In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother VQ3000 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 main differences between them? Allow me to simplify my answers here.
Brother VQ3000 vs. Singer XL-400: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Brother VQ3000 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 VQ3000 vs. Singer XL-400 : Built-in Stitches
The Brother VQ3000 comes with an attractive amount of built-in stitches, 531 to be exact. Within those 531 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 VQ3000, these stitches include standard and decorative stitches.
The Brother VQ3000 sewing machine weighs approximately 49.6 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 VQ3000 sewing machine and Singer XL-400 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 VQ3000 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 VQ3000 and the Singer XL-400 sewing machine 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 VQ3000 and Singer XL-400 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.
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 XL-400 does not have this feature. The Brother VQ3000, on the other hand, is equipped with an automatic thread cutter feature.
|Brother VQ3000||Singer XL-400|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Sewing and Embroidery Combo|
|Buttonhole Styles||14 one-step||2 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||Yes|
|Monogramming Font||Yes 6||Yes, 5|
|Working Light||Yes||Yes, 6 LEDs|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||Yes|
|Weight||49.6 lbs||23 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||–||–|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||Yes||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||Touch Screen||Push Button|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Yes|
|Included Feet||Blind stitch, buttonhole, button fitting, zig zag, monogramming, overcasting, zipper, straight stitch, quilting, free-motion||–|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||–||Yes|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother VQ3000 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. Can i use clipper oil on my sewing machine
A. Yes, you can as some people do recommend it as an alternative to sewing machine oil.
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.
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. 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 adjust tension on sewing machine
A. Sewing machine tension adjustment is controlled by devices that separately control the needle thread and the bobbin thread, putting varying amounts of tension (or strength) on the threads they control to form a strong, balanced stitch.
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.