sewing machine – Brother PC420PRW, 2017

The Brother PC420PRW has the capabilities and features of an advanced sewing machine with a user-friendly design that even beginners can use. Between the variety of stitch patterns, buttonhole styles and presser feet, you can use this machine to complete all kinds of sewing projects. For its capabilities, accessories and user-friendly design, we award the Brother PC420PRW Project Runway sewing machine the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.

Sewing Capabilities

This heavy-duty sewing machine includes 294 built-in stitches, including utility, decorative, cross, satin and decorative satin stitches. Whether you are quilting, mending or making clothes, this machine mostly likely has a stitch pattern for it. Add to that a sewing speed of 850 stitches per minute and this unit completes projects quickly and efficiently. You can also customize the stitch length and width to fit your project.

This is one of the best sewing machines in our lineup when it comes to creating custom clothing. With over 10 buttonhole styles to choose from, you can add an assortment of button sizes to your clothes. The sewing machine uses a one-step buttonhole process, meaning it creates buttonholes in one operation. Additionally, the sewing machine includes a twin needle that you can use to hem clothing.

The mostly automatic features make this a decent beginner sewing machine, though the sheer quantity of features can be hard to master. The sewing machine includes an automatic needle threader, bobbin winder and thread cutter that help you with common sewing tasks. You can also adjust the speed of the sewing machine to better match your abilities. While the Brother machine has several automatic features that help beginners, the tension control is not among them. It has a manual tension control using a dial, which will require some sewing experience in order to master it. Beginners can practice by trial and error with the tension to learn how to adjust it to fit their projects.

The intuitive design of this sewing machine reduces the potentially overwhelming number of capabilities it has. Using the LCD computer display, you can access stitch patterns and error messages on the same screen. The sewing machine includes a bright sewing light, as well as a built-in thread cutter.

This sewing machine has several features that help with large projects or quilting. You can remove part of the table of the unit to allow free-arm sewing, and it has adjustable feed dogs that you can lower to sew in any direction without restraint. The machine also has a 7.4-inch throat, which is larger than those found on comparable models. Unfortunately, the sewing machine does not include an extension table.


Weighing almost 20 pounds, this heavy-duty sewing machine is hard to transport. The sewing machine has a start and stop button you can substitute for a foot controller, which helps with transportation. The sewing machine features a knee lifter that can be used to lift the presser foot without using your hands, which helps you sew more efficiently. The sewing machine also features a drop-in bobbin that makes loading the machine easy.

To accentuate the many features, Brother includes 13 presser feet with this machine. That is a nice selection, though the top product in our sewing machine reviews has even more. The various feet can help with zippers, buttons, monogramming and more. In addition to the wide selection of feet, the sewing machine includes a knee lifter, seam ripper, needle set, twin needle, cleaning brush, eyelet punch, screwdrivers and spool caps. It also comes with a transportation case that can double as a dust cover to protect your machine from harmful dust particles.

Brother supports its sewing machine with a limited warranty. The warranty period for parts, labor and accessory items is two years from the original purchase date. The electronic components and printed circuit boards are covered for six years, and the chassis casting for 25 years from the original purchase date.

Brother offers several different forms of support. The website has an online version of the sewing machine manual as well as a FAQs section for the product. While there are no video tutorials on how to use the machine, the website lists a telephone number and email address.

This machine lacks an extension table, and the top product beats it in terms of stitch pattern selection, buttonhole styles and included feet, but it is still very competitive. The majority of the machines we compared do not measure up to the Brother PC420PRW in most ways. It performs as a great sewing machine for beginners and allows for growth as you become an intermediate sewer. Between the features, capabilities and design, you can create all kinds of sewing projects with ease.


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