The Brother SM8270 is a petite little machine that’s packed with loads of stitches, feet and accessories that will keep any sewist busy with projects from garments to home décor for years.

This little machine weighs less than 10 pounds and comes with a hard-side carrying case, so it’s perfect for taking to sewing classes/retreats or your get-away vacation spot. It also has a removable table, so you can use it with larger projects or take advantage of the free-arm for sewing things like cuffs and doll clothes.

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It has advanced features like an automatic start/stop button and variable speed control for pedal-free sewing, as well as an automatic needle threader and a push-button stitch selector.

Key Features

• 160 built-in stitches, including 8 buttonhole styles
• Included wide table for larger projects
• LED-lit work area
• Push-button stitch selector
• Advanced needle threading system
• Quick-set drop-in bobbin
• Bobbin winding system with dedicated motor
• Variable speed control lever
• Seven-point feed dog system
• Drop feed for free-motion quilting
• Free arm/flatbed convertible sewing surface
• 13 quick-change sewing and quilting feet including walking foot and ¼” foot for quilting
• Dimensions: 11.48” x 6.69” x 16.02”
• Weight: 9.9 pounds

Pros And Cons

Pros

The automatic needle threader is a boon to anyone with less-than-wonderful vision. It takes a few tries to master the art of the threader, but once you figure it out, it’s very quick and easy to thread your needle.

The start/stop button and speed lever are great for things like free motion quilting or long, tedious seams in drapery or curtains. This pedal-free sewing is also good for people who may be unable to use their foot or can’t sit properly to use the foot pedal.

The programmable up/down needle button is great for quilters or sewing that requires you to pivot your material while stitching.

The stitch selection can’t be beat for a machine at this price point. There are tons of fun and fancy stitches, as well as utility, stretch and overlock stitches. The library of stitches is clearly shown on the front and lid of the machine, and you choose your stitch by simply pressing a button.

When you choose your stitch, the LED screen also displays the recommended presser foot, stitch width and length. This is really convenient since the machine comes with a wide variety of presser feet. You can also adjust the stitch width and length to customize your stitches further.

Cons

An automatic thread cutter is a small thing, but a thing none-the-less. With all its great advanced features, it seems odd that no one thought to put that tiny little cutter on the Brother SM270.

The presser foot pressure is not adjustable. Again, it’s not a major issue, but tightening or loosening the pressure of the presser foot is important if you use very delicate or very bulky fabrics.

The two included fonts are very small and cannot be increased in size a great deal.
This machine is very small. That’s also a plus for many, but a new sewer needs to be aware that because of its size, large or bulky projects may be difficult or impossible. The throat is small, so you can’t ‘bunch up’ much fabric for things like free motion quilting.

Weighing in at less than 10 pounds, this machine is not going to be good for doing heavy canvas, denim or thick utility fabrics. If you plan on making canvas bags, hem jeans or stitch many layers of fabric, this machine will not be a good choice.

User Feedback

The majority of users reviewing the Brother SM8270 were pleased with the machine and the way it operated. Most found the instructions useful and easy to understand.

There was a small minority of users who had problems with the machine, although they did not detail the specific issue or issues.

Summary

The Brother SM8270 is a mighty midget of a machine. It’s loaded with more presser feet than you’ll ever figure out how to use and 160 decorative and utility stitches that compete with the bigger guys in the shop.

You’ll be able to tote this little gal around anywhere you want. If you’re living in a dorm room, you’ll still have space for the SM8270. Your travels can include sewing as it comes with a hard-sided case so that you can bring your lightweight machine anywhere. It’s perfect for an RV, cabin or hotel room.

As long as you’re working on medium to small projects, this machine will serve you well. Just like many small, lightweight machines, it’s not built for heavy-duty use. If you keep that in mind, you should be very happy with this reliable and full-featured machine.