The Brother SM8270 and the Singer M1500 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 SM8270 vs. Singer M1500: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother SM8270 is a computerized sewing machine, while the Singer M1500 is a mechanical sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.
You should choose carefully based on your sewing skills and goal.
Brother SM8270 vs. Singer M1500 : Built-in Stitches
The Brother SM8270 has 160 stitches. The Singer M1500 on the other hand comes with 6 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Brother SM8270 sewing machine comes with 8 one-step buttonhole(s), Singer M1500 has only 1 four-step buttonhole(s).
The Brother SM8270 weighs approximately 9.9 lbs, while the Singer M1500 sewing machine comes with a weight of 10 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 M1500 doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Brother SM8270 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 SM8270 arrives with a speed control slider while the Singer M1500 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 SM8270 has one while the Singer M1500 doesn’t.
This Brother SM8270 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 M1500 doesn’t
Programmable Needle Up/Down
Unlike the Brother SM8270, the Singer M1500 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 SM8270 and the Singer M1500. 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 SM8270||Singer M1500|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Mechanical|
|Buttonhole Styles||8 one-step||1 four-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||No|
|Monogramming Font||Yes, 2||No|
|Drop Feed||Yes||No, Free-motion is possible with darning plate.|
|Working Light||Yes||Yes LED|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||No|
|Weight||9.9 lbs||10 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||–||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||No|
|Stitch Selection||LCD and Push Button||Dial|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Preset|
|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||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole 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 SM8270 Video Review
Singer M1500 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. 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. 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. Can I interchange metal and plastic bobbins if they are the same size?
A. Metal bobbins and plastic bobbins of the same size can NOT be swapped. Machines are set for a very precise tension setting. If they are set for a lighter plastic bobbin, the tension will change if a heavier metal bobbin is used.
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 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 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.