Brother ST371HD Review: Durability at a Low Cost (+Pros&Cons)

This machine just looks cool with its rugged carbon panels and dark charcoal accents. So if you are tired of all these flowers and butterflies, let’s see what else this “Strong and Tough” model has to offer. 

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Brother ST371HD review 

First of all, you’ll notice how easy it is to set up right out of the box. Bobbins are easy to wind too. It also has the self threader (Yay to that!).

This machine delivers solid and straightforward sewing with plenty of features to satisfy quite a wide range of demands. This machine is perfect for those who prefer the simplicity of mechanical operation over computerized.

And although it’s not as powerful and sophisticated as an industrial model, the Strong & Tough beefs up many parts of the machine for added durability and increased sewing strength. It’s capable of getting through 5 layers of canvas with no problems.

Of course, you might slow down a bit, but with the right settings, needles, and threads, it’s an easy task to accomplish for this machine. 

Another great thing to mention while wrapping it up – It’s heavy enough to be stable but not so heavy to move it around if needed. 

Main features

  • 37 unique built-in stitches, one 1-step buttonhole
  • Easy needle threading
  • 6 sewing feet: buttonhole, blind hem, nonstick, spring action zigzag, zipper, button sewing.
  • Free arm for sewing cuffs and sleeves
  • Quick-set drop-in top bobbin system
  • Drop feed for sewing flexibility

Brother ST371HD. SYS rating, pros, and cons

Brother ST371HD manual 

You can download the full manual here.


Brother ST371HD video guidelines

Brother ST371HD. FAQ and Troubleshooting

Brother ST371HD and sewing through leather and jeans

This machine sews through the thicknesses easily. Doesn’t skip a stitch or stop, unable to get over the thick seams. Just follow the manual to get all the settings right.

How to thread a Brother ST371HD?

You might find this video useful if you are looking for a detailed answer to this question.

Brother ST371HD accessories

ST371HD comes complete with 6 sewing feet, including zipper, buttonhole, zigzag, nonstick, blind stitch, and button sewing feet. It also includes twin needle, 3-piece needle set, 4 bobbins, 6 feet, 2 spool caps, extra spool pin, screwdriver, 4 bobbins, dust cover, foot controller, power cord, instructional DVD and manuals.

So it can be up and sewing right away. Don’t forget to get the threads, though. This machine uses a 40-80 weight thread.

Brother ST371HD case

This machine doesn’t come with a carry case. But is compatible with ST371HD.

Brother ST371HD bobbin size

The ST371HD, as it’s common for Brother sewing machines, uses bobbins.

Is Brother ST371HD really a good one? Our verdict 

This unit is very simple to use even for someone who is not great at sewing. Instructions are very easy to understand. Plus it does a great job with multiple stacks of fabric. You’ll be able to easily sew through multiple layers of denim if that’s something you are looking for. All in all, it’s an excellent choice for beginners and much less costly than other heavy-duty machines.

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