In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother XR3774 and Brother XR9550PRW. 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 XR3774 vs. Brother XR9550PRW: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother XR3774 is a mechanical sewing machine, while the Brother XR9550PRW is a computerized sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.
Choose wisely depends on your sewing goal and skill levels.
Brother XR3774 vs. Brother XR9550PRW : Built-in Stitches
There are 37 stitches on Brother XR3774. On the other hand, the Brother XR9550PRW has 110 built-in stitches. Brother XR3774 sewing machine comes with 1 one-step buttonhole(s), while Brother XR9550PRW sewing machine has only 8 one-step buttonhole(s).
The Brother XR3774 weighs approximately 12.3 lbs, while the Brother XR9550PRW comes with a weight of 10.14 lbs.
The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.
The Brother XR3774 sewing machine doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Brother XR9550PRW sewing machine does. One of the best ways of controlling some of your variables within free motion quilting is by using your start/stop button.
Speed Control Slider
The Brother XR9550PRW arrives with a speed control slider while the Brother XR3774 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 XR3774 and the Brother XR9550PRW come with this user-friendly feature.
There is free arm on both the Brother XR3774 and the Brother XR9550PRW. 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 XR3774||Brother XR9550PRW|
|Sewing Machine Type||Mechanical||Computerized|
|Buttonhole Styles||1 one-step||8 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||No||Yes|
|Drop Feed||No (Free-motion is possible only with a darning plate)||Yes|
|Working Light||Yes||Yes 1 LED|
|Speed Control Slider||No||Yes|
|Weight||12.3 lbs||10.14 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||–|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||Dial||LCD Display and Push Buttons|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Yes|
|Included Feet||Blind stitch foot, Buttonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Narrow hemmer foot, Walking foot, Quilting foot, Zigzag foot, Zipper foot||Zigzag foot, buttonhole foot, zipper foot, button sewing foot, overcasting foot, blind stitch foot, monogramming foot and quilting feet.|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||No||No|
|Tension||Adjustable With Dial||Adjustable With Dial|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother XR3774 Video Review
Brother XR9550PRW 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. 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. 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 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. 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.
Q. What are features to look for in a sewing machine?
A. The best features will depend on the type of sewing you plan to do. For a beginner, some features to look for include built-in stitch types, an automatic needle threader, a top drop-in bobbin, and a set of standard presser feet.