Brother XR9550PRW Review In Detail

Brother XR9550PRW Review In Detail

Brother XR9550PRW has the features and quality to challenge other machines in the segment. It has excellent stitch quality and a variety of stitches to choose from.

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Brother XR9550PRW, the model number seems so familiar isn't it? You guessed it right. This sewing machine is very similar to the ever popular XR9500PRW, which features in our list of Best Sewing Machines For Beginners. XR9500PRW is an absolute champion machine which oozes quality, XR9550PRW sits just above XR9500PRW in terms of features. There isn't a huge feature difference though, we will talk about that in our detailed comparison. Now let us focus on the machine on our hands the Brother XR9550PRW.

XR9550PRW is a limited edition computerized sewing machine that comes with 110 built-in stitches. The stitches include utility, decorative, heirloom stitches and 8 One-step buttonholes. Stitches can be mirror imaged. There are character stitches as well. The automatic needle threader saves eye strain by threading the needle eye for you.

The LCD display is backlit and is of decent size (Horizontal 2.0" x Vertical 0.7"). The stitches are selected by the push buttons provided below the screen. Stitch length and width adjustments are made using push buttons provided next to the screen. The maximum stitch width is 7mm and maximum stitch length is 5mm. The screen will also display the recommended presser foot.

Brother XR9550PRW comes with a sewing start/stop button and speed control slider for sewing without the foot controller. One point to remember is that the start/stop button won't work when the foot controller is plugged in. The speed control slider can be used to regulate the sewing speed while sewing without foot controller. When you are using the foot controller, the speed control slider acts as the top speed limiter for the foot controller. This machine can sew at a maximum speed of 850 stitches/min.

Top drop-in bobbin with clear cover makes it easy to change bobbin. A programmable needle up/down button is also there, which is absolutely essential for pivoting. For free-motion quilting, you can drop the feed dogs using a lever. For sewing cuffs and collars, you can remove the attached accessory storage compartment. This gives you access to free-arm sewing. The machine has a manual thread cutter on the side (please note that it doesn't feature an automatic thread cutter).

The work space on Brother XR9550PRW comes to 3.9" x 5.75" (H x W) in dimensions. You will also get a wide extension table to accommodate large projects. The work area is illuminated by a single LED. XR9550PRW is one of the lightest machines around, weighing at just 10.14 lbs. So the weight won't be a problem if you want to attend sewing classes.

Brother XR9550PRW comes with an impressive set of accessories including a wide extension table, hard case and 8 accessory feet (zigzag foot, buttonhole foot, zipper foot, button sewing foot, overcasting foot, blind stitch foot, monogramming foot, and quilting feet). The accessory set itself is of great value. The machine comes with 25 year limited warranty as well.

Ease of Use

I am pretty much impressed with the features of Brother XR9550PRW. Now let us see whether it is user-friendly. The main USP of XR9500PRW was its ease of use and XR9550PRW is no exception. 

XR9550PRW is beginner friendly. It is easy to set up and thread. Being lightweight, it is easy to carry around. The stitch quality is excellent on both lightweight and thick fabrics. The machine sews through multiple layers of fabrics without any trouble. One worry I had was with its lightweight construction. I thought the machine will vibrate at high speeds due to its lightweight construction. But much to my surprise, XR9550PRW was very stable even at high sewing speeds.

Drawbacks

The presser foot pressure is not adjustable.

Pros

•    Lot of features
•    Stitch variety
•    Font for monogramming
•    Excellent stitch quality
•    Lightweight

Cons

•    No presser foot pressure adjustment

Review Verdict

Brother XR9550PRW truly lives up to my expectations. It is a quality machine that you can consider.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeComputerized
Built-in Stitches110
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 Buttons
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
Motor Speed850 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes 1 LED
Feed Dog7
Included FeetZigzag foot, buttonhole foot, zipper foot, button sewing foot, overcasting foot, blind stitch foot, monogramming foot and quilting feet.
Machine Weight10.14 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
Automatic Thread CutterNo
Work Space3.9" x 5.75" (H x W)
Dedicated Locking Stitch ButtonNo
On-screen Help TutorialsNo
TensionAdjustable With Dial
Included Wide Extension TableYes
Knee LifterNo
CoverHard Cover