Before buying a sewing machine, the main concern that the user has is:
‘Will this machine have a long life with equal durability?’
Or isn’t that so? Let’s see with our review of Brother’s DZ3000.
The Brother Designio Series DZ3000 Serger is made to keep up with your creative mind with a total of 14 sewing feet. It also provides you with a circular attachment for sewing to support decorative stitches.
The durable structure ensures its long life both on the shelf and in use. In the same budget, this machine also comes with a set of very important accessories as well.
If the Designio series DZ3000 was on your bucket list, then this review might be of some use to you to finally decide if to buy this machine or not.
As described by the company, this machine has a warranty of about 25 years. A 1-year warranty on the services is also provided from the day of purchase.
There is a large LCD area, which is lit from the back that gives you access to work in a well-lit atmosphere and serves as a guide for the choice of stitches.
What makes it so special?
The well-lit area enables the user to stitch finely on darker fabrics. also, as the sewing area is large, there’s a good chance that the light will befall on the whole fabric under designing as well.
There’s a top-loading bobbin that falls perfectly into place. It therefore, ensures an even stitch quality for a finishing that’s perfect.
Why does it matter?
This provides good resistance to jamming of the bobbin.
The selection of the stitch is acquired by simply pushing a button from the LCD. This is a lot more time saving than the manual sergers.
There are 8 different styles available of the buttonholes. They’re also made in such a manner that they can automatically fit in the kind of button under use as well.
This whole process guarantees a fine finish overall.
It is wholly computerized. Not only this but also, the machine aids in, sewing but quilting too.
That’s a catch because;
The functioning start and stop buttons provide maximal control over the whole process. In fact, a lever is present on the side that can regulate the speed of stitching. All of these features result in a good hold on bulky fabrics when it comes to quilting.
Usually, there’s a very restricted amount of stitches being provided by machines.
Well, to your content!
This machine has a total of 240 stitches.
There’s a large sewing tray that confirms easy management of the projects. Moreover, this comes in handy specifically while preparing quilts.
And guess what?
There’s not only the benefit of the spacious area when the machine is in use, but also the cover provided with the machine helps in keeping it safe when not in use.
Last but not least!
The machine comes with an automatic needle system. This proves out to be ideal for users that have difficulties in manual threading.
The pattern numbers for the stitches can be checked using this chart present on the machine. Furthermore, to flip it open, just grip the notch with your finger.
Fabrics And Needles
This machine works great with Medium weight fabrics such as Broadcloth, Taffeta, Flannel/Gabardine if used with the needle of size 75/11-90/14.
With thin fabrics like lawn, georgette, challis/satin the needle should be used of size 65/9-75/11.
When using thick fabrics like Denim, Corduroy, tweed the needle that has to be used is of the size 90/14-100/16.
With the fabrics that are quite easily stretched like the Jersey material and Tricot, use a ball point needle of size 75 / 11-90 / 14 (golden in color).
There are few fabrics that are easily frayed. For those, use the needle of size 65/9-90/14.
Lastly, for top stitch fabrics, use the needle of size 75 / 11-90/ 14.
Fonts And Stitches
There are 130 different stitches present to promise a perfect finish to your creation.
About 110 different alphabetic and numeric fonts are also present.
Available Sewing Feet Types:
- Metal open toe
- Blind stitching
- Button sewing
- Stitch guide
- Walking quilt guide
- Zipper piping (adjustable)
- Circular sewing attachment
Oiling of the machine shouldn’t be done too frequently or very infrequently. There might be issues that can’t be solved by mere oiling. For such issues like difficulties in turning the hand wheel or an unfamiliar noise coming from the machine, contact your dealer.
The machine should be stored in an environment that is not exposed to high temperatures, or extremely low temperatures, or with high humidity or steam around, or near a heater/ flame/ air conditioner, outdoors (exposed to sunlight) or lastly, where there’s a lot of dust.
While cleaning the race, make sure to switch the machine off. Do it with a cleaning brush with soft bristles or a vacuum cleaner with low suction.
Keep a check and balance of the threads. The upper thread can tighten up under extensive load. also, there could be a tangled thread hindering the process.
An incorrect thread tension can build up.
The fabric can sometimes be caught in the machine, becoming difficult to remove. There could be a need of removing the bobbin to cut off the fabric threads. Or vacuuming the remains of the area can help in removing stuck fabric too.
If you see the error message ‘E6’ on the LCD, stop the procedure. There might be a need of re-threading the upper thread. There could also be a possibility where the whole fabric has to be removed. In the same way, this may also arise when the thread and needle aren’t compatible.
Fine stitching makes the thread clogged.
What Is The Verdict?
Overall, in terms of its large display and sewing surface, its modest price range and amount of accessories provided, it has given promising results. Also, the computerized control in such a low price is a good catch.
However, there are a few complaints in the same way, regarding the needle threader. It stops working if used extensively.
The instruction manual comes with the details of the machine’s maintenance too. If kept under good maintenance, these issues can easily be subsided.
Pros of Brother Designio Series DZ3000 Serger
- Made with a versatile approach.
- The sewing pattern is straight, requiring little or no effort.
- There is an outstanding range of presser feet available.
- Very large display area is available.
- Supplied with plenty of accessories.
- Reasonably priced as well as computerized.
- Comes with a large sewing surface.
- It is easy to install the bobbin.
- Clear cover of the bobbin
- Transportable to quilting workshops quite easily.
- Works in a pedal-free manner.
- Smooth working walking foot.
- Comes with a needle up feature.
- A wide range of speeds.
- Smooth sewing.
- Comes with a variety of fonts.
- Lasts long with durability.
Cons of Brother Designio Series DZ3000 Serger
- Full of plastic components.
- Not suitable for countries that can’t support a 120 V (AV)
- A computer disk is absent.
- Short life of the needle threader.
- Small fonts
- Noisy when bobbin sizes differ.