In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother DZ2400 and Singer XL-550. What made these two sewing machines stand out was that they were packed with features in an affordable range combined with excellent stitch quality.
What are the main differences between them? Allow me to simplify my answers here.
Brother DZ2400 vs. Singer XL-550: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother DZ2400 is a computerized sewing machine, while the Singer XL-550 is a sewing and embroidery combo machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.
You should choose carefully based on your sewing skills and goal.
Brother DZ2400 vs. Singer XL-550 : Built-in Stitches
There are 185 stitches on Brother DZ2400. On the other hand, the Singer XL-550 has 215 built-in stitches. Brother DZ2400 sewing machine comes with 8 one-step buttonhole(s), while Singer XL-550 sewing machine has only 6 one-step buttonhole(s).
Both the Brother DZ2400 sewing machine and Singer XL-550 sewing machine come with a start/stop button. A start/stop button is an important accessibility feature. If you’re unable, for whatever reason, to use the foot pedal, a start/stop button allows you to run your sewing machine anyway. It’s also invaluable for making perfect one-step automatic buttonholes.
Speed Control Slider
Both Brother DZ2400 sewing machine and Singer XL-550 sewing machine have a speed control slider, which allows you to set the maximum speed you are comfortable with.
Automatic Needle Threader
Many sewing machines sold today come with an automatic threader function. This is essentially a lever that will guide the thread through the eye of your sewing needle for you so that you don’t have to do it yourself. Many sewists prefer to thread their own needles, but if you have difficulty performing this task, then a machine with an automatic needle threader might be very useful for you. Fortunately, these two sewing machines both come with automatic needle threader, allowing you to thread the machine with ease.
The advantage of easy drop-in, top load bobbins is that you can readily see how much thread is left on the bobbin through the window. You do not have to remove the bobbin case to insert a new bobbin, and you do not have to remove the accessory tray from the free arm to change bobbins. Both the Brother DZ2400 sewing machine and the Singer XL-550 come with this user-friendly feature.
The most common type of feeding mechanism in a home sewing machine (and some industrial machines) is the drop feed, also known as the regular feed system. Both Brother DZ2400 and Singer XL-550 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.
|Brother DZ2400||Singer XL-550|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Sewing and Embroidery Combo|
|Buttonhole Styles||8 one-step||6 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||Yes|
|Monogramming Font||Yes 1||Yes, 20|
|Working Light||Yes LED||Yes, 6 LEDs|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||Yes|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||–|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||Yes|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||LCD Display and Push Button||LCD and Push Button|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Yes|
|Included Feet||Buttonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Overcasting foot, Zipper foot, Monogramming foot, Blind stitch foot, Zigzag foot, Walking foot, Quilting foot, 1/4″ Quilting foot, Quilting guide||–|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||No||Yes|
|Tension||Adjustable With Dial||Automatic Tension|
|Warranty||25 Year limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother DZ2400 Video Review
Singer XL-550 Video Review
When you compare the performances, both machines are neck on neck. There isn’t a lot of difference in stitch quality. Both machines handle thick and delicate fabrics exceptionally well. In fact, the stitch quality is one factor that makes these two machines different from other machines in their segment. From the feature differences we have listed above, we believe you will be able to make a decision on your own. We will leave this one to you.
Q. Why use a bobbin on a sewing machine
A. In general, the bobbin is the thing that feeds the thread to stitch from the lower part of the machine. Its purpose is to hold the thread below the needle, and it is where the thread in which you stitch comes from.
Q. What should I know about manual vs. electric sewing machines?
A. Manual sewing machines were the mainstay of the crafting world, but in more recent years electric (also known as computerized) machines have been increasing in popularity for their easy operation and advanced functions, such as embroidery.
If you’re looking for a simple sewing experience without frills, a mechanical machine gives you straightforward functionality.
Without electronic components, some feel that these machines prove more reliable in the long term.
However, computerized machines may shorten the learning curve for some new sewers, since choosing stitches and settings only requires the push of a button.
Q. What type of maintenance do sewing machines need?
A. Today’s sewing machines usually require just a few basic steps to keep them in good working order. While the manual included with your machine will spell out the details, it’s important to regularly remove the throat plate and use a small, soft brush to remove thread, lint, and debris that might have become lodged inside the machine. Your machine may also require oiling to keep everything lubricated and running smoothly.
Q. Do you need a special sewing machine for leather?
A. No, although a heavy-duty machine will make it easier. However, any good-quality home sewing machine can handle leather with a few special accessories. You will need a Teflon presser foot, a needle designed for sewing leather, and heavy-duty thread.
Q. Does the machine work well with stretchy materials?
A. The machine works perfectly with all types of fabrics. As long as the user can work with the material, there should be no problem.
Q. How do I thread a sewing machine?
To get started with your sewing project, you’ll need to first thread your sewing machine. While your machine’s manual should guide you in the specific sequence for your make and model, the basic process starts by placing the presser foot in the up position.
Next, put your thread spool on the spool holder and bring the thread across the top of the machine, through the thread guide. Insert the thread through the tension mechanism, sliding it between the metal disks before pulling it back upwards. Find the take-up lever and place the thread into the hole. Pull the thread towards the sewing machine needle, using available thread guides as you go.
Finally, bring the needle into an accessible position by adjusting the handwheel. Insert the thread. Your sewing machine should be threaded and ready to go, but it’s always a good idea to make a test run on a sample swatch to check your work.
However, if you sewing machine comes with an automatic needle threader, that would save you lots of time.