In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother VQ3000 and Singer 1512. 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 VQ3000 vs. Singer 1512: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother VQ3000 is a computerized sewing machine, while the Singer 1512 is a mechanical 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 VQ3000 vs. Singer 1512 : Built-in Stitches
With Brother VQ3000, you get an attractive amount of stitches – 531 to be exact. The 531 stitches include standard stitches, decorative stitches, and buttonhole stitches. As for Singer 1512 sewing machine, it contains 13. These stitches include standard and decorative stitches, which are similar to those found on the Brother VQ3000.
The Brother VQ3000 weighs approximately 49.6 lbs, while the Singer 1512 sewing machine comes with a weight of 10.78 lbs.
When you don’t have a specific spot in your home where your sewing machine belongs, the extra weight can become burdensome.
Automatic Needle Threader
To assist the user, self-threading sewing machines have what is called an automatic needle threader. The Brother VQ3000 has one while the Singer 1512 doesn’t.
This Brother VQ3000 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 1512 sewing machine doesn’t
|Brother VQ3000||Singer 1512|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Mechanical|
|Buttonhole Styles||14 one-step||1 four-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||–|
|Monogramming Font||Yes 6||–|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||–|
|Weight||49.6 lbs||10.78 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||–||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||Yes||–|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||No|
|Stitch Selection||Touch Screen||Dial|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||–|
|Included Feet||Blind stitch, buttonhole, button fitting, zig zag, monogramming, overcasting, zipper, straight stitch, quilting, free-motion||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||–||–|
|Tension||–||Tension is Adjustable|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||–|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother VQ3000 Video Review
Singer 1512 Video Review
Both of these sewing machines come from fantastic companies, but they are particularly difficult to choose between. Based on their features, my overall recommendation would be to choose the machine that comes with more built-in stitches at an affordable price.
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. 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 should I know about manual vs. electric sewing machines?
A. Manual sewing machines were the mainstay of the crafting world, but in more recent years electric (also known as computerized) machines have been increasing in popularity for their easy operation and advanced functions, such as embroidery.
If you’re looking for a simple sewing experience without frills, a mechanical machine gives you straightforward functionality.
Without electronic components, some feel that these machines prove more reliable in the long term.
However, computerized machines may shorten the learning curve for some new sewers, since choosing stitches and settings only requires the push of a button.
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. 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.