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Brother LB6800PRW vs. Singer 9980 Comparison

The Brother LB6800PRW and the Singer 9980 are two of the most popular affordable sewing machines we will compare today. In addition to being packed with features in an affordable price range, these two sewing machines produced excellent stitch quality.

What are the major differences between the two? Below I will describe the differences in the simplest terms possible.

Brother LB6800PRW vs. Singer 9980: Comparison in Features

Sewing Machine Types

The Brother LB6800PRW is a sewing and embroidery combo machine, while the Singer 9980 is a computerized sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.

The sewing machine you choose should be tailored to your skill level and goals.

Brother LB6800PRW vs. Singer 9980 : Built-in Stitches

There are 67 stitches on Brother LB6800PRW. On the other hand, the Singer 9980 has 820 built-in stitches. Brother LB6800PRW comes with 10 one-step buttonhole(s), while Singer 9980 has only 13 one-step buttonhole(s).

Weight

The Brother LB6800PRW weighs approximately 13.66 lbs, while the Singer 9980 sewing machine comes with a weight of 20 lbs.

When you don’t have a specific spot in your home where your sewing machine belongs, the extra weight can become burdensome.

Start/Stop Button

Both the Brother LB6800PRW and Singer 9980 sewing machine come with a start/stop button. A start/stop button is an important accessibility feature. If you’re unable, for whatever reason, to use the foot pedal, a start/stop button allows you to run your sewing machine anyway. It’s also invaluable for making perfect one-step automatic buttonholes.

Speed Control Slider

Both Brother LB6800PRW and Singer 9980 sewing machine have a speed control slider, which allows you to set the maximum speed you are comfortable with.

Automatic Needle Threader

Many sewing machines sold today come with an automatic threader function. This is essentially a lever that will guide the thread through the eye of your sewing needle for you so that you don’t have to do it yourself. Many sewists prefer to thread their own needles, but if you have difficulty performing this task, then a machine with an automatic needle threader might be very useful for you. Fortunately, these two sewing machines both come with automatic needle threader, allowing you to thread the machine with ease.

Drop-in Bobbin

The advantage of easy drop-in, top load bobbins is that you can readily see how much thread is left on the bobbin through the window. You do not have to remove the bobbin case to insert a new bobbin, and you do not have to remove the accessory tray from the free arm to change bobbins. Both the Brother LB6800PRW sewing machine and the Singer 9980 come with this user-friendly feature.

Drop Feed

The most common type of feeding mechanism in a home sewing machine (and some industrial machines) is the drop feed, also known as the regular feed system. Both Brother LB6800PRW and Singer 9980 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.

Free Arm

There is free arm on both the Brother LB6800PRW and the Singer 9980. The free arm is a very useful feature to all sewing machines as it makes sewing one layer of fabric without catching another. This is because all of the workings around the bobbin race, feed dogs, and needles are housed there.

Brother LB6800PRW Singer 9980
Product Image
Sewing Machine Type Sewing and Embroidery Combo Computerized
Stitches 67 820
Buttonhole Styles 10 one-step 13 one-step
Start/Stop Button Yes Yes
Built-in Memory Yes Yes
Programmable Needle Up/Down Yes Yes
Monogramming Font Yes 5 Yes, 5
Drop Feed Yes Yes
Free Arm Yes Yes
Working Light Yes LED Yes, 2 LEDs
Speed Control Slider Yes Yes
Weight 13.66 lbs 20 lbs
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter Yes
Snap-on Presser Foot Yes Yes
Automatic Thread Cutter Yes Yes
Automatic Needle Threader Yes Yes
Drop-in Bobbin Yes Yes
USB Connectivity Yes
Stitch Selection LCD Touch Display LCD and Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/Width Yes Automatic (with override option)
Included Feet Buttonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Zipper foot, Button fitting foot, Monogramming foot, Embroidery foot, Blind stitch foot All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot with Exclusive Underplate, Blind Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Overcasting Foot, Darning / Embroidery Foot, Narrow Rolled Hem Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Quarter Inch Foot, Open Toe Foot, Even Feed / Walking Foot, Cording Foot
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button Yes
Tension Adjustable With Dial Automatic (with override option)
Knee Lifter No
Warranty 25 Year Limited 25 Year Limited
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Brother LB6800PRW Video Review

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The Verdict

Both of these sewing machines come from fantastic companies, but they are particularly difficult to choose between. Based on their features, my overall recommendation would be to choose the machine that comes with more built-in stitches at an affordable price.

Q. Why use a bobbin on a sewing machine

A. In general, the bobbin is the thing that feeds the thread to stitch from the lower part of the machine. Its purpose is to hold the thread below the needle, and it is where the thread in which you stitch comes from.

Q. Can a normal sewing machine sew canvas?

A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.

Q. Are sewing machines dangerous?

A. Like any machine, a sewing machine can be dangerous if not used correctly. Always follow the safety guidelines provided by the manufacturer when it comes to maintenance, and pay attention while sewing.

Q. Why use a walking foot on a sewing machine

A. A walking foot helps move knit fabrics evenly so they don’t stretch out of shape. The walking foot eliminates the need for excessive pinning when working with slippery fabrics. That is especially useful because most of those slippery fabrics, such as satin, are easily damaged by pins.

Q. Can i use 3 in 1 oil on my sewing machine

A. You shouldn’t use cooking oil or automotive oil in your machine, since doing so may clog the gears and damage any fabric used in the machine. Also, 3-in-1 oil is not suitable for sewing machines, according to Threads magazine.

Q. Can a regular sewing machine sew vinyl?

A. Yes, with the same modifications listed above for leather.