Brother and Singer sewing machines are probably the most known sewing machine brands out there. Singer machines have been around for over 150 years and Brother machines has been around for over 100 years. So, they’ve both been around for awhile and know what they’re doing when it comes to sewing machines.
But, is one brand better than the other and if so which one? In this post I’ll talk about both brands of sewing machines and some of their features and let you decide which brand is best for you.
But, first let’s talk about sewing machines in general. There are two main types of sewing machines mechanical and computerized. Mechanical of course has been around the longest and some people like the tried and true mechanical machines. While some like the more technology advanced computerized sewing machines.
But, I can see the benefits to both, I know that a mechanical sewing machine would be easier for a beginner. Because, computerized sewing machines can be a little more confusing with all the buttons and features. Here is my post about mechanical vs computerized sewing machines.
And with sewing machines there are different prices to choose from. You can get basic sewing machines for a cheaper price or a fancier model with more built-in stitches and advanced features for a higher price. But, a good machine doesn’t have to break the bank. Read this post about the best sewing machines under $200.
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Singer Sewing Machines
For over 150 years singer has been producing sewing machines. From treadle sewing machines that you have to pedal to fully computerized sewing machines that you just have to push a button.
And besides just sewing machines Singer also has embroidery machines that have many built-in embroidery designs. Singer also has a collection of heavy-duty machines, from sergers to sewing machines.
The Singer company is one of the top brands of sewing machines in the world of sewing machines. And they make high quality sewing machines, both mechanical and computerized. So, whether it’s your first sewing machine or your twenty-first, Singer can provide you with a good sewing machine.
Singer sewing machines are easy to use and come with many features like stitch selection, drop-in bobbin and can have a automatic needle threader. They are also known for their reliability and speed. Even though to me speed is not a big issue, because I don’t like to sew fast anyways.
Singer is a great sewing machine brand because you sew anything from lightweight voile fabric to heavy denim. So, you can sew any kind of project from large to small and from quilts to clothing.
There are many different models of sewing machines to choose from, and they have sewing machines for all different kinds of budgets. So, if you’re a beginner and don’t want to buy a expensive sewing machine. Or you’re a experienced seamstress and need a more expensive sewing machine with more special features.
The most difficult thing to me would be choosing between all of Singer’s wonderful sewing machines. But, here is a Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 sewing machine that has 600 stitches and 13 one-step buttonholes and comes with a collection of presser feet. And would be an excellent choice of sewing machine.
Brother Sewing Machines
Brother has been around for over 100 years, not as long as Singer, but, still a long time. Brother sewing machines to me are great for a complete beginner, because they’re so easy to use.
Brother has sewing machines at affordable prices, so if you’re on a tight budget they’ll have a machine for you. And they have a wide range of models to choose from. With beginner machines and advanced sewing machines.
Brother sewing machines can have many decorative stitches and like Singer you can get embroidery machines, sergers, and sewing machines from Brother. And usually all the embroidery machines and computerized sewing machines will have a LCD screen.
These high-quality machines area great for all kinds of sewing projects. Large projects like quilts and also smaller projects like doll clothes and can sew through multiple layers of fabric and thick fabrics.
Brother’s machines can have a top drop-in bobbin or a front loading bobbin. If it’s your first time using a sewing machine a great choice is a drop-in bobbin. Because drop-in bobbins are easier to load than the other. I have had both types of machines and I like the top drop-in bobbin the best.
And what Brother sewing machines are known for is their features and quality. One of the features that I like is that you can move the needle positions, so the needle can be moved to the left or right or just straight in the middle. And the adjustable stitch length and width, so you can get a lot of sewing done.
With the computerized sewing machines they have speed controls, so you can adjust the speed. Also the computerized models can have a automatic thread cutter feature.
Here is the Brother sewing machine that I have and one of Brother’s heavy duty machines. I mostly stick with cotton fabric and have never sewn with leather, but it would sew leather.
And I know that some people think that because Brother sewing machines can be cheaper their quality isn’t great. But, my sewing machine is almost 5 years old and I have never had a problem with it and it’s still going strong. So, I think that they’re great quality at a great value.
Singer vs Brother Sewing Machine
So, I’ve talked about both brands and have linked two great machines, one Singer model and one Brother model. But, which is the best brand of sewing machine?
To me it all goes down to personal preference and what specific needs and features you need in a sewing machine. The only main differences to me is just the brand. And for both brands I would just make sure to read the user manual.
It’s kind of like if you want a computerized or a mechanical machine. The type of machine you buy is up to you, whichever one would be the perfect machine with the essential features you need. Because both brands has a lot of machines to choose from.
So, I would say that the clear winner is both Singer and Brother.
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