Pros: easy to use, versatile, inexpensive, lots of options
Cons: tension can be difficult
Model Number: XR 1355
"I started sewing when I was young and became pretty talented with it. I then dropped the hobby for about 10 years. I finally decided to pick it up again and searched for hours to find the perfect machine. I decided to buy this one because of the brand, all the features, and because of the price. It had everything I wanted without a large price tag. I also chose to buy it from Costco because their price was $100+ less than other stores and online sites. The shipping was cheap and fast as well. As for the machine, it works great. Everything is easy to use and well explained in the manual. The only issue I have had is sometimes the tension is hard to get right but after a little time I can make it work."
Pros: lightweight and easy to set up, speed control allows you peace of mind, comes with a multitude of accessories, electronic features = precise settings, easy access below the plate = service yourself, presser foot must be down to sew = safety, a well-built durable machine, the manual is informative + packed full of tips, graphs + pictures on the machine help when needed, the price is hard to beat!!!!
Cons: a longer neck would be nice for bigger projects, our local stores bring them in only once a year!
Model Number: XR1355
"For 2 solid years now, the XR1355 model has been our most reliable, user-friendly machine option both personally and professionally. Even before this model, we've purchased the Costco XR1300, XR4040 and XR6060 machines and used them for 4 total years now in our manufacturing workshop and teaching studio.
At our sewing studio, we've been teaching all of our youth + adult students on the XR1355 because of its ease in getting to know its features and its multitude of capabilities. After testing out several different Singers and Brothers of all ages that were donated to our organization, the XR series, the XR1355 in particular, is by far, the best machine to learn on and use for simple to intricate, day-to-day use. We've done almost everything on it from teaching 6 year olds how to sew to hemming jeans to making a few hundreds blankets and a few hundred vinyl bags and sewing a silk wedding dress.
The computerized features of the XR1355 allow every student to identify exactly what settings they're using by looking in one area. The visual graphs + labels on the machine serve as good reminders when anyone forgets how to thread their machine or wind their bobbin. The automatic threader takes some getting used to, but once you've got it, you'll be in love with this feature. Most notably, there are 2 critical safety features on this machine that allow us to teach young students in group settings. Without them, we couldn't bare the risk.
1) The Speed Control. There is a slider directly to the left of the LCD screen that allows one to sew as quickly as, but no faster than, the speed at which he/she has set this. With so much going on while sewing, it can be hard for some to control the pressure they apply to the foot pedal. So having this set at the speed they're most comfortable at, allows them to focus their attention on things other than their foot. 2) ERROR 1: This machine WILL NOT sew when the presser foot is up, and thanks to this feature, I'm sure we've saved many projects and fingers from disaster. When you accidentally or intentionally hit the foot pedal while the presser foot is raised, an E1 message will flash on the LCD screen, indicating this error. We simply lower the presser foot, then the machine will sew as planned.
When set up properly, the Brother XR1355 sews so smoothly that we almost instantly know when something's wrong. Within the first few stitches, we know to troubleshoot these 4 classic problems: 1) Is the top thread tail too short, leaving it susceptible to getting knotted down in the machine plate? 2) Has the top thread fallen off of the silver Thread Take-up lever? 3) Has the bobbin been inserted in the wrong direction? 4) Is there a large collection of dust under the machine plate, around the bobbin, keeping the threads from flowing smoothly with each stitch? 9 times out of 10, our issues get solved with this troubleshoot list and we can go on sewing as planned.
We know that sewing can be an investment of time, money and space, so we always recommend having our students try out the machines we have at our studio and if they love the way it works, THEN they should go and buy them. 6-7 out of every 10 new students of ours love it and have purchased this machine after completing their beginners' course (or the previously carried XR1300). It's really a great buy for all of these reasons and more!! Please send more to O'ahu, Costco!"
"I'm not a professional seamstress but I've done work on different machines & this one does a wonderful job it has a variety of stitches even surger type. Its easy to use but I wish the embroidery function had more than one size & had come with a storage case then I'd give it 5 stars."
"I am by no means an expert sewer. This is my persona review. I have been sewing as a hobby for over 25 years and have had two other sewing machines in the past. While this one looks nice being all computerized - it just keeps jamming up. This is the second of the same machine that i purchased from Costco. The first one kept doing the same thing. Jam. Try & pull the material out from the bobbin area. take machine apart. re-do thread & bobbin.... REPEAT! I should have just bought a different machine after the first but figured there was just something wrong with it. I have never had a problem like this before i bought this machine.
And I have to say that after reading the review today on-line & I see some others have very similar problems - I dont feel like im doing something wrong. Would not buy another Brother."
Pros: features, price, strong, quiet, easy to use, lots of extras
"The person that taught be about sewing always buys the expensive brands. This person has a $1500.00 Husquavarna sewing machine and a Juki serger, both which I have used (and seen being used) and both of which I am not at all impressed with after buying my Brother 1034D serger (purchased elsewhere) and this machine. This machine is an amazing find for the price! In fact, I never imagined that on my budget I would be able to own such a nice machine with so many features. As with my serger, this machine is easy to use and is a value power house. The stitches are beautiful and offer a wide variety. The feet that come with the machine include: zigzag, button hole, overcasting, monogramming, zipper, blind stitch and button fitting foot. The machine also has a twin needle (which was a great surprise) and has other features such as speed selector, hand control and it is super easy to thread. Beyond the amazing features this machine has, it truthfully is a wonderfully fine tuned and strong machine that eases through all sewing projects that I have thrown at it. The motor is strong and capable and the stitches are even and strong. I sew a lot of spandex and my old machine cold never get the tension right causing the stitches to bunch and be loose, but not this machine. Brother is my new go to brand which I will stick with forever. I can't believe I wasted money on my first junky Singer rather then buying a Brother. I highly suggest this exceptional value machine to anyone that sews."
"I purchased this machine at the store last year, kind of on a whim as I was interested in getting a small machine to take to classes. I was originally going to get a small Janome that was 3 times the price of this machine, glad I saw this one though as it is excellent for my needs.
It's motor is very even and strong, stitches are wonderful, I've tested them all but mainly just use the straight and zigzig, and occasionally the free motion quilting mode.
I'll be taking her on vacation this year when we go to our cabin, it's the perfect size/weight for a travel machine.
Between Costco & Brother's warranties to make things right if they go wrong, you cannot beat this machine for the price."
"Daughter hasn't stopped playing with her sewing machine since she got it last week. She loves it. She turned the corner about it when she embroidered names the night she got it. Labeled some things that were important. Said, "I think it is a keeper!""
"I can't believe what bang for the buck I got with this purchase. I love all the features and specifically bought this machine to quilt. I have already finished a quilt top with it and am inspired to do lots more!!"
Pros: easy to thread upper and lower., very responsive, monogram feature, 130 stiches....
Cons: haven't found it yet
Model Number: XR1355
"This is an acceptable machine for general sewing. My G'daughter expressed an interest in learning so I bought this for her. We have done a lot with it and are enjoying ourselves. I watched the DVD and am glad I did. It made the threading and bobbin so easy... even though it's extremely easy compared to anything I've ever had. My sister has a retail sewing machine store and some of the Vikings retail for $11,000+. For under $200 and with a Costco guarantee - this is a winner."
Cons: doesn't come with 1/4-inch foot or walking foot
"If you're not looking for a large throat space for free motion quilting, this machine is wonderful. I have a very large and heavy Janome machine that is very difficult to transport. This machine has been wonderful to take to my friends home to work on all my quilt piecing. I especially appreciated the needle down feature which is usually only found in more expensive machine."
"This sewing machine is sold as a quilting machine but does not have the quilting accessories. It had a quilting foot and they sent me the walking foot, you have to have 1/4 inch quilting foot and guide. You would think they would send the rest. I plan to write brothers too!!"
Pros: easy to thread, easy for a beginner seamstress, loved by experienced seamstress
Model Number: Brother™ XR1355
"I bought an older model of this machine a few years ago and it's so popular in our house we had to get another one in order to get more sewing done. Now we have both machines and a surger going at the same time."
"So disappointed... I've been sewing for about 12 years, had a cheap learner singer machine that bit the dust not too long ago. I read the reviews on this machine and knew that Brother is a best selling brand, the price was right so I thought I would give it a try. Got it out and was so excited to make some window treatments with this cute fabric I bought, thank goodness I practiced on some scrap fabric I had because this machine wouldn't give me a straight stitch! I know what you are thinking, user error ;) ha ha, but no, even going as slow as possible and meticulously following the line, the entire seam was all over the place, it looked awful. It seems like fabric feeder shakes so much it can't possibly turn out a straight stitch. It's going back! I'm so heartbroken, I had high hopes for this machine :("
"I have a 35 year old machine that just keeps on sewing. This one at first was a dream because I thought it had so many great different stitches.....but when I tried sewing a knit the fabric got sucked into machine more than once. It is skipping stitches, even after I changed the needle and cleaned out the bobbin area... 3x. It will sew in the same spot tangling the thread instead of giving an error, I think when bobbin is low? All in all I am very disappointed. I'd like a machine that does a few more stitches than my old one. If you get a new machine don't throw your old one out.... Much better made years ago. I didn't want to return this but can't live with skipped stitches."
"I've only had the machine for a couple weeks, but it went straight to work right out of the box and hasn't given me any trouble. I have sewn through 4-6 layers of denim (while going over seams, etc.) and it does great. The bobbin threading system is so easy. For the price, I love all the features that come on this machine and the extras such as the quilting table and quilting foot."
"This machine is nothing but frustration. I got error messages every time I did something. I don't need a computer on my sewing machine. I wanted a good, sturdy easy to use machine and found that the bad reviews about this machine were absolutely correct. I took it back ad ordered the SInger 5532 heavy duty machine, which is everything I wanted and needed. I have sewn for 48 years now and certainly know how to use any machine, but the Brother is nothing but another computerized thing to break down. The Singer 5532 is much better, made of better sturdy materials and does everything and more that a person needs for basic sewing functions. I had high hopes for the Brother but it is not worth all the delicate handling it needs and jammed up a lot as well as the tension just couldn't be set right on any of the fancy stitching as well as the button holes."