Brother L14
  
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14
STITCHES
Very Basic
TYPE
Full Size
SIZE
Brother L14 Sewing Machine
MACHINE DESCRIPTION

The Brother L14 is a Full-Size machine, built with easy to use Mechanical features. The Brother L14 has a total of 14 different types of stitches, including 1 buttonhole stitch. Note that the Brother L14 does not seem to be available in the US. The Brother LS14 is available from Amazon.co.uk for use in the UK.

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Is the Brother L14 right for my skill level?

We class the Brother L14 as “Very Basic“, meaning that this machine has features that are suitable for a sewer working at a Very Basic skill level. In general, machines that are classed as "Very Basic" tend to have only the bare minimum of features needed for sewing and are best suited for those who only sew occasionally, or who are only just learning to sew and do not need more than the most essential features.

What size is the Brother L14 ?

We class the Brother L14 as a Full-Size machine. Standard or full-size machines are the most versatile machine size as they work for a range of sewing applications. Full-size machines are usually wider than compact machines and this gives you slightly more space to manoeuvre the fabric around the needle area.

The width / length / height dimensions of the Brother L14 are 44.5cm x 19cm x 35.5cm. Or in inches 18” x 8” x 14“.

The Brother L14 weighs approximately 6kg or 13lb.

Basic sewing features on the Brother L14 ?

The Brother L14 has basic features such as a Free Arm with Removable Cover, Standard Foot Pedal, and LED lighting provides illumination of the area around the needle. Reverse stitches, used for securing the thread in the fabric at the beginning and end of a stitching line, are created with a Reverse Lever.

Threading and setting up the bobbin for the Brother L14?

When setting up and threading the sewing machine, the Brother L14 has a Drop-in bobbin for quick rethreading of your machine. There are also Thread Guides on this model and the needle threading is Manual. Threading guides such as small arrows or numbers marked on the machine make it easier to see how to thread the upper thread, which is especially helpful for beginners.

What presser feet are compatible with the Brother L14 ?

We believe the Brother L14 is compatible with presser feet that are Press On / Low Shank. If you already have presser feet that are compatible with this type of shank from a previous sewing machine, then in many cases you will be able to use the same presser feet on this model as well.

To be sure that presser feet can be used on different machines, or when buying new presser feet and other parts and accessories, you should always check that the parts are compatible with your specific machine number. So for this machine you will need parts and accessories compatible with make and model Brother L14.

What are the basic stitch types for the Brother L14 ?

Stitch types on the Brother L14 include: Straight Stitch, Buttonhole, Decorative, Zigzag. The buttonhole process is a 4 Step Buttonhole. 4 step buttonholes are created in stages and are a more manual process than 1 step buttonholes.

Can I adjust the stitch width and length on the Brother L14?

On the Brother L14, the maximum stitch length is 4mm, and the maximum stitch width is 5mm. The stitch length on this model is adjusted By Stitch Selection Only. The stitch width on this machine has No Stitch Width Control. Note that the adjustable stitch width control on this model appears to be fairly limited, and may not affect all of the inbuilt stitches. The needle positions on this model also appear to be limited and may only be controlled using the inbuilt stitch presets.

What fabrics can I sew with the Brother L14?

The Brother L14 is listed as being Suitable for light or mid-weight fabric such as cotton or wool. On many machines, these results will only be achieved with the correct needle and thread combination, so specialty needles and threads may need to be purchased separately and may not be supplied with your machine. You should consult the manual for your machine to ensure that the machine is set up correctly when sewing different fabrics, and always sew test samples to get the best possible stitch quality and to achieve perfectly balanced tension.

Can I adjust the thread tension and the presser foot pressure on the Brother L14?

To help you achieve the best possible stitch quality across different fabrics the Brother L14 adjusts the tension of the upper thread using an Adjustable / Manual Control. Adjustable upper thread tension gives you complete control over the tension of the upper thread and this tension can be manually adjusted to balance the tension of your stitches. This model appears to have no special features for presser foot adjustment, so if this feature is important to you, you may like to consider machines with manual / adjustable presser foot pressure.

Does the Brother L14 have any automated features?

This model has no special automated controls. For example, this model does not have automated controls for the needle stop position, automated back tacks or automated thread trimming. If automated controls are important to you then you might like to consider a machine classed as Competent, Advanced or Professional.

What is the voltage of the Brother L14?

With a voltage of 240v we believe this machine is suitable to use in the UK, but it is always best to consult the information provided by the manufacturer (Brother) or consult a sewing machine distributor prior to purchase to ensure that the machine will work in your region if you are unsure. Most manufacturers do not recommend using adaptors to convert the voltage of your machine for safety reasons.

I need a copy of the manual for the Brother L14 ?

Whether you are having trouble threading your machine, can’t work out how to change the stitch settings or just want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your sewing machine it is always best to have a copy of the manual on hand.
View the Brother L14 User Manual

FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS
Main Specifications:
BrandBrotherBrother
Model NumberL14
Machine Name
Machine TypeMechanicalMechanical machines have basic straight-forward functionality perfect for beginners
Machine SizeFull SizeStandard or full-size machines are the most versatile and work for a range of sewing applications
Machine Weight6
Machine Weight lb13
Machine RegionUKThis model is usually available for use in the UK
Machine Voltage240vStandard voltage for use in the UK
Hook MovementVerticalMachines with a drop-in bobbin will often have a hook around a vertical axis
Sewing Speed
Basic Sewing and Fabric Range:
Number of Stitches14
Fabric RangeLight to Medium Weight FabricSuitable for light or mid-weight fabric such as cotton or wool
Foot PedalStandard Foot PedalFoot pedals are the standard method for sewing and controlling your speed
Speed ControlNo Special Speed ControlsNo special controls to limit the maximum speed
Start Stop ButtonNo Start / Stop ButtonMachines without a stop / start button may be controlled by foot pedal only
Reverse Stitch ControlReverse LeverReverse sewing lever to manually back tack stitches and secure the thread
Free ArmFree Arm with Removable CoverFree arm cover is removable, allowing helpful access to the free arm for sewing hems and cuffs
Inbuilt LightLED LightingLED lighting provides illumination of the area around the needle
Threading & Presser Foot Compatibility:
Threading GuidesThread GuidesThread guides such as arrows or numbers make threading easier for beginners
Bobbin LoadingDrop-in BobbinDrop-in bobbin for quick rethreading of your machine
Presser Foot Shank TypePress On / Low ShankPresser feet clip onto a low shank making presser feet easy to change
Machine Set-up & Adjustments:
Upper Thread TensionAdjustable / Manual ControlAdjustable thread tension gives you complete control over tension of upper thread
Presser Foot TensionNo Special ControlThis model appears to have no special features for presser foot adjustment
Feed Dog ControlNo ControlNo special control of the feed dog on this model
Stitch Settings & Adjustments:
Number of Stitches14
Number of Needle Positions2
Stitch Length ControlBy Stitch Selection OnlyStitch length is only affected by preset stitch settings
Stitch Width ControlNo Stitch Width ControlNo control over the width of each stitch
Stitch Length Maximum (mm)4
Stitch Width Maximum (mm)5
Number of Buttonhole Stitches1
Buttonhole Stitches4 Step Buttonhole4 step buttonholes are created in stages and are a more manual process than 1 step buttonholes
Stitch TypesStraight Stitch, Buttonhole, Decorative, Zigzag
  • Straight Stitch
  • Buttonhole
  • Decorative
  • Zigzag