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With a price tag that ranges between $100 and $200, the Brother XR9500PRW Project Runway will help you enjoy the numerous benefits of sewing at home without having to worry about going beyond your budget. This entry-level machine is very often used in sewing classes because it has the added advantage of being one of the lightest and easiest to use. When it comes to built-in stitch designs, the Brother XR9500PRW sports two times more than the Project Runway CS5055. Best of all, it even comes with a wide range of features including an oversized table for larger projects such as quilting.
While it is undoubtedly one of the most popular machines on the market, the Brother XR9500PRW does have a few downsides to its name. For example, some users found that the light was much too dim for them to use the machine in poorly-lit rooms. A few people also had some issues with the tension setting which resulted in poorly-formed loops. One user complained about the fact that the thread kept jamming and consequently produced poor and weak stitches. This, however, was an isolated case that was not reported by other customers. Other than these drawbacks, the XR9500PRW received mostly positive reviews.
Size and Weight: 5/5
Weighing no more than 9.9 pounds, this particular model is one of the lightest on the market, which makes it easy to carry around, and thus enables you to easily carry it to your sewing class. Additionally, the machine only measures 20.3 x 12.7 x 17.6 inches, which makes it quite compact. By this token, you’ll also be able to carry and use your sewing machine in just about any room of the house. This also makes it easy for you to set it on any table of your choice.
In spite of its lightweight feature, however, the apparatus is quite stable and doesn’t budge, hence guaranteeing a smooth and comfortable sewing motion.
Ease of Use: 5/5
This sewing machine is equipped with a computerized stitch selection. This particular feature makes it extremely easy for users to switch between stitches: indeed, all you have to do is enter the desired number on the touchpad and the machine will instantly shuffle to the stitch of your choice. The backlit screen is oversized, enabling you to easily shift between options. Thanks to the unique flip-switch, users can also navigate through the 55 built-in alphanumeric stitches that can be used for monograming or lettering.
Many people complain about the fiddly threading systems that are often found in lower-quality machines. However, the Brother XR9500PRW even comes with an automatic needle threader to largely facilitate this step. Instead of spending several long minutes trying to fit the thread, you can simply touch the lever and allow the thread to slide through the needle. As far as ease of use is concerned, this particular model also comes with a built-in thread cutter to help users save time- something that can come in quite handy for bulkier projects. The machine even boasts of an automatic tension feature which you can adjust according to the fabric that you’re working with.
Extra Features: 4.5/5
The Brother XR9500PRW Sewing Machine can be used for both sewing and quilting. While it is certainly on the compact size, the apparatus does come with a wide table. Not only does this provide you with ample elbow space during your sewing sessions but the wide space also enables you to indulge in bulkier projects like quilting. This way, you won’t have to fold the fabric over or sew it inch by inch. This will undoubtedly help you finish your project even faster than anticipated.
This machine can deliver a maximum sewing speed of 850 stitches per minute, which is quite impressive for its affordable price. It even comes with a Feed Dog as well as a Standard Presser Feet that is already included in the boxed packaging. With 100 built-in stitches, this item also includes a variety of additional features such as an automatic presser foot pressure adjustment, drop feed/free motion, built-in quilting stitches as well as an accessory storage area.
Users will also be glad to learn that the apparatus even includes a Free Arm to help you effortlessly sew sleeves and arm cuffs. You won’t even have to worry about your thread jamming or bunching up thanks to the jam-resistant drop in top-bobbin. Several accessory feet also come with the sewing machine and these include the buttonhole, zipper, zigzag, overcasting, button sewing, monogramming and blind stitch foot. The motor is powerful enough to sew through tougher materials. It is also relatively quiet.
While it does have a couple of minor drawbacks, this particular machine is oozing with handy features. Its price coupled with the wide range of features make this apparatus quite a recommended purchase. Indeed, the Project Runway comes with 100 stitch designs, which is double than what you’ll get with the -more expensive- Janome DC2014.
With this machine you’ll not only cut back on expenses, but it is also designed to provide you with several hours of entertainment. Because it’s so easy to use, beginners can easily learn the ropes and familiarize themselves with various sewing techniques before graduating to a more powerful machine.
- Sew & Quilt: Yes
- Computerized: Yes
- Built-in Stitches: 100
- Stitches per Minute: 850
- Lettering Fonts: 1
- Wide Table: Yes
- Auto Needle Threader: No
- Weight: 10 lbs
- Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 16”
- Warranty: 25-year Limited