Limited edition sewing machines are known to have that extra edge over the regular fare that is omnipresent in the market and the Brother PC-210PRW Limited Edition Project Runaway Sewing Machine lives up to that name. With an eye-catchy design and a large number of built-in stitches to the facility of easily switching between functions and selecting them, this machine has it all. And that is not the best part at all: the Brother PC-210 is priced quite reasonably considering its capabilities and scarcity. This machine looks ideal for semi-professional tailors and those interested in a bit of aesthetic stitching for personal benefit.
The moment this machine was unboxed, the first thing anyone would notice is the rounded edge design that populates all corners. It gives it a rather cozy attitude, which is essentially something that is expected of a sewing machine. Coming to the finer parts, the machine is built well and there are no loose plastic boards hanging around, and neither are there any crevices that distract the user. The external is cased well and the hardcover does wonder to protect it when not in use.
While the design didn’t really undergo rigorous testing, we are happy to say that the machine was put through some of the toughest regiments and it emerged victorious in most of them. Firstly, the Brother PC-210PRW comes with over 50 built-in stitches, all of which are arranged on a panel on the front and can be chosen with a mere press of a button after guidance from the LCD screen.
In addition, there are 5 one-step automatic buttonhole options. All of these were tested and the stitching varieties were quite impressive. They held their tension and even the decorative ones could hold significant bits of fabric together. There is a facility to adjust the stitch width and tension as per the user’s choice and the material’s demand so there should really be no problems even when using several layers of fabric and the like. The adjustments are not digital but use sliders. This opens up some room for imprecision and we think a digital adjustment would have been better; at least buttons if not the actual values.
Automatic functions on the machine include an automatic needle threading system, the mechanism of which is quite advanced, so it works well! It takes nothing more than holding the thread in place and the next moment, the needle is threaded properly. In addition, the machine can be instructed to end with the needle on top or bottom to facilitate the easy removal of the fabric once done with the project. Reversal and reinforcement functions are also automatic, which is a great advantage over some of the competition. The thread reservoir or bobbin can just be dropped into the machine and the rest is taken care of. Brother makes this machine all the more worthwhile by including several accessories such as a zipper foot and a blind hem foot, which can be stored within the machine itself. In addition, a lot of the stitches come with the optimum tension set but this can easily be overridden manually.
Right from the fact that there are no sharp corners to the little beep that goes off if something is wrong, every aspect of this machine is impressive. Our testing found no defects but some users have complained about constant malfunctioning but that is quite possibly limited to specific pieces. Our advice is to get it while the stocks last, irrespective of your stitching experience provided you don’t stretch the budget too much.
- Great design and value for money
- Easy to use functions with a high level of computerization
- Damage prevention mechanism
- Automatic functions make stitching easier
- Adjustments done with sliders
- Number of stitches should have been higher