Brother LX3817 Review: Brother has so many sewing machines in the entry-level category and the Brother LX3817 sewing machine is one of them. This sewing machine is ideal for beginners and moderately experienced sewers.
The Brother LX3817 comes with 17 built-in stitches including straight, zigzag, decorative, blind hem, 4-step buttonhole stitch, etc. The top insert spool is a beginner-friendly feature and also with a transparent cover for monitoring the thread supply.
The stitch selector dial has all the pattern numbers. The easy-access free arm is there for sewing cuffs and sleeves. The automatic bobbin winder makes life much easier. The reverse lever is a decent size and easy to engage.
The maximum sewing speed available on the Brother LX3817 is 850 stitches/minute, which keeps it on par with some of the more popular computerized sewing machines in terms of sewing speed.
The LX3817 is a very light sewing machine, which makes it an ideal companion for sewing classes. It weighs only 10.36 pounds. The LED work light is very useful for sewing in the dark and is bright enough.
There are two manual thread cutters available on the machine, one near the bobbin area and the other is the side thread cutter.
Who should buy this Brother LX3817
If you’re new to sewing, buying a reliable and easy-to-use beginner’s sewing machine will help make your learning experience fun rather than fraught with problems. You want to spend time creating masterpieces instead of fiddling with your sewing machine, wondering if it is you or the sewing machine that is causing the mistakes.
When deciding on a sewing machine, first honestly assess what your goals are. Do you want to make basic arrangements and alterations? What about creating gorgeous quilts? Do you want to embroider? Do you need more than 100 stitch options for your projects?
If you only need a basic machine and are on a budget, choose a good quality, reliable machine, like the Brother LX3817, without all the conveniences. If you are thinking that you want to expand your sewing skills over time and create fashions worthy of Project Runway, you may want to consider a machine with more features.
However, as a beginner, there is no reason to feel compelled to buy a fancy, expensive machine with more features than you will ever use. Let’s see the detailed Brother LX3817 review below.
Why Brother LX3817? What Should I Look After When Buying?
If you decided to buy this machine, this is what you should take care of before making your purchase! As we mentioned earlier, this is a full-size sewing machine that will allow you to explore different creative possibilities. It comes with an instructional CD for easy installation.
So if you are a beginner, don’t worry because you will learn to use your new toy in a few minutes. Plus, you get 17 built-in sewing stitches, including a zigzag, training, a blind hem, and a four-step auto-size buttonhole. Selecting a stitch has never been easier.
The upper tension control dial offers easy adjustment of the thread tension. You can set the thread tension according to your project and fabric. This helps you avoid stitches that are too tight, too loose, and gathered. It also comes with a soft protective cover for machine dust.
Compact, portable, and lightweight. It seems that the lx3817 is the ideal machine for both beginners and advanced users. However, before you buy it, ask these few questions.
- If your machine breaks, who can repair it, and for how much?
- Are your sewing machine parts expensive? Where I can find them?
- Does the machine come with a warranty? What kind of guarantee?
- Can you upgrade the sewing machine you want to buy? Do you want to update?
- What do previous users have to say about this machine(see customer reviews)?
Many Stitching Styles
You can choose a sewing style from 17 different sewing stitches. That means these variations cover all the basic crucial sewing styles. So you have nothing to worry about before starting a new sewing project. Take a look at the 17 points below.
To start with, you will get 6 straight stitches. These stitches are available in 5 sizes. In the center needle position, you can adjust the length from 1.6mm to 4mm. There is also a needle position on the left with 2.6mm.
There are 3 zigzag stitches. You can select the zigzag stitches by setting the length from 0.7mm to 2mm, with a width ranging from 1.8 to 5mm. Also, there are 3 types of satin stitches.
There are 6 more varieties as Stretch Blind Hem Stitch, Blind Hem Stitch, Double Action Stitch, Bridge Stitch, Over Edge Stitch. You will get one of all these points. In addition, there is automatic four-step sewing for buttonholes.
We all know the important role that a presser foot plays in terms of sewing. This Brother sewing machine model has a unit of 4 types of presser feet. The foot pressure unit includes-
- Zigzag foot
- Zipper foot
- Buttonhole foot
- & Button sewing foot.
When planning a simple embroidery project, the Zigzag foot will come in handy. To sew a button without using your hand, you can always use the Buttonhole and Buttonhole foot. You can also use a zipper foot to put a zipper on garments or any DIY product.
To complete the projects correctly, you will need to change the presser foot. We often visit stores to pick them up. This machine comes with 4 different types of presser feet, saving you from the hassle of having to navigate the shops. With the 4 presser feet, you can sew desirable basic stitches.
Ease of Use
Setting up the machine is a breeze and the same goes for threading (I’ll re-threading in the downsides section). In the box, you will get an instructional CD, but I think using a CD is kind of outdated. You can get all the information and support videos on the Brother website.
The variety of stitches on offer is quite good. Basically, you would get just about every type of stitch that you normally expect from an entry-level sewing machine.
Brother LX3817 can sew denim without much difficulty, one thing is that you need to use the correct needle (a couple of layers will not be a problem at all). The quality of the stitch on a variety of fabrics is quite good.
The length and width of the stitch are predetermined, so they do not need to be adjusted each time. The machine is silent and very stable.
Can i sew buttonholes
Yes, This machine comes with a buttonhole foot. You will have a buttonhole stitch on the sewing machine, and the buttonhole is created manually in four steps using the buttonhole foot. Manual buttonhole insertion means that you will follow steps a-d on the stitch dial to make your buttonhole. You may also need to use the buttonhole fine adjustment screw. Then you will attach the button foot and zigzag stitch to the button itself.
If you are planning to do a lot of garments or other button projects, you’d better spend a little more money and get a one-step automatic buttonhole sewing machine. Personally, I LOVE this feature on my machine. Makes perfectly sized buttonholes every time, and I don’t have to do a lot of anything!
Can the Brother LX3817 sew with the free arm?
Yes, the Brother LX3817 front accessory bin can be removed, allowing the machine to sew with its free arm. Free-arm sewing is great because it allows you to wrap the fabric around the base of the sewing machine.
This makes it much easier to fold the pants, finish the sleeve edges, insert the sleeves, and sew the children’s clothing.
There is no automatic needle threader for threading the eye of the needle. So you will have to do it manually, which may not be ideal for older people with poor eyesight.
I know it’s asking too much, but a 1-step buttonhole instead of a 4-step buttonhole would have made this a perfect machine for me.
What is the difference between the Brother LX3817 VS LX3817A?
In terms of features, Brother LX3817 and Brother LX3817A are exactly the same. The difference between the Brother LX3817 sewing machine and the Brother LX3817A sewing machine is color. The Brother LX3817 is white with a blue cashmere design.
The Brother LX3817A is an aquamarine with a gray heart print. Apart from the color, there are no differences between these machines. So choose the color that you like the most (or the cheapest one! 😉).
- Good variety of stitches
- Value for money
- No automatic needle threader
End of the brother LX3817 review, For the price of this sewing machine, it’s hard to go wrong buying it and it will even make a nice gift for anyone starting to sew. As Brother makes good quality sewing machines, and the LX3817 comes recommended by many seamstresses, we think it would make a good addition or gift to any sewing room.
So if someone wants to spark their creative sewing skills, then this is a good machine to start with. Also, you may want to try it out first, and check the different prices on the internet before buying. Wishing you all the best in your sewing projects – Happy Sewing
Brother LX3817 Specifications Review
|Sewing Start/Stop Button||No|
|Speed Control Slider||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||No|
|Buttonhole Styles||One 4-step|
|Top Drop-in Bobbin||Yes|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||No|
|Built-in Monogramming Font||No|
|Motor Speed||850 Stitches/min|
|On Board Accessory Storage||Yes|
|Work Light||Yes, LED|
|Included Feet||Buttonhole Foot, Zipper Foot, Zigzag Foot, Button Sewing Foot|
|Machine Weight||10.36 lbs|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited|
|Twin Needle Capability||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button (Apart from reverse button)||No|
|Tension||Adjustable by dial|
|Included Wide Extension Table||No|