Brother CE8100 Review In Detail

Brother CE8100 Review In Detail

Brother CE8100 is a complete package in terms of features, ease of use and stitch quality. However it misses out on a font for basic monogramming.

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Brother has so many computerized sewing machines in its product range, but I should say CE8100 is one of the most beautiful machines I have seen from Brother. The magenta graphics on the front adds a lot to its beauty.  Brother CE8100 comes with 120 built-in stitches including 8 one-step buttonholes. The stitch chart is nicely displayed on the front. Automatic needle threader is a real boon for those with poor eyesight.

Stitch selection buttons are provided near the LCD display. You can view the selected stitch, stitch width, length and recommended foot on the LCD display. The maximum stitch width is 7mm and stitch length is 5mm.The display is of decent size and since it is backlit, it can be easily viewed in low light conditions. The screen measures 2.0 x 0.7 (Horizontal x Vertical).  Brother CE8100 comes with a top drop-in bobbin system with clear cover.

For sewing without the foot controller, CE8100 is equipped with sewing start/stop button and speed control slider. The slider also acts as a maximum speed limiter for the foot controller. Free arm feature allows you to sew cuffs and collars. Free-motion quilting can be done by dropping the feed dogs (but the quilting foot is not included).

Brother CE8100 is never short on space, the work space measures 3.8976 x 5.748 (Height x Width). The included extra wide table gives you ample space to do large projects. A single LED bulb illuminates the work space. A manual thread cutter is provided on the side of the machine.

CE8100 is a lightweight sewing machine, it just weighs 10.1 lbs. So carrying it won't be a problem, if you have plans to attend sewing classes. The machine comes with a good range of included accessory feet. The accessory package on its own is of great value. The machine has 25 year limited warranty.

Ease of Use

Brother CE8100 is very easy to set up and use. The detailed instruction manual will get you started. Even a person who doesn't know much about computers can figure out its working pretty easily. It is very beginner friendly. Threading is very easy. The machine has a nice variety of stitches to choose from. It feeds the fabric consistently. The stitch quality is very good even over multiple layers of thick fabrics like denim. The extra space provided by the table is really handy. The included accessory package gives you great liberty to experiment with various stitch types.

Drawbacks

One feature I would have loved to see on Brother CE8100 was a font for lettering. Unfortunately, this machine misses out on a font. If you are so particular about this feature, you may have to look at something like the Brother HC1850.

I felt the work lights could do with some more brightness. In the current setting, you will have to rely on exterior lighting.

Pros

•    Variety of stitches
•    Beginner friendly
•    Stitch quality
•    Lightweight

Cons

•    No monogramming font
•    Slightly dim work light 

Review Verdict

Brother CE8100 has a lot of bells and whistles. It can sew quality stitches as well. In addition to this, it comes with a lot of included accessories. So it is a complete package.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeComputerized
Built-in Stitches120
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYes
Speed Control SliderYes
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles8 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityNo
Stitch SelectionLCD Display and Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Built-in MemoryNo
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Built-in Monogramming FontNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
Motor Speed850 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes 1 LED
Included FeetBinding Foot, Cording Foot, Gathering Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Overcasting Foot, Monogramming Foot, Zipper Foot, ZigZag Foot, Blind Stitch Foot, Button Sewing Foot.
Machine Weight10.1 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
Automatic Thread CutterNo
Work Space3.8976 x 5.748
Dedicated Locking Stitch ButtonNo
On-screen Help TutorialsNo
TensionAdjustable With Dial
Included Wide Extension TableYes
Knee LifterNo