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Thread: Brother PC 420?

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    Anyone have experience with this machine. I am thinking of buying this machine. I have read good things about it and it is in my price range. About $500. Thanks. Patricia

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    I got it just before Xmas (MY Xmas presie to ME!!) and I love it!! I found the best price on Amazon.com (about $450.00) and NO sales tax and NO shipping!! That saved at least $50-$60.00!! I also got the extension table. If you have another Brother, the attachments fit both machines-although the 420 comes with walking foot and a whole slew of others! The only thing I use from my other Brother is my 1/4" foot, because I am use to it. I don't use the knee up/down lever all the time, except the few times I attempted to machine FMQ. What else do you want to know! I also LOVE the needle up/down feature!

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    Thanks for the information. Have you tried the buttonholes? I make a lot of clothes and the buttonholes are one of the most important features to me. Patricia

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    Super Member Vanuatu Jill's Avatar
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    Patricia, no, I really don't do any other sewing other than quilting. Honestly, the thought of putting in a zipper makes me shake more than attempting FMQ!!!That is why I haven't attempted making any of those really cute purses our memebers keep tempting me with!! (I know they all don't have zippers, but still--it's "other" sewing! I watched a video on-line of two ladies demonstrating this machine, and I was really impressed. I did ALOT of research on machines (this was just inside my budget!), and for someone like you that doesn't JUST quilt, it is a terrific all-around machine! Have you actually gone and "test driven" one yet?? You should!! I will never get the most of this machine because I don't do any other sewing other than piecing quilts (and my couple feeble attempts at FMQ!), but I don't plan to buy another machine in "this" lifetime (LOL), so in case I DO decide to take up "other" sewing, I have a great machine. Honestly, for the money, it has more features than any other I have seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia48
    Thanks for the information. Have you tried the buttonholes? I make a lot of clothes and the buttonholes are one of the most important features to me. Patricia
    I have the SQ9000 Brother. I love the buttonhole maker. I assume it is the same on your Brother. I was amazed at how easy and beautiful the buttonholes were. Just follow the directions to the T.

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    Thanks again. I went ahead and ordered it this morning. I did a lot of research online also and just couldn't find anything against it. I bought it from Amazon and it came to about $440. Can't wait to get it. Am so excited.

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    I have to agree with Jill here. I have the 420 and I love this machine. I tried the SQ9000 that Parrothead has, but I ran into issues with it right away. (However, its worth noting that I got the last 9000 and it was an open box.)

    We shopped for a long time and visited a few stores. We saw demos of the Innov line and compared prices. Obviously there are some differences in things like the motors. But I'm not busting out a quilt each week, so one of the things we looked for was features. Almost every machine had a needle threader, some had push button stop/start, and most had drop in bobbins. But the one thing this had, automatic thread cutter. Love that stupid thread cutter.

    On the downside, there's very little I don't like. Every problem I've had as a newbie was solved by stopping, cleaning, re-threading and taking my time. So it's sturdy. I bought a 1/4" piecing foot that seems to have work great, but frays my edges.

    If I had to pick one big pet peeve, is that there isn't a default stitch memory (or I haven't found it). The machine always turns on with the needle on the left, stitch #1. My piecing foot wants the needle center, stitch #2. Many needles have paid the price. The SQ9000, on the other hand, has this feature. The SQ9000 also has the extension table, if that matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dexx
    I have to agree with Jill here. I have the 420 and I love this machine. I tried the SQ9000 that Parrothead has, but I ran into issues with it right away. (However, its worth noting that I got the last 9000 and it was an open box.)

    We shopped for a long time and visited a few stores. We saw demos of the Innov line and compared prices. Obviously there are some differences in things like the motors. But I'm not busting out a quilt each week, so one of the things we looked for was features. Almost every machine had a needle threader, some had push button stop/start, and most had drop in bobbins. But the one thing this had, automatic thread cutter. Love that stupid thread cutter.

    On the downside, there's very little I don't like. Every problem I've had as a newbie was solved by stopping, cleaning, re-threading and taking my time. So it's sturdy. I bought a 1/4" piecing foot that seems to have work great, but frays my edges.

    If I had to pick one big pet peeve, is that there isn't a default stitch memory (or I haven't found it). The machine always turns on with the needle on the left, stitch #1. My piecing foot wants the needle center, stitch #2. Many needles have paid the price. The SQ9000, on the other hand, has this feature. The SQ9000 also has the extension table, if that matters.
    On the 9000 you can change where the needle is when you turn it on so it is in the middle and it goes to the 2nd stitch which on mine is 01. I, also, broke a needle before I changed it. The directions are in the manual on how to do it. It is on page 11 in my manual.

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    Hi just wanted to let everyone know that I got my Brother PC420 Friday and I really love it. Thanks everyone for the input and advice. Patricia

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