8 styles of autosize one-step buttonhole and super-wide (7mm) zigzag and decorative stitchesAutomatic needle threading, multiple needle positions and drop feed for free motion quilting
Includes oversized wide table for quilting and larger projects90 built-in utility, decorative and heriloom stitches, each with multiple stitch functions
Large backlit LCD screen with computerized stitch selection and brightly lit LED sewing area
55 alphabet stitches with built-in sewing font for basic monogramingsElectronic variable speed control allows you to choose the most comfortable sewing speed for your projects
my husband purchased this machine for me and I love it. I own three brothers sewing machines and I use to own a brothers typewriter. This companies products are the greatest. I recommend this machine to everyone. whatever brothers sewing maching you purchase, you will not be disappointed.
I am very disappointed with this machine. I am a quilter, and working with cotton fabric, it has not been possible to set the tension so that the machine stitches properly. Not at all happy with this purchase.
My daughter bought my machine as a gift about 2 years ago. I've been sewing for almost 50 years and wanted a machine specifically designed for quilting with all the special stitches. Within 2 months, the self threader broke. Within a matter of a few weeks, the "quiet" machine was anything but quiet whenever I was sewing fabric heavier than cotton. Tension became a problem that could take as much as a half hour to find the right combination of tension, thread, and needle size. The presser feet are a combination of metal and plastic. Within a year of purchase, I had to replace one of the feet as the plastic cracked and the thread kept getting caught. Anytime I need to stitch through four layers of fabric or across a seam, there's simply not enough power. I have to manually turn the hand crank very slowly to get the needle to puncture the fabric. The quilting table is a joke. Because the machine is nothing but plastic, it "travels" across the table top. There's not enough weight to hold it in place for lengthy sewing sessions. You have to keep pulling it back towards yourself. When this happens, the legs on the table collapse and have to be pulled back out.
I sew all my Christmas and occasion gifts for people. This year I started in August and still won't be done as I've spent more time fixing problems with the machine than actually sewing. I took it to a Brother dealer for repairs. I was told it would be ready in a week. Two weeks later I still didn't have my machine and when I called to enquire, their phone message informed me they were out of town and wouldn't be open for yet another 4 days. They had my machine for 3 weeks, charged half of what the machine cost and didn't repair anything. The needle threader is the same as when I took it in. The thumping and grinding noises are still there and the constant jamming of fabric and thread is still happening. I've had to give up on using embroidery threads for stippling my quilts as I have to tear out half of what gets sewn because of constant looping and jamming. For those that don't know, $9.00 a spool for embroidery thread is a bit costly to be throwing away when it's yards at a time. Apparently the quality of Brother dealers is no better than the quality of the machine. I had planned to buy a Dream Weaver eventually but now I just don't want anything associated with Brother branding.
This machine barely makes it as a learning machine for beginners. Frankly, I think the price is too steep for anyone who will not be able to use the so-called features as the machine needs to actually work in order to use features.
My sister loves the thing - she is happy with it's multiple functions and capabilities.
This is our first sewing machine. It comes with a dvd to show us how to use it. It threads the needle. Yay! I always have a hard time trying to do that myself. It is easy to use. Love it!
Years ago, I purchased a refurbished Brother NX450, to provide some of the nicer bells and whistles my old Kenmore workhorse didn't have. When I lived out of the country for a time, my NX450 went with me. On the occasions I came home, I hated not having a machine to work with. Browsing the Brother site, I found the SC9500. It had most of the key features I was familiar with on my NX450, such as the drop-in bobbin; push-button reverse; a large variety of stitches; and the one-step buttonhole. The threader was not nearly as nice as that on my NX450, and it didn't have the automatic thread cutter, but, as it was less than half the price of the NX model, I couldn't complain too loudly!
Sewing with it, I discovered that it handles most things -- including garment-weight leather -- with ease. I did have a few issues with lighter weight, slippery fabrics such as a stretch satin and devore velvet, but they were eventually overcome by changing a needle, swapping to the walking foot, and a little bit of help from some temporary adhesive.
The SC9500 currently lives in a small carry-on, occasionally pressed into service as a travel machine. At 12 lbs., it's not exactly light, but it's not nearly as hefty as my NX450, and fits nicely into the roll-aboard. It has served very well, ensuring I have the capability to repair my projects as necessary on the road.