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Brother LX3817 vs. Singer 9970 Comparison

In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother LX3817 and Singer 9970. 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 them? Here I will try to answer them as simply as possible.

Brother LX3817 vs. Singer 9970: Comparison in Features

Sewing Machine Types

The Brother LX3817 is a mechanical sewing machine, while the Singer 9970 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 LX3817 vs. Singer 9970 : Built-in Stitches

There are 17 stitches on Brother LX3817. On the other hand, the Singer 9970 has 600 built-in stitches. Brother LX3817 comes with 1 four-step buttonhole(s), while Singer 9970 sewing machine has only 13 one-step buttonhole(s).

Weight

The Brother LX3817 sewing machine weighs approximately 10.36 lbs, while the Singer 9970 sewing machine comes with a weight of 17.8 lbs.

The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.

Start/Stop Button

The Brother LX3817 sewing machine doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Singer 9970 sewing machine 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 Singer 9970 arrives with a speed control slider while the Brother LX3817 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

To assist the user, self-threading sewing machines have what is called an automatic needle threader. The Singer 9970 has one while the Brother LX3817 doesn’t.

Drop-in Bobbin

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 LX3817 and the Singer 9970 sewing machine come with this user-friendly feature.

Free Arm

There is free arm on both the Brother LX3817 and the Singer 9970. 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 LX3817 Singer 9970
Product Image
Sewing Machine Type Mechanical Computerized
Stitches 17 600
Buttonhole Styles 1 four-step 13 one-step
Start/Stop Button No Yes
Built-in Memory No
Programmable Needle Up/Down No Yes
Monogramming Font No Yes 5
Drop Feed Yes
Free Arm Yes Yes
Working Light Yes, LED Yes 2 LEDs
Speed Control Slider No Yes
Weight 10.36 lbs 17.8 lbs
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter Yes
Snap-on Presser Foot Yes
Automatic Thread Cutter No Yes
Automatic Needle Threader No Yes
Drop-in Bobbin Yes Yes
USB Connectivity No
Stitch Selection Dial LCD and Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/Width Yes
Included Feet Buttonhole Foot, Zipper Foot, Zigzag Foot, Button Sewing Foot All-Purpose Foot (on machine), Zipper Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Underplate, Open Toe Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Overcasting Foot, Narrow Hem Foot, Cording Foot, Straight Stitch Foot, Darning & Freehand Embroidery Foot, Even Feed / Walking Foot, Adjustable Bias Binder Foot, Single Welt Cording Foot, Braiding Foot with Guide, Clear Piping Foot, Stitch in the Ditch Foot, Fancy Trim Foot, Chenille Stitching Foot, Edge Joining Foot, Gathering Foot, Non-Stick Foot, Parallel Sewing Foot and Seam Guide Foot.
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button No
Tension Adjustable by dial
Knee Lifter No
Warranty 25 Year Limited 25 Year Limited
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Brother LX3817 Video Review

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The Verdict

While both of these sewing machines are made by great businesses, choosing between them is tough. But my general suggestion is to go with the machine that has the most built-in stitches at a reasonable price.

Q. How much electricity does a sewing machine use

A. A typical home sewing machine may be in the 100-watt range. One estimate for portable sewing machines says that you are paying about 0.013 cents per hour every time. For the day you may be spending about 10 cents.

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 a normal sewing machine sew canvas?

A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.

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. 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 regular sewing machine sew vinyl?

A. Yes, with the same modifications listed above for leather.