In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother PC420PRW and Singer 1234. 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 PC420PRW vs. Singer 1234: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother PC420PRW is a computerized sewing machine, while the Singer 1234 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 PC420PRW vs. Singer 1234 : Built-in Stitches
There are 294 stitches on Brother PC420PRW. On the other hand, the Singer 1234 has 6 built-in stitches. Brother PC420PRW comes with 10 one-step buttonhole(s), while Singer 1234 sewing machine has only 1 four-step buttonhole(s).
The Brother PC420PRW weighs approximately 17 lbs, while the Singer 1234 sewing machine comes with a weight of 11.4 lbs.
When you don’t have a specific spot in your home where your sewing machine belongs, the extra weight can become burdensome.
The Singer 1234 doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Brother PC420PRW 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 PC420PRW arrives with a speed control slider while the Singer 1234 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 Brother PC420PRW has one while the Singer 1234 doesn’t.
This Brother PC420PRW sewing machine sewing machine comes with a drop-in bobbin, which allows you to see how much thread is left on the bobbin through the window. While Singer 1234 doesn’t
Programmable Needle Up/Down
Unlike the Brother PC420PRW, the Singer 1234 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.
There is free arm on both the Brother PC420PRW and the Singer 1234. 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.
Automatic Thread Cutter
If you hate cutting your threads after a sewing process, then a sewing machine that comes with an automatic thread cutter can be a lifesaver. Know that the Singer 1234 does not have this feature. The Brother PC420PRW, on the other hand, is equipped with an automatic thread cutter feature.
|Brother PC420PRW||Singer 1234|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Mechanical|
|Buttonhole Styles||10 one-step||1 four-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||No|
|Monogramming Font||Yes, 3||No|
|Drop Feed||Yes||No, Free-motion is possible with darning plate.|
|Working Light||Yes 2 LEDs||Yes|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||No|
|Weight||17 lbs||11.4 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||Yes||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||No|
|Stitch Selection||LCD and Push Button||Dial|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||No|
|Included Feet||Buttonhole Foot, Overcasting Foot, Monogramming Foot, Zipper Foot, ZigZag Foot, Blind Stitch Foot, Button Fitting Foot, Walking Foot, Quilting Foot, Stitch Guide Foot, Adjustable zipper/piping foot, Non Stick Foot, Open Toe Foot||General Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||No||No|
|Tension||Adjustable With Dial||Adjustable by dial|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||–|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother PC420PRW Video Review
Singer 1234 Video Review
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. Do you need a special sewing machine for leather?
A. No, although a heavy-duty machine will make it easier. However, any good-quality home sewing machine can handle leather with a few special accessories. You will need a Teflon presser foot, a needle designed for sewing leather, and heavy-duty thread.
Q. Why use a bobbin on a sewing machine
A. In general, the bobbin is the thing that feeds the thread to stitch from the lower part of the machine. Its purpose is to hold the thread below the needle, and it is where the thread in which you stitch comes from.
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 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. What type of maintenance do sewing machines need?
A. Today’s sewing machines usually require just a few basic steps to keep them in good working order. While the manual included with your machine will spell out the details, it’s important to regularly remove the throat plate and use a small, soft brush to remove thread, lint, and debris that might have become lodged inside the machine. Your machine may also require oiling to keep everything lubricated and running smoothly.
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.