In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Singer 4452 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 major differences between them? Here I will try to answer them as simply as possible.
Singer 4452 vs. Singer XL-400: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Singer 4452 is a mechanical 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.
Singer 4452 vs. Singer XL-400 : Built-in Stitches
The Singer 4452 has 32 stitches. The Singer XL-400 on the other hand comes with 30 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Singer 4452 sewing machine comes with 1 one-step buttonhole(s), Singer XL-400 has only 2 one-step buttonhole(s).
The Singer 4452 weighs approximately 15 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.
The Singer 4452 doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Singer XL-400 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-400 sewing machine arrives with a speed control slider while the Singer 4452 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 4452 sewing machine and the Singer XL-400 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 4452 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 Singer 4452 and Singer XL-400 allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.
|Singer 4452||Singer XL-400|
|Sewing Machine Type||Mechanical||Sewing and Embroidery Combo|
|Buttonhole Styles||1 one-step||2 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||No||Yes|
|Monogramming Font||No||Yes, 5|
|Working Light||Yes||Yes, 6 LEDs|
|Speed Control Slider||No||Yes|
|Weight||15 lbs||23 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||Yes||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||–|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||Dial||Push Button|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Yes|
|Included Feet||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot and bonus accessories (Even Feed / Walking Foot, Non-Stick Foot, Clearance Plate, Heavy Duty Needles – Size 16)||–|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||No||Yes|
|Tension||Automatic (can be adjusted with dial)||–|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Singer 4452 Video Review
Singer XL-400 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. What type of maintenance do sewing machines need?
A. Today’s sewing machines usually require just a few basic steps to keep them in good working order. While the manual included with your machine will spell out the details, it’s important to regularly remove the throat plate and use a small, soft brush to remove thread, lint, and debris that might have become lodged inside the machine. Your machine may also require oiling to keep everything lubricated and running smoothly.
Q. Why adjust tension on sewing machine
A. Sewing machine tension adjustment is controlled by devices that separately control the needle thread and the bobbin thread, putting varying amounts of tension (or strength) on the threads they control to form a strong, balanced stitch.
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. 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. 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.