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Overview and Features
Learning to use a sewing machine as a beginner doesn’t have to be difficult. Models by Brother are known for their beginner-friendly design and simple, intuitive controls.
This model is also reasonably priced and offers some nice extras that can make your job a lot easier, such as:
- Knee lever
- Automatic thread trimmer
- Retractable drop feed dog
- Needle positioner
- LED lights
- Thread tension dial
- Extension table
The best thing about this machine is that it can be used for both everyday sewing and quilting. However, when it comes to stitching types, the selection is very limited.
The machine offers a max sewing speed of 1500 stitches per minute, which is impressively fast. Just like a standard sewing machine, this Brother model uses a foot pedal to control the speed level. You can take it as slow or as fast as you like. This is a great feature for both pros and beginners.
The top speed will allow you to finish a project quickly, or you can move slowly if you’re a beginner and just getting the hang of using a sewing machine.
Auto Threader and Trimmer
This model also comes with an automatic threader, needle position, and thread trimmer. All of these features will help you save some serious time.
This model is a straight stitch machine, which means a straight stitch is all it can do, unlike its top competitor, the Janome Memory Craft 6300 Professional quilting and sewing machine, which offers a total of 66 stitch options.
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The built-in knee leveler will allow you to lift and lower the presser foot, hands-free. So, you can focus on removing the fabric or re positioning it instead.
This model comes with a 25 year limited warranty that includes free technical support for life.
The extension table spans twelve by eight inches and adds plenty of value to your workspace by making it easier to complete larger jobs without having to constantly stop to reposition the fabric.
Those of you who love free motion quilting will be pleasantly surprised to learn that this model comes equipped with a feed dog height adjustment tool that offers four height options. Also included is a pin feed mechanism, which will allow users to exchange the feed dog for a pin. The pin allows users to easily move their quilt layers, or to work with more difficult types of fabric, such as velvet or silk, without leaving marks from the feed dog behind.
A large dial lets users easily and quickly adjust the tension level. However, there were some complaints about this feature. Some quilters had issues adjusting it, but this is commonly caused by incorrectly threading the bobbin.
Like other Brother models, this machine comes with a wide range of extras including:
- Ballpoint needle
- Knee lifter
- Spool cap
- Feed pin changer
- Fabric separator
- Five bobbins
- Seam guide
- Cleaning brush
- Two screwdrivers
- Spool cushion
Whether you’re a pro or a beginner, this machine offers a number of benefits that will make the entire quilting process more enjoyable.
These features will save you plenty of time, especially if you have poor vision and usually have a difficult time threading a machine’s needle.
On this model, the bobbin casing has been placed on the side of the machine instead of the front or top. The height and location of the casing will make it much easier to switch out a bobbin when you’re sewing.
If you plan on using this model daily, then it must be oiled often. However, unlike other models, which will require you to take the machine apart in order to oil it, this machine has tiny oil holes located on the outside of the machine. The holes make oiling the machine a fast and easy process.
The included extension table provides a ton of extra space for quilting. It’s also very sturdy, so it won’t shake or wobble when in use.
The large nine-inch throat provides more than enough space to allow users to continue their quilting without having to re position the fabric constantly.
While the machine is able to sew up to 1500 stitches per minute, the motor is very quiet, so you can use the machine any time of the night or day without waking the entire house.
- 1500 stitches per minute
- Large workspace
- Knee lever
- Automatic thread trimming and needle threading
- Limited stitch options