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Brother Project Runway PC420PRW 294-Stitch Professional Grade Computerized Sewing Machine with 3 Built-In Lettering Styles, and Carrying Case
- Professional grade, 294-stitch computerized sewing model delivers couture-level, consistent stitch quality. Comes complete with 11 presser feet, hard case and full set of accessories
- 850 stitches per minute, metal frame construction, with easy-to-use LED display for stitch selection and dual LED workspace lighting system
- Exceptional fabric feeding system, presser foot pressure adjustment, next-generation easy one-handed threading system, F.A.S.T. bobbin system, and variable speed control with illuminated start/stop feature for sewing without the foot controller
- 294 built-in stitches with 10 styles of one-step auto-size buttonholes and 3 lettering styles. Plus, design custom stitches with the exclusive Brother My Custom Stitch feature
- Bilingual instruction manual, 25-year limited warranty, and toll-free customer support. Please note: this machine is not recommended for use in countries that do not support 120V AC, even if a voltage adapter is in use
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PC420PRW Features: -Sewing machine. -Pre-programmed stitches ready for use at the touch of a button. -Direct 10 key stitch selection and LCD screen. -Advanced needle threading system and automatic thread trimming. -6 Point feed dogs. -A Build-in knee lift raises the presser foot in order to reposition or remove fabric. -Digital stitch length and width control. -Twin needle function, hard cover, quilting foot, and walking foot included. -Manufacturer provides 25 years warranty.
Brother Project Runway PC420PRW 294-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with 3 Lettering Styles, My Custom Stitch, Carrying Case
The feature-rich PC420PRW helps you achieve professional-level results, with a comprehensive set of built-in features and included accessories typically seen only with higher level machines. Select from over 294 built-in stitches; view your stitches, settings and options on the easy-view backlit LCD display; design your own stitches with the exclusive My Custom Stitch feature; and even save your custom stitches to the machine’s memory for future use. Plus, the eleven included presser feet help you produce designer-level finishing, more easily, with specialized feet for blind hems, monogramming, quilting and more. Precision and customization abound in this machine, leaving you the opportunity to sew virtually any project you can imagine.
Backlit LCD display with easy-to-use stitch selectorThe easy-to-read, multilingual LCD display screen allows you to view the settings, stitch length and width, and the type of presser foot to use for your selected stitch.
Easy threading, with automatic needle threaderSimply follow the numbered threading diagram printed on the machine, then, with the auto needle threader, the thread is pushed right through the eye of the needle.
6-point feed dogsEnjoy easier feeding of your fabrics with the 6-point feed dogs. Allows you to sew on a wide variety of fabrics, and helps achieve more precisely formed stitches.
Built-in thread cutterBuilt in to the PC420PRW is an automatic thread trimmer, including a programmable trimmer that cuts the upper and lower threads at the end of each task - a time saver for projects with many seams, such as quilts.
Super bright work areaThe super bright, independent lighting in the needle area brightens the details of any project, and is easier on your eyes. Especially useful when sewing on dark fabrics.
Adjustable speed controlThe convenient stitch speed slide gives you control over how fast or slow you want to sew.
My Custom Stitch featureWith the exclusive My Custom Stitch feature, you can design your own stitches, and save them to the built-in memory. A must-have feature for all creative sewers.
Super easy bobbin winding systemOnce you have the thread in place, just move the bobbin to the right, push the Start button, and the bobbin is quickly wound for you.
Brother Project RunwayThis Project Runway Limited Edition model helps you achieve professional-level results, with a comprehensive set of built-in features and included accessories typically seen only with higher level machines. Select from over 294 built-in stitches; view your stitches, settings and options on the easy-view backlit LCD display; design your own stitches with the exclusive My Custom Stitch feature; and save your custom stitches to the machine’s memory for future use. Plus, the eleven included presser feet help you produce designer-level finishing, more easily, with specialized feet for blind hems, monogramming, quilting and more.
Plus, these outstanding features:• Twin needle function
About Brother International Corporation
Brother International Corporation has earned its reputation as a leading supplier of innovative products for home sewing and embroidery enthusiasts. The company is recognized for its high-quality, state-of-the-art machines and accessories, offering ease of use and flexibility at affordable prices. Brother is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brother Industries Ltd.
Brother Project Runway PC420PRW 294-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine
294 built-in stitches, including decorative and lettering stitches
In the box• Presser feet:
• Overcasting foot
• Monogramming foot
• Zipper foot
• Adjustable zipper/piping foot
• Blind stitch foot
• Buttonhole foot
• Quilting foot
• Stitch guide foot
• Non-stick foot
• Open-toe foot
• Grid sheet set
• Foot controller pedal
• Hard protective case
• Bilingual English/Spanish operation manual
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1.) Folks saying they can't get the feed dogs back up after putting them down. This is really confusing on Brothers! Your machine will arrive with the switch all the way to the right (feed dogs UP). Then you flip it to the left and you see the feed dogs visibly go down. Then, you try to flip it back to the right and the switch won't go all the way over. And to add insult to injury, you don't see the dogs come back up! It seems like a defect! Alas, it isn't. The switch will NEVER go back to flipping all the way to the right, BUT, as soon as you either start sewing or simply turn the handwheel, up will pop the feed dogs! They DO come back up, but that weird switch and the fact that they don't pop back up without advancing the handwheel or sewing is kind of misleading.
2.) How does the thread cutter work? It DOES leave about 2" of tails, but the nice part is that it pulls both threads to the BACK and cuts them both. You will still need to give them a little trim though.
3.) Needle threader doesn't work. Unless someone has a truly defective machine, it works perfectly when the needle is all the way in the UP position.
4.) Heavy duty sewing. The piercing power is pretty darned good considering this isn't sold as a heavy duty machine. It also feeds well with thick layers. Going over humps is difficult even for my Industrial Juki (DNU 1541), so this isn't a matter of power, just mechanics. Try a humper jumper if you do this regularly. It's not the machine. And finally- don't think you're going to sew through leather with a size 12 needle! Get the appropriate size and type of needle and thread, play around with the tension and presser foot pressure and you should be good to go!
5.) Knee lift. Anyone who has ever worked on an industrial machine will appreciate this. It really does make life easier! I piece lots of curves which requires me to stop and adjust the fabric pretty frequently. With the knee lift, I don't have to take either hand off the fabric which saves a lot of time and aggravation. Plus, this combined with the thread cutter makes it really easy to quickly sew a piece, cut, lift and toss it aside while you grab the next one or even just to go to another seam on the one you're working on. Big time saver if you spend any considerable amount of time at your machine.
6.) And on an related note- if you really want to take advantage of the overcasting stitches and don't want to invest in a serger, the $20 side cutter foot works PERFECTLY on this machine! I've used it on cotton sherpa (a soft, fleecy material), cotton/lycra jersey knit (stretchy!) and flannel and it worked like a dream. Very worth the $20 and the instructions included in this machine's manual will have you up and running in no time.
I think those were the main things I saw mentioned in the reviews. Great machine for a great price. Obviously, if you want fancy monogramming/embroidery, serging, super heavy duty sewing, etc., then you need to invest in the appropriate machines for those things! For what it promises and the price, this machine is awesome!
*UPDATE* 2012: Well, I've now had this machine for a while since my original review. The automatic needle threader somehow fixed itself (so I didn't need to do a 2nd return), but on occasion the threader still "jams" for no reason. Again, each time fixing itself spontaneously... Also, the bobbin carrier sometimes freaks out on me and wads up a tangled mass of thread under the needle. Obviously, that's a problem, especially with light fabrics! Not something that happens very often, but often enough to mention it. Additionally, I will say that the feed dogs do need help with heavy fabrics or multiple layers, such as hemming jeans.
Overall, I am satisfied with my purchase, given the price point, and honestly I have friends who have more expensive machines, and they complain about them too...
ORIGINAL REVIEW: I did a lot of research before buying this machine. I have been using a 50 year old Kenmore for my home decor and clothing sewing/design. Therefore, I am used to working with what I have, and being creative with my machine's capabilities. That being said, I decided it was time get a new, computerized machine that could do things that my ancient machine never dreamed of. My budget was $400 to $500. The PC-420 was so highly reviewed that I thought I couldn't go wrong!
Well, my machine arrived and right away it can't do a reliable straight stitch. It's not a tension issue, so I tried five sizes of needles and three brands of thread. I call Brother and get customer assistance. Still, the straight stiches are horrible- ugly skipped stiches and weird loops at intervals on the back of the fabric. Maybe a timing issue? So, I do an exchange for another machine. Amazon, by the way, has a wonderful return policy. So easy!
Well, my second machine comes and the automatic needle threader breaks on the second use. The stitches are fine, though...
Hmmm. Is this machine a good value if it isn't reliable? Am I just really unlucky by getting two lemons in a row, or will I be using my 25 year warranty on a regular basis? I'm worried.
A word about some of the stitches that come with the machine. Many of the decorative and utility stitches are very clean and tight, but some are pretty sloppy looking. Don't be surprised if you find that you just choose not to use some of them.
If this machine actually functioned properly, I'd give it five stars for value: the number of features it comes with is insane for the price. I wish I could rate it higher.
I carefully checked the exterior cardboard box for damage or evidence of any harsh treatment en route before opening.
I've only gotten to play with my new Brother PC-420 a short time before it was wrapped and put under the tree, but it self threaded itself easily, and hummed along in wonderfully perfect straight rows of stitches (which I wanted to check on immediately to make sure it wasn't one of the very few lemons commented upon in the reviews, I would have hated to have Amazon replace it this close to Christmas).
I've done a lot of research and this machine fits my needs perfectly as an experienced seamstress in the "sewing machines which do not cost half an arm and leg" price range. It comes with a cover, enough attachments for normal use, and has a $30 rebate I have already mailed off. The rebate info is on the Amazon page, it does not come in your sewing machine box. I am very pleased with my new machine.
There was a comment from one reviewer about it being made of plastic. Well, yes it is. This is not my Grandmothers Singer treadle machine (which still sews, by the way).
Nor is it my old Brother Boutique 761 which the PC-420 is replacing (and yes, the Brother Boutique still sews also). It's like all the new computerized appliances, it's very sturdy, but there are places you have to be careful of not taking a ham hand too just as there is on your computer.
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