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Janome 8050 vs. Singer XL-400 Comparison

In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Janome 8050 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.

Janome 8050 vs. Singer XL-400: Comparison in Features

Sewing Machine Types

The Janome 8050 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.

Janome 8050 vs. Singer XL-400 : Built-in Stitches

The Janome 8050 has 50 stitches. The Singer XL-400 on the other hand comes with 30 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Janome 8050 comes with 3 one-step buttonhole(s), Singer XL-400 has only 2 one-step buttonhole(s).

Weight

The Janome 8050 sewing machine weighs approximately 18 lbs, while the Singer XL-400 comes with a weight of 23 lbs.

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

Start/Stop Button

Both the Janome 8050 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 Janome 8050 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.

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 Janome 8050 sewing machine and the Singer XL-400 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 Janome 8050 and Singer XL-400 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.

Extra High Presser Foot Lifter

The extra-high presser foot lifter of the Janome 8050 and Singer XL-400 allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.

Janome 8050 Singer XL-400
Product Image
Sewing Machine Type Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Combo
Stitches 50 30
Buttonhole Styles 3 one-step 2 one-step
Start/Stop Button Yes Yes
Built-in Memory
Programmable Needle Up/Down Yes Yes
Monogramming Font No Yes, 5
Drop Feed Yes Yes
Free Arm Yes
Working Light Yes, 6 LEDs
Speed Control Slider Yes Yes
Weight 18 lbs 23 lbs
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter Yes Yes
Snap-on Presser Foot
Automatic Thread Cutter No
Automatic Needle Threader Yes Yes
Drop-in Bobbin Yes Yes
USB Connectivity Yes
Stitch Selection LCD Display and Push Button Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/Width Yes Yes
Included Feet Satin Stitch Foot F, Sliding Buttonhole Foot, Zig-Zag Foot
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button Yes Yes
Tension
Knee Lifter
Warranty 25 Year Limited
Price Check Price on Amazon Check Price on Amazon

Janome 8050 Video Review

Singer XL-400 Video Review

The Verdict

The Janome 8050 and Singer XL-400 differ significantly in terms of features. The stitch quality is, nevertheless, a recurring factor. These two machines can sew a wide range of textiles with reliable results. I’d choose any of these two machines if you asked me to choose an affordable, sophisticated sewing machine. I won’t offer a recommendation because they have such disparate features. You must base your selection on your stitching ability and experience.

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. 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. Can a regular sewing machine sew vinyl?

A. Yes, with the same modifications listed above for leather.

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. Why use a bobbin on a sewing machine

A. In general, the bobbin is the thing that feeds the thread to stitch from the lower part of the machine. Its purpose is to hold the thread below the needle, and it is where the thread in which you stitch comes from.