In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother SE400 and Singer 4423. 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 SE400 vs. Singer 4423: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother SE400 is a sewing and embroidery combo machine, while the Singer 4423 is a mechanical sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.
The sewing machine you choose should be tailored to your skill level and goals.
Brother SE400 vs. Singer 4423 : Built-in Stitches
With Brother SE400 sewing machine, you get an attractive amount of stitches – 67 to be exact. The 67 stitches include standard stitches, decorative stitches, and buttonhole stitches. As for Singer 4423, it contains 23. These stitches include standard and decorative stitches, which are similar to those found on the Brother SE400.
The Brother SE400 weighs approximately 13.66 lbs, while the Singer 4423 sewing machine comes with a weight of 14.5 lbs.
The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.
The Singer 4423 doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Brother SE400 sewing machine does. A huge number of sewists don’t realize that using the start/stop button effectively can make sewing a whole lot easier. It is very useful for decorative stitches for example, as well as with free-motion quilting.
Speed Control Slider
The Brother SE400 arrives with a speed control slider while the Singer 4423 sewing machine 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
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 SE400 and the Singer 4423 come with this user-friendly feature.
Programmable Needle Up/Down
Unlike the Brother SE400, the Singer 4423 isn’t equipped with a programmable needle up/down function. And using the needle-down function allows the needle to act as a third hand in holding the stitching position, such as when you want to stop and turn a corner or stitching a curve.
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 SE400 and Singer 4423 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.
There is free arm on both the Brother SE400 and the Singer 4423. The free arm is a very useful feature to all sewing machines as it makes sewing one layer of fabric without catching another. This is because all of the workings around the bobbin race, feed dogs, and needles are housed there.
Automatic Thread Cutter
If you hate cutting your threads after a sewing process, then a sewing machine that comes with an automatic thread cutter can be a lifesaver. Know that the Singer 4423 does not have this feature. The Brother SE400, on the other hand, is equipped with an automatic thread cutter feature.
|Brother SE400||Singer 4423|
|Sewing Machine Type||Sewing and Embroidery Combo||Mechanical|
|Buttonhole Styles||10 one-step||1 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||No|
|Monogramming Font||Yes 5||No|
|Working Light||Yes 1 LED||–|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||No|
|Weight||13.66 lbs||14.5 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||Yes||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||LCD Touch Display||Dial|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Yes|
|Included Feet||Buttonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Blind Stitch foot, Button Fitting foot, Embroidery foot||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||No||No|
|Tension||Adjustable With Dial||Adjustable With Dial|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother SE400 Video Review
Singer 4423 Video Review
These two sewing machines, both made by excellent businesses, are tough to pick between. After comparing their features, my general suggestion is to go with the machine that has more built-in stitches at a lower price.
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. Can a regular sewing machine sew vinyl?
A. Yes, with the same modifications listed above for leather.
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 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. 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. 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.