Spiegel SP3201 Review In Detail

Spiegel SP3201 Review In Detail

Spiegel SP3201 is one of a kind machine that covers almost all the basic requirements of a complete beginner. It has a good variety of features and excellent stitch quality to go with it.

Editor rating


One thing about entry level sewing machines is that, most of them tend to skip one or two key user-friendly features for cost cutting. It is difficult to find an entry level sewing machine that has all the basic user-friendly features that a beginner normally want. This is where Spiegel SP3201 comes to the rescue. SP3201 comes with 32 built-in stitches. It also includes a one-step buttonhole which lets you finish the buttonhole in a single step (point to note is that, most machines in the segment come with a four-step one which is not very user friendly in my opinion). It has an automatic needle threader to thread the needle eye. It has a top drop-in bobbin with a clear cover on it. So bobbin changing is effortless and you can also keep an eye on the bobbin thread supply, thanks to the clear cover.

On Spiegel SP3201 you can easily adjust thread tension, stitch width and stitch length (dials are provided on the top for adjustment). Stitch patterns can be selected by turning the stitch selector dial on the side of the machine. The accessory storage compartment is removable and on removing it, you can do free-arm sewing. For free-motion sewing, you can drop the feed dogs by moving the drop feed control. The work light is bright and you can easily sew in the dark.

Another great feature of Spiegel SP3201 is that you can adjust the presser foot pressure. In most cases, beginners may not have to adjust the presser foot pressure as the pressure is pre-set, but experienced sewers will always love that extra option for fine tuning.

The reverse sewing lever is of decent size and to sew in reverse, you need to hold down the lever (it will sew forward once you release it). Spiegel SP3201 weighs 15.76 lbs which is slightly on the heavier side, when you compare it with other machines in the same segment. Actually the heaviness is not a bad thing, it tells you something about the build quality of the machine. SP3201 also comes with a soft cover to keep the dust away.

Ease of Use

Spiegel SP3201 is easy to use. There is nothing complex about this machine. Even a complete beginner can figure out things rather quickly. The machine is sturdy and we have already talked about the weight. The choice of stitches are quite good and there are some good looking decorative stitches.

Spiegel SP3201’s stitch quality is excellent and the quality is consistent over different types of fabrics. While sewing heavyweight fabrics, make sure that you use the right needle (this is very important to get the best results). The machine has enough power to go through multiple layers of denim. It is a quiet machine as well.

Drawbacks

It is not a drawback as such, but if you find the automatic needle threader tricky, refer the user manual and understand how to use it. Watching YouTube tutorials will also help.

Pros

  • Choice of stitches
  • Variety of user-friendly features
  • Good for both beginners and experienced
  • Good build quality
  • Good stitch quality

Cons

  • Automatic needle threader can be tricky at times

Review Verdict

Spiegel SP3201 is a versatile and well thought out sewing machine. Beginners and experienced sewers will love this sewing machine alike. They have included almost all the features that a beginner can expect from an entry level mechanical sewing machine. All in all, it offers good value for your hard earned money.

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeMechanical
Built-in Stitches32
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonNo
Speed Control SliderNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles1 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityNo
Stitch SelectionDial
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Built-in MemoryNo
Programmable Needle Up/DownNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureYes
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes
Included FeetAll purpose foot, Zipper foot, Button Hole foot, Button sewing foot.
Machine Weight15.76 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
Automatic Thread CutterNo
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button (Apart from reverse button)No
TensionAdjustable by dial
CoverSoft Cover

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