Usha Dream Stitch and Singer 8280 Comparison Review 2024

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Usha Dream Stitch vs. Singer 8280 - Comparison Review: Discover the perfect sewing machine between Usha Janome Dream Stitch and Singer 8280

I learned sewing with my mother's Singer Sewing machine and years later my husband gifted me Usha Janome, which helped me create beautiful dresses, embroidery designs, DIY sewing tutorials and I shared them on Stitching Mall video channels.

One of the common question people ask me,"which is better sewing machine for beginners, Usha Janome Dream Stitch or Singer 8280?"

In this post, let's find out which sewing machine is better and why?

With my 34+ years of sewing experience taught me different functions, features, durability, usage, the practicality of various types of sewing machines. As I have worked on different types of sewing machines like heavy-duty, industrial use, boutique use and umbrella sewing machines, I try to give as detailed overview of these machines as I can. 

Attractive Colorful Design

YES

Sewing and Embroidery

yes

Stitch Per Minute (SPM) Speed

550

Automatic Zig Zag Sewing Machine

yes

Needle Adjustment

no

Drop Feed instead of Darning Plate

YEs

Weight

5 KG 950 GM

In-built Thread Cutter

no

Stitch Functions

14

In-built Stitches

7

Classic Simple Design

YES

Sewing And Embroidery

yes

Stitch Per Minute (SPM) Speed

800

Automatic Zig Zag Sewing Machine

yes

Needle Adjustment

yes

Darning Plate instead of Drop Feed

yes

weight

7 kg

In-Built Thread Cutter

yes

Stitch Functions

24

In-Built Stitches

8

What is common between Singer 8280 and Usha Janome Dream Stitch -

  1. Usha Dream Stitch and Singer 8280 are beginner level, home use sewing machines. 
  2. Usha Dream Stitch and Singer 8280 are automatic sewing machines. Apart from straight stitch, you can do zig-zag stitching and some other design patterns.
  3. You get free arm stitch in both machines.
  4. Both machines offer four-step buttonhole stitch.
  5. Both are plastic body, zig-zag sewing machines which run on electricity.

Common Functions You Can Do With Singer 8280 and Usha Janome dream stitch:

  1. Sew Your New Clothes,
  2. Repair Old Worn-Out Garments, and
  3. Enjoy Basic Stitching Features.
  4. Engage in Crafts Sewing and do Simple DIY Sewing Projects.
  5. Seamlessly Sew Lightweight to Medium Weight Fabrics like Cotton, Chiffon, Georgette, Linen, Rayon, Soft Denim, Fennel, Silk, etc.
  6. Lightweight Quilting and Seam Multiple Layers of Thin and Thick Fabrics. 
  7. Teach Your Kids the Art of Sewing,
  8. Accomplish Mending and Alterations,
  9. Create Dolls, Doll Clothes,
  10. Simple Bags, and Home Décor, Design Stylish Baby Clothes and Accessories. 

Differences between Dream Stitch and Singer 8280

  1. Dream Stitch offers 7 in-built stitch designs but Singer 8280 offers 8 in-built stitch designs.
  2. Dream Stitch offers 14 stitch functions but Singer 8280 offers 24 stitch functions.
  3. The Singer is 7 kg in weight, but Dream Stitch is 5.95 kg.
  4. Singer offers 800 Stitch Per Minute speed (SPM), and Dream Stitch is 550 SPM.
  5. Singer offers in-built thread cutter, but Dream Stitch does not have this feature.
  6. The Singer has needle adjustment options, but you don't get such options in Dream Stitch.
  7. You get zipper foot with Singer 8280, but you don't get it with Dream Stitch. Though, you can still fix zipper with Dream Stitch.
  8. Singer is oldest sewing machine company compared to Usha Janome. Singer customer service is superior to Usha Janome.
  9. You get a Darning Plate with Singer 8280 to cover the feed dog. You don't need a Darning Plate on Usha Janome sewing machines because you can drop feed with the slide of a button.

Step-by-step review of Singer 8280 and Dream Stitch 

Usha Janome Dream Stitch - User Friendly And Easy To Operate Beginner Sewing Machine

Usha Janome Dream Stitch Automatic Sewing Machine

Usha Janome Dream Stitch Automatic Sewing Machine

There is no doubt that Usha Janome Dream Stitch is one of the best-selling sewing machines in India right now.

One of the reasons for its popularity is its user-friendly features, lowest price and attractive design. At a pocket-friendly price, you get stitching as well as designing features in a single machine.

The Usha Dream Stitch automatic sewing machine costs only a couple of thousands more than a manual sewing machine. That makes it an affordable sewing machine.

For a beginner sewing learner, it has more than required stitch and design patterns.  With a combination of given stitch patterns and foot options, you can easily make a good number of your design styles.

Dream Stitch is a compact machine, which is portable and suitable for home use sewing needs.

This blue and white beautiful sewing machine is lightweight and designed by Japanese technology. It offers the best of Usha and Janome sewing company's experience and technical know-how.

The Usha company set up in 1935, and now it has become India's leading brand. Janome set up in 1921, which is a Japanese company that has unmatched market presence globally in sewing machine designs.

Basic Details

Dimensions : 14.5 x 8 x 11 cm

Weight: 5 kg 950 g

  • Automatic zig-zag sewing machine with compact free arm
  • Thread Tension Control: Manual; Stitch Pattern Selector: Dial Type
  • Seven built-in stitches including 4-step button holing; Seven applications including lace fixing, quilting, smocking and rolled hemming
  • Auto tripping bobbin system; drop feed for embroidery; manual needle threading; sewing light
  • Sewing speed: 550SPM (Stitches Per Minute); Stitch length control; Triple strength stitch
  • Warranty: 2 years manufacturers warranty
  • Package contains: Sewing Machine, Instruction manual and warranty card
  • Free demo service available only in selected cities
  • Country of Origin: Indonesia

Features –

  • Seven built-in Stitch patterns
  • The sewing speed of 550 Stitch Per Minute (SPM)
  • Four-step buttonhole sewing

Additional Features –

Usha Dream Stitch is an automatic, zig-zag stitching machine. It has a carrying handle and soft cover to protect it from dust.

It offers some advanced features like built-in motor, colour coded functional faceplate, pattern making dial, pattern selection and many other things.

Dream Stitch has a free arm to help you stitch sleeve bottom, pants, armhole finishing etc. This free arm is useful in circular stitching.

It has a built-in light, which gets ON and Off with the switch button.

Single-touch reverse stitch button.

One snap-on presser foot comes with Dream Stitch sewing machine.

Type of Stitch Patterns –

  • straight stitch,
  • hemstitch,
  • tricot stitch / zig zag stitch

Type of stitching work that you can do with Dream Stitch –

  • stitch clothes or upcycle old garments
  • Lace fixing and beading
  • buttonhole sewing
  • sewing buttons
  • quilting,
  • picot stitch,
  • cording,
  • mending, and
  • embroidery

Accessories you get with Usha dream stitch sewing machine

  • Picot foot
  • Buttonhole foot
  • 2 Bobbins
  • Set of sewing machine needles
  • Seam ripper
Usha Janome Dream Stitch Automatic Sewing Machine

Usha Janome Dream Stitch Automatic Sewing Machine

What You’ll Like about Usha Janome Dream Stitch Sewing Machine

  • Budget-friendly sewing machine
  • User friendly features. 
  • Compact, lightweight design as compared to Singer 8280. It weighs less than 6  kg, while Singer 8280 weighs 7 kg.
  • Most beautiful design
  • Best selling beginner sewing machine because it is easy to start and operate
  • Though, it seems that Dream Stitch offers less accessories than Singer 8280 but in reality it does not matter. Because Dream Stitch is simple to use and it does all functions that you can do with your Singer 8280.

What You may not Like about Dream Stitch

  • It is not a computerized machine, so you don't get a LED display
  • Dream Stitch is an up-gradation of a manual sewing machine. So, speed is slow as compared to Stitch Magic.
  • You don't get in-built thread cutter in Dream Stitch but it is available in Singer 8280.
  • Dream Stitch offers 550 stitch per minute speed (SPM) while Singer 8280 offers 800 SPM; which is pretty good.
  • Singer 8280 offers much more accessories than Dream Stitch.

Singer 8280 Sewing machine - Durable And Faster Sewing Machine For Home Use

Singer 8280 Sewing Machine

Singer 8280 Sewing Machine

Singer 8280 sewing machine is one of the solid-body sewing machine for beginners.

It has a classic white design, which is compact and easy to carry anywhere.

The Singer is the pioneer in sewing machines, but over the years Usha Janome has given it tough competition in Indian sewing machine market.

This stitching machine is easy to set up and start. It offers basic and advanced stitching features.

Though Singer machines have a strong metal body to keep the machine stable, I am using Usha Janome, that's why I can say with confidence that Usha Janome also has an aluminum cast body, which is durable.

Usha Janome Dream Stitch and Singer 8280 lasts for 10 to 30 years on an average, depending on how well cared it is.

Singer 8280 also features seven built-in stitch functions. Just like Dream Stitch, it is an automatic zig zag sewing machine with four-step buttonhole.

Singer 8280 has an in-built motor like Dream Stitch.

Usha Dream Stitch has a solid interior metal body but Singer 8280 wins some points when it comes to heavy-duty interior metalwork.

The Singer 8280 features free arm movement to sew collars, sleeves, hem, and cuffs conveniently

Basic details

Dimensions  34 x 16 x 28 Centimeters LxWxH

Weight 7 Kilograms

Power source type Electric 70 watts (Usha Dream Stitch has same power capacity)

Basic features-

Changing presser feet in seconds

In-built thread cutter in presser bar

Accessory storage in extension table;

Type: Electric; 

Thread Tension Adjustment: Yes

Oscillating Shuttle Mechanism (Half Shuttle)

Warranty: 2 years on product

Additional Features

  • Sewing Speed 800 Stitch Per Minute (SPM)
  • 7 Built-In Stitch Patterns
  • 24 Stitch Functions
  • Free Arm For Circular Stitching
  • Built-in Light Attachment
  • Max Stitch Width: 5mm
  • 4 Step Button Hole foot
  • In-built Thread cutter in presser bar
  • Heavy Duty Metal Frame holds all the mechanisms in perfect alignment for perfect sewing and durability.
  • Variable Needle Positions
  • Needle position can be changed for individual projects, such as inserting zippers or cording and topstitching.
  • Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
  • Keep seams strong and prevent bunching on any type of fabric--personalize stitch length and width with just a turn of a dial.
  • Free Arm
  • Provides professional results by offering easy access to cuffs, collars, pant hems and other difficult-to-reach areas.

Types of Stitch Patterns –

  • straight stitch,
  • hemstitch,
  • tricot stitch / zig zag stitch

Types of stitching work that you can do with Singer 8280 –

  • stitch clothes or upcycle old garments
  • Lace fixing and beading
  • buttonhole sewing
  • sewing buttons
  • quilting,
  • picot stitch,
  • cording,
  • zipper fixing
  • mending, and
  • embroidery

Accessories included –

  • All-Purpose/General Presser Foot,
  • Zipper Foot,
  • Buttonhole Foot,
  • Button Sewing Foot,
  • Seam Ripper/Lint Brush,
  • Edge/Quilting Guide,
  • Needles,
  • Bobbins,
  • Spool Holder,
  • Screwdriver,
  • Darning Plate,
  • Spool Pin,
  • Spool Pin Felt,
  • Power Cord/Foot Control,
  • Instruction Manual,
  • Soft-Sided Dust Cover
Singer 8280 Sewing Machine

Singer 8280 Sewing Machine

What You’ll Like about Singer 8280

  • Extra high presser foot lift to sew many layers of fabrics for quilting
  • Easy one-step buttonhole making
  • Heavy-duty metal body from inside. Dream Stitch weights less than 6 kg, but Singer 8280 is 7 kg in weight.
  • You get a thread cutter in Singer 8280, which is an extra bonus point.
  • Classic white design
  • Dream Stitch SPM is 550, but Singer 8280 SPM is 800, which means faster sewing.

What you may not Like

  • No LCD screen display
  • Design is simple white
  • The Singer is not promoted well so you may feel that Singer 8280 is lesser in quality than Dream Stitch.

frequently asked questions


Q.1. How to start sewing machine

Ans.

Connect to the Power Supply -

To start sewing on your Dream Stitch, connect the electric foot pedal to the power supply. This electric foot pedal comes along with your sewing machine. 

Make sure that the power switch is OFF, while you put the machine plug into machine socket.Put the power supply plug into the power outlet. To start your sewing machine, switch on the power switch and black colour ON button given at the back of the machine.

Q.2. Can Singer 8280 sewing machine work on inverter?

Ans.

Singer 8280 or Dream Stitch are electronic appliances like your mixer grinder, fridge or television, that can be connected to your power supply and you can operate them. 

If your power supply is connected to inverter and it can supply 60wt of power, then you can operate your sewing machine with inverter support. The regular power consumption of Singer 8280 sewing machine is 240 volts.*Please tell your electrician at the time of electricity / inverter fitting to make the appropriate adjustments.

Conclusion - To Wrap it Up

After going through the above comparison review of Singer 8280 and Usha Janome Dream Stitch Sewing Machine, you may wonder that Singer 8280 is offering more features and functionality. 

Singer is stronger, heavy duty, and enjoys a good reputation. But still Usha Janome Dream Stitch is more popular and it is among the best sellers, because this machine is most beginner friendly machine with 550 stitch per minute (SPM), that means it is not too fast even for children who want to learn sewing.

Secondly, even if Singer 8280 gives you a much better stitch per minute (SPM) speed, with a heavy duty machine; It has far less dealers and showrooms than Usha Janome. 

Both the sewing machines - Dream Stitch as well as Singer 8280 are in a similar budget range and there is not much price difference.  

But the quality that makes Dream Stitch more popular is its attractive colorful design, beginner friendly features and simple user friendly functions.

Please write in the comment box belox if this comparison review helped you make a better decision while buying the best sewing machine.

Happy Stitching!

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