Usha Janome Dream Stitch and Brother JA1400 are two of the beginner levels, home-use sewing machines.
While Usha sewing company is a well-established name in the sewing machine market in India.
Brother is a Japanese company that is trying to win sewing lovers’ hearts with amazing design options at cheaper prices.
This post is a requested sewing machine review comparison from Inked Glasses by Pallavi on Stitching Mall: Hindi YouTube channel.
Very soon you can watch the detailed video on the channel, while we proceed with the in-depth review of both these automatic zig zag sewing machines.
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Features of Usha Janome Dream Stitch
Automatic zig-zag sewing machine with a compact free arm that helps you sew armhole and hem jeans easily.
Stitch Pattern Selector
Dial Type, which means you can set the patterns as desired.
Seven built-in stitches
Including 4-step button holing, helps you in embroidery and designing your dresses.
Including lace fixing, quilting, smocking and rolled hemming, adds beauty to your plain fabrics while saving you time.
Auto tripping bobbin system
That means your bobbin is not filled more than needed, even if you are not sure about it.
This feature allows you to do embroidery designs nicely and comfortably.
Helps you stitch comfortably during the night or at low-lit places.
550 SPM (Stitches Per Minute) is a beginner level stitching speed so that you can control your fabric and gain confidence in sewing.
Triple strength stitch
It means you can make strong stitches on hosiery/ T-shirt fabrics or when you want your stitches to be extra strong. This stitch is useful for embroidery also.
Free Sewing Kit
Saves you ₹500/- and the box containing 18 Thread Spools, 12 Buttons, 1 Scissors, 5 Needles and 1 Measuring Tape.
This kit gets you started on your sewing journey as soon as you start your Dream Stitch.
Promise for service is two years from Usha, and if your machine is unwell for two years, you don’t need to pay servicing charges at all.
Contains Sewing Machine, Instruction manual, warranty card and you get sewing machine demo after calling the customer care number.
Features of Brother JA 1400
14 Built-In Stitches help you make designs on your clothes in quick settings, hassle-free.
Good for making perfect readymade style buttonholes at home.
Auto set stitch regulator
Auto set stitch length and width enables you regular the stitching as per the fabric type.
Led Lighting is good for the night and refrains from eye strain because sewing may be tiring for the eyes.
Includes Sewing Machine, Paddle, Instruction Manual and Demo DVD, which means you can watch the DVD at home and sew along with the video.
Similarities between Usha Janome Dream Stitch and Brother JA1400 sewing machines:-
Dream Stitch, as well as Brother JA 1400, help you in –
- Mending and alterations,
- Regularly or occasionally sewing light to medium fabrics
- Designing with zig-zag stitching, buttonhole making, button fixing, pico, fall, beading, zipper, piping, and
- Making embroidery designs using stitch length and width combinations or sewing machines’ in-built stitch designs.
The common features between both the zig-zag sewing machines are –
- Automatic zig-zag sewing machine with compact free arm for circular sewing like armhole and pants’ hemming.
- Led Lighting is provided in both the machines to refrain eye strain.
- 4-Step Buttonhole is a common feature in basic home-use sewing machines.
- Auto set stitch length and width is also a regular feature.
Difference between Usha Janome Dream Stitch and Brother JA1400 sewing machines
All machines look almost the same till the time you don’t know the difference between them.
Here, we talk about the prominent differences between both of these automatic sewing machine so that you can make a wise choice when buying.
Number of stitches
Dream Stitch offers seven built-in stitches while Brother JA 1400 offers 14, which means you get exactly double design options with JA 1400.
Stitch Per Minute or SPM
Dream Stitch stitch per minute is 550 SPM, while Brother JA 1400 stitch speed is 750, much faster than Dream Stitch.
Usha Janome Dream Stitch costs a few hundred rupees more than Brother JA 1400 sewing machine.
Usha Janome provides demo and sewing classes with numerous learning resources, whereas Brother clearly says it does not provide demo and services in India.
After Sales Servicing
My personal experience is that Usha Janome is available in India with its customer service, parts, mechanics, technicians, dealers, showrooms in case of need.
Despite three customer care numbers and several wholesales, I couldn’t get through their customer care number.
Which sewing machine is best?
Usha Janome Dream Stitch or Brother JA1400 – Conclusion
Now, you may wonder, is Brother better than Janome?
Brother sewing machines are good with more features at a lower price, but it lacks a major thing that is trust.
Brother does not offer demo but that is not a major problem because, anyway, 80% of people are learning sewing online these days.
Hence, you can learn brother sewing machines on your own too, but these are imported sewing machines and no customer service, or accountability is marked anywhere.
Having said that, I can not deny that I am also in love with Brother machines.
I would love to buy Brother JA 1400 if needed to buy for a beginner because it offers more design options, more speed at very less price.
Above all else, Janome and Brother both are Japanese sewing companies so you can trust them equally well.
With my experience, I can tell that automatic sewing machines do not require any servicing if you clean them regularly.
Just for precaution’s sake, you can check with your local sewing machine mechanics for Brother sewing machines' servicing if needed.
Alternatively, you may choose Usha Janome Dream Stitch, or a higher model Wonder Stitch with 13 in-built stitches at 860 SPM.
In Short, Brother JA1400 is a good value for money sewing machine for beginners, for home use.
Attractive Colorful Design
Sewing and Embroidery
Stitch Per Minute (SPM) Speed
Automatic Zig Zag Sewing Machine
Drop Feed instead of Darning Plate
5 KG 950 GM
In-built Thread Cutter
Classic Simple Design
Sewing And Embroidery
Stitch Per Minute (SPM) Speed
Automatic Zig Zag Sewing Machine
Darning Plate instead of Drop Feed
In-Built Thread Cutter