In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Brother XL2600I and Singer 4432. 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 XL2600I vs. Singer 4432: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
Both Brother XL2600I and Singer 4432 are mechanical sewing machines. Although a mechanical sewing machine has fewer stitch options than a computerized one, they are easier to maintain and cost less.
Brother XL2600I vs. Singer 4432 : Built-in Stitches
The Brother XL2600I comes with an attractive amount of built-in stitches, 25 to be exact. Within those 25 stitches you can find standard stitches, decorative stitches and easy-to-use buttonhole stitches. While the Singer 4432 sewing machine features 32 stitches. Similar to the Brother XL2600I, these stitches include standard and decorative stitches.
The Brother XL2600I weighs approximately 11 lbs, while the Singer 4432 sewing machine comes with a weight of 14.6 lbs.
When you don’t have a specific spot in your home where your sewing machine belongs, the extra weight can become burdensome.
Neither Brother XL2600I nor Singer 4432 sewing machine has a start/stop button. This might not be convenient for a novice to sew effectively.
Speed Control Slider
Neither Brother XL2600I nor Singer 4432 sewing machine has a speed control slider. With a speed control slider, the sewing speed will never go above your selected speed, no matter how hard you press on the pedal.
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 XL2600I and the Singer 4432 come with this user-friendly feature.
Programmable Needle Up/Down
With a programmable needle up/down function, the needle will stop down in the fabric, allowing you to raise the presser foot and adjust the fabric without the fabric moving out of position because the needle will hold the fabric in place. However, unfortunately, these two sewing machines come with this feature.
There is free arm on both the Brother XL2600I and the Singer 4432. 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.
|Brother XL2600I||Singer 4432|
|Sewing Machine Type||Mechanical||Mechanical|
|Buttonhole Styles||1 one-step||1 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||No||No|
|Drop Feed||Free-motion With Needle Plate Cover Only||Yes|
|Working Light||Bulb||Yes LED|
|Speed Control Slider||No||No|
|Weight||11 lbs||14.6 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||–||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||–||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Yes|
|Included Feet||Buttonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Narrow Hemmer Foot, Zipper foot, Blind Stitch foot, Zig zag foot||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||–||No|
|Tension||–||Adjustable With Dial|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Brother XL2600I Video Review
Singer 4432 Video Review
Feature-wise, the Brother XL2600I and the Singer 4432 differ a lot. However, the common factor is the stitch quality. These two machines provide consistent stitches over a variety of fabrics. If you ask me to pick an affordable advanced sewing machine, I will pick any one of these two machines. Since they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion. The decision has to be made on your sewing skill and sewing level.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.