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Brother XR9500PRW vs. Singer XL-550 Comparison

The Brother XR9500PRW and the Singer XL-550 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 the two? Below I will describe the differences in the simplest terms possible.

Brother XR9500PRW vs. Singer XL-550: Comparison in Features

Sewing Machine Types

The Brother XR9500PRW is a computerized sewing machine, while the Singer XL-550 is a sewing and embroidery combo machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.

The decision has to be made on an individual level.

Brother XR9500PRW vs. Singer XL-550 : Built-in Stitches

There are 100 stitches on Brother XR9500PRW. On the other hand, the Singer XL-550 has 215 built-in stitches. Brother XR9500PRW sewing machine comes with 8 one-step buttonhole(s), while Singer XL-550 has only 6 one-step buttonhole(s).

Start/Stop Button

Both the Brother XR9500PRW and Singer XL-550 sewing machine 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 XR9500PRW and Singer XL-550 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.

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 XR9500PRW sewing machine and the Singer XL-550 sewing machine come with this user-friendly feature.

Drop Feed

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 XR9500PRW and Singer XL-550 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.

Brother XR9500PRW Singer XL-550
Product Image
Sewing Machine Type Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Combo
Stitches 100 215
Buttonhole Styles 8 one-step 6 one-step
Start/Stop Button Yes Yes
Built-in Memory Yes
Programmable Needle Up/Down Yes Yes
Monogramming Font Yes 1 Yes, 20
Drop Feed Yes Yes
Free Arm Yes
Working Light Yes LED Yes, 6 LEDs
Speed Control Slider Yes Yes
Weight 9.92 lbs
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter Yes
Snap-on Presser Foot Yes
Automatic Thread Cutter No Yes
Automatic Needle Threader Yes Yes
Drop-in Bobbin Yes Yes
USB Connectivity No Yes
Stitch Selection LCD Display and Push Button LCD and Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/Width Yes Yes
Included Feet Buttonhole foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Zigzag foot, Blind stitch foot, Button fitting foot
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button No Yes
Tension Adjustable With Dial Automatic Tension
Knee Lifter No
Warranty 25 Year Limited 25 Year Limited
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Brother XR9500PRW Video Review

Singer XL-550 Video Review

The Verdict

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. 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. 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 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. Can i use serger thread in my sewing machine

A. Do not use serger thread in your sewing machine. These spools of thread are tempting to buy because they’re inexpensive, but they have a very rough texture on the thread. So if you put it in your regular sewing machine, it’s going to break and jam and you’ll be really frustrated.

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.