Brother PC-420 PRW Sewing Machine Review

Brother PC-420 PRW The Brother PC-420 PRW Sewing Machine is a powerful and versatile computerized sewing machine. It features an impressive 294 built-in stitches, both utility and decorative. As is customary for Brother’s computerized series of sewing machines, you can access the stitches with the touch of a button.

In addition to this you can also design your own unique stitches, making the possibilities with the Brother PC-420 PRW sewing machine almost limitless. If you are a designer sewer, you will absolutely love this feature as it enables you to turn this machine into your own personal sewing database.

Buttonholing is simple and automatic, and you have 10 styles to choose from in this regard. Also included are three lettering styles supporting 55 characters (alphanumeric) each.

We also love the needle threading system, which saves you the annoyance of getting the thread through that tiny little eye.

The PC-420 comes with a stack of accessories. There are 13 accessory feet, including buttonhole, overcasting, monogramming, zipper, zigzag, blind stitch and more. Other useful accessories include a twin needle, needle set, eyelet punch, seam ripper, cleaning brush, knee lifter and more. A foot controller is included as well, along with a hard cover carrying case.

As usual Brother offers you a 25 year limited warranty on this machine. The PC-420 PRW sewing machine looks extremely impressive right out of the box, so let’s see how it performs.

The positives

For starters, after unpacking we briefly studied the first part of the manual just to make sure we knew how to set the machine up. Setting up turned out to be a dream, and we had the machine threaded in no time. The advanced threader really helped here. The bobbin can be easily accessed without having to fiddle with screws.

A handy start/stop button, as well as decent speed control adds to the enjoyment of working with the Brother PC-420 PRW. And boy, is it quiet.

Another handy feature that works wonderfully in practice is the automatic thread cutter. It did on occasion fail to cut a thread cleanly, but it happens seldom enough to not be a big deal.

Stitching quality is very good. Not only do you have a vast number of stitches to choose from, but the machine executes them with uniform precision. The ability to create and save your own stitches, which we already touched on, is fantastic.

There’s so much we’ve yet to try out on the PC-420, but up to now it’s handled everything we’ve thrown at it with ease. It is not an industrial class machine, but at just over $400 you wouldn’t expect it to be.

Problems encountered

We’d recommend using only Brother manufactured bobbins on this machine. It is a very sensitive machine, and you could experience thread jams otherwise. We’re also not quite convinced by the alpha numeric stitches. They’re decent, but nothing spectacular.


Overall, the Brother PC-420 Project Runway Sewing Machine delivers amazing results for its price range. You can certainly pay much more for a sewing machine and not get the quality and versatility you do with the PC-420. Also, despite its many features, it is not a difficult or intimidating sewing machine to get to grips with. Very highly recommended.

Consumer Verdict:

Out of 61 user reviews currently on, the Brother PC-420 PRW has collected 60 4 and 5 star reviews, meaning that 98% of consumers are thrilled with it. There is no truly negative review to be found for this product. The consumers have spoken. For just over $400 at, the Brother PC-420 PRW is one heck of a sewing machine.