Brother SM3701 Review

​The elegant Brother SM3701 has a lot to offer in terms of usability. Created for both beginner and intermediate sewers, the design is elegant and is perfect for decorative stitching. Brother is an amazing sewing machine manufacturer. So, today we will be reviewing the Brother SM3701 to see how it stands against the other great machines that Brother has released over the years.

​Though an odd number, the Brother SM3701 contains 37 built in stitches ready for you to get started. The frame has a metal base while also being light-weight and portable. The Brother SM3701 is perfect for decorative and quilting stitches. Standard jobs are a breeze for this machine. If you are looking to get started with sewing, the Brother SM3701 is perfect for you. 


​Built-In Stitches

​The 37 built-in stitches give you ample opportunity to accomplish many tasks with the Brother SM3701. Not only that, but there are also 74 stitch functions to aid in expanding the scope of the built in stitches.

Built-In Accessory Storage

​Many sewing machines lack this nice little feature. Having a built-in storage space for your accessories make carrying your sewing machine with you much easier. This is especially convenient for novice sewers who need all of their accessories when sewing.

​​​​​​​Metal Base

​Durability is important in any good sewing machine. If it is not built to last then there is no reason to spend your money on it. With a nice metal frame on the Brother SM3701, you will find that the machine is both light weight and durable. You will be able to take advantage of this machine for many years.​​​​​​

​Free Arm

​The free arm conversion is great if you want to work with sewing sleeves or cuffs. Having the ability to go free arm is something seen in the higher end sewing models and it is great to see in this lower end model. Getting used to free arm sewing is important no matter what type of sewing you will be doing, so this is a wonderful feature.


​Though not the best lighting, you can expect to be able to see your work no matter what the current lighting conditions are in your room. Being able to see your work is important for sewers of all calibers, especially novice.

​Automatic Needle Threading System

​Since the machine is focused on making novice sewers better, having an automatic needle threading system is vital. This system will thread your needle for you so that you can get started quick and easy into getting your sewing experience. ​​​​​

​One-step Buttonholes

​​​​​​​Making custom sized buttonholes has never been easier with the built-in buttonholer. Everything is self explanatory and explained in the included manual and DVD instructional video. ​​​



  • ​Easy to use
  • Easy to control foot peddle
  • Light-weight


  • ​Only good for beginners
  • Not great for thicker fabrics

​Included Accessories

  • ​Blind stitch foot
  • Zipper foot
  • Buttonhole foot
  • ​Button sewing Foot
  • Darning plate
  • ​Extra Spool pin
  • Needle Set
  • ​Four bobbins
  • ​Screwdriver


​One thing that Brother likes to pride themselves in is their amazing support. Not only do you get a 25 year warranty on your machine, but the online chat and telephone support system makes it an ideal buy. You never have to worry if you need help or run into an issue with your machine.

All of your issues can be fixed easily by searching through your user manual or contacting one of the two support methods offered by Brother. Included with this machine is also an instructional DVD to help you every step of the way. This is invaluable information for a beginner.


  • ​Stitch Selection: ​Dial Stitch Selection
  • Weight: 12.5lb
  • Lighting: ​Bulb
  • Needle Threading System: ​Built-in
  • Max Sewing Speed (SPM): 8​​00
  • Feed Dog System: ​6
  • Built-In Stitches: ​​37
  • Buttonhole Styles(One-Step)​: ​​1
  • Stitch Width: 5mm
  • Stitch Length: ​4mm


​Versatility is the prime use of the Brother SM3701. It is an inexpensive sewing machine with enough built in stitches to get the novice sewer plenty of experience. Working with this machine has produced great results for many people.


​For the price you are paying, there is a lot that comes included with the package. Many of the accessories should bump the price up, however, they don't. This means you get much more value out of the product than you should be.


​​​​​​​​​The price is very inexpensive for a sewing machine of this caliber. Often times you will see sewing machines at this price be made of plastic, but that is not the case with the Brother SM3701. With a metal casing, the durability of the machine is definitely great.


​​Many of the features are aimed at novice sewers, but are excellent for the price. Having these features will get you started in the sewing world as you see more and more machines with similar features. Having more features for the price of this machine would be extremely hard to do.


​As discussed above, the build of the machine for the price of it is outstanding. Not many lower end sewing machine models are made of metal. Nevertheless, the build is strong and durable. It does have a hard time dealing with thicker fabric, however.

​Final Verdict

​​The value for the price is hard to overlook with the Brother SM3701. It is well-made and durable enough to withstand a lot for many years. Every novice sewer will find a lot of benefit from using this machine. So, we give it a 8/10.

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