In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother XR3140 and Michley SS-700. 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 XR3140 vs. Michley SS-700: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother XR3140 is a computerized sewing machine, while the Michley SS-700 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 XR3140 vs. Michley SS-700 : Built-in Stitches
With Brother XR3140, you get an attractive amount of stitches – 140 to be exact. The 140 stitches include standard stitches, decorative stitches, and buttonhole stitches. As for Michley SS-700, it contains 12. These stitches include standard and decorative stitches, which are similar to those found on the Brother XR3140.
The Brother XR3140 sewing machine weighs approximately 11.02 lbs, while the Michley SS-700 sewing machine comes with a weight of 8 lbs.
When you don’t have a specific spot in your home where your sewing machine belongs, the extra weight can become burdensome.
Speed Control Slider
Both Brother XR3140 sewing machine and Michley SS-700 have a speed control slider, which allows you to set the maximum speed you are comfortable with.
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 XR3140 sewing machine and the Michley SS-700 come with this user-friendly feature.
|Brother XR3140||Michley SS-700|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Mechanical|
|Buttonhole Styles||8 one-step||1 four-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||–|
|Monogramming Font||Yes, 1||–|
|Working Light||Yes, 1 LED||Yes|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||Yes|
|Weight||11.02 lbs||8 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||–|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||–|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||–|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||–|
|Stitch Selection||LCD and Push Button||Dial|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||–|
|Included Feet||Buttonhole Foot, Overcasting Foot, Monogramming Foot, Zipper Foot, Zigzag Foot, Blind Stitch Foot, Button Fitting Foot, 1/4″ Piecing Foot, Spring Action Quilting Foot||–|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||No||–|
|Tension||Adjustable With Dial||–|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||–|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother XR3140 Video Review
Michley SS-700 Video Review
While both of these sewing machines are made by great businesses, choosing between them is tough. But my general suggestion is to go with the machine that has the most built-in stitches at a reasonable price.
Q. Can i use serger thread in my sewing machine
A. Do not use serger thread in your sewing machine. These spools of thread are tempting to buy because they’re inexpensive, but they have a very rough texture on the thread. So if you put it in your regular sewing machine, it’s going to break and jam and you’ll be really frustrated.
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. 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. 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 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. 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.