Having a sewing machine these days is super awesome. The sewing industry is growing day by day and every minute, a new sewer jumps into the sewing industry. This hobby has been transmitted to ourselves through our forefathers and now, not only women but men are also showing their interest in sewing, quilting, embroidery, and other sewing categories. But every sewer needs a machine for the completion of their projects. Having a perfect sewing machine for everyday projects is not less than a blessing. The Brother SQ9285 sewing machine also proved to be a blessing for many sewers.
Sewing machines that include all basic and professional features just like the Brother SQ9285 are quite lucrative and most probably, these machines can serve for long times as you’ll not have to replace your machine after some time because of the feeling of lack of features.
If you’re looking for a handy and reasonable sewing machine, take a look at our best cheap sewing machine review. Actually, it happens a lot, if you buy a machine having some basic features only, you will probably get fed up with that machine and go out looking for a new machine for the replacement of your previous machine. Already buying a professional machine including all features for everyday needs would be the best solution to avoid this kind of problem.
Without wasting more time, let’s get straight to our Brother SQ9285 sewing machine review and explore its awesome features.
Brother SQ9285 Sewing Machine – Overall Look
No matter how rich a sewing machine is in its features, if it has crazy neon colours or an ordinary look like the 18s century, no one would buy it. However, if a machine has attractive colours and designs embedded on it, it’s more likely to sell more even if its features are less.
But with the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine, we can see a combination of both, attractive designs and more productive features.
If we talk about its look, the machine is overall white in colour. On the front side where the LCD screen is embedded, beautiful flowers or petals are designed on a grey background giving a pleasant look.
On the right side, there is a chart that includes designs of all built-in stitches and their serial numbers that you can use to choose a specific built-in stitch. Also, there’s a sliding board on the top of the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine where fonts are displayed with their serial numbers.
Overall, the design of this machine is kept simple yet attractive and this machine weighs only 9.9lbs that is really something to look for.
Brother SQ9285 Sewing Machine – The Features
Anything including a machine or a cell phone is known by its features. The more features technology has, the more useful it would prove for i=its customers.
Let’s take a quick view of the features in this Brother SQ9285 Sewing Machine Review.
200+ Built-in Stitches
If you want to know the exact figure of stitches in this machine, keep digging this section. Let me ask you a question, Would you really use your creativeness with a machine including 37 built-in stitches?
If I give you a machine including 100+ built-in stitches, will you show more creativeness?
If I see myself as you, then it’s a big yes from me.
Now imagine a machine that included 205 built-in stitches, how easy it would become for you to create stunning concepts and craft them as designs on your clothes. Yes, you read it right.
The Brother SQ9285 sewing machine included almost 205 built-in stitches in which there are almost 8 designs for buttonhole stitch only.
It means that you will enjoy a full hand income with the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine.
Let me clear something here, the overall stitch count is 205 in which there are 55 alphanumeric stitches used for different purposes. Most people don’t count these stitches and announce the SQ9285 as a 150 built-in stitches holding machine. You can also take it as you want to.
10 Presser Foots and a Surprise
Including almost 10 presser feet, this machine is the only Brother’s product that has more than enough presser feet at this price. The reason for this is that the whole machine is built-in plastic so they could manage to add extra accessories. But believe me, the quality of this plastic is not less than metal.
Also, the Brother SQ9285’s accessory pack also adds worth to its price.
Let’s have a look at the presser feet included in this machine.
For everyday simple sewing projects, you’ll need a zigzag foot for curly stitches as well as straight stitches.
This foot will allow you to give a unique finishing to edges and corners of your fabric.
The buttonhole foot will let you instantly sew a buttonhole in less than a minute.
Button Sewing Foot
The buttonhole and button sewing foot work as a combination from hand to hand. You can easily embed buttons on your fabrics/garments with the help of button sewing feet.
Blind Sewing Foot
Allows you to stitch thread that isn’t visible to the eye. You can see it but only if you focus enough. In short, this foot helps in making the stitches invisible.
The zipper foot allows you to embed zippers on your clothes without any chances of being teared up.
Spring Action Quilting Foot
This foot allows you to do quilting freedomly with free-motion quilting.
The monogramming foot works as a combination with the alphanumeric font that is already available in the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine. With this foot, you can craft awesome designs and stitches.
¼’ Piecing Foot
Allows you to sew ¼’ piecing seams for quilts.
Brother SQ9285 Walking Foot
Allows you to stitch one fabric over another. This way you can sew different layers with each other. This is very helpful in small projects like piping etc.
Here comes a surprise or a gift you can say that comes with the presser feet in the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine. Let’s get straight to it.
In the brother SQ9285 presser feet, you can see a letter embedded on each foot that has a mystery. Whenever you select a built-in stitch on the LCD, you have to open the manual and see which foot to use with that specific stitch.
It’s very annoying and time-consuming. But whenever you select a stitch on the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine, you see a letter on the LCD screen indicating the walking foot to use in the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine.
It saves you time and lets you stay calm and easy while the machine does the extra work itself.
The most common and handy feature that every sewing machine, especially the Brother machines have is the free arm. With many benefits, you can see the free arm in almost every Brother machine. The wide table and the accessory box compartment are detachable and after you detach the accessory box, you’re left with the free arm. Now how a free arm can help you in sewing projects?
The answer is quite simple, you can attach a cylindrical of a round-shaped fabric just like sleeves or jeans around the forearm and sew inside the fabrics. You can craft jeans, sleeves, and even large jeans for adults using the free arm.
Please note that the free arm wouldn’t be able to help you in case you want to craft a pant for your little doll.
It’s just stunning, isn’t it?
Maybe your eyesight is weak or the place where you do your projects is dark or the lights in your room are fused or the light hasn’t come for days.
In these situations, you must regret it if you don’t have any means to brighten your room. But with the Brother SQ9285, you can see an LED light right on the place where the needle is placed.
The light brightens the exact spot where your clothes are placed for sewing purposes. You can have a double benefit of this LED light.
The first one is that you will not have to worry about the load shedding and the second one is that you can precisely visualize whether your stitches are going straight or are away from the path.
The LED light that comes with the SQ9285 sewing machine may have a dim brightness but you can buy a better LED light and replace it with the LED light that comes with the SQ9285 brother sewing machine.
Basically a Quilting Machine
In my opinion, the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine is designed keeping the quilting features in mind. However, any professional sewer can easily do their sewing tasks on the SQ9285 Brother sewing machine.
Quilting is a term used when two or more layers of fabrics are stitched together whether by a needle with hand, a sewing machine, or a specifically designed quilting machine.
With so many built-in stitches, this machine can do quilting precisely with the combination of presser feet included in the box.
But don’t worry if you’re buying it for sewing purposes, this machine has all the advanced features included that any professional sewer would need.
I just wrote about the warranty in many Brother machine reviews. But without this section, the whole Brother SQ9285 sewing machine review is tasteless.
According to the tradition of Brother industries, you can see an ultimate warranty of 25 years on all products of the Brother industries. Be it an expensive product or a cheap one, the 25 years warranty is available on each and every product. They are just too confident about their services and quality and this is very true if we talk about the Brother industries.
Since the evolution of brothers, their quality has been improving day by day and we can’t say anything bad about their quality because, in terms of quality, the Brothers machines are on the top.
Adjusting the stitch length and width
Unlike the old sewing machines, you can easily adjust the stitch width and length of the stitch easily on the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine using the LCD screen. Some machines that don’t have an LCD unit attached to them, it’s a bit technical to adjust their stitch and width.
But why worry if you have a Brother SQ98285 sewing machine? You can easily select the stitch length and width using the four buttons present next to the LCD screen.
A wide tale is also included with the Brother SQ98285 sewing machine. Having a wide table included, you’ll not have to buy an additional table to fix your machine. The table will provide a lot of help in handling large-sized fabrics and the quilting fabric.
Also, you can see a measuring tape printed on the wide table where you can easily measure the fabrics and cut the marked area. Now you don’t have to look at your whole house for the measuring tape and waste much of your valuable time. Instead, you will already have a measuring tape present just on the top of this table that is going to help you save your precious time.
Imagine a machine without any button to start and stop. Just plug the switch and it turns on and speed is uncontrollable. You’ll get nothing out of this kind of machine. With the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine, you can see a set of many buttons.
These buttons include a start and a stop button. Press the start button and push the pedal, it will run and if the stop button is pushed, it will not run no matter how much you push the pedal.
You can also see a speed control lever with which you can easily control your sewing machine speed with precision. This is very useful when you’re sewing thick fabrics or precisely quilting the fabrics. Also, there is a button included to help in positioning the needle. Just push the button to up the needle and place your fabrics. Now again push the button to lower down your needle and the fabric is just in the grip of the needle.
Automatic Needle Threader
Almost all Brother machines have an automatic needle threader in them. This feature isn’t new but still, this feature is the most catchy feature of this or we can say every machine because it saves your time and lets you complete your task without any stress of threading the needle manually.
Setting up the Brother SQ9285 Sewing Machine
Setting up the SQ9285 sewing machine is not even a problem. There’s a quick guide available in the box including every single detail about setting up the SQ9285 but if you find it difficult, make sure to read the guide next.
Setting up the bobbin
Setting up the bobbin and winding it is the easiest task if you’re using the SQ9285 sewing machine. First of all, drop the bobbin in the top drop bobbin compartment following the instructions in the manual. Once you finish setting up all the basic things mentioned in the guide, plug the switch, and turn the machine on. Use the foot pedal and the machine will start winding the bobbin on its own. Once it is completed, the machine will turn off automatically.
After threading the bobbin, drop it in the top bobbin compartment and see the diagram on the needle plate to draw the thread around from the bobbin. Actually, the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine includes a quick setup drop-top bobbin design which means that there is no need to set up the lower thread yourself. This is something the needle will handle automatically.
And this technology or modification is really appreciated in the world of sewing.
The Upper Thread
There’s a small diagram available on some spots of this machine. After passing the thread through the spool, it will arrive near the needle and now you have two choices.
You can thread the needle the old way or use the automatic needle threader to thread the needle automatically.
This would be great if your eyesight is poor and you have unsteady hands.
Honestly, if you’re a beginner, you can easily take help from the manual to set up this machine yourself.
But using the automatic needle threader is a tricky part. It’s a bit complicated. But in a few weeks, you can thread the needle fluently.
You’ll have to face some complications in the first 2 weeks.
All Done- Ready to Sew
After threading and winding the bobbin as well as threading the needle, your Brother SQ9285 sewing machine is ready to use.
Plug the switch.
Turn the machine on by pressing the start button.
Select the stitch on the LCD screen.
Turn the LED light on for maximum precision.
Select the width and length of the stitch.
Use appropriate presser feet.
The machine is ready to sew and astonish you with its stunning features.
What about the User Manual and DVD Drive?
A user manual and a DVD drive containing all information in writing as well as the copy form are available in the box. I really prefer reading the whole user manual before using the machine. I know it’s boring but it will give you a complete idea/theme of this machine. Also if you feel stuck at any section, you can use the DVD drive to watch the video tutorial of all sections. If you still don’t understand, youtube is filled with thousands of tutorials, you can watch any video that you think contains an easy method.
The most common questions asked by the majority of people regarding the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine are discussed next.
Is this an embroidery machine as well?
There’s a big difference between an embroidery machine and a sewing machine. And this machine is just a sewing machine, not an embroidery machine. The purpose of a sewing machine is to stitch and sew clothes and quilting fabric. And an embroidery machine is used for designing fabrics.
The machines that include sewing, as well as embroidery features, are quite expensive and at least I can’t afford it. However, if you’re looking for an embroidery machine, take a look at our best, heavy-duty embroidery machine review.
Can I sew thick fabric with the SQ9285 sewing machine?
Sewing denim, leather, canvas, etc isn’t a big deal if you’re using the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine. There are many machines that hardly manage to stitch a 6 mm thick fabric. But the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine is always available to help you with sewing thick fabrics like leather, etc. But always make sure to use the right needle, the right stitch, and the right presser foot to sew even thick fabrics like denim, canvas, etc.
I would recommend slowing down the speed of your SQ9285 because it decreases the chances of your needle being broken into pieces.
Does this machine use a metal frame?
THis machine is totally built with plastic material and you may have some issues with it even I also have. But the quality of the plastic is also up to mark as the Brother brand itself is.
Is it good for Beginners or professionals?
Of course, this machine has a lot of features every beginner will need and professionals can also use its features effectively. This machine is designed to handle tough tasks too and even simple tasks can also be handled using this machine. So I would really recommend this machine to everyone.
What are your views about its LED light?
The LED light of the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine is really dim. You can buy a lamp from the market or another LED light so you can replace the previous LED with a better one.
The Brother SQ9285 sewing machine would be the best choice for you if you are a beginner or a sewing expert. The actual number of stitches is 205 but we don’t count the alphanumeric stitches that are 55 figures built-in the SQ9285 sewing machine. Also, the wide table allows you to measure your clothing length with the help of measuring tape printed on the top of the wide table.
Overall, the Brother SQ9285 sewing machine would be a great choice whether you’re just starting out or a professional sewer. For quilters, let me tell you that this machine is designed to keep the quilting features in mind. So it would be a great choice for you if you’re a quilter. Having said that, this machine includes all features from plenty of built-in stitches, from a set of presser feet to the LCD screen, from an LED lighting system to an automatic needle threading option. In short, this machine is a perfect match almost for everyone.