The Brother XR3140 and the Singer 1507WC 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 them? Here I will try to answer them as simply as possible.
Brother XR3140 vs. Singer 1507WC: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother XR3140 is a computerized sewing machine, while the Singer 1507WC is a mechanical sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.
The sewing machine you choose should be tailored to your skill level and goals.
Brother XR3140 vs. Singer 1507WC : Built-in Stitches
The Brother XR3140 has 140 stitches. The Singer 1507WC on the other hand comes with 8 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Brother XR3140 sewing machine comes with 8 one-step buttonhole(s), Singer 1507WC sewing machine has only 1 four-step buttonhole(s).
The Brother XR3140 sewing machine weighs approximately 11.02 lbs, while the Singer 1507WC comes with a weight of 13 lbs.
The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.
This Brother XR3140 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 1507WC sewing machine doesn’t
In contrast to Singer 1507WC, Brother XR3140 has a drop feed system. The drop feed lever will lower the feed dogs below the so they are no longer making contact with the material. This option is used for freehand machine quilting & freehand embroidery. This means you are in control of the stitch length and which direction you are going without actually turning the material.
There is free arm on both the Brother XR3140 and the Singer 1507WC. 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 XR3140||Singer 1507WC|
|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||–|
|Weight||11.02 lbs||13 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||–|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||–|
|Stitch Selection||LCD and Push Button||Dial|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||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||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||No||–|
|Tension||Adjustable With Dial||Tension is Adjustable|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother XR3140 Video Review
Singer 1507WC Video Review
Feature-wise, the Brother XR3140 and the Singer 1507WC differ a lot. However, the common factor is the stitch quality. These two machines provide consistent stitches over a variety of fabrics. If you ask me to pick an affordable advanced sewing machine, I will pick any one of these two machines. Since they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion. The decision has to be made on your sewing skill and sewing level.
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 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 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. 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. 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. 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.