Brother DreamWeaver VQ 3000 Review

Brother DreamWeaver VQ 3000 Review
Brother DreamWeaver VQ 3000 Review
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Users
  • Stitch quality
  • Speed
  • Ease of use
  • Maintenance
Beginner
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
Intermediate
Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
Expert
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.

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.

Brother DreamWeaver VQ 3000

Brother DreamWeaver VQ 3000

On a visit to Ace Sewing and Vacuum Center in Pompano Beach, Florida, I had an opportunity to review the DreamWeaver VQ 3000.

Pros

  • User friendly

Cons

  • 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.

At a glance

Brother DreamWeaver VQ 3000 At a glance

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.

Features

  • 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.

Bobbin winding and threading mechanism located beneath the lid

Bobbin winding and threading mechanism located beneath the lid

See through bobbin cover

See through bobbin cover

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.

Conveniently located function buttons

Conveniently located function buttons

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.

Icons for utility, decorative or alphanumeric fonts

Icons for utility, decorative or alphanumeric fonts

Stitch decorative or utility stitch options

Stitch decorative or utility stitch options

Uniform, well defined and tight stitches

Uniform, well defined and tight stitches

Selecting and adjusting the desired stitch

Selecting and adjusting the desired stitch

Fabrics

  • Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
  • Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
  • Knits(Medium to heavyweight only)
  • Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
  • Upholstery
  • Leather/suede
  • Fur
  • Reptile skin
  • Canvas/Twill
  • Plastic/Rubber
  • Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers

Accessories

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
  • Scissors
  • Needles
  • Screwdrivers
  • 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
Accessories

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

Maintenance







After each useMonthly*Once Each Year**As Needed
Clean race hook and feed dogs
Wipe head with soft dry cloth
Wipe head with soft damp cloth
Lubricate
Service by sewing machine repair professional

* more often if the machine is used for extended periods of time or if used frequently

**more often if the machine is used heavily or if it is not operating properly

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.

6 Comments

  1. Looking to purchase this at sew and quilt show for $3899 new. Is this an average price?

    • I love the my Dreamweaver vq3000. I’ve made several quilts with it and have used the free motion feature with it as well. I’ve used it to make a dress for a wedding and veils for the bride.
      I have mine on a large folding table. To level it with my machine, I bought a door insulation panel (3/4 inch) which I broke (use a box cutter) to surround the machine with the quilting extension table in place. Lastly, I placed a vinyl on top of the insulation and taped the vinyl to the bottom and voila, you have a quilting table and have saved yourself 2k-4k in the process.
      The sale price you were quoted is very good for this machine. Hope you get it and enjoy.
      This machine does sew canvas/twill/suede etc.. You just have to use the walking foot that comes with the machine. That walking foot is great for stitch in the ditch while quilting as well.

  2. Since the manufacturers suggested retail price for the Brother Dreamweaver is $4999, I would say GO FOR IT… and enjoy!

    Happy Stitching.

  3. I am not sure why you say not recommended for heavy fabrics, this thing can plow through 10 layers of denim and not even bat an eyelash, the muvit foot has its own motor and it meant to handle heavier and even more delicate fabrics. I have had the combo machine for a year and a half and can say it is worth it for that foot alone

  4. I agree with Shavon. I am not sure why you say it isn’t recommended for heavy fabrics, my DreamWeaver VQ3000 sews through anything from heavy canvas to layers of batting and fabric with ease. Using the J foot no less!
    I was very impressed with your reviews on here until you stated that this machine does not sew heavy fabrics….
    You also don’t mention the MuVit foot. It comes with this machine, and the Laser feature is awesome! I think you need to review this machine again.

    • Hello, Angie -

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      I hesitate to recommend most sewing heavy or very thick fabrics on computerized multi-purpose sewing/embroidery machines because I have not yet been convinced that they can handle very thick or heavy fabrics over an extended period of time.

      No doubt, they can take very thick or heavy fabrics occasionally, but in my opinion, the jury is still out as to whether or not you can work with heavy weight fabrics more than 25-40% of the time it is in use.

      Happy stitching.

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