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Janome 6500P vs. Singer 5400 Comparison

The Janome 6500P and the Singer 5400 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.

Janome 6500P vs. Singer 5400: Comparison in Features

Sewing Machine Types

Janome 6500P and Singer 5400 are both computerized sewing machines. Computerized sewing machines allow you to save new patterns and stitch types to the onboard memory. It is possible for users to create their own stitches, or even patterns, depending on the machine they work with.

Contrary to what you might think, digital machines might be some of the easiest ones to operate. They were actually created to make our lives easier. Or, rather, they were supposed to make it easier and faster to make clothes in factories.

Janome 6500P vs. Singer 5400 : Built-in Stitches

The Janome 6500P has 135 stitches. The Singer 5400 on the other hand comes with 60 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Janome 6500P sewing machine comes with 7 one-step buttonhole(s), Singer 5400 has only 4 one-step buttonhole(s).

Weight

The Janome 6500P sewing machine weighs approximately 23.4 lbs, while the Singer 5400 comes with a weight of 13 lbs.

The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.

Speed Control Slider

The Janome 6500P sewing machine arrives with a speed control slider while the Singer 5400 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.

Drop-in Bobbin

This Janome 6500P sewing machine sewing machine comes with a drop-in bobbin, which allows you to see how much thread is left on the bobbin through the window. While Singer 5400 doesn’t

Programmable Needle Up/Down

Unlike the Janome 6500P, the Singer 5400 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.

Extra High Presser Foot Lifter

The extra-high presser foot lifter of the Janome 6500P and Singer 5400 allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.

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 5400 does not have this feature. The Janome 6500P, on the other hand, is equipped with an automatic thread cutter feature.

Janome 6500P Singer 5400
Product Image
Sewing Machine Type Computerized Electronic
Stitches 135 60
Buttonhole Styles 7 one-step 4 one-step
Start/Stop Button No
Built-in Memory Yes No
Programmable Needle Up/Down Yes No
Monogramming Font No
Drop Feed Yes No, Free-motion is possible with darning plate
Free Arm No Yes
Working Light Yes
Speed Control Slider Yes No
Weight 23.4 lbs 13 lbs
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter Yes Yes
Snap-on Presser Foot Yes Yes
Automatic Thread Cutter Yes No
Automatic Needle Threader Yes Yes
Drop-in Bobbin Yes No
USB Connectivity No
Stitch Selection LCD and Push Button LCD and Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/Width Yes Yes
Included Feet 1/4 Inch Seam Foot, 3-way Cording Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Open Toe Darning Foot Low Shank, Open Toe Satin Stitch Foot, Overedge Foot, Rolled Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot F, Sliding Buttonhole Foot, Zig-Zag Foot All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot.
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button Yes
Tension Automatic Tension Automatic (But adjustable with dial)
Knee Lifter Yes
Warranty 25 Year Limited
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The Verdict

While both of these sewing machines are made by great businesses, choosing between them is tough. But my general suggestion is to go with the machine that has the most built-in stitches at a reasonable price.

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. 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. 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 a normal sewing machine sew canvas?

A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.

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.