You need to consider a lot of factors when choosing a sewing machine, and choosing the right brand is one of the most important factors.
So instead of trying to find a winner among the two, you would be better off figuring out what type of users should consider which of these two brands. And that’s pretty much all we will be discussing in this post.
Who Should Buy a Brother Sewing Machine?
Brother and Juki are very different in the sense that they are designed for almost completely different types of users. Let’s find out what type of users does Brother tries to serve, and then we will talk about Juki in the same way too.
Users on a Budget
Anyone that’s looking for a good sewing machine on a budget should just pick a good budget Brother machine and not even consider going for a Juki, as it just doesn’t offer any budget sewing machines.
In fact, the cheapest Juki sewing machine you can buy is priced just under $200, and there are really only a couple options even around the $200 mark.
On the other hand, Brother has a plethora of options under $150, and a fair few options under $100 as well. And many of them are surprisingly good for beginners and for home sewing projects.
The Brother XM2701 is one of the cheapest sewing machine on the market, but it’s incredibly functional with a free sewing arm for extended sewing work area, 27 built-in stitches, and works great for many different types of sewing tasks like hemming pants, patching knees and other small sewing projects.
Beginners and Learners
A beginner or someone looking to learn how to sew would probably have a real hard time doing so with one of the high-end Juki sewing machines. They are very advanced and do not focus much on the ease of use, making things very complicated for the beginners.
With Brother, as you can tell from what we discussed above, things are much easier. For the Brother XM2701 which we recommended above for users on a budget, many customers mention in their reviews how they knew nothing about sewing before using this machine but were able to work on small sewing tasks after just going through the manual.
In other words, Brother machines are amazingly user-friendly, and although the entry-level ones are an absolute breeze to get used to, even the more advanced ones do not have a very steep learning curve.
Working on Small Scale Sewing Projects
Brother sewing machines usually come with a higher level of functionality coupled with a great ease of use. This allows even beginners to easily work on sewing tasks and projects that may not have been possible with a more advanced machine such as like the ones being sold by Juki.
Similarly, Brother machines are generally also more versatile in the sense that they are capable of working on many different types of sewing projects that involve sewing, quilting and with some of the more versatile machines, even embroidery.
The computerized sewing machines from Brother like the Brother SE600 are a great option here.
Who Should Go for a Juki Sewing Machine?
We have talked a lot about Brother sewing machines and it might seem like Brother is a clear winner here. However, that’s certainly not the case.
As we mentioned in the beginning, both the brands serve a very different type of user, and Juki offers much more to the more advanced sewers than most Brother machines out there.
So who should go for a Juki sewing machine?
Brother machines are affordable and functional, but very few of them are designed for serious sewers that work on professional or large sewing projects.
Very few Brother machines – including the high-end ones – would be able to match the power and speed of something like the Juki DDL-8700.
The Juki DDL-8700 can stitch at a speed of 5500 stitches per minute, which is crazy fast for even the largest of projects. It would save a ton of time working on large projects and help you get much more done in a lot less time than a Brother machine.
Juki machines are also much quieter than most other heavy duty or powerful sewing machines from other brands, which definitely adds to their reputation as a great option for professionals.
Sewing Thick Fabrics
Although some of the more expensive Brother machines do not have much of a problem sewing on thick fabrics, they don’t do the job as efficiently as an industrial Juki machine could.
Some of the high-end Juki machines like the Juki Exceed F600 sew through thick fabrics like a breeze, allowing you to work just as efficiently on the most demanding sewing projects too.
This particular Juki machine comes with some of the advanced features a sewing machine can have, including the ability lower or raise the pressure foot, sensor method for buttonholes, dual LED, a much more efficient box feed system and pretty much everything else you can ever want in a sewing machine.
Most of Juki’s sewing machines are great at both sewing and quilting, too.
Looking for Specific Options
Brother is great at offering generalist sewing machines, but if you’re looking for specific sewing machine options like a serger, a lockstitch sewing machine or even a cover stitch and chain stitch machine for that matter, Juki is a much better bet hands down.
Juki offers all these types of sewing machines, and they are all advanced machines that work great at what they are intended to do.
So Who Wins?
Well, to be fair, both Brother and Juki are winners in their own ways.
While Brother has absolutely no competition from Juki in the low price range or for very beginner-friendly machines, Juki manages to outdo Brother in pretty much every other department, ranging from working on large or professional sewing projects to offering the more advanced type of sewing machines like sergers and lockstitch machines.