Brother PC420PRW Review In Detail

Brother PC420PRW Review In Detail

Brother PC420PRW is absolutely feature packed and it delivers the quality it promised. The stitch quality is excellent and the features on offer are even better.

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We all would have hoped for an affordable sewing machine with advanced features like knee lifter, ability to convert your own designs into stitches, automatic thread cutter etc. I think, Brother PC420PRW is your perfect answer in that case.

Brother PC420PRW is a fully computerized sewing machine. It is a sewing machine designed with advanced users in mind. This machine comes with 294 stitch patterns including utility stitches, lettering stitches, decorative stitches, cross stitches, satin stitches, decorative satin stitches etc. It has 10 one-step buttonholes and 3 fonts for lettering. It has almost all the kind of stitches you are looking for. The top drop-in bobbin with clear cover lets you keep an eye on the bobbin thread.

Probably the most important feature of all is the My Custom Stitch. Now, this is a feature that you normally will find only on very expensive sewing machines, kudos to Brother for including this in PC420PRW. What My Custom Stitch does is that, it gives you an option to sew stitch patterns that you design yourself (How cool is that?). You need to draw the design on a grid sheet, then enter the coordinates on the machine and then save it in the memory for later use. Combined patterns like names, words etc can also be saved in the machine memory. 

You can control sewing speed from high to low using the speed control slider (no need to use the foot pedal) . You can go fast if you are an advanced user or you can switch back to slow stitching if you don't feel comfortable or you can choose a speed somewhere in between. The machine has a maximum sewing speed of 850 stitches/min. It has a reverse stitching button to sew in reverse or lock your stitches. There is a programmable needle up/down button as well (useful while pivoting). The threading system on Brother PC420PRW is absolutely great. Threading is as simple as it could ever get. The automatic needle threader is another great feature. 

Another premium feature of Brother PC420PRW is the knee lifter. The knee lifter gives you the freedom of raising or lowering the presser foot with your knee. So that you can keep your hands engaged on the fabric. The presser foot pressure is also adjustable with a dial. The maximum stitch width and length are 7mm and 5mm respectively. To sew cuffs and collars, the machine can be converted to free arm as well. The drop feed lever allows you to do free-motion works. The machine is twin needle capable as well.

Another cool feature is the automatic thread cutter. There is a button with scissor icon on it, when you press on it, the machine automatically cuts the thread for you. This is in addition to the manual thread cutter provided on the side of the machine. The automatic thread cutter can cut both upper and bobbin threads. The LCD display on PC420PRW is backlit and easy to view. It displays the selected stitch width and length and the recommended presser foot. Two LEDs illuminate the work space quite well. It comes with 25 year limited warranty as well.

Brother PC420PRW is a medium weight sewing machine. It weighs, 17 lbs. However, you can easily pick it up using the carrying handle. The included hard carry case makes it even more portable.

Ease of Use

The user manual is easy to read and understand. Fine details on how to use My Custom Stitch Feature, automatic thread cutter etc are explained in a nice way. The work space is good, measuring 4.1 x 7.4 (H x W). Brother has done an excellent job in covering some fine but very essential details, such as the direct selection buttons for 12 most frequently used stitches. PC420PRW is a very quiet machine. The stitch speed control is a cool feature. You can go really slow if you want to. The start/stop button gives you great control when you are using the machine without the foot pedal. There is an error 'beep' alarm which beeps when things are not set right. It is a great feature.

All Brother PC420PRW accessories can be nicely stored in the storage compartment provided at the base of the sewing machine. It comes with quite a lot of accessories (by virtue of being a Project Runway Model). Stitches come out straight and perfect on this machine. It did a perfect job with multiple layers of denim. I have tried it with 6 layers of denim and it came out well. If you plan to sew more than 6 layers of thick fabrics on a consistent basis, you will be better of going with a heavy duty machine with stronger motor (Occassional sewing is all fine though). The stitch quality on lightweight fabric is as good as it can get in my opinion.

Drawbacks

The built-in memory is capable of holding only up to 5 patterns.

There is no automatic tension feature. However you can easily adjust tension with the dial.

Pros

•    Feature Packed
•    My Custom Stitch
•    Knee Lifter
•    Stitch quality
•    Solid

Cons

•    Not enough memory storage
•    No automatic tension

Review Verdict

Overall, Brother PC420PRW is an all round, well built, feature packed, quality machine. This sewing machine works equally well on thick and thin fabrics. You can definitely look at PC420PRW as a long term investment. As I have said earlier, if there is anything like 'an affordable advanced sewing machine', this is the one.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeComputerized
Built-in Stitches294 Stitch Patterns Available
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYes
Speed Control SliderYes
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles10 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityNo
Stitch SelectionLCD and Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Built-in MemoryYes
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes, 3
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureYes
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
Motor Speed850 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes 2 LEDs
Feed Dog6
Included FeetButtonhole Foot, Overcasting Foot, Monogramming Foot, Zipper Foot, ZigZag Foot, Blind Stitch Foot, Button Fitting Foot, Walking Foot, Quilting Foot, Stitch Guide Foot, Adjustable zipper/piping foot, Non Stick Foot, Open Toe Foot
Machine Weight17 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
Automatic Thread CutterYes
Work Space4.1 x 7.4 (H x W)
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button (Apart from reverse button)No
On-screen Help TutorialsYes
TensionAdjustable With Dial
Included Wide Extension TableOptional, Not Included
Knee LifterYes
CoverHard Cover