Brother CE7070PRW Review

Brother CE7070PRW Review In Detail

Brother CE7070PRW is a good sewing machine on its own. But when you look at the overall picture, there seems to be a sibling rivalry.

Editor rating


Brother CE7070PRW falls in the beginners category. You can't quite say that it is a computerized sewing machine, it falls somewhere in between a mechanical and a computerized sewing machine. You can call it an electronic machine as it lacks the sewing start/stop, speed control slider and programmable needle up/down which you normally see on computerized sewing machines. CE7070PRW comes with 70 built-in stitches which include heirloom, quilting, decorative, garment construction stitches and 7 one-step buttonholes. There are 110 stitch functions in total.

Brother CE7070PRW comes with a limited edition 'Project Runway' branding, which I think is not something you should pay too much attention to. It is just another series of sewing machines from Brother. Stitch selection can be done by push buttons and the stitch number, settings and recommended presser foot can be viewed on the LCD display. The display is not backlit though. The stitch chart is displayed right in front of the machine itself, so you don't need to open the lid or something to see the stitch number. Like most Brother beginner machines, this one too comes with a maximum stitch width and length of 7mm and 5mm respectively.

Brother CE7070PRW has an automatic needle threader to save people with eye strain. Bobbin is top drop-in type, which is beginner friendly. It also features an easy to use bobbin winder. Sewing in straight lines won't be an issue at all, thanks to the needle plate markings. The drop feed allows you to do free-motion projects. The LED worklights are bright and good. The included extension table is really handy while dealing with bigger quilts. However, there still is some space contraints for doing large quilts. It is a beginners' machine after all. The machine weighs 13.7 lbs which means it is lightweight. The built-in carry handle improves portability. Like most Brother beginner machines, CE7070PRW also comes with a motor that can deliver 850 stitches/min. I can clearly say that it packs enough power for most of your sewing needs. The machine has 25 year limited warranty

Ease of Use

The first and foremost thing that a beginner wants is a very well written user manual. Thankfully Brother CE7070PRW has one well written manual. There is no confusion whatsoever. Operation is smooth and quiet. The machine is very user-friendly. The stitch quality is very good. The machine does a very good job with 4 layers of denim (use the right needle). The best thing is that, the tension is almost perfect most of the time. The sewing speed is adjustable, but not like the way you do on Brother CS6000i or some other computerized sewing machine. The speed needs to be adjusted by means of the foot pedal.

Drawbacks

There are no built-in fonts for monogramming.

There is no presser foot pressure adjustment as well.

Even though CE7070PRW comes with quilting stitches, the quilting feet is an additional purchase. So if you are into quilting Brother CS6000i would be a better choice.

Pros

  • User-friendly
  • Good selection of stitches
  • Good stitch quality

Cons

  • No quilting accessories
  • No monogramming font
  • No presser foot pressure adjustment

Editor Comments

Even though Brother CE7070PRW is a good machine on itself, for most people, it will be a toss up between this one and Brother CS6000i. We will talk more about that in our detailed comparison.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeElectronic
Built-in Stitches70
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonNo
Speed Control SliderNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles7 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityNo
Stitch SelectionLCD Push Button
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
Included FeetButtonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Zigzag foot, Blind stitch foot, Button fitting foot
Machine Weight13.7 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
Automatic Thread CutterNo
On-screen Help TutorialsNo
TensionAdjustable With Dial
Included Wide Extension TableYes