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Whether you’ve been sewing since childhood or you’re a recent convert, the joy of stitching spans generations. It’s the ultimate well-being boost, saves you money and gives you the freedom to craft unique creations, provided you get the right equipment for your needs.
A quality pair of scissors, measuring tape and cutting board are all prerequisites for producing your best work, but a stitcher’s very best friend is a good sewing machine.
Finding the best sewing machine for you depends on what you’re looking to achieve. For some, a sewing machine just needs to manage basic dressmaking tasks, while others need to cope with more complex tasks, such as embroidery or quilting.
With over 100 years’ experience in making sewing machines to tackle every task, Brother has a wide range of products to suit everyone. It’s no coincidence that the company is one of the most popular manufacturers of sewing machines on the market, with a variety of options to suit different budgets.
In this article, we’ve selected a range of seven of the best Brother sewing machines, comparing prices and features to ensure you make the best purchase for the crafts you love.
Best for: Beginners
Key features: 16 built-in stitches; advanced 1-action needle threading system; jog dial; back-lit LCD screen; lockstitch button
The Innov-is A16 is the perfect introductory machine for enthusiastic beginners. Fuss-free features include stitch length and width controls, quick-set drop in bobbin and slide speed control.
There are 16 pre-set stitches, which can be selected by jog dial, plus an automatic 1 step needle threading system. Trust us, you’ll be grateful for it! As a budget-friendly machine it can tackle multiple layers of fabric, and denim too.
Best for: Experienced stitchers on a budget
Key features: 140 built-in stitches, including 10 buttonhole styles; plus 5 styles of lettering; advanced needle threader; lock stitch button; Square Feed Drive System
If you’re ready to take on more advanced projects, including quilting, then the Innov-is F420 sewing machine has several features designed to tackle increasingly complex designs.
With 140 built-in stitches including 10 buttonhole styles, there is plenty to flex your creative muscles. The knee lift function is great for getting extra control and the Square Feed Drive System can handle any fabric. We love the memory function, too.
Best for: Ease of use
Key features: Electronic air threading technology, advanced needle threader; 2, 3 or 4 thread stitching; differential feed; quick change levers; bright LED working lights
This is Brother’s fastest electronic air threader so hold on to your seat, as it allows for stitching speeds of up to 1,300 spm! The stitch choice is varied and it includes a rolled hem for instant perfection on light and sheer fabrics.
With a differential feed ratio between 0.7 to 2mm you’ll get an outstanding stitch finish on every fabric. It comes with a trim trap, and gathering and piping feet.
Best for: Creative sewing
Key features: 241 sewing stitches, plus 5 lettering fonts; 190mm workspace; advanced needle threader and auto thread cutter; multi-directional sewing with sideways feeding; My Custom Stitch
Stitchers fizzing with creative inspiration will love the F560 sewing and quilting machine. Its colour LCD touchscreen, 241 utility and decorative stitches plus five lettering fonts and on-screen editing function allow ideas to flow. Using the My Custom Stitch function, you can also design and save your own decorative stitches.
Brother’s Square Feed Drive System means you can achieve strong stitching on any fabric, while the four-way side feeding makes precision stitching for decorative designs a breeze. In addition, the knee lift function allows you to quilt with ease.
Best for: Combined sewing and embroidery
Key features: 200 built-in embroidery designs (inc 65 Disney); 11 built-in fonts; 100 x 100mm embroidery area; colour touchscreen; advanced needle threader; wireless LAN connected; Artspira creative app; My Custom Stitch
If you’re spellbound by Disney, then your wishes will come true with the M380D, a combined sewing and embroidery machine. There are 200 built-in designs, 181 built-in stitches, including 10 buttonholes, plus 11 built-in embroidery and four lettering fonts.
My Custom Stitch means you can design and save your own stitches easily using the colour LCD touchscreen. On-screen editing gives you clear visuals to work with, and we love the wireless LAN connectivity that allows you to download designs and connect to Brother’s new creative hub, Artspira.
Best for: Embroidery
Key features: 4.9-inch colour touchscreen; 260 x 160mm embroidery area; 258 built-in patterns and 13 fonts; advanced needle threader; auto jump stitch trimmer; wireless connectivity
The NV880 gives you all the control you need to create spectacular embroidery. The LED needle pointer gives you ultimate precision, while the thread trimmer is a real bonus.
The advanced needle threader will save you time and with stitch-out speeds of up to 850 spm, you’ll be whizzing out creations in no time! Embroidery space of 260 x 160mm gives you plenty of room. Wireless connectivity means you can transfer embroidery data and access Artspira, Brother’s all-in-one design platform.
Best for: Advanced embroidery
Key features: Large embroidery area; 1,050 spm; high-res LCD screen; wireless capability; My Design Snap; 727 built-in embroidery designs, including 101 Disney; 24 embroidery fonts; LED pointer embroidery foot; USB port
When you need a professional finish, the Stellaire XE1 will get the job done. Precision is guaranteed with an LED drop needler pointer and enhanced LED lighting. A super-sized embroidery area of 240 x 360mm allows you to work on larger projects. There are 727 built-in embroidery designs, including 101 Disney, monogram and buttonhole shapes.
Text editing, colour shuffling, and enhanced thread colour palettes allow for creative expression. The Stellaire’s My Design Snap app means you can convert images, photos or line drawings into unique embroidery data, plus with wireless connectivity you can access Brother’s new creative app, Artspira.
The Brother range of sewing machines incorporates a world of variety, tailored to the experience of the user.
Whether you’re taking your first steps into stitching, or you're creating your own unique designs, Brother has machines to suit you.
All Brother sewing machines are brim-full with features but take the time to have a thorough read of what each machine offers to make sure that you’re getting the right one for your crafting needs.
Explore the range now with Brother.
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