Chances are you’ve seen this super cheap sewing and quilting machine and are tempted to buy it.
Or you’re just looking for an affordable sewing machine for basic sewing but you don’t want to be limited by its features.
If any of it is true, then Brother XR3340 might be the right choice for you. In this article, I’m going to review the sewing machine and share my experience with it.
I don’t own it at the moment, but I’ve used it several times and tested just for a review
Now, let’s get to the review.
Brother XR3340 Features Review
This sewing machine is designed with the beginners in mind yet id doesn’t lack any feature for an advanced sewer. Any project would be a breeze with this model.
This machine has 140 stitches, including 8 styles of 1-step buttonholes.
It also comes with 55 alphanumeric stitches for basic monogramming, which they have at the very top for your reference.
There you can also see a list of satin stitches.
The threading, which is a scary part for a lot you, is simplified in an amazing way with this machine.
The machine also features an LCD screen, which has that black and white contrast, which makes it so much easier to see. It indicates the current stitching pattern you’re using at the moment. Double zeros by default. The “J” letter you may see after turning the sewing machine for the first time indicates the presser foot that this machine suggests that you should use
The numbers on the right show you the width and the height of the stitches for your projects. You can easily set them up with the buttons.
When you change the number of the stitch pattern, the screen shows you the foot that is proper for that stitch.
There are also controls for tension and speed. So obviously, if you’re a beginner, you want to start on the slowest speed until you have gained the confidence to move on to the faster speeds.
I don’t want to take a lot of your time reviewing the basic features in details, so here’s the list:
- This model comes with a complete list of accessories that every sewer would need including 10 quick-changing sewing and quilting feet.
- Brother XR3340 features an advanced easy threading system and an automatic needle threader.
- The LCD screen you’ve just seen
- Convenient speed and tension controls (see above)
- What I really like is the LED-lit work area. It’s especially useful when sewing the fabric of dark colors and working with small details.
- Included 15″ long by 9.75″ wide table which is helpful you with larger projects
The rest you can see here.
My personal experience with Brother Sewing Machine XR3340
Overall I’d say it’s a pretty good sewing machine.
It’s perfect for basic everyday sewing. You can easily do some home decor like pillows, curtains or blankets. Or work with knit shirts, skirts, a costume for school, etc. It’s a great choice if you need to quilt small or medium-sized quilts.
When you try working with it for the first time you are surprised how solid it feels. I think it could easily handle different types of heavier and thicker fabric. In fact, if you read some of the reviews on Amazon, you’ll see I’m right. But I wouldn’t recommend it for leather or upholstery. If you need to work with thicker materials, check out my guide on the best heavy duty sewing machines.
The bobbin set up is very easy too. You don’t need to pull up the bobbin thread to wind the bobbin.
It’s lightweight which makes it easily portable.
Some of the useful features include automatic needle threader and speed regulator. I also liked the larger extension table. It may come very useful for larger quilts.
If you’re interested in an affordable new workhorse sewing machine, Brother XR3340 would serve you well for a long time.
The only concern I had was that the display could be brighter. Then I realized that the display was covered by a protective layer of cling film as part of the packaging. Once I peeled that off, the display was fine.
How do I use the Brother sewing machine XR3340?
- Hold the thread from the spool with both hands and pass the thread under the thread guide
- Then pass the thread under the thread guide cover from the back to the front.
- Hold the thread with your right hand and use your left hand to feed it along the groove guide following the numbers.
- Make sure you feed the thread through the thread take up lever from right to left.
- Hold the thread in your left hand and feed it through the needle holder thread guide with your right hand.
- Lower the presser foot. While slightly lowering the needle threader lever, hook the thread onto the guide
- Fully lower the needle threader lever. The hook passes through the eye of the needle. Catch the thread onto the hook.
- Bring the needle threader lever slowly back in place and the hook will pull the thread through the eye of the needle.
- Draw the end of the thread from the needle’s eye under the presser foot and pull about 2 inches of thread toward the rear of the machine.
Now the upper threading is complete! You’re ready to use the sewing machine.