Maybe you don’t want to become the world’s top fashion designer but we all have a certain need for a sewing machine in our homes. From stitching clothes to embedding buttons in the right manner, sewing machines are a must in our lives. But whenever I look at the Brother ST371HD sewing machine, some questions appear in my mind that I would like to share with you.
Can I always remember its controls?
Will my poor bones be able to handle this tough and heavy machine? (It’s just a joke but poor bones can’t handle it)
I don’t want to fill your brains with my silly thoughts, so I’m ending the Q session here.
Now, I wonder that you must have been pondering over my thoughts. So I’m just giving answers to those 2 questions.
The controls of this machine are just like 1, 2,3 and you can easily get your hands on its controls.
As far as the discussion of poor bones lies, this machine is too heavy to stable but still, you can move it and turn it around the corner.
So let’s get to the point.
Is Brother ST371HD strong and tough enough?
If you’re buying this machine just because you are about to start a home-based business on heavy items like leather pockets and stuff like that, don’t think that Brother ST371HD will help you. However this machine is inexpensive but it can’t be used on heavy items like canvas, leader, etc. So if you’re looking for a heavy-duty machine for commercial usage, take a look at our durable, heavy machine review Juki DDL 8700 review.
I am not saying that this machine can’t stitch leather. It can but occasionally. If you use it continuously on leather and canvas, your machine might need a repair or service. But don’t worry, they give free service. Don’t get me wrong here. Now, don’t use the Brother St371HD on leather continuously and ask for free support. They will not provide free services for a lifetime. Be careful here.
I personally love the stitches
How many stitches does an expensive machine have? 40 or 50?
But who cares!
At the price of 200usd, how many stitches do you think the Brother ST371HD would have?
I know the figure in your mind is below 20. I was also shocked to see that the Brother ST371HD is offering 37 different stitches for your clothes. Some most common and beautiful stitches are the zig-zag stitch, the buttonhole stitch, the curly stitch, and the stretch stitch.
Feet for every need
I don’t know what you’re going to do with 6 different sewing feet of this machine. My grandmother had a single foot in her old machine which she used in different manners but she used it smartly.
But the 6 different feet may also prove their worth. Some of the foots are blind foot, zipper foot, zig-zag foot, nonstick foot, and buttonhole foot along with a standard foot that can be used for any purpose. I prefer standard foot because it can be used for any purpose (LOL!)
Planning a sewing/stitching industry?
The brother ST371HD is really not recommended for sewing leather jackets and canvas. However, it can be used commercially. The commercial use of a machine doesn’t only depend upon sewing weather garments including leather but also depends upon sewing light clothes, placing zippers on cushions, and stitching buttons on the right spot.
If you’re planning to organize an industry for sewing clothes, you should consider the Brother ST371HD machine because it is less expensive and you can buy as much as you want at a low price.
Isn’t it interesting?
So the hard work of Brother resulted as an expensive and reliable machine called the Brother ST371HD that can be used commercially for sewing garments, pillows, dolls, teddy bears, stuffing, and sewing cushions, and stitching buttons. I know this sounds odd but I want to put my word again, this machine is highly not recommended for heavy-duty garments like leather, canvas, etc.
Handy features make it trigger
The features of Brother ST371HD make the whole scene different. You don’t see many features in it but the added features are breathtaking. You get 37 different stitch designs with 6 different feet that match your needs every time. The machine is easy to handle and a user manual makes it easy for you to understand its controls. If you still find the manual too easy to understand, don’t worry. You get a free DVD along with the machine where a professional sewer makes it easy for you to understand each and every feature of this machine along with its controls. Wasn’t easy?
Threading the machine is very simple and easy. Just follow the markings, press the lever and your needle is threaded in one smooth motion. The machine has an automatic bobbin winder with a clear plastic colour that avoids nesting of thread and jamming.
If I consider myself using this machine, this is going to be my top appliance of the year. It has small LED lights that make the stitching table more bright and that’s why I love it (my eyesight is weak.)
The Brother ST371HD has a turning dial that is used for doing adjustments to the string. The string tension and stitch length can be adjusted easily using the turning dial available on the top of the machine.
You can go to a maximum of 4mm of stitch length and width.
What’s inside the Box?
The Brother ST371HD comes with everything that is needed to turn it on. You will not have to go to the market to buy additional parts to get it started. This machine doesn’t come with extra things that leave you figuring out the use of these parts.
It’s a standard machine that is perfect for home-based and limited commercial use.
A set of three needles #11, #14, and #16 come with the Brother ST371HD used for different garments.
The #11 needle is used for lightweight clothes and garments. If you want to sew multiple layers, the #14 needle is generally used. The #16 needle is used to sew heavy fabrics like leather, canvas, etc.
Another double needle is also included for doing smooth double stitching.
With a 4 bobbin set included, this machine also brings a spool pin, a pair of spool caps, and a screwdriver with it for doing little adjustments.
An instructional manual and a DVD drive are also included for instructional tutorials and these steps will make you a professional of Brother ST371HD sewing machine.
If you’re afraid of buying this machine just because it will get dusty and ugly, buy it.
This machine has a full-proof dust cover included that will keep dust and dirt away from your machine.
Are you still thinking if the Brother ST371HD is right for you or what if it comes broken? Let me clear that Brother ST371HD comes with a huge warranty. Yes, a huge warranty of 25 years and full on-phone technical support for the lifetime.
Can go with you on the road
The Brother ST371HD is probably not very light and small. But it probably can be carried with you. It has a pop-up handle on the top of the carrying box that is added for any person who wants to travel with his/her machine(I’m not talking about carrying your machine while you’re on a trip.)
A universal hard case carrying box is also compatible with the Brother ST371HD sewing machine.
This machine attached with its complete accessories weighs approx 15lbs and can be transported easily but it looks heavy when running at high speed. Whenever you try to sew a piece of cloth at high speed, it moves and this is very annoying. This moment is called “walking”.
Brother Strong and Tough ST371HD V/S Singer 4411
Imagine a match between Brock Lesnar and Gold Berg. Strong competition…Right? The same is the case with the Brother ST371HD and Singer 4411.
On the left side, there’s a machine with all accessories and can sew multiple layers. On the other side, there is a monster waiting for heavy leather and canvas.
For these two giants, a strong comparison is needed.
No doubt both machines have immense power but as we discussed above, the Brother ST371HD machine when set on high speed moves a lot “walking” while on the other hand, the Singer 4411 runs smoothly no matter what the speed is. The Brother ST371HD can work smoothly on light fabrics but on leather and canvas, your ST371HD might need a repair. Nothing to say about Singer for leather, it can work well on almost every heavy fabric.
The Brother ST371HD comes with 37 built in stitches with different decorative designs while on the other hand the Singer 4411 comes with 11 built-in stitches.
If you’re a fashion designer, buy the Brother ST371 but if you’re a leather merchant or running a heavy leather industry, I would prefer the one and only Singer 4411.
Summing it up
No doubt, both the machines are queens of the market but there is a slight difference between some things. The price of ST371HD is half of Singer 4411 but it can’t run on the leather too. On the other hand, Singer 4411 work smoothly on leather but it has only 11 built-in stitches but the Brother strong and tough ST371HD has 37 built-in stitches.
The first one is superior at one thing while the other is superior at another thing.
If you’re a designer or a sewing expert, go for the ST371HD but if you work purely on leather and other heavy material, go for the Singer 4411.
Are you going to buy the Brother tough and heavy ST371hd?
Please go through some points discussed next so your machine best suits your requirements.
If you’re buying the Brother ST371HD just because it smoothly stitches light fabrics, there are other cheap machines available in the market as well. Almost every machine can sew light fabrics. The problem is with heavy garments like denim, leather, canvas, etc.
If your fabrics are very light or of a medium category, ST371HD can be the best alternative but if your work is for leather and other heavy material, you will have to use it very carefully. The #14, and #16 needle can do this job pretty well. You can stitch multiple layers with these needles.
Fashion designers need a machine with loads of stitches so they use their creativeness with different stitches. Fortunately, the Brother ST371HD comes with 37 stitches with some zigzag stitch, curly stitch, buttonhole stitch, stretch stitch, and many more. There are other machines in the market offering more than 50 stitches but they are expensive. At the price of 200usd, who gives 37 stitches?
And the answer is Brother strong and tough ST371HD.
Make sure that your machine has plenty of inbuilt stitches if you’re a fashion designer.
If you have a limited budget, you must be looking for a machine that comes with all accessories. You don’t want to go to the market to buy other attachments to make your machine work. And with all the accessories available on the go, you don’t have to buy extra attachments for your brother ST371HD.
If you are always on a journey and love to sew and stitch, you must be looking for a machine that is travellable. If your journey partner is your machine, what else do you need?
You can talk (sew) with your machine and also you can laugh (stitch) together.
For this, make sure that your machine is not much heavy and there should be a popup handle on the hardcase of your machine.
The ST371HD is not much heavy (14.7lbs) and you can easily travel with your machine.
Ever wanted a durable and strong machine in a less budget, the Brother ST371HD is for you if you belong to the same category.
These are some common questions asked by people about the Brother ST371HD sewing machine.
Can I buy the Brother ST371HD for embroidery?
Embroidery and sewing are two different terms. There are different machines that can be used for sewing as well as for embroidery. But this type of machines are very expensive. If you want to buy the ST371HD for embroidery, it can’t be done. It is developed for sewing purposes only. Take a look at our best embroidery machine review if you want a perfect machine for embroidery.
Is the Brother ST371HD best for sewing heavy fabrics?
The ST371HD can sew leathers and denim but there you can end up ruining your machine instead of stitching leather. Be careful there. Take a look at our strong, tough and easy to use machine review to see if it suits your requirements for sewing leather.
Does the Brother ST3701HD move while working?
When set at high speed, this machine moves a lot. If you buy a compatible table, this problem may be solved easily.
How many stitches does it come with?
The Brother ST371HD sewing machine has 37 inbuilt stitches that can be used at different times. Some common stitches are buttonhole stitch, zigzag stitch, curly stitch, zipper stitch, etc.
Can I use this machine commercially for light fabrics?
The ST371HD can be used commercially only if your targeted fabric is not heavy. Let’s say you bought 10ST371HD machines for leather and denim, you will end up ruining all of your profit at repair and services. Thee are other machines in the market as well for leather, canvas, etc. But if you buy it for light fabrics, it would be the best decision ever.
Does the Brother ST371HD come with a warranty?
What if I say “No”? I must be kidding.
Warranties make you feel more secure and you can buy anything without taking risks if a warranty is included. The Brother ST371HD comes with an official warranty of 25 Years and a lifetime technical support for their consumers.
What comes with Brother ST371HD?
The ST371HD has everything to get started with. You will not have to visit the market to buy other accessories like a bobbin, hoop, feet, etc. Everything comes in the box. But don’t expect more accessories. At the price of 200usd, the things listed above are enough.
Is it easy to thread the needle in ST371HD?
Threading a needle is the most difficult part of sewing. A precise vision was required to thread the needles in the past but now, it has become a bit easy. Not much but a little bit.
Threading a needle in Brother ST371HD might be a bit tricky but you can become a professional needle threader in some hours.
I have a low budget, can I buy ST371HD?
The ST371HD is specially designed for people who have a limited low budget. This machine lies in the minimum budget range and in the price of only 200usd, you are going to avail all benefits that a standard sewing machine should have.
If you’ve a limited budget, don’t forget that the Brother ST371HD is specially designed for you.
Does the box include a user manual?
The machine comes with a step to step instructional manual and if you find the steps tough to read, don’t worry. A DVD drive is also included that has every step discussed briefly and you can see all of its features in the video from threading to sewing and using the built in stitches.
From threding to sewing, needles to stitches, and sewing feets to bobbins, everything is included in the box of ST371HD.
If I talk about myself, I would love to buy the ST371HD for commercial light fabric usage or for home based use. The most inexpensive machine with awesome features is the Brother strong and tough ST371HD.
Whether you’re a beginner or a sewing expert, you can add this machine in your inventory as a backup. If you run a sewing academy, this machine fits your needs If you want machines for you light fabric industry, this machine is for you. If you are a designer looking for an inexpensive machine with many built-in stitches, this machine is for you. If you have a limited budget, ST371HD is for you. If you want a life time support and a warranty of more than 20 years, this machine is for you.
But if you want heavy machine for stitching leather, denim, etc, this machine is not suitable for you.
I have completed a vast research on this machine and I am saying with confidence that this is an honest Brother ST371HD sewing machine review.
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