Brother Laura Ashley CX205LA Review In Detail

Brother Laura Ashley CX205LA Review In Detail

Laura Ashley CX205LA lives up to the expectations. The standards were always kept high by the popular CX155LA and CX205LA is not behind either.

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Laura Ashley models are limited edition offerings from Brother. Let us see whether CX205LA can match the high standards set by CX155LA. Laura Ashley CX205LA comes with 150 built-in stitches, including 8 styles of one-step buttonholes, plus 55 alphanumeric stitches for basic monogramming (1 font). The sewing stitch chart is provided on the front of the machine. The alphanumeric stitch chart is under the top lid. The machine has a decent sized backlit LCD screen which is easy to view. The stitch settings can be read effortlessly. Stitches are selected by pushing buttons provided next to the screen. The maximum stitch width is 7mm and stitch length is 5mm. The machine will also display the recommended presser foot to use for each stitch type.

Laura Ashley CX205LA comes with an easy to load top drop-in bobbin. The clear bobbin cover lets you track the bobbin thread supply. The automatic needle threader threads the needle with the touch of a lever. The speed control slider gives you full control over the sewing speed while sewing without the foot pedal. The programmable needle up/down button which is a must have for quilting, literally works like an extra hand. The reverse sewing button is placed next to the programmable needle up/down button. Snap-on presser feet makes it easy to swap feet. The horizontal spool pin helps a lot in even feeding.

A manual thread cutter is provided to eliminate the use of scissors. An LED bulb illuminates the work space (specifically the needle area). The included extra wide table is handy for large projects. There is an independent bobbin winding motor as well. The main motor inside CX205LA can deliver 850 stitches/min, which keeps it on par with the competition. You can do free-motion projects by using the drop feed feature. The machine is pretty lightweight, weighing just 11.02 lbs. The machine comes with a 25 year limited warranty cover as well. As a bonus, you will be getting 11 accessory feet with CX205LA. You can account the cost of accessories in the final price.

Ease of Use

Laura Ashley CX205LA is a user-friendly sewing machine. It is a simple machine to use. The user manual has clear instructions. The stitch quality is very good, especially over multiple layers of denim. There is a nice variety of stitches to choose from. The monograms look quite good (something that really impressed us).

Drawbacks

The work light LED could have been brighter.

Pros

•    User friendly
•    Lightweight
•    Variety of stitches
•    Good stitch quality
•    Bonus accessories

Cons

•    Slightly dim work light

Review Verdict

Laura Ashley CX205LA lives up to the expectations. The standards were always kept high by the popular CX155LA and CX205LA is not behind either.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeComputerized
Built-in Stitches150 Sewing Stitches
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYes
Speed Control SliderYes
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles8 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
Stitch SelectionLCD and Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes, 1
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo
Drop FeedYes
Motor Speed850 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes, 1 LED
Feed Dog6
Included FeetButtonhole Foot, Overcasting Foot, Monogramming Foot, Zipper Foot, ZigZag Foot, Blind Stitch Foot, Button Fitting Foot, 1/4" Piecing Foot, Walking Foot, Spring Action Quilting Foot, Stitch Guide Foot
Machine Weight11.02 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Included Wide Extension TableYes