My Review of the Brother FS100WT

Brother FS100WT Sewing Machine

Alexandra's Quick Notes

The Brother FS100WT is a mid-range computerised sewing machine with a wide range of stitches, which is great for all experience levels, and is likely to particularly appeal to quilters and those interested in free motion embroidery.

The Pros

  • Good for quilters
  • Plenty of stitches
  • Speed control slider

The Cons

  • Fixed size, uppercase alphabet
  • Ill-fitting cover

Brother FS100WT Overview

It's no secret that I am a big fan of the Brother FS40 sewing machine. Here I take a look at its big sister in the FS series, the Brother FS100WT.

The FS100WT is a mid-range computerised sewing machine which has a total of 100 stitches, including 8 buttonholes and 1 alphabet set. It is also equipped with handy features like an automatic needle threader, a start/stop button and a speed control slider, and comes with a good number of presser feet.

The table below shows how it stacks up against a few other computerised machines.

ModelBrother FS40 Sewing Machine
Brother
FS100WT
Brother FS70WT Sewing Machine
Brother
FS70WT
Brother FS60 Sewing Machine
Brother
FS60
Brother FS40 Sewing Machine
Brother
FS40
Bernina 330 Sewing Machine
Bernina
330
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Stitches 100 70 60 40 97
Alphabet Stitches 1 None None None 1
Buttonholes 8 7 7 5 1
Needle Threader
Bobbin Type Top loading Top loading Top loading Top loading Front loading
Presser Feet All-purpose foot
Zipper foot
Overcast stitch foot
Monogramming foot
Blind stitch foot
Buttonhole foot
Button sewing foot
Free motion embroidery
/quilting foot
All-purpose foot
Zipper foot
Overcast stitch foot
Monogramming foot
Blind stitch foot
Buttonhole foot
Button sewing foot
All-purpose foot
Zipper foot
Overcast stitch foot
Monogramming foot
Blind stitch foot
Buttonhole foot
Button sewing foot
All-purpose foot
Zipper foot
Blind Stitch foot
Buttonhole foot
Button fitting foot
Overcasting foot
Monogramming foot
All-purpose foot
Zipper foot
Overlock foot
Buttonhole foot
Blind hem foot
Other Features Extension table
included
Extension table
included
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As you can see, the FS100WT is good for quilters and free motion embroidery, as it comes with a free motion embroidery foot and has an extension table which gives you that extra amount of working space.

A quick tip - bear in mind that the FS100WT is very similar to the other models in the FS series. The main ways it differentiates itself from the others is the additional stitches, the needle threader, and the presser feet it comes with (along with some other minor differences). So if you don't think you will make the most of the 100 stitches it has to offer and you're not too interested in free motion embroidery, or if your budget is tight, you might want to take a look at the Brother FS40, Brother FS60 or Brother FS70WT machines instead!

The Stitches

Well, we've established by now that the FS100WT has a total of 100 stitches to offer! It's a nice round number, and you can see all of them in this image:

Brother FS100WT Stitches
The 100 stitches available with the Brother FS100WT

As you can see there is a lot of choice in there. All the functional stitches you would expect, and a good number of decorative and satin stitches too.

The machine also has one alphabet style, which can be great fun to play around with (embroider letters on EVERYTHING!) The set has a total of 55 characters, including letters and numbers. Unfortunately though the letters are uppercase only. They are also quite small and the size cannot be adjusted. If you intend to use lettering regularly then this might not be the best machine for you. Instead you could take a look at the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960, which has 5 different alphabets which can be embroidered in both uppercase and lowercase.

Design

I quite like the design of the FS100WT. Again it is very similar to the other machines in this series (the FS40, FS60 and FS70WT models). It is smaller than you might think once the extension table is removed, and is surprisingly lightweight. Being quite lightweight it is not quite as stable as other larger machines, but that is to be expected.

The only thing I find a little strange about the design is the horizontal spool pin, which is slightly angled towards you as you sew. Not sure why it bothers me, it's probably just because I'm not used to it!

In terms of reliability, this machine should last you many a year. A word of warning regarding maintenance though - the user manual for this machine says that it should not be oiled by users. So no reaching for your oil with this one! For more information, take a look at the user manual.

Presser Feet

The FS100WT comes with a total of 8 presser feet:

  • All purpose foot
  • Zipper foot
  • Overcast stitch foot
  • Monogramming foot
  • Blind stitch foot
  • Buttonhole foot
  • Button sewing foot
  • Free motion embroidery/quilting foot

That's not a bad selection, and will help you get the most out of all of the stitches the machine comes with. The free motion embroidery foot is a great addition, especially if you're into quilting!

Brother FS100WT Free Motion Embroidery Presser Foot
The Brother FS100WT free motion embroidery/quilting presser foot

It is a shame it doesn't come with a walking foot, but in this price range you can't really expect it to. You can always purchase a walking foot separately.

The Details

Speed Control

The FS100WT has a great feature I always like to see on computerised machines - a start/stop button and speed control slider. This means you can operate the machine and adjust sewing speed with these buttons rather than using the foot pedal, which is great as it gives you much more control. You can slow the machine right down for tricky areas of your project, for example. It is also great for teaching kids to learn, which you can read more about in my article about sewing machines for kids! And just generally if you don't like using a foot pedal for whatever reason, then this is a great feature to have.

Bobbin System

This machine has a top loading drop-in bobbin with a clear plastic cover, so it gets full marks from me for that!

Automatic Needle Threader

An automatic needle threader is always great to have, and the one on the FS100WT is perfectly fine. Not much more to say about that really!

LCD Screen

All of the Brother FS models seem to have the same LCD screen, which is fairly simple and easy to use. I love that it has a little icon to tell you which presser foot you should be using. The more stitches you have, the more this kind of little feature can be helpful, so it really is great to have on this machine!

Brother FS100WT LCD Screen
The Brother FS100WT LCD screen

Accessories

The most important accessory that the FS100WT comes with is the extension table. In fact I'm pretty sure that the "WT" letters in the model name stand for "wide table". It's a nice addition, especially for the quilters out there.

Brother FS100WT Extension Table
The Brother FS100WT extension table

The FS100WT is also shipped with a hard cover. I always prefer a hard cover to a soft dust cover, but this one is a little disappointing as it's not a great fit and doesn't look particularly good. Oh well, a good excuse to sew your own cover for it I suppose!

The machine also normally comes with an instructional DVD. It's pretty old school (you can watch it on YouTube and see for yourself), but it's handy for beginners and those who can't be bothered reading the manual!

Conclusion

All in all the FS100WT rates pretty well in the value for money category, and is a good sewing machine for beginners and experienced sewists alike. It has a bunch of great features like a speed control slider and an automatic needle threader, and has a great range of stitches (although the lack of flexibility with the lettering lets it down slightly in the stitches area).

This machine might be the perfect fit for you if you do a lot of quilting, or are looking to start quilting, as it comes with a freehand embroidery foot and an extension table. If you don't plan on doing much quilting, you don't need the extra stitches, and you're not too bothered about the needle threader, you could consider the Brother FS40 model instead!

Similar Sewing Machines

Brother FS40
Brother FS40
Singer Confidence 7465
Singer Confidence 7465
Pfaff Ambition Essential
Pfaff Ambition Essential
Bernina 330
Bernina 330

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