Brother Project Runway PC420PRW Review

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Looking for a machine that can do it all?

The Brother Project Runway PC420PRW has a reputation for being one of the best machines for versatile sewers.

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We *love* it.

With a number of accessories and built-in treats, the Brother PC420PRW allows sewers of all stripes and experience the opportunity to create whatever their hearts desire, with whatever fabric they desire.

With 294 built-in stitches, computer power, and its range of ability, the Brother PC420PRW is one of Brother’s classier sewing machines and more expensive for it.

It’s not a perfect machine but the opportunities that the Brother PC420PRW presents its sewers seems like more than enough to make up for it.

We’ll let you decide that, of course: let’s find out more…


Brother Project Runway PC420PRW: The Details

The Look

We’re sure you remember being a kid and wanting to press all the buttons on your parents’ television remote. The Brother Project Runway PC420PRW offers that same sort of gleeful opportunity.

Its white body is punctuated by numerous buttons tied to stitch selection, lighting, and all sort of other goodies, perfect for making your latest project all the more interesting.

The LED stitch selector display is a bit small in comparison to the body, but it’s out of the way of the work area and is easy to read even if you’ve got tired eyes.

The machine itself weighs in at 26 pounds: not exactly light, but understandable once you take a look at all of the machine’s included features.

It comes with a hard cover as well, making it easy to store away in between projects.

Let’s take a tour around the features…

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  1. Storage compartment
  2. Super easy bobbin winding system
  3. Automatic needle threader
  4. Start button
  5. Automatic thread cutter
  6. Speed selector slider
  7. LCD screen
  8. Tension dial
  9. Stitch size selector
  10. Stitch selections

Specs

  • Weight: 26 pounds
  • Dimensions: 17.3 x 7.9 x 11.4
  • Stitches: 294 built-in stitches
  • Speed: 850 stitches per minute
  • Computerized/Mechanic: Computerized
  • Bobbin: Jam resistant, quick set, top-drop in
  • Warranty: 25 year limited warranty

Accessories

The Brother Project Runway PC420PRW sewing machine comes with the following accessories:

  • Walking foot
  • Overcasting foot
  • Monogramming foot
  • Zipper foot
  • Adjustable zipper/piping foot
  • Blind stitch foot
  • Buttonhole foot
  • Quilting foot
  • Stitch guide foot
  • Non-stick foot
  • Open-toe foot
  • 3 bobbins
  • Seam ripper
  • Needle setting
  • Twin needle
  • Cleaning brush
  • Eyelet punch
  • 2 screwdrivers
  • 3 spool caps
  • Extra spool pin
  • Spool net
  • Grid sheet setting
  • Foot controller pedal
  • Hard protective case

You’ll be all set to get started when you take this machine home.

No need to wait or buy add-ons elsewhere – the Brother PC420PRW provides everything you need to undertake your projects as soon as possible.

Brother: The Company

Since 1954, Brother International Corporation has been working to serve the needs of the home and office as a US branch of the Japanese-based Brother Industries Ltd.

Their sewing and embroidery machines were awarded “Consumer Digest Best Buy” in 2013.

Brother’s longstanding reputation of creating quality sewing machines, backed by their standard 25 year limited warranty, stands as testament to their dedication to their sewers.

They even run a sewing blog, ‘Stitching Sewcial,’ in order to create a community of sewers and to provide personal stories, tips, and DIY project designs to sewers who are considering their products.

The Warranty

The aforementioned 25 year warranty for the Brother PC420PRW ensures that parts, labor, and accessories for the machine can be replaced up to one year after purchase of the machine.

Electronics and printing circuit boards can be replaced at up to two years after purchase, and the chassis casting can be replaced up to twenty five years post-purchase.

A more detailed explanation of the warranty is provided by Brother and can be read in PDF form here.

Features

Well-equipped with a number of accessories, the Brother PC420PRW sewing machine establishes itself as a machine of note. Brother advertises a variety of features that make it excellent for the ambitious sewer.

Stitches

Its 294 built in stitches offer a swath of project opportunities: they include the following:

  • 67 utility stitches
  • 31 decorative stitches
  • 5 cross stitches
  • 16 satin stitches
  • 10 decorative satin stitches

It’s no wonder that the Brother PC420PRW is so popular with clothes makers!

There’s even an in-built My Custom Stitch feature which allows you to design and save your own stitches. Brilliant news for the creatives among us.

You can access all the stitches from the machine’s easy to read LCD screen.

Automatic Needle Threading and Cutting

Adding to the machine’s ease of use is the fact that it comes equipped with an automatic needle threader.

This requires that you simply followed the numbered diagram on the machine for a perfectly threaded needle.

There’s also an automatic thread trimmer, and the option to program the trimmer to cut upper and lower threads at the end of each section — this feature has proven especially popular with quilters.

FAST Bobbin System

The bobbin winding system is quick and easy: all you need to do is move the bobbin to the right and push the Start button. All done!

Adjustable Speed Control

Ideal for learning beginners or clothes makers looking for extra precision, the Brother Project Runway PC420PRW has sliding speed control for you to control how fast you want to stitch.

There’s three speeds available, with the maximum set at 850 stitches per minute.

More Useful Features

  • Ultra bright sewing area
  • 6-point feed dogs
  • Twin needle function
  • Built-in knee lifter

Brother PC420PRW Review

The Brother PC420PRW is an undeniably impressive machine, but is it really everything it’s hyped up to be?

Let’s take a look.

The Positives

High Quality Stitching

The most important thing to check before forking out a few hundred dollars for a sewing machine, is how well can it actually sew?

Very well, in fact. We continue to be impressed by the Brother PC420PRW’s sewing skills — it reliably produces even and straight stitching at exactly the configuration you choose in the LCD settings menu.

It’s part of the Project Runway line of sewing machines and this isn’t only a great marketing ploy: clothes makers love the reliable stitching quality, space for creative expression and general ease of use that’s offered here.

Good for Heavy Duty Sewing

The work that the Brother PC420PRW can do is limited only by your imagination. This baby is VERSATILE.

This machine is a workhorse and can handle just about every fabric, both alone and in layers.

Its large variety of stitches and collection of feet allow you to create any manner of complex project. If you spend multiple hours a day and several days a week at your sewing machine, then the Brother PC420PRW will not only suit your needs: it will surpass them.

Easy to Use and Good for Beginners

The Brother PC420PRW’s adjustable speed means you can take your complex projects as quickly or slowly as you like.

If you’re just starting out and want to get a feel for a project, keep things at a steady pace. If you’re more experienced, feel free to increase speed as you like. The Brother PC420PRW will keep up with you, whatever speed you want to work at.

Handy features like the automatic needle threader and cutter, and super easy bobbin winding system all add up to make operating this machine pretty much a breeze.

A Full Body Sewing Experience

The built-in knee lift is a gift when working long-term on a project or on a large canvas like a quilt.

The knee lift ensures that you don’t have to take your hands off of your project; it lowers your presser foot for you.

It may take a bit of getting used to if you haven’t worked with a knee lift before, but it’s well worth it to have one on your machine.

Super Bright Work Space

This feature is often underrated in sewing machines, but we absolutely love the bright workspace of the Brother Project Runway PC420PRW.

The machine’s LED light ensures that you don’t strain your eyes while you work. By providing a well-lit space, the machine ensures that the hours you spend working on your latest project are not ones spent in the dark.

The Negatives

Extra Trimming May Be Necessary

The automatic thread trimmer is a really nice tool to have in your sewing machine, but there’s occasionally some extra work that you’ll need to do when working with the Brother PC420PRW.

While the thread trimmer seems reasonably reliable, we occasionally find that we have to trim an extra inch or so off of the thread it leaves behind.

Be careful, too – some users have commented that overuse can wear out the thread trimmer.

Brother Bobbins Only

While the F.A.S.T bobbin system works wonders, you’re going to need Brother bobbins, specifically, when working with this machine.

Other similar bobbins have been reported to snag when working with the machine or to not work at all. Boo.

It’s Not Cheap

The Brother PC420PRW is priced for its quality – not a bad thing, exactly, but it means that the machine is not cheap.

It’s best to view this machine as an investment: if you want to improve your sewing, use the machine for all manner of creative projects and general sewing, then you’re likely to get a huge amount of mileage out of it.

With all of its abilities and accessories, the Brother PC420PRW is worth the cost, but it’s not a machine you’ll want to buy if you’re not committed to the pursuit of your projects.

Overall Verdict

Although there are a couple of issues to consider before buying the Brother Project Runway PC420PRW, we really can’t recommend it enough.

It’s incredibly versatile, easy to use and reliably produces excellent stitching.

This machine has definitely established itself as a workhorse among other sewing machines of this price tag. It’s great for both ambitious beginners and the more experienced creatives among us. General sewing? No problem. More specialist creative projects? You’ll wonder what you did without it.

The vast opportunities its machinery presents along with its array of accessories allows for the adventurous sewer to pursue any number of ambitious projects. While it’s not a perfect machine, it’ll definitely serve you well as your start marking off projects from your dream list.

Where to Buy the Brother Project Runway PC420PRW

This is a damn popular machine and consequently, you can find it in most home and craft stores in person and online.

America loves the Brother PC420PRW!

Here are a few online stores that have it in stock:

And, of course, you can find it on Amazon too.

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