Singer 4432 Vs Brother ST371HD - Comparison In Detail

Singer 4432 Vs Brother ST371HD - Comparison In Detail

We all know how popular Singer 4432 is in US. It has been one of the best heavy duty beginner sewing machines for some time now. It has been well received by sewers. Now Brother has ST371HD, which is also doing pretty well in the market. It is Brother's answer for Singer's 44 series of heavy duty sewing machines. Both Singer 4432 and Brother ST371HD now falls in the same category. The thing that makes this comparison interesting is that, both are great performers.

Major Feature Differences

Here we will compare all the features of Singer 4432 and Brother ST371HD side by side.

Stitch Selection

Since Singer 4432 and Brother ST371HD belong to two different manufacturers, there is bound to have some difference in features. Apart from the color and graphics, the first difference you will notice is that the Brother machine has a slightly different set up for stitch selection. The dial for stitch selection is on the side of the machine rather than on the front, which we are used to on mechanical sewing machines. You can't clearly say that this is a convenience or inconvenience. It is purely subjective.

Built-in Stitches

This is one area where you will notice a striking difference between these two machines. The Brother ST371HD has a slight upper hand as it comes with 37 built-in stitches. Singer 4432 comes with 5 less built-in stitches, which means it has 32 built-in stitches. 

Built-in Motor

There is a huge difference in motor speed. The Singer machine can sew fast at the rate of 1,100 stitches/min. Brother ST371HD on the other hand can only sew 800 stitches/min. In fact, the extra high sewing speed of 4432 has been one of its USP. The speed is definitely in the range of sergers, so it is quite fast.

Presser Foot Pressure

Singer 4432 has adjustable presser foot pressure. In my opinion, this adds a lot of flexibility as you can fine tune the pressure exerted by the presser foot especially while working on extremely thin or thick fabrics. Unfortunately Brother ST371HD does not have an option to adjust presser foot pressure, it is preset instead. Beginners may not require this feature, which is the reason why most beginner machines come with preset presser foot pressure. But professionals would always love to manually adjust the presser foot pressure.

Stitch Width

The maximum stitch width available on Brother ST371HD is 7mm, whereas on Singer 4432 is 6mm. So you can say that the Brother machine has more flexibility in that regard.

Sewing Machine Weight

There isn't a huge difference in weights. Singer 4432 weighs approximately 15lbs and Brother ST371HD weighs 14.3lbs.

Editor comment

The difference between Singer 4432 and Brother ST371HD are not huge. Ease of use and performance wise, there isn't a clear winner to pick. Both are very close in most areas. Both machines are good on denim and lightweight fabrics. Both are affordable as well. So the decision making comes down to personal preferences.

Side by side comparison

FeatureSinger 4432Brother ST371HD
TypeMechanical Heavy DutyMechanical
Built-in Stitches3237
Automatic Needle ThreaderYesYes
Buttonhole Styles1 one-step1 one-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYesYes
Stitch SelectionDialDial On Side
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYesYes
Stitch Width6mm7mm
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureYesNo (Preset Only)
Drop FeedYesYes
Free ArmYesYes
Motor Speed1,100 stitches/min800 stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYesYes
Work LightYes LEDYes LED
Included FeetAll-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing FootButtonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Spring action zigzag foot, Zipper foot, Non stick foot, Blind stitch foot
Machine Weight14.6 lbs14.3 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited25 Year Limited
Snap-on Presser FootYesYes

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

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