In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother DZ3400 and Spiegel SP3201. 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 DZ3400 vs. Spiegel SP3201: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother DZ3400 is a computerized sewing machine, while the Spiegel SP3201 is a mechanical sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.
The sewing machine you choose should be tailored to your skill level and goals.
Brother DZ3400 vs. Spiegel SP3201 : Built-in Stitches
The Brother DZ3400 has 270 stitches. The Spiegel SP3201 on the other hand comes with 32 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Brother DZ3400 sewing machine comes with 8 one-step buttonhole(s), Spiegel SP3201 sewing machine has only 1 one-step buttonhole(s).
The Brother DZ3400 sewing machine weighs approximately 9.9 lbs, while the Spiegel SP3201 sewing machine comes with a weight of 15.76 lbs.
The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.
The Spiegel SP3201 sewing machine doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Brother DZ3400 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 DZ3400 sewing machine arrives with a speed control slider while the Spiegel SP3201 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 DZ3400 sewing machine and the Spiegel SP3201 sewing machine come with this user-friendly feature.
Programmable Needle Up/Down
Unlike the Brother DZ3400, the Spiegel SP3201 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 DZ3400 and Spiegel SP3201 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 DZ3400 and the Spiegel SP3201. 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 DZ3400||Spiegel SP3201|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Mechanical|
|Buttonhole Styles||8 one-step||1 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||No|
|Monogramming Font||Yes, 2||–|
|Working Light||Yes LED||Yes|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||No|
|Weight||9.9 lbs||15.76 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||–|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||–|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||LCD Display and Push Button||Dial|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Yes|
|Included Feet||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.||All purpose foot, Zipper foot, Button Hole foot, Button sewing foot.|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||–||No|
|Tension||Adjustable With Dial||Adjustable by dial|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother DZ3400 Video Review
Spiegel SP3201 Video Review
These two sewing machines, both made by excellent businesses, are tough to pick between. After comparing their features, my general suggestion is to go with the machine that has more built-in stitches at a lower price.
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.
Q. Can i use 3 in 1 oil on my sewing machine
A. You shouldn’t use cooking oil or automotive oil in your machine, since doing so may clog the gears and damage any fabric used in the machine. Also, 3-in-1 oil is not suitable for sewing machines, according to Threads magazine.
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. 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. 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 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.