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Brother XR9500PRW Sewing Machine
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90.7 The Brother XR9500PRW Limited Edition Project Runway Sewing Machine can manage simple projects as well as complicated projects, and despite having a wide range of features many owners report that it is very easy to use and setup. It is also lightweight, capable of sewing through thick fabric, and includes many stitch options.  There are few complaints regarding this machine but some consumers report struggling with setting the thread tension and figuring out the needle threader.

We have previously looked at two other “Project Runway” machines – the PC-210 and the PC-420.   The PC-210 received a score of 90.2 from consumers which is about the same as the XR9500PRW, however at $300+ the PC-210 is a fair bit more expensive.  Of course with the increased costs come some additional features and capabilities.  The PC-420 is the big-daddy of the Project Runway sewing machines and it usually costs in the neighbourhood of $400+ dollars.  Ratings for the PC-420 are top-notch and our consumer score for this machine is 96.1. 

Consumer Ratings
Owner ratings from several quality retailers were found and are compiled below.  These generate an overall average score of 90.7 out of a possible 100. Scores for Brother Sewing Machines on our site range from about 81 up to 97.

 Source Consumer Ratings #Ratings
 Amazon 4.6 stars out of 5 40
 Overstock 4.4 stars out of 5 9
 J & R 5 stars out of 5 4
 Beach Camera 4.3 stars out of 5 3
 QVC 5 stars out of 5  2
 Target 1 star out of 5 1

 

Consumer Insights
Owners frequently comment on how easy this machine is to get up and running.  It comes with an instruction DVD and the manual is also well thought out and easy to work with.  As a result quite a few folks feel that the XR9500PRW is suitable for both the beginner and the more experienced sewer.

The included extension table gets the nod of approval from owners who like to use the machine for quilting.  The XR9500PRW is also quite lightweight and at less than 10 lbs and it can easily be packed up and taken to classes. 

The needle threader seems to take some getting used-to and a number of consumers report having a difficult time getting it to work – at least at first.  In time, even those who have struggled with threading the machine have indicated that once they figure it out, it becomes fairly easy.

Other owner comments reveal that, unlike many sewing machines, this one has an effective light that illuminates the sewing area, and also that the monogramming feature is easy to use.  However there are some reports that the monogrammed letters only look average and not like those produced by an expensive embroidery machine for example.

A review of consumer comments on the XR9500PRW yielded the following common likes and dislikes:  

PROS
- Quiet
- Handles different thicknesses of fabric well
- Easy to get up and running (includes DVD)
- Has many features
- Includes lots of stitch options
- Lightweight
- Good for quilting (and includes quilting table)

CONS
- Letters only come in ¼ inch size (and the look is average)
- Some owners have difficulty with the needle threader
- A few folks report struggling to get the tension right

You can read more customer reviews for the Brother XR9500PRW on Amazon if you wish. 


Key Sewing Machine Features
- 100 built-in stitches (decorative, heirloom, utility)
- Weighs 9.92 lbs
- Oversized table for quilting
- LCD screen for stitch selection
- Built-in 55 alphanumeric stitches
- 8 styles of 1-step buttonholes
- Thread cutter
- Free arm
- Lighted (LED) sewing area
- Needle position up/down
- Needle threading system
- Adjustable manual thread tension
- 850 stitches per minute maximum sewing speed
- Twin needle capable
- Sewing speed controller
- Presser foot pressure adjustment
- Quick change presser feet
- Accessory storage
- Drop feed for free motion quilting
- Built-in quick stitch guide (see image below)
- Easy bobbin winding system
- Jam resistant drop-in top bobbin
- 7mm stitch width 
- 5mm stitch length 
- Start/stop button 
- Foot controller
- Hard cover

Stitch Guide
Built-In Quick Stitch Guide

The XR9500PRW comes with a host of accessories including 7 presser feet: Buttonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Zigzag foot, Blindstitch foot, and Button fitting foot.  Also, as mentioned above in the key specifications, a foot controller, hard cover and extension table are provided.

In addition, there is a cleaning brush, a screwdriver, a seam ripper, 4 bobbins, a twin needle and a ballpoint needle, a needle set, an extra spool pin and a sewing machine manual in both Spanish and English. The power cord is included as well – so you don’t have to go out and search for one after you get the machine home (we have actually run into this with some machines).

The sewing machine carries a 25 year warranty and you can view the warranty here.  The 25 year warranty actually means 25 years on the chassis casting, 2 years on circuit boards and electronic components, and 1 year on parts, labor and accessories.

The Brother XR9500PRW Project Runway Sewing Machine is both UL and CSA certified.  UL stands for Underwriters Laboratories and they have been around for over 100 years.  They are an independent safety science company that undertakes product safety testing and certification. CSA is similar and it tests and certifies products to ensure they meet certain US and Canadian standards (they also have an international division). 

Sewing Machine Manual
You can view a copy of the sewing machine manual here.  The manual is quite detailed and is useful for learning about setup, features, maintenance and troubleshooting.


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