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missthreads
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Date: 3/24/13 6:54 PM

OK, been looking some more and reading more reviews. Decided maybe I should spend just a tad more money! I seen the Brother PC 210 PRW machine and loved it!

Pros? Cons?

I need to buy a machine ASAP, so any help you can give me would be fantastic. I have 100 buttonholes or eyelets to make by the middle of April. And this machine has the eyelets! Didn't know I could even buy a machine that had them!
Doing 10 - 1800's ladies vest/bodice that have to have the eyelets/buttonholes. I was happy with the buttonholes until I seen this machine that featured eyelets! WOW! Won't they be impressed?

Oh, thanks......

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In reply to missthreads <<


Date: 3/24/13 7:03 PM

Did you give this machine a test drive? Of not, take a mock-up of what you will be sewing the eyelets on and this should help with your decision.

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Date: 3/24/13 11:55 PM

I have the 420 PRW which is a little more advanced version of the 210 (has a thread cutter) and I love it. Nice quiet machine with a nice stitch. Read the reviews posted on this site.

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missthreads
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Date: 3/25/13 7:56 AM

I've read lots of the reviews on Amazon on this machine and 9 out of 10 were NOT good. Even some of them on here wasn't that good. What gives?

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Date: 3/31/13 2:04 AM

Hi there,

I own a Brother PC-210. It is/was my first machine as a newbie to sewing, and I've been steadily completing projects with it for over a year now, so I believe I can speak to its good and bad points.

@missthreads: I'm not so sure what you are saying about the reviews on Amazon for this machine. The vast majority of the reviews for this machine are positive, or were so the last time I checked.

As other people have mentioned, this machine is the little brother of the PC-420. Compared to the 420, it lacks the thread cutter, knee lift, the extended set of decorative stitches found on the 420, and the rudimentary embroidery capability the 420 has.

What it does have is all of the stitches you need for garment construction and quilting (and then some), together with all the accessories you need for buttons, zipper insertion, overcast stitches, blind hems, and satin stitches. I've used mine for tasks as varied as home dec (pillows and table runners, sewn with uphlostery fabrics), bags/cases (sewing layers of denim with precision stitching), knits (t-shirts with jersey knits), and wovens (men's dress shirts) and I've been pleased with its performance.

The controls are fairly straightforward - two buttons to dial in a stitch type by number, and sliders to control stitch length, width, and speed of sewing. There's also buttons to control whether the needle stays down or up at the end of stitching, and there's an automatic backstitching feature.

What I like about the machine: the built-in needle threader, the ability to keep the needle down in the fabric at the end of stitching, and the automatic backstitching. I also like the straightforward controls for controlling the stitching, the automatic buttonhole feature, and the bartack feature. Also, it's possible to set the machine to sew very slowly, so if I need to do some very precise stitching I can set it to a speed that I feel comfortable with.

What I don't like about the machine are that the controls for stitch length and width aren't labeled with numbers, so for example if you want a 3.5mm stitch length it's not marked and you have to experiment a bit on a sample to get the setting you want. Also, the bobbin winder seems like it could produce a more neatly wound bobbin.

I have read on the Yahoo! BrotherUsers group that this machine, along with the 420, are the cheapest machines Brother makes that are built with a full metal frame. I don't know if that's true, but I have been pleased with the features and performance of this machine and would recommend it as a good first machine for a beginner.

I'd be happy to answer any specific questions you might have about this machine.

-- Edited on 3/31/13 2:17 AM --

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Date: 4/1/13 7:02 PM

Thank you! But, I ended up buying the Brother SQ 9050! Compared all three of these machines until I was bugeyed! Liked what I seen plus the reviews. Now, I'm just waiting for it to arrive.

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