In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother SM8270 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 SM8270 vs. Spiegel SP3201: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother SM8270 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.
You should choose carefully based on your sewing skills and goal.
Brother SM8270 vs. Spiegel SP3201 : Built-in Stitches
The Brother SM8270 sewing machine comes with an attractive amount of built-in stitches, 160 to be exact. Within those 160 stitches you can find standard stitches, decorative stitches and easy-to-use buttonhole stitches. While the Spiegel SP3201 sewing machine features 32 stitches. Similar to the Brother SM8270, these stitches include standard and decorative stitches.
The Brother SM8270 weighs approximately 9.9 lbs, while the Spiegel SP3201 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 SM8270 sewing machine 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 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 SM8270 sewing machine and the Spiegel SP3201 come with this user-friendly feature.
Programmable Needle Up/Down
Unlike the Brother SM8270, 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 SM8270 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 SM8270 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 SM8270||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||–|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||No|
|Weight||9.9 lbs||15.76 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||–|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||–||–|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||LCD 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||All purpose foot, Zipper foot, Button Hole foot, Button sewing foot.|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||–||No|
|Tension||–||Adjustable by dial|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother SM8270 Video Review
Spiegel SP3201 Video Review
These two machines perform equally well when you compare their performances. There is not much difference in stitch quality between these two machines. Thick and delicate fabrics are handled equally well by both machines. These two machines are notable for the stitch quality they offer, and it is what sets them apart from the competition. Our comparison of the features we listed above allows you to come to your own conclusion. Finally, it’s your decision.
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. 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. 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. 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.