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Brother LX3817 vs. Singer XL-400 Comparison

In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother LX3817 and Singer XL-400. 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 major differences between them? Here I will try to answer them as simply as possible.

Brother LX3817 vs. Singer XL-400: Comparison in Features

Sewing Machine Types

The Brother LX3817 is a mechanical 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.

Choose wisely depends on your sewing goal and skill levels.

Brother LX3817 vs. Singer XL-400 : Built-in Stitches

The Brother LX3817 comes with an attractive amount of built-in stitches, 17 to be exact. Within those 17 stitches you can find standard stitches, decorative stitches and easy-to-use buttonhole stitches. While the Singer XL-400 features 30 stitches. Similar to the Brother LX3817, these stitches include standard and decorative stitches.

Weight

The Brother LX3817 weighs approximately 10.36 lbs, while the Singer XL-400 comes with a weight of 23 lbs.

The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.

Start/Stop Button

The Brother LX3817 doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Singer XL-400 does. One of the best ways of controlling some of your variables within free motion quilting is by using your start/stop button.

Speed Control Slider

The Singer XL-400 sewing machine arrives with a speed control slider while the Brother LX3817 doesn’t. A speed control slide is a useful feature that allows you to set the maximum speed you are comfortable with.

Automatic Needle Threader

To assist the user, self-threading sewing machines have what is called an automatic needle threader. The Singer XL-400 has one while the Brother LX3817 doesn’t.

Drop-in Bobbin

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 LX3817 and the Singer XL-400 sewing machine come with this user-friendly feature.

Brother LX3817 Singer XL-400
Product Image
Sewing Machine Type Mechanical Sewing and Embroidery Combo
Stitches 17 30
Buttonhole Styles 1 four-step 2 one-step
Start/Stop Button No Yes
Built-in Memory No
Programmable Needle Up/Down No Yes
Monogramming Font No Yes, 5
Drop Feed Yes
Free Arm Yes
Working Light Yes, LED Yes, 6 LEDs
Speed Control Slider No Yes
Weight 10.36 lbs 23 lbs
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter Yes
Snap-on Presser Foot
Automatic Thread Cutter No No
Automatic Needle Threader No Yes
Drop-in Bobbin Yes Yes
USB Connectivity No Yes
Stitch Selection Dial Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/Width Yes
Included Feet Buttonhole Foot, Zipper Foot, Zigzag Foot, Button Sewing Foot
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button No Yes
Tension Adjustable by dial
Knee Lifter No
Warranty 25 Year Limited 25 Year Limited
Price Check Price on Amazon Check Price on Amazon

Brother LX3817 Video Review

Singer XL-400 Video Review

The Verdict

While both of these sewing machines are made by great businesses, choosing between them is tough. But my general suggestion is to go with the machine that has the most built-in stitches at a reasonable price.

Q. Can I interchange metal and plastic bobbins if they are the same size?

A. Metal bobbins and plastic bobbins of the same size can NOT be swapped. Machines are set for a very precise tension setting. If they are set for a lighter plastic bobbin, the tension will change if a heavier metal bobbin is used.

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. Are sewing machines dangerous?

A. Like any machine, a sewing machine can be dangerous if not used correctly. Always follow the safety guidelines provided by the manufacturer when it comes to maintenance, and pay attention while sewing.

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. 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. How to use double needle on sewing machine

  • STEP 1: PREP YOUR EDGE.
  • STEP 2: PREP YOUR SEWING MACHINE.
  • STEP 3: TEST ON A SCRAP OF FABRIC.
  • STEP 4: SEW THE DOUBLE NEEDLE HEM.