5 Stars By Lynne on 2013-11-12
Model CS5055PRW- 50 not 87 built in stitches
At time of posting this review catalog title incorrectly identified this model has having 87 built in stitches - The Project Runway model CSW5055PRW (model shown) has 50 built in stiches there is another Project Runway machine that is model 7000 series (not certain of exact number ) that does have the 87 stitches built in.
Recently returned a Singer machine due to problems with the machine - comparing the Singer model to Brother model (comp levels) this reviewer found the Brother model superior in several areas
1. machine runs significantly quieter than did the Singer
2. method of placing bobbin into machine and getting it loaded was easier on the brother by far
3. the "automatic" needle threading mechanism while still on the left of the needle - making it a bit more difficult for left handed people - is less in the way for a left handed person than is the Singer auto threading mechanism
4. automatic threading mechanism is much smoother than on the Singer machine and while it may take 2 or 3 tries with the Singer the brother threads every time.
While the weight of the two machines are about the same - light enough for anyone to carry from place to place - the brother machine appears more solidly made and there is less vibration of the machine even when sewing at higher speeds.
The brother warranty is a limited 25 year warranty as is the Singer but for this reviewer the locations of the "service centers" should warranty repair/adjustment be required was a factor - reviewer's recommendation is to check to see where service centers are in regard to your location.
Reviewers have commented on the long waiting times for the Singer company and this reviewer personally experienced it before determining the first ordered machine was defective - waited 1 hour and 45 minutes. In contrast had a question on the threading instruction for the above Brother machine and called their customer service with wait time being less than 10 minutes.
5 Stars By TheHappeningCripple on 2016-03-15
Good Machine for Beginners and the Very Rusty
This is a review for the Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW sewing machine (for those of you who like to cross-check reviews with the actual product, you smart people you).
I'm an occasional sewer (occasional as in the last time I bellied up to a machine was 10 years ago), and the new fancified machines with the digital displays were well out of my price range back then. I didn't know if I would catch on well with this machine, which for all intents and purposes is a pretty basic machine, as far as sewing machines are these days. Let's break down what I know about using this thing:
-The book it comes with will become your new best friend if you're new to sewing, or are rusty (like me). It gives a breakdown of all the moving parts and accessories that come with it, the how-tos of operating the machine, and gives a stitch guide on the uses for the various stitches (as well as which foot to use).
-It comes with a decent bunch of starter needles, including a ball point needle and a double needle, so you can get going right away on most projects.
-You can use spools of thread either vertically or horizontally (for those of you coming back to sewing after a long absence and wonder why you don't see a big spindle sticking out of the top).
-The (semi)automatic threader is nifty, although it does take some getting used to. The needle must be in the completely up position, and you can't hold the thread too tight or too loose, otherwise it won't work. Other than that, it beats trying to stab the needle with the thread.
-There is a thread cutter on the back and to the left for when you're finishing this stitch, and there is one in the bobbin housing to get your bobbin thread to the perfect length.
-It's pretty darn easy to use overall, especially after you read the included book. I'm also all for looking up videos. I had to because the (semi)automatic threader was a tough one for me to grasp.
-It's lightweight, although the handle is kind of awkward, so I recommend using two hands to move it anyway.
-If you're buying this and plan on buying spare bobbins at the same time, buy the clear acrylic ones. Metal bobbins will not work in this machine.
-BONUS TIP for those who plan on working with microsuede/suede/velvet: purchase a non-stick foot. I ripped out a lot of stitches before realizing this.
I've used maybe 6 stitches from the list on this machine so far, but only because I haven't worked with thin materials or elastics yet.
So far, so good. Don't have any complaints other than the (semi)automatic threader was a little difficult to figure out, but that's more on my end, and definitely not enough to dock a star.
5 Stars By Ghoekstra on 2013-08-29
Wife loves it!
I bought this as a birthday present for my wife... she loves it! Only problem is, I can't pull her away from it. It's been three weeks now, the kitchen is a disaster, the kids are starving... the bathroom has been out of toilet paper for days... but we all have beautiful new scarves!
5 Stars By Jessica Wiseman on 2015-01-13
Powerhouse without powerhouse price tag!
My grandma got this for me as my Christmas present as my old machine was no longer working properly and would have cost a fortune to fix. I do highly suggest reading the manual before starting your adventure if you haven't had a machine with this many bells and whistles before!
I mad a purse with a thick lining in it and was hesitant as to whether it would be able to get through all the layers. It went right through with no hesitations or problems and I was amazed!
The preprogrammed stitches are beautiful and the machine tells you which pressor foot to use so no need to have your manual nearby. Switching pressor feet is as easy as 1-2-3! The built in thread cutters and bobbin threader is super handy and I can't praise the handy needle threader enough!
If you are looking for a mid-level machine that has some of the bells and whistles without the giant price tagâ€¦look no further, for you have found it!
5 Stars By Angie on 2012-03-01
Great beginner machine.
I have purchased five of these machines to use with 4th thru 8th grade beginning sewing students. This machine has shown to be sturdy and all around easy to use with kids. I have sewn many different fabrics and used many different stitches with great success. It is very easy to wind a bobbin and thread. Over the last two years, no complaints at all.
3 Stars By IndieDesigner on 2013-02-04
Best for a BEGINNER Seamstress.
Last Christmas my mom bought all 3 of us this sewing machine. Me (15) and my sisters (both 27) Since my sisters both are Beginner sewers, (from both lack of skill and lack of time regarding there family) this machine has been PERFECT for them. It was easy to teach them to use it, and after I got there tensions adjusted correctly, neither of them have had a problem with their machine since. But here is the thing, Even though I am 15, I am a HEAVY DUTY seamstress. I take great care of my machine, cleaning lint, oiling, keeping it covered, etc. But the projects I use my machine for are VERY frequent, and VERY intense. So after a years time, my machine is beginning to give up the ghost in comparison to my sisters machines.
My Auto-threader works fine, my spindle is also fine, as well as my throat plate and bobbin case; unlike some other reviews you may have read.
This machine is fabulous for beginner sewers, very tolerable and understandable user interface; and very flexible to a variety of projects.
BUT If you are like me, a heavy seamstress, and your dream is to work at Vogue like I,
I suggest investing in a machine that will last you a bit longer, because sometime within the year (around 18 months of age of my machine) I will be investing a new one that can tolerate me better.
5 Stars By PJ on 2016-02-25
It is very nice and easy to learn how to use
I got rid of my old sewing machine and bought this one. It is very nice and easy to learn how to use. The quality is very high and it is very pretty. I have used my new machine many times since Christmas and it runs so smooth and quiet. I LOVE my sewing machine, I highly recommend this product. It was nicely packaged and arrived in a very short time. I love ordering just about everything on BTA-MALL. Why not? It's an incredible company providing a first class service.
5 Stars By Hafsa on 2017-03-08
My daughter loves it
I bought this for my eight year old daughter who is taking private sewing lessons. She doesn't feel intimidated by the machine and it'll still be a good one for her to use for years to come. It's perfect for a beginner but still a good machine for a more experienced person
4 Stars By Brian on 2014-04-11
An impressive little machine
I'd been wanting a sewing machine for a while and researched many different models before deciding on this one, and I'm quite pleased with what it can do. Really I'd only wanted a machine that could do a buttonhole stitch in addition to straight stitch; usually I'd shy away from machines with as many different stitch functions as this one, but the price was right so I got this model anyway, and boy am I glad I did! It's able to sew knits with ease, something I thought I'd need a serger to do. It has difficulty sometimes with fine knits (they get stuck/jammed), but no more than I've experienced with any other machine. You just learn it's likes and dislikes and adapt accordingly. Overall I'm very impressed with this machine. If you want something basic with many functions, this one offers quite a bit of bang for your buck. Overall I'm very pleased with it, would highly recommend.
4 Stars By BDC Designs on 2016-09-13
Great Value - Only one issue.
Really good value for this sewing machine. There is a lot to learn, but the owners manual covers everything you need.
The multiple setting and patterns are really impressive and makes complicated patterns at the touch of a button.
The only issue we have had is the catching system that pulls the fabric while the machine is sewing will occasionally disengage. The might cause a minor headache with a bended needle, or can ruin a piece of fabric. The repair is simple enough, but it can get irritating.