After reading about Brother’s new DreamWeaver and Dream Maker series, I couldn’t wait to review at least one machine in this new top of the line series.
The Brother DreamWeaver VQ 3000 is a sewing and quilting machine; the DreamMaker is a sewing and embroidery machine; and the DreamWeaver XE is a machine that does it all. It sews, embroiders and quilts.
On a visit to Ace Sewing and Vacuum Center in Pompano Beach, Florida, I had an opportunity to review the DreamWeaver VQ 3000.
- User friendly
- Not recommended for very heavy fabric types
At A Glance
When you first see the Brother DreamWeaver VQ 3000, the first thing you notice is the large, colorful, brightly lit LCD screen. Next will probably be the easy to locate function buttons and the extra workspace.
Even without a ruler or tape measure, it is obvious that this machine has a workspace that is significantly larger than just about any other Brother sewing machine on the market.
- 561 utility and decorative stitches (531 built-in, 30 on CD)
- 14 one-step buttonholes
- 3 alphanumeric fonts
- 1 Cyrillic font
- 1 Japanese font
- Sew Straight™ Laser Vision Guide
- V-Sonic™ Pen Pal laser pen
- MuVit™ Digital Dual Feed
- Brother’s largest available workspace – 5” x 11.25”
- Automatic Height Adjuster™ AHA® feature
- Pivot function
- Lockstitch key
- 2 USB ports
- Free arm
- On board clock
Working on the Brother DreamWeaver VQ 3000
The bobbin winding and threading mechanisms are located beneath the lid on top of the DreamWeaver VQ 3000. Winding the bobbin and threading the machine are very easy thanks to the easy to follow diagrams that guide you through the entire process.
Unlike many home sewing machines, it is actually possible to wind extra bobbins while sewing on the DreamWeaver VQ 3000.
The bright LED lighting, conveniently located function buttons, see-through bobbin cover and seam guides etched onto the needle plate make sewing on the Brother DreamWeaver VQ 3000 as user friendly as possible.
When it comes to selecting one of the many stitch decorative or utility stitch options, all the user needs to do is touch the icon for utility, decorative or alphanumeric fonts.
Once there, use the stylus or your fingertip to touch the desired stitch then adjust your stitch length and width by using the icons at the bottom of the touchpad.
You probably couldn’t ask for a machine with so many choices that makes stitch selection any simpler than that. I was very pleased with the quality of the stitches produced by the DreamWeaver VQ 3000. The stitches are uniform, well defined and tight.
- Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
- Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
- Knits(Medium to heavyweight only)
- Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
- Reptile skin
- Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers
The Brother DreamWeaver VQ 3000 comes with an impressive assortment of standard accessories:
- 12 Presser feet
- Zigzag Foot
- Monogramming Foot
- Overcasting Foot
- Zipper Foot
- Buttonhole Foot
- Blind Stitch Foot
- Button Fitting Foot
- Straight Stitch Foot
- Free-Motion Quilting Foot
- Free-Motion Echo Quilting Foot
- Free-Motion Open Toe Quilting Foot
- ¼” Quilting Foot With Guide
- Straight Stitch Needle Plate
- Cord Guide Bobbin Cover (With Single Hole)
- Specialty Thread Bobbin Cover
- Bobbin Case
- Grid Sheet Set
- My Custom Stitch™ CD
- Soft Cover
- Presser feet
- Extra bobbins
- Laser pen
- Knee lift
- Spool caps
- USB flash drive
- Owner’s manual
- Instructional DVD
- Extra large extension table for larger projects
- Exclusive bag set for carrying the DreamWeaver VQ 3000 and all of its accessories
In addition to this long list of standard accessories, people who purchase the DreamWeaver VQ 3000 can also purchase the following optional accessories.
- Multi functional foot pedal
- 10 spool thread stand
- King spool thread stand
- Walking foot
|After each use||Monthly*||Once Each Year**||As Needed|
|Clean race hook and feed dogs|
|Wipe head with soft dry cloth|
|Wipe head with soft damp cloth|
|Service by sewing machine repair professional|
Tying Off The Loose Ends
After reviewing several Brother sewing machines that were unimpressive, to say the least, I must admit that I was rather impressed by the DreamWeaver VQ 3000.
When you consider all that it offers, this new, top of the line machine is definitely a good deal. Since it is brand new on the market, however, I cannot, vouch for how great it will be after several years of heavy use in a busy sewing room.
The superior stitch quality and ease of operation make the Brother DreamWeaver VQ 3000 an ideal choice for the intermediate or advanced home sewer who wants to increase their options for machine quilting.
The Brother DreamWeaver VQ 3000 is definitely a user friendly sewing and quilting machine; so user friendly, in fact, that a beginner would be comfortable working on this one.
I like the bright lighting and cannot remember seeing a machine with so many stitch options that makes stitch selection so easy. I hesitate to recommend a machine this expensive for a beginner.
As user friendly as it is, there is still the possibility that once they learn how to sew, someone who has never used a sewing machine before might not use it enough to get their money’s worth.
On the other hand, however, a person who has been sewing for several years would be an ideal customer for this one. An experienced home sewer would really appreciate the great features and options available on the DreamWeaver.
My only hesitation is the fact that the long term reliability of Brother lower end sewing machines has been questionable. Right out of the box, the DreamWeaver is definitely superior to low end Brother sewing machines.
Since it is a new release, we have no way of knowing if its superior quality workmanship will stand the test of time. In other words, when it comes to investing in this machine, I can only say ‘buyer, be aware’.
Given the quality that this machine has from the get to, there is every possibility that it will last for many years.
I suggest you go to your local authorized Brother sewing machine dealer and ask for a demonstration. While you’re there, ask the very tough questions. If the answers are to your satisfaction, go ahead and purchase the DreamWeaver.