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 I reviewed this machine.
At A Glance
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.
My curiosity almost had the best of us when I 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, I decided to sit down to see exactly what the Quattro 2 was all about.
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
As soon as I turned on the power switch, I 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 I selected “Operation Guide”, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the entire owner’s manual is electronically loaded onto the Quattro 2.
As I scrolled through the guide, I 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.
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, I found the fact that it is possible to sew without removing the embroidery arm to be particularly refreshing.
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.
- Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
- Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
- Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
- Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers
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 foot
- Monogramming foot
- Overcasting foot
- Zipper foot
- Blindstitch foot
- Buttonhole foot
- Button fitting foot
- Walking foot
- Sidecutter foot
- Straight stitch foot
- Free-motion quilting foot
- Open toe free-motion open toe quilting foot
- Free-motion echo quilting foot
- Embroidery foot
- Vertical stitch alignment foot
- Customized rolling bag
- Embroidery arm cover
- Knee lifter
- 2 Bobbin cases
- Pen tablet with soft cover
- Accessories pouch
- Extra needles
- Twin needle
- 10 bobbins
- Seam ripper
- Cleaning brush
- Eyelet punch
- 3 screwdrivers
- 3 spool caps
- Spool felt
- 2 spool nets
- Embroidery needle plate cover
- Bobbin cover
- Cord guide bobbin cover
- Embroidery bobbin thread
- Embroidery positioning stickers
- Stabilizer material
- Chalk pencil
- USB mouse
- LCD cleaning cloth
- 4 embroidery hoops
- 8″ x 12″
- 8″ x 8″
- 4″ x 4″
- 1″ x 2.5″
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.
A full listing of all the optional accessories available for the Brother Quattro 2 6700D can be found on the internet at brother-usa.
|After each use||Monthly*||Once Each Year**||As Needed|
|Clean loopers and feed dogs|
|Wipe head with soft dry cloth|
|Wipe head with soft damp cloth|
|Service by sewing machine repair professional|
Tying Off The Loose Ends
When it comes to sewing, embroidery, quilting and craft machines, I was 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, I 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.
To sum it all up, I 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.
- 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.
- Advanced Super View (ASV) high definition LCD touch screen
- Sew with embroidery arm attached
- Large work space