The Singer 1234 and the Singer SE340 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 the two? Below I will describe the differences in the simplest terms possible.
Singer 1234 vs. Singer SE340: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Singer 1234 is a mechanical sewing machine, while the Singer SE340 is a sewing and embroidery combo 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.
Singer 1234 vs. Singer SE340 : Built-in Stitches
With Singer 1234, you get an attractive amount of stitches – 6 to be exact. The 6 stitches include standard stitches, decorative stitches, and buttonhole stitches. As for Singer SE340 sewing machine, it contains 250. These stitches include standard and decorative stitches, which are similar to those found on the Singer 1234.
The Singer 1234 weighs approximately 11.4 lbs, while the Singer SE340 sewing machine comes with a weight of 18.6 lbs.
The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.
The Singer 1234 sewing machine doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Singer SE340 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
Neither Singer 1234 sewing machine nor Singer SE340 sewing machine 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
To assist the user, self-threading sewing machines have what is called an automatic needle threader. The Singer SE340 has one while the Singer 1234 doesn’t.
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter
The extra-high presser foot lifter of the Singer 1234 and Singer SE340 allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.
|Singer 1234||Singer SE340|
|Sewing Machine Type||Mechanical||Sewing and Embroidery Combo|
|Buttonhole Styles||1 four-step||14 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||No||Yes|
|Drop Feed||No, Free-motion is possible with darning plate.||Yes|
|Working Light||Yes||Yes, 3 LEDs|
|Speed Control Slider||No||No|
|Weight||11.4 lbs||18.6 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||Yes||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||Yes|
|Automatic Needle Threader||No||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||Dial||Touch Screen|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||No||Yes|
|Included Feet||General Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole 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|
|Tension||Adjustable by dial||Automatic Tension|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Singer 1234 Video Review
Singer SE340 Video Review
The Singer 1234 and Singer SE340 differ significantly in terms of features. The stitch quality is, nevertheless, a recurring factor. These two machines can sew a wide range of textiles with reliable results. I’d choose any of these two machines if you asked me to choose an affordable, sophisticated sewing machine. I won’t offer a recommendation because they have such disparate features. You must base your selection on your stitching ability and experience.
Q. Can a normal sewing machine sew canvas?
A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.
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. 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. 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. Can I interchange metal and plastic bobbins if they are the same size?
A. Metal bobbins and plastic bobbins of the same size can NOT be swapped. Machines are set for a very precise tension setting. If they are set for a lighter plastic bobbin, the tension will change if a heavier metal bobbin is used.
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.