In the world of sewing, innovation is the key to taking your creativity endeavours to the next level. The Brother Innov-is VQ4 is not just a sewing machine; it’s a masterpiece of modern technology designed to inspire and empower sewists of all skill levels. In this blog post, we’ll explore into the world of the newest machine by Brother and explore why it’s a must- have for any sewing enthusiast.
A glimpse of excellence
At first glance, the Brother Innov-is VQ4 is a sight to behold. Its sleek, modern designs hints at technology wonders, concealed within its robust frame. But it’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about functionality and performance. With a large, bright touchscreen and extra-long arm there’s even more room! Quilts, coats, wedding dresses- you can master any canvas, any project at any size.
Unparalleled sewing speed and precision
The Brother Innov-is VQ4 boasts an impressive sewing speed of 1,050 stitches per minute. The machine contains hundreds of remarkable utility, decorative and quilting stitches, including buttonholes and monogram fonts. The creativity doesn’t stop there, you can combine stitches for decorative projects, letters for sentences or name labels or memories for those special projects. If that wasn’t enough, decorative stitches has a speed of up to 410 stitches per minute.
The machine’s advanced pivot function ensures that you can make tight turns and intricate corners with ease, allowing for precise and professional looking results. Lastly with a touch of a button, tie-off stitches can be easily sewn at the beginning and at the end of the stitch.
A palette of stitches at your fingertips
This sewing machine has a vast variety! With over 1,100 built-in stitches, the Brother Innov-is VQ4 offers an extensive selection to suit your every sewing need. Whether you’re quilting, crafting, or dressmaking, you’ll find the perfect stitch for the job.
However, if you can’t find the stitch you are looking for, you can use the ‘My Custom Stitch’ feature to adjust height, width and density using the inbuilt touchscreen, which you can save for future use.
ICAPS- Advance thread tension control
Achieving the perfect tension for your thread can be a challenge, but not with this sewing machine! The Innov-is VQ4 Continuous Automatic Pressure System (ICAPS), continuously detects fabric thickness whilst you sew and automatically adjusts the foot pressure. Allowing you to fine-tune the tension for different fabrics and thread types. Goodbye, uneven stitches and thread breakage!
Also, some extra information! The machine comes with automatic electronic needle threading feature. With a touch of a button, you can thread the needle.
Exceptional workspace and lighting
Sewing large projects is a breeze with the generous workspace provided by the Brother Innov-is VQ4. The sewing machine has been designed with more space to create. With an extra-long arm (11/4”, 28.5cm), and wide sewing area it’s perfect for those large-scale quilting, fashion, and dome décor projects.
Plus, the ultra-bright LED lighting gives a crisp bright natural light, so you can see colours and stitch details. The brightness is fully adjustable, so you can set it at a level to suit you and your environment.
InnovEye 2 technology
One of the standout features of this machine is its InnovEye 2 technology, meaning a laser guide! This, built in camera systems scans your fabric and provides a detailed preview on the LCD screen, allowing you to position your design with pinpoint accuracy. Simply guide your fabric along the line for straight sewing. Great to use when sewing hems, piecing, pin tucking or cording.
It’s like having a personal sewing assistant!
Large LCD touchscreen
The large, bright, clear, full of colour LCD touchscreen display offers user friendly controls to select and adjust stitches. View on screen tutorials and control the machine with the large, intuitive on-screen icons.
This is unbelievably cool! The ultrasonic pen lets you effortlessly adjust zigzag or add decorative stitches directly on to the fabric. Simply use the pen to adjust the stitch width and position by touching and tapping where you would like the stitch to start. You can also mark how wide you want the stitch!
Direct dual drive foot
An industry first- the Brother Innov-is VQ4 direct dual drive foot. This exclusive motor-driven foot allows you to feed a vast array of fabrics (such as denim or silk) with incredible ease.
Just adjust via the touchscreen, and you can save your preferred settings for next time! Don’t need the dual deed? Don’t worry, you can switch it off, or easily remove!
With a multi-functional foot pedal featuring heel kick and side pedal, the Brother Innov-is VQ4 puts control back in your hands. Control functions from the pedal, whilst keeping your hands free! Choose from:
- Thread cutter
- Sewing one stitch
- Reverse stitch
- Needle up/down
To make sure you control the action in a way that is comfortable for you, you can alter the distance between the pedals, and the side pedal can be used on the left or the right.
These nifty little extras just add to the impressive sewing machine:
- You can connect a USB device such as memory stick to the USB ports.
- Wind a new bobbin while you continue to sew. Enjoy fingertip control of the bobbin winding speed to suit different thread types. Use the spool pin for twin-needle sewing.
- 2-pin spool stand that holds tow large thread cones and attaches securely to your machine for thread delivery or twin needle sewing.
- Direct dual feed foot
- Ultrasonic sensor pen
- Quilting presser feet
- Wide table included with a measurement guide and storage area
- Straight stitch needle plate and presser foot
- Multi foot control
Advice from Sarah Payne
One of the most fun things to do when you get your new sewing machine, is create a stitch library. This is basically two long pieces of fabric about 6 inches wide, so you can stitch out the decorative stitches that come included with your machine. In the case of the VQ4 this is a whooping (1,100 stitches) so you may just wish to choose sections to stitch out.
Not only will this give you the opportunity to get to see the many beautiful stitches included with your sewing machine, but it will also get you confidently stitching with your Brother VQ4, without the pressure of creating something or following a pattern.
So how do you create a stitch library with the Brother Innov-is VQ4?
Get two pieces of plain fabric (because the stitches will be the star) and put them on top of each other. This will stop the stitches puckering as you sew them. I often use calico because I like the look of it, but you can use old sheets or anything you have lying around.
Then mark a line from one across the width of the fabric. This is your starting line. It is easier to make a fold rather than drawing a line, because it is easier to press out the line, than remove a mark. Change to the monogramming foot (Marked with the letter N) because this is specially designed for sewing over decorative stitches. Then simply start sewing. I like to sew a couple of stitch designs on each row, otherwise it gets VERY long, VERY quickly. Keep marking new lines when you feel you may be drifting.
One of the most useful features of the VQ4 is the laser guideline feature. This shows you a nice bright line in front of the foot and is adjustable so you can put it where you want it. (See Figure 2). I found this was great for following the marking folds, especially as this machine sews sideways (yes, you heard that correctly). This is how you can create such large decorative stitches. I found that the laser guideline helped very much to keep the stitches parallel.
Once I stitch out my library, I like to write the number of the stitches next to them so I can easily locate them when I want to use the stitch. Then I can roll it up and keep it with my sewing machine for future reference.
The Brother Innov-is VQ4 isn’t just a sewing machine; it’s a gateway to limitless creativity. Within its cutting-edge features, unmatched precision, and user-friendly interface, it’s the perfect companion for both beginners and experienced sewists.
Whether you’re sewing garments, quilting, or pursuing any sewing project, the Brother Innov-is VQ4 is the tool that will help you turn your visions into reality. Embrace innovation, unlock your creativity, and elevate your sewing experience with this sewing marvel.