In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Singer 4432 and Singer XL-550. 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.
Singer 4432 vs. Singer XL-550: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Singer 4432 is a mechanical 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.
Choose wisely depends on your sewing goal and skill levels.
Singer 4432 vs. Singer XL-550 : Built-in Stitches
The Singer 4432 comes with an attractive amount of built-in stitches, 32 to be exact. Within those 32 stitches you can find standard stitches, decorative stitches and easy-to-use buttonhole stitches. While the Singer XL-550 sewing machine features 215 stitches. Similar to the Singer 4432, these stitches include standard and decorative stitches.
The Singer 4432 sewing machine doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Singer XL-550 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
The Singer XL-550 arrives with a speed control slider while the Singer 4432 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.
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 Singer 4432 sewing machine and the Singer XL-550 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 Singer 4432 and Singer XL-550 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 Singer 4432 and Singer XL-550 allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.
|Singer 4432||Singer XL-550|
|Sewing Machine Type||Mechanical||Sewing and Embroidery Combo|
|Buttonhole Styles||1 one-step||6 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||No||Yes|
|Monogramming Font||No||Yes, 20|
|Working Light||Yes LED||Yes, 6 LEDs|
|Speed Control Slider||No||Yes|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||Yes||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||–|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||Yes|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||Dial||LCD and Push Button|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Yes|
|Included Feet||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot||–|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||No||Yes|
|Tension||Adjustable With Dial||Automatic Tension|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Singer 4432 Video Review
Singer XL-550 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. 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. Can a normal sewing machine sew canvas?
A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.
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. 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 3 in 1 oil on my sewing machine
A. You shouldn’t use cooking oil or automotive oil in your machine, since doing so may clog the gears and damage any fabric used in the machine. Also, 3-in-1 oil is not suitable for sewing machines, according to Threads magazine.