Updated 4 Nov 2013

Brother

NS10

Snapshot: The Brother NS10 sewing machine has 16 stitch types and operates without a foot control. But how well does it sew?

NS10
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$499

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Test results

Overall score
80
Sewing performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very easy to use.
  • Very good at back-tacking, blind hemming, buttonholes and applique.
  • Good at straight stitch and zigzag.
  • Excellent labelling and instructions.
  • Well-lit work area.
  • Relatively quiet and lightweight.
  • Drop-in clear-view bobbin and excellent winding.
  • Can be used without foot control.

But

  • No pressure control but the presser foot can be raised to the highest level for thicker fabric (although it’s not fully secured in this position).
  • Foot control is light and doesn’t have an anti-slip base.

How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Performance (50 percent)
  • Ease of use (50 percent)

Prices are from an August 2013 survey except for the Husqvana Viking H Class 100Q. Price shown for this model is the manufacturer's recommended retail price.

NB: Bernina has advised the Bernette 15 has been replaced by the identical London 5.

Key data

Model

Price guide
$499

Specifications

Number of stitch types
16
Maximum stitch length (mm)
5
Maximum stitch width (mm)
7
Weight (kg)
6.6
Noise level (dBA)
70

Features

Protective cover
Vinyl
Bobbin fitting
Drop-in
Presser-foot pressure control
×
Operates without foot control
Automatic needle threader

More Info

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