The Brother XM2701 and the Singer 4432 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 XM2701 vs. Singer 4432: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
Both Brother XM2701 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 XM2701 vs. Singer 4432 : Built-in Stitches
With Brother XM2701 sewing machine, you get an attractive amount of stitches – 27 to be exact. The 27 stitches include standard stitches, decorative stitches, and buttonhole stitches. As for Singer 4432 sewing machine, it contains 32. These stitches include standard and decorative stitches, which are similar to those found on the Brother XM2701.
The Brother XM2701 sewing machine weighs approximately 12.6 lbs, while the Singer 4432 sewing machine comes with a weight of 14.6 lbs.
The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.
Neither Brother XM2701 sewing machine nor Singer 4432 has a start/stop button. This might not be convenient for a novice to sew effectively.
Speed Control Slider
Neither Brother XM2701 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 XM2701 sewing machine and the Singer 4432 sewing machine 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 XM2701 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 XM2701||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||Yes 1 LED||Yes LED|
|Speed Control Slider||No||No|
|Weight||12.6 lbs||14.6 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||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, Zigzag 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 XM2701 Video Review
Singer 4432 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. 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. 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 a normal sewing machine sew canvas?
A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.
Q. How do I thread a sewing machine?
To get started with your sewing project, you’ll need to first thread your sewing machine. While your machine’s manual should guide you in the specific sequence for your make and model, the basic process starts by placing the presser foot in the up position.
Next, put your thread spool on the spool holder and bring the thread across the top of the machine, through the thread guide. Insert the thread through the tension mechanism, sliding it between the metal disks before pulling it back upwards. Find the take-up lever and place the thread into the hole. Pull the thread towards the sewing machine needle, using available thread guides as you go.
Finally, bring the needle into an accessible position by adjusting the handwheel. Insert the thread. Your sewing machine should be threaded and ready to go, but it’s always a good idea to make a test run on a sample swatch to check your work.
However, if you sewing machine comes with an automatic needle threader, that would save you lots of time.
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. 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.