Brother CE1100PRW Review In Detail

Brother CE1100PRW Review In Detail

Brother CE1100PRW gets most of the things right. It has some nice features and the stitch quality is also very good. However it misses out on a lettering font.

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Brother CE1100PRW is a limited edition Project Runway sewing machine. Brother has quite a few machines in the 'Project Runway' series and most of them are doing pretty well in the sewing machine market. CE1100PRW is an electronic sewing machine (not a fully computerized one). It comes with 100 built-in stitches which include 8 one-step buttonholes. There is an automatic needle threader to save eye strain.

Stitch selection is done with the help of buttons provided near the LCD screen. The screen displays the selected stitch, stitch width and length and also the recommended presser foot. The maximum stitch width is 7mm and stitch length is 5mm. Top drop-in bobbin with clear cover lets you monitor the bobbin thread supply. There is a manual thread cutter on the side of the machine, in addition to this there is another tiny thread cutter near the bobbin area.

To sew cuffs and collars you can remove the accessory storage compartment attachment. A lever is provided to drop the feed dogs for doing free-motion quilting. The presser foot pressure is not adjustable on this machine, which is the case with most sewing machines in the segment. The foot controller that comes with Brother CE1100PRW is of good size. It has enough space to rest your foot unlike some other machines which have a tiny foot controller that easily moves around the floor. The foot pedal cord plugs in more like the headphone jack of your cell phone. Another nice addition from Brother is that the foot pedal won't work if the presser foot is not lowered.

Brother CE1100PRW is not a fully computerized sewing machine, so it doesn't feature a programmable needle up/down button. Instead the machine stops in the needle down position and you can move it up using the handwheel. Brother CE1100PRW can sew at a maximum speed of 850 stitches/min. It is a very lightweight sewing machine, weighing just 10.58 lbs. So you can easily carry it to sewing classes. The machine comes with 25 year limited warranty.

Ease of Use

First advice I can give is, read the user manual thoroughly before setting up. It is not a difficult machine to set up, by any stretch of imagination. The machine is very easy to thread. People tend to run into threading issues because they might not have followed the threading instructions correctly.  

Brother CE1100PRW operates quietly, which should be a consideration if you sew after taking your kids to bed. The machine has enough variety of stitches to grow your skills. The stitch quality is really good. I have tried it with 4 layers of denim and the stitches were nice and clean.

Drawbacks

I would like the LED work light to be brighter.

The LCD display is not backlit, which kind of makes it difficult to read in certain lighting conditions.

There is no lettering font for basic monogramming.

Since Brother CE1100PRW is not a fully computerized sewing machine, it misses out on sewing start/stop button and speed control slider to sew without the foot controller. If you want those features, you will have to look at something like the Brother XR9500PRW.

No cover included.

Pros

•    Good stitch variety
•    Quiet operation
•    Lightweight
•    Easy to set up

Cons

•    No lettering font
•    No included cover
•    Work light could be brighter

Review Verdict

Brother CE1100PRW gets most of the things right. It has some nice features and the stitch quality is also very good.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeElectronic/Partly Computerized
Built-in Stitches100
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonNo
Speed Control SliderNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles8 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityNo
Stitch SelectionLCD Display and Push Buttons
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Built-in MemoryNo
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownNo
Built-in Monogramming FontNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
Motor Speed850 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes LED
Feed Dog7
Included FeetButtonhole foot, Zipper foot, Button sewing foot, Overcasting foot, Blindstitch foot, Monogramming foot, Zigzag foot
Machine Weight10.58 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
Automatic Thread CutterNo
Dedicated Locking Stitch ButtonNo
TensionAdjustable With Dial
Knee LifterNo
CoverNot Included