In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother VQ3000 and Singer 3223R. 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 VQ3000 vs. Singer 3223R: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother VQ3000 is a computerized sewing machine, while the Singer 3223R 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 VQ3000 vs. Singer 3223R : Built-in Stitches
There are 531 stitches on Brother VQ3000. On the other hand, the Singer 3223R has 23 built-in stitches. Brother VQ3000 comes with 14 one-step buttonhole(s), while Singer 3223R has only 1 four-step buttonhole(s).
The Brother VQ3000 weighs approximately 49.6 lbs, while the Singer 3223R sewing machine comes with a weight of 12.2 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 3223R sewing machine doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Brother VQ3000 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 VQ3000 arrives with a speed control slider while the Singer 3223R sewing machine 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 VQ3000 has one while the Singer 3223R doesn’t.
This Brother VQ3000 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 3223R doesn’t
Programmable Needle Up/Down
Unlike the Brother VQ3000, the Singer 3223R 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.
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 3223R does not have this feature. The Brother VQ3000, on the other hand, is equipped with an automatic thread cutter feature.
|Brother VQ3000||Singer 3223R|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Mechanical|
|Buttonhole Styles||14 one-step||1 four-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||No|
|Monogramming Font||Yes 6||No|
|Drop Feed||Yes||No, Free-motion is possible with darning plate.|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||No|
|Weight||49.6 lbs||12.2 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||–||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||Yes||No|
|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||General Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole 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 VQ3000 Video Review
Singer 3223R Video Review
The Brother VQ3000 and Singer 3223R differ significantly in terms of features. The stitch quality is, nevertheless, a recurring factor. These two machines can sew a wide range of textiles with reliable results. I’d choose any of these two machines if you asked me to choose an affordable, sophisticated sewing machine. I won’t offer a recommendation because they have such disparate features. You must base your selection on your stitching ability and experience.
Q. How do I thread a sewing machine?
To get started with your sewing project, you’ll need to first thread your sewing machine. While your machine’s manual should guide you in the specific sequence for your make and model, the basic process starts by placing the presser foot in the up position.
Next, put your thread spool on the spool holder and bring the thread across the top of the machine, through the thread guide. Insert the thread through the tension mechanism, sliding it between the metal disks before pulling it back upwards. Find the take-up lever and place the thread into the hole. Pull the thread towards the sewing machine needle, using available thread guides as you go.
Finally, bring the needle into an accessible position by adjusting the handwheel. Insert the thread. Your sewing machine should be threaded and ready to go, but it’s always a good idea to make a test run on a sample swatch to check your work.
However, if you sewing machine comes with an automatic needle threader, that would save you lots of time.
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. 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. Can a normal sewing machine sew canvas?
A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.
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.