Updated: Jul 2
The Brother Innov-is ns80e was released around September 2019, and it was marketed as an easy to use, easy to hide sewing machine,
Let's review it!
Brother innov-is ns80e is light in size, and it's easy to hideaway. It weighs around 14 pounds (6,5 kg). And it has an aluminum frame.
It comes with seven presser feet, 80 stitches, and eight buttonhole styles.
Specs: 80 Built-in Sewing Stitches Built-In 2.56" Clear LCD Display Advanced Needle Threading System Free Arm Capability
The machine arrived five months ago, and I was so excited to try it out. The reviews I have read earlier was getting my hopes up for this machine. So much so that I was afraid that this would end disappointment. I've owned three brother sewing machines before this one, but never a small one like this.
When the machine was out of the box, I started to thread it. I could not believe that I threaded a machine this fast and easy on the first go. It took me less than a minute! I thought that this might be because I've threaded my Brother machines for so long, so I let my husband have a go. He did it in two minutes! The needle threader was just as easy to use as they are on other brother machines.
I loved threading this machine, and so did my husband!
It was finally time to do some testing, so I found some fabric and started sewing. The 7 point feeding system on this machine is fantastic. It feeds the fabric evenly and leaves an excellent result—That's when I decided to REALLY put this machine to the test.
I'm doing a review, and I need to find the breaking point! So I added more and more and more layers of fabric. And by each layer, I got more impressed and excited. In the end, this poor Brother was facing an impossible, if not unreal, challenge, 12 layers of fabric!
The Brother sewn through these layers smoothly. The Brother did also master all the different fabrics I gave it.
I am impressed by this machine so far. Let's talk about the buttons and the other small details that took me by surprise.
On these smaller sewing machines, I often see that the manufacturers are more focused on keeping the machines small than user-friendly.
I can't say the same here. The speed adjuster is where I want it to be. The start and stop button as well. It's right over the sewing foot. I can change the speed in less than a second. maneuvering through all the different stitches is very easy with the stitch selector wheel. The seam length and width adjuster was right beside the stitch selector wheel.
All the adjustment I do is easily visible on the 2,5" LCD screen.
I am delighted with the Brother innov-is ns80e user-friendliness. The storage compartment is in front of me. If I remove the storage box, I have an open arm.
Who is this machine made for?
The Brother innov-is ns80e is made for beginners and low to medium intermediate users.
It's also a handy machine for experts who travels with their sewing machines. But the workspace is just too small for more advanced projects.
The 80 stitches and eight buttonholes are also too few for those projects.
Even tho I loved this machine, there are some things I disliked.
How you mount needles in this and other brother machines is just not good enough. I can't believe that Brother can make these incredible sewing machines and still end up with this needle system. The problem is that the needles break. Not all the time, but just enough times to be annoying. Brother says that this happens when you don't push the needles all the way up. And they can be right about that. Because every time one of my needles breaks, I'm not sure if I triple-checked if it was all the way up. Strangely I break around 8-10 needles a year on my Brother machines and zero on the others. So if you are reading this, Brother, please fix this!
Another problem is the plastic casing. I have a Brother 4234D Serger; it has the same aluminum frame and the same plastic casing. The casing is very thin, and it should be fastened better to the aluminum frame. After some use, the casing will start to vibrate, and it will be noisier. The same thing is happening to the Brother innov-is ns80e.
The score: This is a machine that I enjoyed reviewing. Even tho I couldn't find its breaking point, I found some small flaws.
The specification of this machine is suitable for beginners and intermediate users.
Not as many stitching options that I wanted. And I would appreciate a little bit bigger workspace.
This machine is super user-friendly, and it truly gives me the joy of using it. Looking at the user interface, I think that maybe Brother made this machine just for me? Because this is what I wanted.
The needle problem is what separates this machine from the full score.
Brother is not marketing this as a heavy-duty sewing machine, even tho it certainly acts like one! The mechanism works like clockwork.
The performance is 10/10.
The Brother innov-is ns80e has a good building quality, and it doesn't require any maintenance.
The cheap feel of the plastic casing and the vibration is what separates this machine from a 10/10
The Brother innov-is ns80e is simply an impressive sewing machine.
Using it gave me a lot of joy. It will get an impressive 8/10 from me.
It will also receive the recommendation approval from Happy-Sewing.
Approved by happy-sewing for beginners