Brother ST371HD Review In Detail

Brother ST371HD Review In Detail

Brother ST371HD is a quality mechanical sewing machine. Its ability to go through multiple layers of fabric is commendable. It is also very easy to use. It is a very promising machine to say the least.

Editor rating

ST371HD is Brother's attempt to capture the strong and tough sewing machines market. 'ST' in model number stands for 'Strong and Tough'. Until the arrival of this machine, Brother didn't have an entry level strong and tough mechanical sewing machine in its product catalog. Even though Brother has few mechanical sewing machines in the same segment, ST371HD is different in the sense that it is specifically aimed at those who regularly sew multiple layers of thick fabrics like denim.

Brother ST371HD has 37 built-in stitches including a 1-step buttonhole. The design of this machine is very different from other mechanical sewing machines. The most apparent difference is in the position of the stitch selection dial, which is located on the side of the machine. The stitch chart is displayed on the front and the stitch number is displayed on a small counter like display which is not an LCD display that we are used to. The maximum stitch width available on this machine is 7mm and stitch length is 4mm. The stitch settings are adjustable with the help of dials located on top.

The automatic needle threader is handy while threading. The top drop-in bobbin with clear cover lets you keep an eye on the bobbin thread supply. Brother ST371HD is designed to sew heavyweight fabrics like denim, canvas and leather. The motor is powerful and can deliver 800 stitches/minute.

You can drop the feed dogs for free-motion sewing. The machine can be converted to free arm to sew cuffs and sleeves. ST371HD weighs 14.3 lbs, which means it is very portable. There is a built-in carry handle as well. An LED bulb is provided as work light. There is a built-in accessory storage compartment as well. The accessories include 6 sewing feet, including a spring action zigzag foot, nonstick, blind stitch, zipper, buttonhole, and button sewing feet. You will also get heavy duty needles. The machine has 25 year limited warranty.

Ease of Use

Brother ST371HD is a very simple machine. It is not intimidating at all. Beginners can easily figure out the threading system. Similar to all Brother machines, this too is easy to thread. Since ST371HD comes with a 'Strong and Tough' tag, the first thing you should perform is a denim test. When tested with multiple layers of thick denim, the stitch quality was very impressive. Stitch quality with silk was also quite good. Stitches are nice and consistent. It can easily go through multiple layers as advertised.


We are living in an era where the use of plastic is absolutely unavoidable. Same is the case with heavy duty sewing machines of today. It is difficult to get those 100% heavy duty sewing machines like the ones that you used to get in early 1900's. Brother ST371HD also comes with some unavoidable plastic parts but all interior parts are made of heavy duty materials.

The work light could be brighter. 


  • Feature packed
  • Very good stitch quality
  • Good with denim
  • User friendly
  • Affordable


  • Not 100% heavy duty 

​Editor Comments

I am very much impressed with Brother ST371HD in terms of quality and features. This is a machine that you can trust with heavy fabrics. It definitely lives up to the expectations. 


Built-in Stitches37
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonNo
Speed Control SliderNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles1 one-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityNo
Stitch SelectionDial On Side
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Built-in MemoryNo
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length4mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownNo
Built-in Monogramming FontNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo (Preset Only)
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
Motor Speed800 stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes LED
Feed Dog6
Included FeetButtonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Spring action zigzag foot, Zipper foot, Non stick foot, Blind stitch foot
Machine Weight14.3 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
Automatic Thread CutterNo
On-screen Help TutorialsNo
TensionAdjustable With Dial
Included Wide Extension TableNo
Knee LifterNo
CoverSoft Cover

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