embroidery machine in 12 years (I still have my very 1st. a Brother 180D).I keep trading up.
    Brother and the owner of the store where I purchased my machines have always been very helpful, caring and understanding if I had an issue.
    by the way, my 1st. design is a Photo Stitch design of Jesus.

  9. I purchased my Quattro 2 6700D late last year. From day one I have had tension problems. I have always had to back off on the upper tension. I think there is too much tension set in the head. I have done identical sew outs and the samples from the 6700D show that the material is crumpled from the tension. The sample from my PC8500 show an almost flat sew out. To balance the tension, the bobbin case needs about 30 grams of pressure to pull thread (on the PC8500, it is less than 10 grams; on a Topaz 20, it is around 15 grams). I took it back to the dealer and he said the machine is fine. I wonder if anyone else has run into this.

  10. I’ve had my Brother Quattro about 1 year. In that time it has been in the shop 4 times. I’ve had tension problems from the beginning. I set the tension at the beginning of s project and after a short while the tension changes. At times the tension does not change no matter what the setting. A few months, the motor went out and it took 5 weeks to be repaired. Lots of other issues. The service people are nice, but honestly they don’t have a clue. I have to turn off the machine after sewing a couple of designs otherwise, the machine goes a bit crazy sewing BIG loops on the top and tying knots underneath. It is not reliable even for piecing.

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