Even though Brother LS590 looks good on paper, it doesn’t always reflect in performance. There are better alternatives from Brother itself.
Brother LS590 Main Features
- 25 built-in stitches
- 1-step buttonhole
- Automatic needle threader
- Drop-in bobbin
Brother LS590 Review
Brother LS590 ain’t a newcomer, it’s been here for a while, but it somehow failed to impress many sewers. While other Brother machines with similar specs sold like hot cakes, LS590 is still trying to find its space. LS590 is an out and out beginners machine. However, it packs some advanced features as well. The machine has 25 built-in stitches including a 1-step buttonhole. Honestly, Brother is the only sewing machine manufacturer that provides 1-step buttonholes in sub $100 machines. 1-step buttonholes are much more easier to work with when compared to 4-step ones, especially for beginners.
The automatic needle threader is another huge advantage, especially if you are above 40. Top drop-in bobbin is the other handy feature. It is much much (not a typo, I mean it) easier than a side loading bobbin in which you need to remove the storage compartment every time you need to change the bobbin. A manual thread cutter is provided on the side, so you don’t need to search for scissors to cut the remaining thread.
Brother LS590 also comes with an automatic bobbin winding system. Being a mechanical sewing machine, the stitch selection is done by using dials. Brother has done a good thing by installing a powerful motor inside it. The motor can deliver 800 stitches/minute, which is as good as some of the $200 machines. Maximum stitch width on this machine is 4mm and stitch length is 5mm.
For doing free-motion sewing, you can always drop the feed dogs. The reverse stitch lever is oversized and easy to engage. An accessory storage compartment is built-in. The machine is pretty lightweight, weighing just 11 pounds. It comes with 25 year limited warranty as well.
Brother LS590 is a good option for beginners. It has all the features needed by a beginner. It worked quite well on all type of fabrics. Lightweight to medium fabrics falls well within its range, while multiple layers of denim strains the machine. After all, you can’t expect a machine of this price to be excellent on multiple layers of denim, but it could have been better.
The build quality is not that great. Rough use by beginners will take a toll on it. So don’t expect this machine to last for a lifetime, like your old Singer or Bernina. Also it is slightly louder for my liking.
Is It Worth Buying?
Brother LS590 won’t be a bad choice for beginners. But I still believe LS590 has a long way to go to reach class of Brother XL2600I or XM2701 which rules the under $100 segment right now. Moreover, the machine is out of stock in most stores, so I would recommend Brother XL2600I or XM2701 instead of this one. XL2600I has the same specs as LS590 whereas Brother XM2701 is the upgraded version of XL2600I. XM2701 is the most expensive of the three.