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Pros Easy to use, solid buttonholesLarge library of stitches, tied for best sewing performanceGreat value, excellent buttonholes, easy to useEconomical, easy to useEasy to use, alright sewing skills
Cons Lackluster stitching quality, priceyIntimidating for new users, can be expensive if not on saleStitches are slightly inferior to the top models, built-in light could be betterAverage sewing performanceCan be expensive, subpar buttonholes
Bottom Line This machine runs a bit on the more expensive side to comparable machines and didn’t do the best in our stitching testMay have excessive features for newbies, but a solid machineThe XR9550PRW does a solid job across our spectrum of tests, is easy to use, and a great valueGood for those starting out, but advanced users will get better performance out of other machinesVery expensive, a machine to consider if seriously marked down
Rating Categories Brother HC1850 Singer 9960... Brother XR9550PRW Brother CS6000i Janome 8077
Sewing (40%)
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7
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6
Ease Of Use (30%)
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Ease Of Set Up (20%)
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Buttonholes (10%)
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Specs Brother HC1850 Singer 9960... Brother XR9550PRW Brother CS6000i Janome 8077
Sewing Speed 850 850 800 850 820
Built in Stitches 130 600 110 60 30
Buttonhole Styles 8 13 8 7 6
Buttonhole Sewing (how many steps) 1-Step 1-Step 1-Step 1-Step 1-Step
Maximum Stitch Width 7mm 7mm 7mm 7mm 7mm
Maximum Stitch Length 5mm 5mm 5mm 5mm 5mm
Thread Cutter Built-in Automatic/Built-in Built-in Built-in Built-in
Automatic Bobbin Winder Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Twin Needle Capability Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Weight 10.8 lbs. 19.7 lbs. 10.3 lbs. 9.4 lbs. 16.6 lbs.
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