Brother XR3140 Review In Detail

Brother XR3140 Review In Detail

As far as features and stitch quality are concerned, Brother XR3140 ticks almost all check boxes. Presser foot pressure adjustment option is not there though.

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XR3140 is an intermediate computerized sewing machine recently launched by Brother. The machine has 140 built-in stitches including 8 one-step buttonholes. There is a built-in font with 55 alphanumeric stitches for basic monogramming. The machine is equipped with an automatic needle threader which threads the needle for you. The LCD display is of decent size. The white on black display really stands out. You can view all the stitch settings without any trouble. Stitch width and length are set automatically, however you can override them if you want. The maximum stitch width is 7mm and stitch length is 5mm.

Stitches are selected by pressing the buttons. Sewing speed can be controlled without the foot pedal, thanks to the speed control slider and sewing start/stop button. The work area is illuminated by an LED bulb. The 7-point feed system ensures consistent fabric feeding. The top drop-in bobbin is very easy to use. The clear bobbin cover lets you keep an eye on the thread supply as well. The programmable needle up/down key is vital for quilters. The included extra wide table enables you to work on large projects with ease.

The motor can deliver 850 stitches/min. The machine has an option to drop feed dogs, so that you can do some free-motion quilting. There is a small storage compartment for storing your accessories. Once you remove the storage compartment, you can access free arm for sewing circular areas. Brother XR3140 comes with a standard 25 year limited warranty. The machine is definitely a light one, weighing just 11.02 lbs. So you can easily carry it to your sewing class, if you want to. The stitch chart is printed right on the machine for easy reference.

Ease of Use

The overall build quality is very good. It is an easy to use sewing machine. Threading is very easy (the included DVD is very helpful). The stitch quality is very good across a variety of fabrics (something that you expect from a machine placed above Brother HC1850, which on its own has excellent stitch quality. HC1850 comes with 130 built-in stitches, whereas XR3140 has 140).  Brother XR3140 sews through multiple layers of denim with ease. The variety of stitches are quite good, you can choose from a total of 140 built-in stitches.

Drawbacks

An option to manually adjust presser foot pressure would have been icing on the cake.

Review Verdict

As far as features and stitch quality are concerned, Brother XR3140 ticks almost all check boxes. So it would be a good choice for those looking for a quality sewing machine with excellent features.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeComputerized
Built-in Stitches140
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYes
Speed Control SliderYes
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles8 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
Stitch SelectionLCD and Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Stitch Width7mm
Stitch Length5mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes, 1
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureNo
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
Motor Power850 Stitches/min
On Board StorageYes
Work LightYes, 1 LED
Feed Dog7
Included FeetButtonhole Foot, Overcasting Foot, Monogramming Foot, Zipper Foot, Zigzag Foot, Blind Stitch Foot, Button Fitting Foot, 1/4" Piecing Foot, Spring Action Quilting Foot
Machine Weight11.02 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Work Space5.75" x 3.90"
Independent Bobbin Winding MotorYes
Extension TableYes

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