In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother CE8100 and Singer 5532. 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 major differences between the two? Below I will describe the differences in the simplest terms possible.
Brother CE8100 vs. Singer 5532: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother CE8100 is a computerized sewing machine, while the Singer 5532 is a mechanical sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.
Choose wisely depends on your sewing goal and skill levels.
Brother CE8100 vs. Singer 5532 : Built-in Stitches
The Brother CE8100 has 120 stitches. The Singer 5532 on the other hand comes with 32 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Brother CE8100 comes with 8 one-step buttonhole(s), Singer 5532 has only 1 one-step buttonhole(s).
The Brother CE8100 weighs approximately 10.1 lbs, while the Singer 5532 comes with a weight of 14.5 lbs.
The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.
The Singer 5532 sewing machine doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Brother CE8100 does. A huge number of sewists don’t realize that using the start/stop button effectively can make sewing a whole lot easier. It is very useful for decorative stitches for example, as well as with free-motion quilting.
Speed Control Slider
The Brother CE8100 sewing machine arrives with a speed control slider while the Singer 5532 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 CE8100 sewing machine and the Singer 5532 come with this user-friendly feature.
Programmable Needle Up/Down
Unlike the Brother CE8100, the Singer 5532 isn’t equipped with a programmable needle up/down function. And using the needle-down function allows the needle to act as a third hand in holding the stitching position, such as when you want to stop and turn a corner or stitching a curve.
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 Singer 5532 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 Singer 5532. 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||Singer 5532|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Mechanical|
|Buttonhole Styles||8 one-step||1 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||No|
|Working Light||Yes 1 LED||–|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||No|
|Weight||10.1 lbs||14.5 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||–|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||LCD Display and Push Button||Dial|
|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.||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||No||–|
|Tension||Adjustable With Dial||–|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother CE8100 Video Review
Singer 5532 Video Review
When you compare the performances, both machines are neck on neck. There isn’t a lot of difference in stitch quality. Both machines handle thick and delicate fabrics exceptionally well. In fact, the stitch quality is one factor that makes these two machines different from other machines in their segment. From the feature differences we have listed above, we believe you will be able to make a decision on your own. We will leave this one to you.
Q. How to use double needle on sewing machine
- STEP 1: PREP YOUR EDGE.
- STEP 2: PREP YOUR SEWING MACHINE.
- STEP 3: TEST ON A SCRAP OF FABRIC.
- STEP 4: SEW THE DOUBLE NEEDLE HEM.
Q. Can i use serger thread in my sewing machine
A. Do not use serger thread in your sewing machine. These spools of thread are tempting to buy because they’re inexpensive, but they have a very rough texture on the thread. So if you put it in your regular sewing machine, it’s going to break and jam and you’ll be really frustrated.
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 a normal sewing machine sew canvas?
A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.
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.
Q. What are features to look for in a sewing machine?
A. The best features will depend on the type of sewing you plan to do. For a beginner, some features to look for include built-in stitch types, an automatic needle threader, a top drop-in bobbin, and a set of standard presser feet.