The Brother Laura Ashley CX205LA and the Singer XL-400 are two of the most popular affordable sewing machines we will compare today. In addition to being packed with features in an affordable price range, these two sewing machines produced excellent stitch quality.
What are the major differences between them? Here I will try to answer them as simply as possible.
Brother Laura Ashley CX205LA vs. Singer XL-400: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother Laura Ashley CX205LA is a computerized sewing machine, while the Singer XL-400 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 Laura Ashley CX205LA vs. Singer XL-400 : Built-in Stitches
With Brother Laura Ashley CX205LA, you get an attractive amount of stitches – 150 to be exact. The 150 stitches include standard stitches, decorative stitches, and buttonhole stitches. As for Singer XL-400, it contains 30. These stitches include standard and decorative stitches, which are similar to those found on the Brother Laura Ashley CX205LA.
The Brother Laura Ashley CX205LA weighs approximately 11.02 lbs, while the Singer XL-400 sewing machine comes with a weight of 23 lbs.
When you don’t have a specific spot in your home where your sewing machine belongs, the extra weight can become burdensome.
Both the Brother Laura Ashley CX205LA sewing machine and Singer XL-400 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 Laura Ashley CX205LA sewing machine and Singer XL-400 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 Laura Ashley CX205LA sewing machine and the Singer XL-400 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 Laura Ashley CX205LA and Singer XL-400 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.
|Brother Laura Ashley CX205LA||Singer XL-400|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Sewing and Embroidery Combo|
|Buttonhole Styles||8 one-step||2 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||Yes|
|Monogramming Font||Yes, 1||Yes, 5|
|Working Light||Yes, 1 LED||Yes, 6 LEDs|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||Yes|
|Weight||11.02 lbs||23 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||–|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||–||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||LCD and Push Button||Push Button|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Yes|
|Included Feet||Buttonhole Foot, Overcasting Foot, Monogramming Foot, Zipper Foot, ZigZag Foot, Blind Stitch Foot, Button Fitting Foot, 1/4″ Piecing Foot, Walking Foot, Spring Action Quilting Foot, Stitch Guide Foot||–|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||–||Yes|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother Laura Ashley CX205LA Video Review
Singer XL-400 Video Review
Both of these sewing machines come from fantastic companies, but they are particularly difficult to choose between. Based on their features, my overall recommendation would be to choose the machine that comes with more built-in stitches at an affordable price.
Q. What are features to look for in a sewing machine?
A. The best features will depend on the type of sewing you plan to do. For a beginner, some features to look for include built-in stitch types, an automatic needle threader, a top drop-in bobbin, and a set of standard presser feet.
Q. Can a normal sewing machine sew canvas?
A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.
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. How much electricity does a sewing machine use
A. A typical home sewing machine may be in the 100-watt range. One estimate for portable sewing machines says that you are paying about 0.013 cents per hour every time. For the day you may be spending about 10 cents.
Q. Why use a walking foot on a sewing machine
A. A walking foot helps move knit fabrics evenly so they don’t stretch out of shape. The walking foot eliminates the need for excessive pinning when working with slippery fabrics. That is especially useful because most of those slippery fabrics, such as satin, are easily damaged by pins.
Q. Can i use 3 in 1 oil on my sewing machine
A. You shouldn’t use cooking oil or automotive oil in your machine, since doing so may clog the gears and damage any fabric used in the machine. Also, 3-in-1 oil is not suitable for sewing machines, according to Threads magazine.