In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother BB370 and Brother SC3000. What made these two sewing machines stand out was that they were packed with features in an affordable range combined with excellent stitch quality.
What are the main differences between them? Allow me to simplify my answers here.
Brother BB370 vs. Brother SC3000: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother BB370 is a mechanical sewing machine, while the Brother SC3000 is a computerized sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.
The decision has to be made on an individual level.
Brother BB370 vs. Brother SC3000 : Built-in Stitches
With Brother BB370, you get an attractive amount of stitches – 37 to be exact. The 37 stitches include standard stitches, decorative stitches, and buttonhole stitches. As for Brother SC3000, it contains 190. These stitches include standard and decorative stitches, which are similar to those found on the Brother BB370.
The Brother BB370 sewing machine doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Brother SC3000 does. One of the best ways of controlling some of your variables within free motion quilting is by using your start/stop button.
Speed Control Slider
The Brother SC3000 sewing machine arrives with a speed control slider while the Brother BB370 doesn’t. A speed control slide is a useful feature that allows you to set the maximum speed you are comfortable with.
Automatic Needle Threader
Many sewing machines sold today come with an automatic threader function. This is essentially a lever that will guide the thread through the eye of your sewing needle for you so that you don’t have to do it yourself. Many sewists prefer to thread their own needles, but if you have difficulty performing this task, then a machine with an automatic needle threader might be very useful for you. Fortunately, these two sewing machines both come with automatic needle threader, allowing you to thread the machine with ease.
The advantage of easy drop-in, top load bobbins is that you can readily see how much thread is left on the bobbin through the window. You do not have to remove the bobbin case to insert a new bobbin, and you do not have to remove the accessory tray from the free arm to change bobbins. Both the Brother BB370 sewing machine and the Brother SC3000 sewing machine come with this user-friendly feature.
|Brother BB370||Brother SC3000|
|Sewing Machine Type||Mechanical||Computerized|
|Buttonhole Styles||One 1-step||8 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||No||Yes|
|Monogramming Font||No||Yes, 2|
|Drop Feed||Free-motion With Needle Plate Cover Only||Yes|
|Working Light||Yes LED||Yes 1 LED|
|Speed Control Slider||No||Yes|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||–|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||–||–|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||–||–|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||Dial||LCD and Push Button|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Yes|
|Included Feet||Buttonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Zipper foot, Blind Stitch foot, Zigzag foot||Buttonhole Foot, Overcasting Foot, Monogramming Foot, Zipper Foot, ZigZag Foot, Blind Stitch Foot, Button Fitting Foot, 1/4″ Piecing Foot, Walking Foot, Stitch Guide Foot, Metal Open Toe Foot, Adjustable Zipper Piping Foot|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||–||–|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother BB370 Video Review
Brother SC3000 Video Review
Feature-wise, the Brother BB370 and the Brother SC3000 differ a lot. However, the common factor is the stitch quality. These two machines provide consistent stitches over a variety of fabrics. If you ask me to pick an affordable advanced sewing machine, I will pick any one of these two machines. Since they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion. The decision has to be made on your sewing skill and sewing level.
Q. What should I know about manual vs. electric sewing machines?
A. Manual sewing machines were the mainstay of the crafting world, but in more recent years electric (also known as computerized) machines have been increasing in popularity for their easy operation and advanced functions, such as embroidery.
If you’re looking for a simple sewing experience without frills, a mechanical machine gives you straightforward functionality.
Without electronic components, some feel that these machines prove more reliable in the long term.
However, computerized machines may shorten the learning curve for some new sewers, since choosing stitches and settings only requires the push of a button.
Q. Why adjust tension on sewing machine
A. Sewing machine tension adjustment is controlled by devices that separately control the needle thread and the bobbin thread, putting varying amounts of tension (or strength) on the threads they control to form a strong, balanced stitch.
Q. How do I thread a sewing machine?
To get started with your sewing project, you’ll need to first thread your sewing machine. While your machine’s manual should guide you in the specific sequence for your make and model, the basic process starts by placing the presser foot in the up position.
Next, put your thread spool on the spool holder and bring the thread across the top of the machine, through the thread guide. Insert the thread through the tension mechanism, sliding it between the metal disks before pulling it back upwards. Find the take-up lever and place the thread into the hole. Pull the thread towards the sewing machine needle, using available thread guides as you go.
Finally, bring the needle into an accessible position by adjusting the handwheel. Insert the thread. Your sewing machine should be threaded and ready to go, but it’s always a good idea to make a test run on a sample swatch to check your work.
However, if you sewing machine comes with an automatic needle threader, that would save you lots of time.
Q. Can a regular sewing machine sew vinyl?
A. Yes, with the same modifications listed above for leather.
Q. Can a normal sewing machine sew canvas?
A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.
Q. Does the machine work well with stretchy materials?
A. The machine works perfectly with all types of fabrics. As long as the user can work with the material, there should be no problem.