Posts tagged ‘sewing machine comparison’

August 21, 2011

Buying a Sewing Machine

I’m getting a new sewing machine. There are two in the basement, but I can’t get either of the darn things to work. I just hold on to them in case it’s me and not the machines. My mother is a sewing genius. If she ever makes it up to visit I’m sure she can fix them. Unfortunately that’s longer than I want to wait, so I’ve narrowed it down to two choices. The Singer 3323S or the Brother CP6500.

The biggest difference between the two is that the Singer is mechanical, and the Brother is computerized. I haven’t sewn anything since I was 12. I had no idea these things had come so far. Both have automatic needle threading and button holes – but the Brother has more stitch options (will I even need them?). Anything computerized has more opportunity to break, right? So many things to consider! I decided to make a list to help me decide.

Side by side comparison:

Singer 3323s Brother CP6500
Built in stitches 23 60
Automatic button hole styles 1 17
Top drop bobbin yes yes
Auto-bobbin winding no yes
Auto-thread yes yes
Feet included 8 7
Multiple stitch functions no yes
Drop feed (free motion quilting) no yes
Heirloom stitches no yes
Electronic sewing speed control no yes
Sew without foot control no yes
Warranty unable to locate info 25yr limited unable to locate 25 yrs
Avg. Review on Amazon.com 4.5 stars 5 stars
“Good for beginners” reputation yes yes
JoAnn Fabrics price $229.00 $299.00
Price on Amazon.com $170.11 $135.00

Well – I guess that settles it. I’m will try out the Brother CP 6500. I will let you know if I have any buyer’s remorse! I’m off to order it now.

Brother CP-6500 Computerized Sewing Machine

Singer Talent Sewing Machine, 3323S

When I go visit my mother next week I’m going to raid her attic and old sewing room for goodies that she no longer uses! ┬áThis is going to be fun.