Brother SC9500 Full Review: True Gem that Handles Sewing, Quilting & Embroidery

If you want to purchase a “Real” embroidery machine, you will have to look past this machine. It does not embroider the designs or scale any of the font letters as a professional seamstress will want them. This machine is great for a beginner who is looking for the right tool to get into embroidery. But if you are looking for great sewing capabilities and looking into embroidery too, Brother SC9500 is a gem! Let’s have a closer look at this model. 

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Brother SC9500 review 

Brother SC9500 can handle all stitching, sewing, and quilting projects. It also has different selections of stitches you can choose from, including a super-wide (7mm) zigzag and decorative stitches.  And even 8-styles of buttonholes. 

Being a computerized machine, you will find many functions easy to use. For example, the display explains with charts what needles should be used for fabric/stitching, what stitch length or width would be suitable, and many others.

The 90 built-in stitches on this machine, including (but not limited to) utility, decorative, and heirloom stitches, allow for a wide variety of selections for your personal/professional projects. It also comes with 55 alphabet lettering stitches with a sewing font for making basic monogramming.

The automatic needle threading option on this machine makes threading a snap. You can also use the multiple needle positions and the drop feed option for free motion quilting and other specialized sewings. 

This machine can sew like a bullet if you want it to, or go slowly, especially when sewing complex parts of your garments. You can control the speed electronically; super sweet!  However, the highest this machine can go is reaching 850 stitches per minute, which is even perfect for making embroideries on your fabrics. However, it only does fraction/introductory embroideries. 

Surprisingly, there is no option for computer quilting on this machine. However, you can straight-stitch a quilt using the feed dogs or by disengaging them and using the free-motion quilt under your own hands. There is no set rule for quilting on this machine. I think it makes it more fun, albeit harder.

Overall, Brother SC9500 is very efficient and sews like a dream. All functions are a breeze to use, and the price is more than fair for what you’ve got. 

Main features

  • 90 built-in utility, decorative and heirloom stitches
  • 55 alphabet stitches for basic monogramming 
  • One-step buttonhole and super-wide (7mm) zigzag and decorative stitches
  • Automatic needle threader
  • Multiple needle positions 
  • Drop feed
  • Oversized table for quilting 
  • Large backlit LCD screen 
  • Computerized stitch selection 
  • Brightly lit LED sewing area
  • 16.8 pounds

Brother SC9500. SYS rating, pros, and cons

Brother SC9500 manual 

You can download the full manual here.

Video guidelines

Brother SC9500. FAQ and Troubleshooting

Does it sew through leather and jeans? 

This machine can handle thicker materials, e.g. denim. But if you are sewing through several layers, increase the stitch length as you will lose some of the stitch in the layers. Also don’t forget to use the right settings for a particular fabric. If you follow the manual with regards to needles, threads, tension, and foot, you are going to be just fine. 

Brother SC9500 accessories

This model comes with some good deal of extras. You’ll get 7 feet: zipper foot, zigzag foot, overcasting foot,  buttonhole foot, monogramming foot, blind stitch foot and a button fitting foot and it comes with twin needles. + All your standard accessories like seam ripper, screwdriver, manuals, foot controller etc.  

Is Brother SC9500 really a good one? Our verdict 

Brother SC9500 makes even sophisticated sewing tasks look easy. Whether it’s the bobbin winding or the threading – you will find that these, otherwise challenging functions, are easy on this machine. 

Since it is a computerized machine, it will need a bit of getting familiar with. But the manual is quite good, so the learning curve is not that curvy after all. 

It handles almost any fabric thickness well; it is sturdy, reliable, and easy to use.

I recommend this machine for beginners to intermediate level and those who need BASIC intros to embroidery.

Credits: photos by Canva

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