5 Best Brother Beginner Sewing Machines For Quilting

5 Best Brother Beginner Sewing Machines For Quilting


Finding the best beginner sewing machine for quilting is always a tough job. The first hurdle is to decide how much you can actually spend on a quilting machine. Quilting machine prices vary a lot from few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Here we are limiting our list to beginner sewing machines from Brother only. 

Nowadays, quilting machines come with hell of a lot of bells and whistles. It is very confusing to be honest. There are certain features that I consider to be 'must have' on any quilting machine. You need to make sure that the machine you choose has all these 'must have' features.

Must Have Features

Quality

Top priority for me. Don't even think of buying a machine if it is of low quality, no matter how many features it has. I am a picky person and I rate quality and performance above all other features. I don't mind having a quality 10 stitch machine rather than living with a poor quality 100 stitch sewing machine.

Straight Stitch, Zig Zag and Blind Hem

A sewing machine that does a wonderful straight stitch, zig zag stitch and blind hem is a must for a quilter. Quality straight stitches do make a difference while piecing or quilting. Zig Zag and Blind Hem are essential while doing machine applique.

Powerful Motor

This is not just for quilters, it applies for everyone. Motor is the heart of a sewing machine and a powerful one is always welcome. Most beginner sewing machines come with motors that can deliver stitches at a speed between 750-1000 stitches/min, which is enough for most of our quilting needs.

Drop Feed Lever

This is a must have for doing free-motion quilting. Discard the machine if this feature is not present.

Programmable Needle Up/Down

An absolute must have for quilters. In my opinion, if you are a quilter, don't even think of buying a machine that lacks this feature. A machine having needle up/down button is like having an extra hand. It is vital for pivoting.

Sewing Start/Stop and Speed Control Slider

Ability to control the sewing speed and sew without the foot controller is always a welcome feature. 

Decorative Stitches

A wide variety of decorative stitches will give you more room for creativity.

Throat Space & Quilting Table

Throat space, the bigger, the better. An oversized table for quilting is a must have for larger quilts.

5 Best Brother Beginner Sewing Machines For Quilting

Now let us have a look at the best Brother beginner sewing machines for quilting, available in U.S. I have made sure that all the sewing machines in this list have all those essential 'must have' features for quilting.

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#1 - Brother XR9500PRW

In my opinion XR9500PRW is the best beginner sewing machine for quilting. It is a combination of quality and affordability that makes this machine the best. It has all the features needed by a quilter (which we discussed earlier). It packs a lot of features including 100 built-in stitches, programmable needle up/down and a wide extension table to accommodate large quilts. Its quiet operation is something that I really liked. It also has a sewing font for basic monogramming. It is also one of the lightest sewing machines around. So if you plan to attend sewing classes, this one will be a good choice. It is an all-round machine.

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#2 - Brother DZ2400

If you are looking for a feature packed sewing machine for quilting, this is a great option. DZ2400 is an absolute charmer. Quality of stitches are absolutely wonderful. The variety of stitches available on this sewing machine is absolutely worth it. It has 130 sewing + 55 alphanumeric built-in stitches, programmable needle up/down, wide extension table etc. The machine is pretty light weight as well. Wide table for quilting and added value pack of designer accessories have made DZ2400 a complete package.

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#3 - Brother CX155LA

A highly underestimated sewing machine which is slowly making its presence felt in the U.S sewing machine market. Laura Ashley CX155LA made its way into this list primarily because of its stitch quality and its ability to go through heavy duty fabrics like denim. The variety of stitches is another advantage. It comes with 155 built-in stitches and extra wide table. The full set of designer accessories you get is an added advantage.

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#4 - Brother HC1850

Apart from having all the 'must have' quilting features, HC1850 has a good variety of stitches to choose from. It comes with 130 built-in stitches and wide table.

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#5 - Brother CS6000i

The most popular beginner sewing machine in US is also a great quilting machine. I don't think CS6000i needs an introduction. It has great stitch quality and comes with features like 60 built-in stitches, programmable needle up/down, extra wide table etc.

Conclusion

This concludes our list of 5 Best Beginner Brother Sewing Machines For Quilting. One last thing you need to note is that, make sure that the machine of your choice comes with the quilting foot you need. If quilting foot is not included with the machine, you will have to purchase it separately. 


Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer only. Opinions may be subjective.