Brother ST531HD Vs ST371HD Comparison In Detail

Brother ST531HD Vs ST371HD Comparison In Detail


Brother ST531HD and ST371HD are Brother's answer to entry level heavy duty machines. Brother call them Strong and Tough (denoted by 'ST' in model numbers). These machines were specifically designed to handle multiple layers of thick fabrics like denim. And they became pretty popular with sewers for the same reason, ie. the ability to sew thick fabrics. Consistency in stitch quality impressed one and all. The next question is, what is the actual difference between Brother ST531HD and ST371HD (or is there any at all)?

Brother ST531HD Vs ST371HD - Major Feature Differences

In terms of design, both machines are identical. Brother has introduced a major design change in the sense that the pattern selection dial is now on the side of the machine rather than in front and the selected pattern number is displayed in a counter like display. This design is very much different from other mechanical sewing machines in the market. However, when you compare Brother ST531HD and ST371HD they look identical in design. The color scheme is a bit different though. ST531HD comes in a grey color scheme whereas ST371HD has a black one.

Built-in Stitches

This is where the choice is made most of the time. This is the only feature difference between Brother ST531HD and ST371HD. As the model numbers suggest, ST531HD comes with 53 built-in stitches whereas ST371HD comes with 16 less ie. 37 built-in stitches.

The first 37 patterns are the same on both machines. The 16 extra built-in stitches that come with ST531HD are

•    2 Stretch overlock stitches
•    1 Smocking stitch
•    10 Decorative stitches
•    1 Leaf stitch
•    1 Tree stitch
•    1 Legs stitch

So if the above said stitches are important for you, you can go with ST531HD, otherwise you can choose ST371HD.

Accessories

In the accessories department, one major difference is that Brother ST531HD comes with an included metal finger guard to protect your fingers. As of now, this is not available with ST371HD. Since it is an accessory, this difference is nothing major and I am not sure whether this difference will stay so in future. As far as the accessories are concerned, you are requested to check it at the time of purchase.

That's it folks. Nothing more to say.

Editor comment

By now, you might already be aware of how good these two machines are. Both are excellent performers and I think I have made their differences pretty clear.
 

Side by side comparison

FeatureBrother ST531HDBrother ST371HD
TypeMechanicalMechanical
Built-in Stitches5337
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonNoNo
Speed Control SliderNoNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderYesYes
Buttonhole Styles1 One-step1 one-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYesYes
USB ConnectivityNoNo
Stitch SelectionDial on SideDial On Side
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYesYes
Built-in MemoryNoNo
Stitch Width7mm7mm
Stitch Length4mm4mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownNoNo
Built-in Monogramming FontNoNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNoNo (Preset Only)
Drop FeedYesYes
Free ArmYesYes
Motor Speed800 Stitches/min800 stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYesYes
Work LightYes 1 LEDYes LED
Feed Dog66
Included FeetButtonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Spring action zigzag foot, Zipper foot, Non stick foot, Blind stitch foot.Buttonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Spring action zigzag foot, Zipper foot, Non stick foot, Blind stitch foot
Machine Weight14.3 lbs14.3 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited25 Year Limited
Snap-on Presser FootYesYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYesYes
Automatic Thread CutterNoNo
TensionAdjustable With DialAdjustable With Dial
Included Wide Extension TableNoNo
Knee LifterNoNo
CoverSoft CoverSoft Cover

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer only. Opinions may be subjective.

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