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Brother SE1800 vs. Brother VQ3000 Comparison

The Brother SE1800 and the Brother VQ3000 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 the two? Below I will describe the differences in the simplest terms possible.

Brother SE1800 vs. Brother VQ3000: Comparison in Features

Sewing Machine Types

The Brother SE1800 is a sewing and embroidery combo machine, while the Brother VQ3000 is a computerized 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 SE1800 vs. Brother VQ3000 : Built-in Stitches

The Brother SE1800 comes with an attractive amount of built-in stitches, 184 to be exact. Within those 184 stitches you can find standard stitches, decorative stitches and easy-to-use buttonhole stitches. While the Brother VQ3000 features 531 stitches. Similar to the Brother SE1800, these stitches include standard and decorative stitches.

Weight

The Brother SE1800 sewing machine weighs approximately 22.05 lbs, while the Brother VQ3000 sewing machine comes with a weight of 49.6 lbs.

When you don’t have a specific spot in your home where your sewing machine belongs, the extra weight can become burdensome.

Start/Stop Button

Both the Brother SE1800 and Brother VQ3000 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 SE1800 sewing machine and Brother VQ3000 sewing machine 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.

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 SE1800 and the Brother VQ3000 come with this user-friendly feature.

Drop Feed

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 SE1800 and Brother VQ3000 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.

Brother SE1800 Brother VQ3000
Product Image
Sewing Machine Type Sewing and Embroidery Combo Computerized
Stitches 184 531
Buttonhole Styles 10 one-step 14 one-step
Start/Stop Button Yes Yes
Built-in Memory Yes Yes
Programmable Needle Up/Down Yes Yes
Monogramming Font Yes, 6 Embroidery Fonts Yes 6
Drop Feed Yes Yes
Free Arm Yes
Working Light Yes, 2 LEDs Yes
Speed Control Slider Yes Yes
Weight 22.05 lbs 49.6 lbs
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter
Snap-on Presser Foot Yes
Automatic Thread Cutter Yes Yes
Automatic Needle Threader Yes Yes
Drop-in Bobbin Yes Yes
USB Connectivity Yes, USB Port Yes
Stitch Selection LCD Touch Screen Touch Screen
Adjustable Stitch Length/Width Yes Yes
Included Feet Buttonhole Foot, Overcasting Foot, Monograming Foot, Zipper Foot, Zigzag Foot, Button Fitting Foot, Stitch Guide Foot, Adjustable Zipper Foot/Piping Foot, Non-Stick Foot, Open Toe Foot, Embroidery Foot, Blind Stitch Foot Blind stitch, buttonhole, button fitting, zig zag, monogramming, overcasting, zipper, straight stitch, quilting, free-motion
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button
Tension Adjustable
Knee Lifter Yes Yes
Warranty 25 Year Limited 25 Year Limited
Price Check Price on Amazon Check Price on Amazon

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The Verdict

The Brother SE1800 and the Brother VQ3000 have a number of differences in terms of features. The stitch quality, however, is a common aspect. These two machines sew on a range of materials with reliable results. Any of these two machines would be my first choice if you asked me to choose an affordable, sophisticated sewing machine. I won’t offer a recommendation and the choice should be based on your sewing ability and experience.

Q. Are sewing machines dangerous?

A. Like any machine, a sewing machine can be dangerous if not used correctly. Always follow the safety guidelines provided by the manufacturer when it comes to maintenance, and pay attention while sewing.

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. Can a regular sewing machine sew vinyl?

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

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 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. 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.