In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother XR3774 and Singer C440. 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. Singer C440: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother XR3774 is a mechanical sewing machine, while the Singer C440 is a computerized 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 XR3774 vs. Singer C440 : Built-in Stitches
The Brother XR3774 has 37 stitches. The Singer C440 on the other hand comes with 200 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Brother XR3774 sewing machine comes with 1 one-step buttonhole(s), Singer C440 has only 13 one-step buttonhole(s).
The Brother XR3774 sewing machine weighs approximately 12.3 lbs, while the Singer C440 comes with a weight of 18.5 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 doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Singer C440 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
Neither Brother XR3774 nor Singer C440 has a speed control slider. With a speed control slider, the sewing speed will never go above your selected speed, no matter how hard you press on the pedal.
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 Singer C440 come with this user-friendly feature.
There is free arm on both the Brother XR3774 and the Singer C440. 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||Singer C440|
|Sewing Machine Type||Mechanical||Computerized|
|Buttonhole Styles||1 one-step||13 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 3 LEDs|
|Speed Control Slider||No||No|
|Weight||12.3 lbs||18.5 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||–|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||Yes|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||Dial||LCD Touch Screen|
|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||All-Purpose Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Overcasting Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot with Underplate, Straight Stitch Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Open Toe Foot, Embroidery Foot, Parallel Sewing Foot.|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||No||Yes, Tack Stitch Button|
|Tension||Adjustable With Dial||–|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother XR3774 Video Review
Singer C440 Video Review
When you compare the performances, both machines are neck on neck. There isn’t a lot of difference in stitch quality. Both machines handle thick and delicate fabrics exceptionally well. In fact, the stitch quality is one factor that makes these two machines different from other machines in their segment. From the feature differences we have listed above, we believe you will be able to make a decision on your own. We will leave this one to you.
Q. Can i use clipper oil on my sewing machine
A. Yes, you can as some people do recommend it as an alternative to sewing machine oil.
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. 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.
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.
Q. Can a normal sewing machine sew canvas?
A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.
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.