I was spoiled by the convenience features of my embroidery machine and worried that I’d be priced out of all those features. When I saw the Project Runway Special Edition Machine, my interest was piqued. The design similarities are notable.
So, how does it sew? Exactly how it should right out of the box. Better than my Innov-is had lately, that's for sure! The thread tension works fine, the stitches are even, no fabric puckering or feed dog problems to speak of. It is easy to thread, and works well.
I’ve used it with cotton, linen, chiffon, satin, basketweave, Indian khadi, and several other blended fabrics so far and it has preformed consistently with all of them.
Brother lists this as a ‘Professional Grade Computerized Sewing Machine.’ It is feature rich, making it more impressive than many entry level machines but it is not an industrial machine. Professional should not be confused with industrial here. You won’t find this in a tailor’s backroom or factory floor. It will not preform with the same strength as an industrial model that sews through leather like butter, but it will do just about all the things a cosplayer needs it to… and maybe a few more.
The first thing new users will notice are the buttons on the front. These control different convenience functions that will make many a cosplayer fall in love with it like I have.
The button with the needle icon raises the needle to the correct height to thread it.
The u shaped arrow button is a backstitch button.
The button with an arrow pointing up is a auto-stitch button. It is a blessing when making yards of ruffles. To activate this button you have to unplug the foot pedal. To start sewing, press the glowing button. To stop, press it again. If you are using one of the stitches with a built in knot & cut feature, the machine will then finish off the stitch for you! It is worth playing around with since it has many applications.
You may not need to make custom stitches often since the machine has 294 types of stitches programmed in by default. These include utility, decorative, satin, cross-stitch, and lettering stitches that you can adjust as needed.
There’s a built in bobbin winder on the top of the machine inside the thread panel. Threading is simple and quick, with instructions printed right on the machine.
It uses a drop in bobbin with a clear cover so you can see how much thread you have left in it or if it is winding properly.
- Walking foot
- Overcasting foot
- Monogramming foot
- Zipper foot
- Zigzag foot
- Adjustable zipper/piping foot
- Blind stitch foot
- Buttonhole foot
- Button Fitting foot
- Quilting foot
- Stitch guide foot
- Non-stick foot
- Open-toe foot
The non-stick foot is great for pleather and vinyls. The buttonhole foot allows you to create buttonholes effortlessly, and the machine features 10 buttonhole stitches for you to choose from! The button fitting foot lets you use the machine to sew buttons on to your project. The adjustable zipper & piping foot makes installing invisible zippers much easier. There’s also a standard zipper foot for regular zippers. The stitch guide foot helps you gauge seam allowance and stitch placement if it isn’t something you like to eyeball or mark out. The walking foot is great for sewing through thick projects or preventing puckering on fabrics prone to slipping.
If there is one criticism I have of this machine, it is that it lacks a sensor warning about empty bobbin thread. My last machine would give a warning that the bobbin was nearly empty so you didn’t keep sewing with no thread. With all the tech in this machine, it seems odd this sort of feature wasn’t included. Perhaps in a future version!
After a few months of use, I really like this machine. I feel like it would be an asset to any new or intermediate cosplayer, especially one starting out without a lot of tools. It has a wealth of features and accessories without being too pricey.