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Brother has released their new Brother ST150HDH Strong and Tough computerized sewing machine, and we’re all wondering the same thing.
How does it compare to the other heavy-duty sewing machines for home use? And with several of Brother’s other heavy-duty machines discontinued, will the ST150HDH be a suitable replacement?
I think you’ll be impressed with this new “Strong and Tough” sewing machine!
When Brother says “Strong and Tough” in their description, what they really mean is this is a heavy-duty sewing machine.
Thus, it’s set to handle pretty much any fabric you want to sew with–canvas, leather, denim, thick quilts, you name it.
However, you’re not just stuck sewing heavyweight material every day. It also sews thin, delicate fabrics like silk and chiffon and can function as an everyday sewing machine.
Not every user who sews thick materials must purchase a heavy-duty sewing machine, though. Most regular sewing machine motors can withstand sewing reasonably thick fabrics on occasion. Heavy-duty sewing machines (for home use) are for users who consistently craft with heavyweight fabrics for more extended periods.
Keep reading this Brother ST150HDH review to see if the Brother ST150HDH’s features are what you’re looking for in a new heavy-duty sewing machine!
Brother ST150HDH Review of Features
This computerized heavy-duty sewing machine boasts the following features and specifications:
|Dimensions||16.26" x 7.01" x 12.48"|
|Stitch Options||50 stitches|
|Buttonholes||5 autosized, one-step buttonhole stitches|
|Feed dog points||7|
|UL/CSA Listed Voltage||110V|
What accessory feet come with the Brother ST150HDH, and what do they do?
The following 9 sewing machine presser feet are included with the Brother ST150HDH:
- Spring action zigzag foot – a general all-purpose presser foot allowing you to sew using a straight or zigzag stitch
- Buttonhole foot – create automatically sized buttonholes in one easy step
- Button sewing foot – hold the button in place while you sew it on
- Zipper foot – easily sew zippers onto projects
- Overcasting foot – use along with overcasting stitches to finish fabric edges and create a seam
- Walking foot – evenly feed thick layers of fabric, great for quilting lots of thick layers
- 1/4″ piecing foot – create perfect 1/4″ seams when quilting
- Monogramming Foot – use with the included decorative stitches; this is not an embroidery machine, though.
- Blind stitch foot – create practically invisible blind hems
If you want more sewing feet, you can purchase Brother accessory feet that are compatible with this low-shank sewing machine.
What can you sew with the 50 stitches?
The 50 stitches included in the Brother ST150HDH sewing machine are broken down as follows:
- 2 straight stitches (needle left and center)
- 5 buttonhole stitches
- 1 stretch stitch and 1 triple stretch stitch
- 1 zigzag stitch and 1 three-point zigzag stitch
- 4 overcasting stitches
- 2 blind hem stitches
- 1 each of: applique stitch, shell tuck stitch, satin scallop stitch, and bar tack stitches
- 2 decorative quilting stitches and 1 piecing stitch
- 3 joining stitches
- 2 fagoting stitches
- 14 more decorative or heirloom stitches, 5 satin stitches, and 2 cross-stitches
Being a computerized heavy duty sewing machine, stitch selection is done using a pattern selection dial, and the stitch number is displayed on the back-lit LCD display screen. If applicable, select the desired stitch length and width using the buttons next to the screen.
Something that noncomputerized heavy-duty sewing machines can’t do is tell you which presser foot works best with your selected stitch.
On the Brother ST150HDH sewing machine, a letter corresponding to the correct presser foot is displayed once you select a stitch.
Heavy Duty vs. Industrial Sewing Machine
Now, for realistic expectations: The Brother ST150HDH sewing machine is still a home sewing machine, and it WILL NOT work as efficiently as an industrial sewing machine, nor will you be able to run a production line on it where you sew 8+ hours a day.
Industrial machines are made from almost all metal parts, will last decades, can sew super fast, and are intended for mass production or sewing super duper thick fabrics.
Perks of home heavy-duty machines, however, compared to industrial machines:
- Industrial machines are typically straight stitch only
- Home heavy-duty machines are MUCH less expensive
- Home machines weigh a fraction of the weight and take up less space (industrial machines usually come mounted in their own heavy-duty tables.)
- These require significantly less maintenance and attention (like constant oiling)
- Home machines are easier to learn to thread and use, and support is more readily available.
Other Brother ST150HDH Features
First, the ST150HDH Strong & Tough also includes a built-in free arm. If you’re regularly hemming jeans or other cylindrical items, you’ll love the ability to sew tubular items this accessory provides.
Speaking of jeans, the manual boasts that this sewing machine can sew up to six layers of denim. That’s how strong the motor is in this new Brother ST150HDH Strong & Tough sewing machine.
The 7-point feed dogs are also longer and contribute to smooth fabric feeding and accurate stitching. The center feed dog holds the thread, while the left and right feed dogs grip the fabric.
A bright LED light is included to illuminate your workspace, and once you start sewing with a light, your eyes will never want to return to stitching in a dimly lit space.
Furthermore, the Brother ST150HDH sewing machine has a unique twin-needle capability that’s super simple to set up and use.
While this heavy-duty sewing machine doesn’t come with an automatic thread cutter, you can pull the threads to the manual thread cutter on the side of the sewing machine.
How do you set up the Brother ST150HDH?
Bobbin winding is completed on the top of the sewing machine and is done slightly differently than a regular Brother sewing machine. Nonetheless, you can follow the instructions in your manual or the diag ms on the top of the sewing machine. It is easy to set up for a beginner!
The bobbin is a quick-set, top-droop bobbin, which is VERY convenient. Open the bobbin cover, drop the bobbin in from the top, thread as directed on the diagram on the machine, and that’s it!
There’s no need to pull up the bobbin thread; the machine will do that automatically once you start sewing. The bobbin cover is also clear so you can monitor your thread level. No one likes to run out of thread mid-seam!
Threading the needle is also easily accomplished by following basic instructions.
Follow the thread guides and begin threading with the presser foot up. Otherwise, you may cause yourself some tension issues.
Pulling the thread through the eye of the needle can be done by hand or with the automatic needle threading lever. The needle threader sounds impressive, but learning how to use it is not so simple. It’s also made of cheaper plastic and doesn’t match the heavy-duty features of the rest of the sewing machine.
Once things are set up, you’re ready to start sewing! If you’re new to sewing, I recommend reading your entire manual to get to know your machine better. Beginner mistakes can make sewing much more complicated and less fun. So, prevent them by learning what to do!
How do you start sewing on the ST150HDH heavy-duty sewing machine?
You’ll see three circular buttons on the front of the Brother ST150HDH sewing machine. While you can use the optional foot pedal to start sewing and control sewing speed, you can also use these buttons and a slider on the front of the machine.
The needle up/down button controls needle placement, the reverse button performs a reverse/reinforcement stitch, and the start/start button begins and ends your sewing. I’m a huge fan of versatility with how to sew. I LOVE to sit cross-legged in my sewing chair, so not having to rely on the foot pedal is a huge plus.
One cool feature of the Brother ST150HDH is it can also be programmed to automatically sew a reverse/reinforcement stitch at the beginning and end of your sewing project. While you may want to turn this feature off for some projects, I think it’s a great option on a heavy-duty sewing machine for this price.
Can you quilt with the Brother ST150HDH Strong & Tough sewing machine?
A heavy-duty sewing machine may be a great investment if you regularly make thick quilts.
I think you’ll be pleased to find the Brother ST150HDH is set apart from some of its heavy-duty competition by being so quilter-friendly.
First, it includes two quilting-friendly presser feet: the walking foot and 1/4″ piecing foot. If using the piecing foot, there’s a built-in 1/4″ piecing stitch and two other quilting stitches.
While there is no oversized, detachable wide table like other Brother sewing and quilting machines (Brother XR9550prw, HC1850, or CS6000i sewing machines), the workspace of this heavy-duty sewing mac ne is an expanded 6. 4” W x 4. 1″ H. The increased needle-to-arm workspace will allow you to sew larger quilts and bulky items better than a regular sewing machine. (It’s still no long-arm quilting machine, though.)
Brother ST150HDH Sewing Machine Advantages
- Automatic bobbin winding and needle threading are easy for beginners and more experienced sewists alike.
- A computerized heavy duty sewing machine, so it has more versatility and options than noncomputerized competitors
- Automatically sew reinforcement/reverse stitches
- Twin needle ease of sewing is a nice perk.
- The foot pedal is optional.
Cons of the ST150HDH
- While it’s nice to have a stitch reference chart not only in the manual, it is a detachable chart that attaches to the back of the sewing machine. However, it’s a little awkward and could be easily lost. I wish they had displayed the stitch opt ns on the right side of the machine. Also, the handle is not molded plastic, so carrying it around can be a little weird.
- More costly than other Brother heavy-duty sewing machines, but this does offer more functionality to more advanced users
- Reliable and very strong, but it’s not a heavy-duty sewing machine for industrial use. That’s going to cost a whole lot more!
Brother ST150HDH vs ST371HD
Both sewing machines feature automatic bobbin winding and automatic needle threading and are set up similarly. The bobbin is a top-drop, quick-set bobbin.
The Brother ST371HD costs significantly less and is much less feature-rich. Unlike the ST150HDH, the ST7371 sewing machine is not computerized. It also has only 37 stitches and one automatic buttonhole stitch. Also, there are only 6 presser feet included.
The Brother ST150HDH is an impressive heavy-duty sewing machine that Brother added to their “Strong & Tough” lineup. It’s easy for beginners to use, and with its large selection of stitches and accessories, it will appeal to more experienced crafters.
If you only want to sew heavyweight fabrics occasionally, you may be better served by a sewing and quilting machine. I do my everyday sewing with the CS7000X, and it has yet to fail me when sewing jeans or other thick materials that I only occasionally sew.
However, if you’re looking to sew thick fabrics for long hours, the Brother ST150HDH sewing machine provides excellent value for the price!