Brother Electric Sewing Machine, 50-Stitch

Last updated: November 9, 2022

Brother Electric Sewing Machine, 50-Stitch

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We looked at the top Sewing Machines and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Sewing Machine you should buy.

Overall Take

This sewing machine includes five auto-size button holes, in addition to an automatic needle threader and drop-in bobbin. It comes with seven sewing feet accessories. However, the storage compartment is fairly small.

In our analysis of 71 expert reviews, the Brother Electric Sewing Machine, 50-Stitch placed 6th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

CS5055PRW Features: -Built-in accessory storage. -Built-in light. -Carrying handle. -Light weight. -Needle threader. -Built-in thread cutter. Dimensions: Overall Height – Top to Bottom: -11.65″. Overall Width – Side to Side: -16.26″. Overall Depth – Front to Back: -7″.

Expert Reviews

What experts liked

Its price is relatively affordable considering that you get some great accessories bundled in with it. It also has a lot of great quality-of-life functions like the strong LED light, the automatic needle threader or the automatic bobbin winding.
The Brother CS5055PRW sewing machine is a lightweight sewing machine coming in at 10.65 pounds with a convenient handle for carrying it.
With a respectable variety of stitches, Brother’s computerized features, and their patented drop-in bobbin system, getting started with this sewing machine is a far cry from hard.
Allows customization and unique designs. Perfect for professional use.
This sewing machine works well with heavier and thicker fabrics. Thanks to the feed system, the needlework and finish are better and stronger. This means that you can work on tougher fabrics such as denim and leather. We like that this sewing machine opens up a variety of projects for you.
On the front, the sewing machine a large LCD easy-to-view display screen with intuitive buttons. You can read on the LCD Screen which stitches you have chosen right now and the buttons below let you select stitch of your choice. The stitch chart placed on the front body let you quickly chose stitch of your choice. It has a super brightly illuminated work area for easy visibility.
With such multiple stitching facilities available on board, one can craft and design a beautiful project. The LED lights are ideally placed around the working area, and they can use to spot the stitches even in low light areas.
One of things we really enjoyed about the Brother Project Runway was the effortless sewing it provides. Not just on one or two fabrics, but a wide range of them. The mini sewing machine gives users the ability to add zippers and button holes easily. Plus, adding over casting edges and decorative top stitching to whatever you are creating can be done as well.
This is definitely one of the best sewing machines for beginners because it offers everything you need to sew with one-touch convenience. There is an included zipper foot and built-in zipper insertion stitch to help you get neat lines, even if you’ve got to stitch close to the edges.
It comes with 50 built-in stitches including utility, decorative and heirloom stitches. Each stitch in turn, has multiple stitch functions for more options. Its threading is as easy as pie for both top and bottom threads. You can reference this stitches on the front of the machine to make selection of a stitch easier.
The feed system works extremely smoothly and very precise stitching is possible on the Project Runway. The bobbin winding system and top loading bobbins on Brother machines are a real advantage.

What experts didn't like

Two of those built-in stitches do require you to use a foot which is not included, which is a bummer
Although it’s easy to thread; however, some people felt that the self-threader on the Brother cs5055prw was difficult to use at first.
The storage compartment is good for the amount of accessories you get with the sewing machine, but if you’re planning to branch out, it will be necessary to think about where you are going to store your new toys.
More suitable for smaller fabrics as work bed is small.
Can be used for quilting but not as good as other machines.
Too much of plastic made parts and has small storage compartment.
Also, a few complained about the thread tension sometimes not being correct or at times getting tangled.
The LCD screen is small and the LED is very bright.

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Vicki Liston 
Home Improvement Expert

Vicki Liston writes, produces, and narrates “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.

Home improvement and all things DIY have been Liston’s passion since she bought her first house in 2007 and she started making video blogs in 2014. She’s performed hundreds of DIY projects, from small ones to major, wall-smashing renovations and can teach you how to make a trendy DIY barn door for cheap. The proceeds earned from “On The Fly…DIY” are donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations.


Whether you’ve been sewing for years or are just picking it up as a new skill, having your own sewing machine at home is the way to go. With so many different brands and models available on the market, it’s difficult to know which sewing machine is right for you. You’ll want to keep in mind the kind of projects you’re interested in working on, and your skill level and familiarity with sewing fundamentals.

“There’s an entire spectrum of options which can quickly become overwhelming so before you begin shopping, ask yourself a few questions about your sewing goals,” says Vicki Liston, our home improvement expert and host of “On the Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement show. “What’s your current skill level? Are you looking for something with minimal bells and whistles, only meant to do simple tasks or do you want the equivalent of a sewing robot? Do you want to expand your skills and learn more about the craft? Are you a pro and need to make quick work of your projects? Do you have a special interest, like embroidery or quilting? Approaching your sewing machine purchase with a well-rounded picture of where you are, what you want to do, and how much you want to learn will help you pick the best one for you.”

There are two main types of sewing machines you can try: mechanical and computerized. For new sewers and those who are brushing up on their skills, a mechanical sewing machine is a good starting point. For sewing experts and professionals, a computerized sewing machine may be a better choice. A computerized sewing machine comes with many bells and whistles that a mechanical machine does not. However, to truly take advantage of those features, you have to understand the fundamentals of sewing – which you can better learn on the mechanical model.

One of the most important features to ensure your sewing machine has is the built-in needle threader. This is a task you need to do every time you sew. Even for those with steady hands and 20/20 vision, threading a needle can take time. A built-in needle threader makes this task easy and quick.

Another feature to consider when looking for a sewing machine is the top-loading drop-in bobbin. With this feature, you don’t need to disassemble a bobbin casing to get it in. Plus, this system usually has a transparent cover plate, so you can see when you run out of thread.

“I can’t tell you how excited I was when I learned that ‘drop-in bobbins’ and ‘self-threading needles’ were a thing,” says Liston. “These miraculous features would have saved me so much frustration and wasted time as I was learning to sew. If your budget allows it, I highly recommend a unit with these options as they are life-changing!”

If you want the ability to sew cylindrical pieces such as pant hems, sleeves and headbands, then you’ll want a sewing machine that has free-arm capability. Many beginner sewing machines do not have this capability, so watch out for that as it can limit the kind of projects you work on.

Buying Advice

  • “Whatever your sewing aspirations, I only recommend purchasing a machine with a metal frame,” says Liston. “It’s much cheaper and easier to find plastic-framed models but they won’t last as long and they are harder to fix. The same goes for the inner workings, like gears. Opt for metal and not plastic. You’ll get a much longer life out of your unit.”
  • When you’re on the hunt for a sewing machine, take into account the kind of stitches it can do and whether that is what you need for your projects. Some of the basic stitches that most people will require are the straight stitch, zig-zag stitch, buttonhole stitch, knit stitch, blind hem stitch and utility stitches. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine with 60 Stitches has an easy stitch-selector switch so you can see and pick the kind of stitch you want. The electric version has five auto-size buttonholes in addition to its many stitches. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 130 Stitches comes with eight styles of auto-size buttonholes and 55 alphanumeric sewing stitches. Other models are designed to be used for small on-the-spot repairs and alterations.
  • In addition to the built-in needle threader, top-loading drop-in bobbin and free-arm capability, you may need some additional features on your sewing machine, such as adjustable speed control, needle position adjustment, lighting and knee lifter capability. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine with 60 Stitches has an automatic needle threader, adjustable speed control and a built-in free arm. Others use an automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin and an LCD screen.
  • The attachments and feet you will need for your sewing machine will depend on the kind of projects you plan to sew. If you’re a quilter, you will need a walking foot, spring action foot and a ¼-inch foot. On the other hand, if you’re sewing garments, you will need a zipper foot, buttonhole foot, overcast stitching foot and button attaching foot. The Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, 130 Stitches comes with six sewing feet attachments.
  • For some sewers, a full sewing machine isn’t necessary. If you’re only looking to do small alterations, then a portable sewing machine may be what you need. Consider a cordless hand-held machine that runs on batteries, so it can be taken on the go. This type is often designed to be used on many different materials, including denim, wool, silk and leather, and is also suitable for crafts. It may also be useful for sewing hanging curtains or tapestries.