Best Brother Sewing Machine

Brother Industries is the supplier of sewing machines for the TV show Project Runway.  They make sergers, embroidery machines, quilting machines, computerized sewing machines, and industrial sewing machines (as well as other electronic equipment).  Their corporate headquarters is in the US and they are owned by Brother Industries LTD of Nagoya, Japan. 

brother logoOur list of the Best Brother Sewing machines is, in part, derived from our top rated Brother machines.  We have also considered features, consumer insights, pros & cons, specifications, etc.  Prices are approximate and based on Amazon.

All of these sewing machines are good but we would urge you to read the reviews carefully before making a purchase because some may excel in one area and not another.  Consider your sewing needs carefully and make an informed decision.

Model Avg. Consumer Rating Approximate Price
Brother XR3774  95.5  $120
Brother CP60X  93.5  $180
Brother JX2517  92.9  $90
Brother SE-400  92.2  $320
Brother XR9500PRW  90.7  $180
Brother CS6000i  90.2  $145



#1 Brother XR3774

It’s hard to find anything negative about this sewing machine. It is a mechanical machine that is easy to setup and operate, and ratings are very good. It is also very reasonably priced. It is suitable for beginners and even those with some experience. If we had to point out a downside perhaps folks looking to do more advanced sewing projects may find it a little limiting as it doesn’t have a large number of stitches or features. Read our Brother XR3774 review.  You can also check out the latest pricing for this model on Amazon.



#2 Brother CP60X

The Brother CP60X is an affordable but fairly basic computerized sewing machine. The LCD screen allows you to select the stitch, stitch width and length, and it will indicate the correct presser foot to use. Consumer ratings for the CP60X are good and owners report that the machine is lightweight, intuitive, and easy-to-use. This is not a heavy-duty machine however, and it will struggle with thicker materials. Read our Brother CP60X review.  You can also check out the latest pricing for this model on Amazon.


Brother-JX2517#3 Brother JX2517

The Brother JX2517 is a very affordable sewing machine that is also very lightweight, weighing in at about 12 lbs. It is getting excellent ratings and reviews from owners, and is especially popular with beginners and those who want a portable unit. This is a straightforward, easy-to-use machine with only 17 stitches. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles of some of the more expensive sewing machines on the market, but for the money most consumers give it high grades. Read our Brother JX2517 review.  You can also check out the latest pricing for this model on Amazon.


Brother-SE400#4 Brother SE-400

Characterized by fantastic reviews from many sources and a reasonable price for what you get, the Brother SE400 is a combination embroidery and sewing machine that doesn't disappoint.  It is computerized and features 67 built-in stitches, 70 built-in embroidery designs, 5 monogramming fonts, and 120 frame pattern combinations.  Owners are very pleased with the machine's ease of use and ability to import and use designs from the Internet.  It is also covered by a 25 year warranty.  It does not come with a hard case however and it is limited to a 4" x 4" hoop size. Read our Brother SE400 review.  You can also check out the latest pricing for this model on Amazon.


brother-xr9500prw#5 Brother XR9500PRW Project Runway

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. Read our Brother XR9500PRW Project Runway review.  You can also check out the latest pricing for this model on Amazon.


brother-cs6000i#6 Brother CS6000i

If you are new to sewing, the Brother CS6000I sewing machine may be worth checking out.  This is because it is easy to use, has quite a few features and doesn’t cost as much as some of the other sewing machines made by Brother. It is also lightweight, comes with an oversized table and has 60 built-in stitches.  This machine is reasonably affordable and is popular with both beginners and intermediate seamstresses. Read our Brother CS6000i review.  You can also check out the latest pricing for this model on Amazon.


If you are interested in other top rated sewing machines then see our following lists:

- Best Singer Sewing Machines
- Best Janome Sewing Machines



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