The Janome MOD-15 and the Singer C440 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 main differences between them? Allow me to simplify my answers here.
Janome MOD-15 vs. Singer C440: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Janome MOD-15 is a mechanical sewing machine, while the Singer C440 is a computerized sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.
The sewing machine you choose should be tailored to your skill level and goals.
Janome MOD-15 vs. Singer C440 : Built-in Stitches
There are 15 stitches on Janome MOD-15. On the other hand, the Singer C440 has 200 built-in stitches. Janome MOD-15 sewing machine comes with 1 four-step buttonhole(s), while Singer C440 has only 13 one-step buttonhole(s).
The Janome MOD-15 weighs approximately 11.7 lbs, while the Singer C440 comes with a weight of 18.5 lbs.
The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.
The Janome MOD-15 sewing machine doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Singer C440 does. One of the best ways of controlling some of your variables within free motion quilting is by using your start/stop button.
Speed Control Slider
Neither Janome MOD-15 nor Singer C440 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
To assist the user, self-threading sewing machines have what is called an automatic needle threader. The Singer C440 has one while the Janome MOD-15 doesn’t.
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 MOD-15 and the Singer C440 come with this user-friendly feature.
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 MOD-15 and Singer C440 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.
There is free arm on both the Janome MOD-15 and the Singer C440. 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.
|Janome MOD-15||Singer C440|
|Sewing Machine Type||Mechanical||Computerized|
|Buttonhole Styles||1 four-step||13 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||No||Yes|
|Working Light||Yes||Yes 3 LEDs|
|Speed Control Slider||No||No|
|Weight||11.7 lbs||18.5 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||–||–|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||Yes|
|Automatic Needle Threader||No||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||Dial||LCD Touch Screen|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Yes|
|Included Feet||–||All-Purpose Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Overcasting Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot with Underplate, Straight Stitch Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Open Toe Foot, Embroidery Foot, Parallel Sewing Foot.|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||No||Yes, Tack Stitch Button|
|Tension||Adjustable With Dial||–|
|Warranty||–||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Janome MOD-15 Video Review
Singer C440 Video Review
When you compare the performances, both machines are neck on neck. There isn’t a lot of difference in stitch quality. Both machines handle thick and delicate fabrics exceptionally well. In fact, the stitch quality is one factor that makes these two machines different from other machines in their segment. From the feature differences we have listed above, we believe you will be able to make a decision on your own. We will leave this one to you.
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. 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. 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. 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. Do you need a special sewing machine for leather?
A. No, although a heavy-duty machine will make it easier. However, any good-quality home sewing machine can handle leather with a few special accessories. You will need a Teflon presser foot, a needle designed for sewing leather, and heavy-duty thread.
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.