Strong and Tough
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The Brother ST371HD is a Full-Size machine, built with easy to use Mechanical features. The Brother ST371HD has a total of 37 different types of stitches, including 1 buttonhole stitch.
The Brother ST371HD Strong and Tough is designed to be a heavy-duty model that will allow home sewers to sew through tougher fabrics such as denim, with greater ease than other models. Overall, this machine has relatively straight-forward features, but the focus on it being designed for tougher fabrics may make it more hard-wearing for those who sew more often.
Is the Brother ST371HD right for my skill level?
We class the Brother ST371HD Strong and Tough as “Beginner“, meaning that this machine has features that are suitable for a sewer working at a Beginner skill level. In general, machines that are classed as "Beginner" tend to have all of the features that we think a beginner will need to be able to learn how to sew. Beginner machines may also have some features that need to be manually adjusted, so that new sewers can learn how the machine works and learn how to handle their machine on different fabrics.
What size is the Brother ST371HD Strong and Tough?
We class the Brother ST371HD as a Full-Size machine. Standard or full-size machines are the most versatile machine size as they work for a range of sewing applications. Full-size machines are usually wider than compact machines and this gives you slightly more space to manoeuvre the fabric around the needle area.
The width / length / height dimensions of the Brother ST371HD are 48.9cm x 20cm x 31cm. Or in inches 16.1” x 7.87” x 12.2“.
The Brother ST371HD weighs approximately 6.5kg or 14.3lb.
What are the basic sewing features on the Brother ST371HD?
The Brother ST371HD has basic features such as a Free Arm with Removable Cover, Standard Foot Pedal and LED lighting provides illumination of the area around the needle. Reverse stitches, used for securing the thread in the fabric at the beginning and end of a stitching line, are created with a Reverse Lever.
What about threading and setting up the bobbin for the Brother ST371HD?
When setting up and threading the sewing machine, the Brother ST371HD has a Drop-in bobbin for quick rethreading of your machine. This machine uses bobbin class 15.
There are also Thread Guides on this model and the needle threading is Automatic / Assisted. Threading guides such as small arrows or numbers marked on the machine make it easier to see how to thread the upper thread, which is especially helpful for beginners. Sewers who struggle to see how to thread the needle may also benefit from the automatic needle threader on this model, which is a small inbuilt device that swings around and helps you to hook the thread through the eye of the needle.
What presser feet are compatible with the Brother ST371HD Strong and Tough?
We believe the Brother ST371HD is compatible with presser feet that are Press On / Low Shank. If you already have presser feet that are compatible with this type of shank from a previous sewing machine, then in many cases you will be able to use the same presser feet on this model as well.
To be sure that presser feet can be used on different machines, or when buying new presser feet and other parts and accessories, you should always check that the parts are compatible with your specific machine number. So for this machine you will need parts and accessories compatible with make and model Brother ST371HD.
What are the basic stitch types for the Brother ST371HD Strong and Tough?
Stitch types on the Brother ST371HD include: Straight Stitch, Buttonhole, Decorative, Zigzag. The buttonhole process is a 1 Step Buttonhole. 1 step buttonholes are automated and easy to use for beginners. There are 1 buttonhole stitches.
Can I adjust the stitch width and length on the Brother ST371HD?
On the Brother ST371HD, the maximum stitch length is 5mm, and the maximum stitch width is 7mm. The stitch length on this model is adjusted with an Adjustable / Manual Control. When a machine has adjustable stitch length you can manually adjust the length of the stitches to create different effects and alter the appearance of the inbuilt stitches. The stitch width on this machine is adjusted with an Adjustable / Manual Control. Adjustable stitch width allows you to manually widen your stitches, which can be particularly helpful for customising zigzag stitches.
What fabrics can I sew with the Brother ST371HD?
The Brother ST371HD is listed as being Suitable for a range of different fabric weights, from silk to denim. On many machines, these results will only be achieved with the correct needle and thread combination, so specialty needles and threads may need to be purchased separately and may not be supplied with your machine. You should consult the manual for your machine to ensure that the machine is set up correctly when sewing different fabrics, and always sew test samples to get the best possible stitch quality and to achieve perfectly balanced tension.
Can I adjust the thread tension and the presser foot pressure on the Brother ST371HD?
To help you achieve the best possible stitch quality across different fabrics the Brother ST371HD adjusts the tension of the upper thread using an Adjustable / Manual Control. Adjustable upper thread tension gives you complete control over the tension of the upper thread and this tension can be manually adjusted to balance the tension of your stitches. This model appears to have no special features for presser foot adjustment, so if this feature is important to you, you may like to consider machines with manual / adjustable presser foot pressure.
Does the Brother ST371HD have any automated features?
This model has no special automated controls. For example, this model does not have automated controls for the needle stop position, automated back tacks or automated thread trimming. If automated controls are important to you then you might like to consider a machine classed as Competent, Advanced or Professional.
What is the voltage of the Brother ST371HD?
With a voltage of 110v we believe this machine is suitable to use in the USA, but it is always best to consult the information provided by the manufacturer (Brother) or consult a sewing machine distributor prior to purchase to ensure that the machine will work in your region if you are unsure. Most manufacturers do not recommend using adaptors to convert the voltage of your machine for safety reasons.
Where can I get a copy of the manual for the Brother ST371HD?
Whether you are having trouble threading your machine, can’t work out how to change the stitch settings or just want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your sewing machine it is always best to have a copy of the manual on hand.
View the Brother ST371HD Strong and Tough User Manual
|Machine Name||Strong and Tough|
|Machine Type||Mechanical||Mechanical machines have basic straight-forward functionality perfect for beginners|
|Machine Size||Full Size||Standard or full-size machines are the most versatile and work for a range of sewing applications|
|Machine Weight lb||14.3|
|Machine Region||USA||This model is usually available for use in the USA|
|Machine Voltage||110v||Standard voltage for use in the USA|
|Hook Movement||Vertical||Machines with a drop-in bobbin will often have a hook around a vertical axis|
|Basic Sewing and Fabric Range:|
|Number of Stitches||37|
|Fabric Range||A Range of Fabric Weights||Suitable for a range of different fabric weights, from silk to denim|
|Foot Pedal||Standard Foot Pedal||Foot pedals are the standard method for sewing and controlling your speed|
|Speed Control||No Special Speed Controls||No special controls to limit the maximum speed|
|Start Stop Button||No Start / Stop Button||Machines without a stop / start button may be controlled by foot pedal only|
|Reverse Stitch Control||Reverse Lever||Reverse sewing lever to manually back tack stitches and secure the thread|
|Free Arm||Free Arm with Removable Cover||Free arm cover is removable, allowing helpful access to the free arm for sewing hems and cuffs|
|Inbuilt Light||LED Lighting||LED lighting provides illumination of the area around the needle|
|Threading & Presser Foot Compatibility:|
|Threading Guides||Thread Guides||Thread guides such as arrows or numbers make threading easier for beginners|
|Bobbin Loading||Drop-in Bobbin||Drop-in bobbin for quick rethreading of your machine|
|Presser Foot Shank Type||Press On / Low Shank||Presser feet clip onto a low shank making presser feet easy to change|
|Machine Set-up & Adjustments:|
|Upper Thread Tension||Adjustable / Manual Control||Adjustable thread tension gives you complete control over tension of upper thread|
|Presser Foot Tension||No Special Control||This model appears to have no special features for presser foot adjustment|
|Feed Dog Control||Drop Feed for Free Motion||Dropping the feed dog is used for specialty sewing such as free motion|
|Stitch Settings & Adjustments:|
|Number of Stitches||37|
|Number of Needle Positions||1|
|Stitch Length Control||Adjustable / Manual Control||Adjustable stitch length allows you to manually lengthen stitches|
|Stitch Width Control||Adjustable / Manual Control||Adjustable stitch width allows you to manually increase stitch width|
|Stitch Length Maximum (mm)||5|
|Stitch Width Maximum (mm)||7|
|Number of Buttonhole Stitches||1|
|Buttonhole Stitches||1 Step Buttonhole||1 step buttonholes are automated and easy to use for beginners|
|Stitch Types||Straight Stitch, Buttonhole, Decorative, Zigzag||