In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Juki HZL-F300 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 main differences between them? Allow me to simplify my answers here.
Juki HZL-F300 vs. Singer 3223R: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Juki HZL-F300 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.
Juki HZL-F300 vs. Singer 3223R : Built-in Stitches
The Juki HZL-F300 comes with an attractive amount of built-in stitches, 106 to be exact. Within those 106 stitches you can find standard stitches, decorative stitches and easy-to-use buttonhole stitches. While the Singer 3223R features 23 stitches. Similar to the Juki HZL-F300, these stitches include standard and decorative stitches.
The Juki HZL-F300 sewing machine weighs approximately 21.6 lbs, while the Singer 3223R 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 Juki HZL-F300 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 Juki HZL-F300 arrives with a speed control slider while the Singer 3223R 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 Juki HZL-F300 has one while the Singer 3223R doesn’t.
This Juki HZL-F300 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 sewing machine doesn’t
Programmable Needle Up/Down
Unlike the Juki HZL-F300, 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.
There is free arm on both the Juki HZL-F300 and the Singer 3223R. 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.
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter
The extra-high presser foot lifter of the Juki HZL-F300 and Singer 3223R allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.
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 Juki HZL-F300, on the other hand, is equipped with an automatic thread cutter feature.
|Juki HZL-F300||Singer 3223R|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Mechanical|
|Buttonhole Styles||16 one-step||1 four-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||No|
|Monogramming Font||Yes, 3||No|
|Drop Feed||Yes||No, Free-motion is possible with darning plate.|
|Working Light||Yes LED||Yes|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||No|
|Weight||21.6 lbs||12.2 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||Yes||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||–||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||Yes||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||No|
|Stitch Selection||LCD Display and Push Button||Dial|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||–|
|Included Feet||Standard Presser Foot, Overcasting Presser Foot, Blind Stitch Presser Foot, Buttonhole Presser Foot, Manual Buttonhole Presser Foot, Zipper Presser Foot.||General Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot.|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||–||No|
|Tension||Automatic, But Adjustable||Adjustable by dial|
|Warranty||–||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Juki HZL-F300 Video Review
Singer 3223R Video Review
The Juki HZL-F300 and the Singer 3223R have a number of differences in terms of features. The stitch quality, however, is a common aspect. These two machines sew on a range of materials with reliable results. Any of these two machines would be my first choice if you asked me to choose an affordable, sophisticated sewing machine. I won’t offer a recommendation and the choice should be based on your sewing ability and experience.
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. 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. 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. 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.
Q. Can a regular sewing machine sew vinyl?
A. Yes, with the same modifications listed above for leather.
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.