The Brother CE8100 and the Brother DZ3400 are two of the most popular affordable sewing machines we will compare today. In addition to being packed with features in an affordable price range, these two sewing machines produced excellent stitch quality.
What are the major differences between them? Here I will try to answer them as simply as possible.
Brother CE8100 vs. Brother DZ3400: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
Brother CE8100 and Brother DZ3400 are both computerized sewing machines. If you buy a computerized sewing machine, you might also be able to save a few new patterns or even stitches to the onboard memory. Users may even be able to add new stitches, or even project patterns, depending on the machine they’re working on.
Contrary to what you might think, digital machines might be some of the easiest ones to operate. They were actually created to make our lives easier. Or, rather, they were supposed to make it easier and faster to make clothes in factories.
Brother CE8100 vs. Brother DZ3400 : Built-in Stitches
The Brother CE8100 has 120 stitches. The Brother DZ3400 on the other hand comes with 270 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Brother CE8100 sewing machine comes with 8 one-step buttonhole(s), Brother DZ3400 sewing machine has only 8 one-step buttonhole(s).
The Brother CE8100 sewing machine weighs approximately 10.1 lbs, while the Brother DZ3400 sewing machine comes with a weight of 9.9 lbs.
The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.
Both the Brother CE8100 and Brother DZ3400 sewing machine come with a start/stop button. A start/stop button is an important accessibility feature. If you’re unable, for whatever reason, to use the foot pedal, a start/stop button allows you to run your sewing machine anyway. It’s also invaluable for making perfect one-step automatic buttonholes.
Speed Control Slider
Both Brother CE8100 and Brother DZ3400 have a speed control slider, which 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 CE8100 and the Brother DZ3400 sewing machine come with this user-friendly feature.
The most common type of feeding mechanism in a home sewing machine (and some industrial machines) is the drop feed, also known as the regular feed system. Both Brother CE8100 and Brother DZ3400 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.
There is free arm on both the Brother CE8100 and the Brother DZ3400. The free arm is a very useful feature to all sewing machines as it makes sewing one layer of fabric without catching another. This is because all of the workings around the bobbin race, feed dogs, and needles are housed there.
|Brother CE8100||Brother DZ3400|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Computerized|
|Buttonhole Styles||8 one-step||8 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||Yes|
|Monogramming Font||No||Yes, 2|
|Working Light||Yes 1 LED||Yes LED|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||Yes|
|Weight||10.1 lbs||9.9 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||–|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||LCD Display and Push Button||LCD Display and Push Button|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Yes|
|Included Feet||Binding Foot, Cording Foot, Gathering Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Overcasting Foot, Monogramming Foot, Zipper Foot, ZigZag Foot, Blind Stitch Foot, Button Sewing Foot.||Zigzag foot (on machine), Buttonhole foot, Zipper foot, Button sewing foot, Overcasting foot, Blind stitch foot, Monogramming foot, Quilting foot, Walking foot with quilt guide, 1/4 ( piecing ) foot, Stitch Guide foot, Metal Open Toe foot, Adjustable Zipper Piping foot Plus Circular Sewing Attachment.|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||No||–|
|Tension||Adjustable With Dial||Adjustable With Dial|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother CE8100 Video Review
Brother DZ3400 Video Review
Feature-wise, the Brother CE8100 and the Brother DZ3400 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. Why use a walking foot on a sewing machine
A. A walking foot helps move knit fabrics evenly so they don’t stretch out of shape. The walking foot eliminates the need for excessive pinning when working with slippery fabrics. That is especially useful because most of those slippery fabrics, such as satin, are easily damaged by pins.
Q. Can I interchange metal and plastic bobbins if they are the same size?
A. Metal bobbins and plastic bobbins of the same size can NOT be swapped. Machines are set for a very precise tension setting. If they are set for a lighter plastic bobbin, the tension will change if a heavier metal bobbin is used.
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.
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. Can a regular sewing machine sew vinyl?
A. Yes, with the same modifications listed above for leather.
Q. Can i use clipper oil on my sewing machine
A. Yes, you can as some people do recommend it as an alternative to sewing machine oil.