Brother ST531HD VS ST371HD

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Brother ST531HD vs Brother ST371HDI know some of you would like to know the differences between the ST531HD and ST371HD, so I have spent quite an amount of time finding the differences between these two models for you to see. Hopefully, it will help you to made an informative decision.

To be honest, they really don’t have that much differences, but I did find a couple of differences. Other than the below items in the differences summary section, the rest of the features or weight are the same.

Both models are designed to sew up to six layers of fabrics and that is why they considered these machines to be tough and strong.

Differences In Summary

I would like to address that the Brother ST531HD does have a metal frame but I am not very sure if the ST371HD has the same thing or not. Both models have the same measurements like height and weight, so I am guessing it has a very high possibility to have a metal frame.

I did not confirm it with the Brother brand company. The looks for both models are a little different. The ST371HD has a little darker color more like in black and white colors and the other model is in gray and white colors.

SS1 and SS2 Pattern SelectionI would also like to mention another thing, the older model doesn’t have a selection of SS1 to SS2 function. This function is basically to be able to select more stretch stitch designs.

The older model doesn’t have this function due to only having 37 built in stitches and the ST571HD does have this function with 53 built in stitches. That is about 16 stitches selection in differences.

Finger GuardThe newer model also comes with something called finger guard. That is the first sewing machine I have come across that has this included.

I really wish they had that when I was learning how to sew. It definitely would save me the trouble and pain of getting hurt.

Another thing I would like to mention is the type of stitch selection. With the older model it has a shift key and the newer model has a dial selection.

Both models have the following included accessories: Spool pin, 3-piece needle set (#11, #14, #16), twin needle, bobbins (4), foot controller, power cord, operation manual, instructional DVD

Comparison In A Chart

If it is possible please read the chart in landscape mode if you are using your smart phone to read this post. In landscape mode you will see it better in comparison.

You can use one of your fingers to tap on those fields and it will explain what those fields are for.

Note: The text highlighted in a darker color is showing the differences between these two models.

  • Brother ST531HDModel Number
  • 4.3Average Online Users Rating
  • 80+Number Of Online Reviews
  • 53Built-In Stitch Selections
  • NoAutomatic Thread Cutter
  • 6Feed Dog Points
  • DialStitch Selector Type
  • LEDLight Type
  • NoWide Table Included
  • AutomaticNeedle Threading System
  • LCDDisplay Type
  • NoneThread Sensor
  • 0Built-in Sewing Lettering Fonts
  • YesQuick Set Bobbin
  • YesFree Arm
  • 800 StitchesMax. Sewing Speed (Per Minute)
  • 6# Of Standard presser Feet Included - Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Spring Action Zigzag Foot, Zipper Foot, Non-Stick Foot, Blindstich Foot
  • 1 Step Auto Size# Of Buttonhole Styles
  • 7mmStitch Width
  • 5mmStitch Length
  • NoStart/Stop Button
  • NoSpeed Control
  • NoNeedle Position Key (Up/Down)
  • NoPresser Foot Leveling
  • YesReinforcement/ Reverse Stitches
  • NoPresser Foot Pressure Adjustment
  • YesBuilt-in Accessory Storage
  • 25 year limitedWarranty
  • 14.3 poundsWeight
  • Finger guard, Spool pin, 3-piece needle set (#11, #14, #16), twin needle, bobbins (4), foot controller, power cord, operation manual, instructional DVDIncluded Items
  • 12.21"W x 16.10"D x 7.87"HMachine Dimensions
ST371HD
  • Brother ST371HDModel Number
  • 4.1Average Online Users Rating
  • 183+Number Of Online Reviews
  • 37Built-In Stitch Selections
  • NoAutomatic Thread Cutter
  • 6Feed Dog Points
  • Shift KeyStitch Selector Type
  • LEDLight Type
  • NoWide Table Included
  • AutomaticNeedle Threading System
  • LCDDisplay Type
  • NoneThread Sensor
  • 0Built-in Sewing Lettering Fonts
  • YesQuick Set Bobbin
  • YesFree Arm
  • 800 StitchesMax. Sewing Speed (Per Minute)
  • 6# Of Standard presser Feet Included - Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Spring Action Zigzag Foot, Zipper Foot, Non-Stick Foot, Blindstich Foot
  • 1 Step Auto Size# Of Buttonhole Styles
  • 7mmStitch Width
  • 5mmStitch Length
  • NoStart/Stop Button
  • NoSpeed Control
  • NoNeedle Position Key (Up/Down)
  • NoPresser Foot Leveling
  • YesReinforcement/ Reverse Stitches
  • NoPresser Foot Pressure Adjustment
  • YesBuilt-in Accessory Storage
  • 25 year limitedWarranty
  • 14.3 poundsWeight
  • Spool pin, 3-piece needle set (#11, #14, #16), twin needle, bobbins (4), foot controller, power cord, operation manual, instructional DVDIncluded Items
  • 12.21"W x 16.10"D x 7.87"HMachine Dimensions

Which One To Pick – The ST531HD Or ST371HD?

I don’t know about you, if I had to choose between these two models I would definitely pick the latest model of the ST531HD. I like the idea of having a metal frame and I don’t know if the ST371HD has it or not.

I also like having a finger guard to protect my fingers from getting hurt even though I am not a beginner sewer. This little finger guard thing also works great for someone who sews in a very fast speed.

Those sewers are usually doing sewing as a living. Speaking of that, one of my sisters is making a living out of sewing at her home.

Anyway, I like the idea of having 16 more additional built in stitch selections. Who doesn’t like to have more, right?

Conclusion

✅ Bottom Line: I would go for the latest model of ST571HD. I also believe the latest model has a higher average rating online. Like I said on my other post if you have a Costco membership try to check their selling price first. You never know, you might save more money.

Costco usually has a better deal on this model than other selling stores. I have checked twice in different times and dates and Costco has the lowest price. But of course if you don’t have a membership then you might have to consider other selling places for this model. Click here to see today’s current selling price on Amazon.

For whatever the reasons, if you don’t want to go with the latest model then you can still get the older model of ST371HD by clicking here. You can also read reviews from that page written by other users.

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