Singer SE340 Review In Detail

Singer SE340 Review In Detail

Singer SE340 will be a good option for those who are looking for a quality sewing and embroidery combo machine. You will love the stitch quality on this.

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Singer SE340 is very similar to the Singer SE300. SE340 was released in the later part of 2015 and it received quite a good response. Given the fact that both SE300 and SE340 has identical features, the question is, what makes the later much more interesting? The answer lies in the accessories that you get with Singer SE340. With SE340 you will get an embroidery digitizing software which allows you to create your own designs.

Singer SE340 is an advanced sewing and embroidery combo machine. In terms of looks, it is just plain awesome. Definitely it is one of the most beautiful sewing machines we have ever come across. As far as sewing stitches are concerned, it comes with 250 built-in sewing stitches. The stitches include 10 One Touch Basic Stitches, 8 Basic Stitches, 7 Stretch Stitches, 118 Decorative Stitches, 14 Fully-Automatic Buttonholes, 18 Satin Stitches, 23 Elongation Stitches, 22 Quilting Stitches and 30 Heirloom Stitches.

The biggest advantage of SE340 is the large embroidery area on offer. You can easily accommodate large projects, thanks to the 10.25" x 6" embroidery area. In addition to 10.25" x 6" hoop, the machine also comes with a smaller 4" x 4" hoop. The thread tension is automatic for optimum results. The automatic needle threader is another time saver. There is an automatic thread cutter as well (cuts the top and bobbin thread with the touch of a button).

The start/stop button and slow and fast sewing speed buttons helps you to sew without using the foot pedal. The slow speed is really slow, trust me. This will be handy for inexperienced sewers. Singer SE340 can sew at a maximum speed of 800 stitches/min and embroider at a maximum speed of 700 stitches/min.  The embroider speed of 700 stitches/min is really fast and we are very much impressed with it.

The work area of Singer SE340 is well lit, thanks to 3 LED bulbs. The LCD touch screen is where you will adjust the sewing and embroidery settings. SE340 comes with 200 embroidery designs plus 6 alphabet options. Out of 200 designs, only 69 embroidery designs come built-in the machine. The remaining 131 designs come in the USB stick that is included in the box.

Select stitches on Singer SE340 can be mirror imaged. Stitches can also be made 3 times longer. The locking stitch button lets you secure the stitches. The programmable needle up/down feature literally works like an extra hand while quilting. The machine comes with an easy to load top drop-in bobbin. SE340 has a thread break sensor which sounds an error alarm when thread breaks or runs out. The machine has an independent bobbin winding system as well.

Singer SE340 has 29 needle positions and twin needle control. For free-motion quilting, drop feed is also available. The extra high presser foot lifter allows extra clearance for bulky fabrics. The Presser foot sensor ensures the presser foot is in the proper position. The built-in carry handle makes it portable. The machine is slightly on the heavier side, weighing around 18.6 lbs. The machine can be mounted into a sewing cabinet.

As we have said earlier, the best thing about Singer SE340 is the software package that comes with it. You can get live software updates along with advanced editing softwares like AutoPunch, HyperFont and editing modules. The machine also comes with 10 snap-on presser feet.

Ease of Use

One touch buttons for commonly used stitches is a nice addition from Singer. You don't need to enter the stitch number every time you need to use them. The stitch quality on SE340 is very good, especially the embroidery designs. Selecting designs that come on USB stick is very easy. Most of us are used to USB sticks on computers, it is not much different here as well. The LCD touch screen is responsive and easy to read.

We are really impressed with the quality of designs (especially the detailing). The machine is very quiet while operating. The build quality of Singer SE340 is quite good. There is no overdose of plastic. The fact that the machine is heavy means that there is more metal inside (which is a good thing).

Pros

•    Quality stitches
•    Quiet operation
•    Variety of features
•    Large embroidery area
•    Advanced editing options

Review Verdict

As far as stitch quality and features are considered, Singer SE340 is a good option.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeSewing and Embroidery Combo
Max Embroidery Area10.25" X 6"
Built-in Stitches250 Sewing
Embroidery HoopTwo, 10.25" X 6" and 4"x4"
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYes
Embroidery Speed700 Stitches/min
Speed Control SliderNo, Instead there are buttons for fast and slow sewing
Built-in Embroidery Designs69+131 On USB Stick = 200
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles14 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityYes
Stitch SelectionTouch Screen
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Drop FeedYes
Motor Speed800 Sewing stitches/min
Work LightYes, 3 LEDs
Included FeetAll-Purpose Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Overcasting Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot with Underplate, Straight Stitch Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Open Toe Foot, Embroidery Foot, Parallel Sewing Foot
Machine Weight18.6 lbs
Needle Positions29
Extra High Presser Foot LifterYes
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
Automatic Thread CutterYes
Work Space200mm
Dedicated Locking Stitch ButtonYes
TensionAutomatic Tension