In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Singer 44S and Singer 5400. 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 44S vs. Singer 5400: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Singer 44S is a mechanical sewing machine, while the Singer 5400 is a computerized sewing 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 44S vs. Singer 5400 : Built-in Stitches
With Singer 44S, you get an attractive amount of stitches – 23 to be exact. The 23 stitches include standard stitches, decorative stitches, and buttonhole stitches. As for Singer 5400 sewing machine, it contains 60. These stitches include standard and decorative stitches, which are similar to those found on the Singer 44S.
The Singer 44S sewing machine weighs approximately 17 lbs, while the Singer 5400 sewing machine 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.
Neither Singer 44S sewing machine nor Singer 5400 has a start/stop button. This might not be convenient for a novice to sew effectively.
Speed Control Slider
Neither Singer 44S nor Singer 5400 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
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.
This Singer 44S 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 sewing machine doesn’t
Programmable Needle Up/Down
With a programmable needle up/down function, the needle will stop down in the fabric, allowing you to raise the presser foot and adjust the fabric without the fabric moving out of position because the needle will hold the fabric in place. However, unfortunately, these two sewing machines come with this feature.
There is free arm on both the Singer 44S and the Singer 5400. 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.
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter
The extra-high presser foot lifter of the Singer 44S and Singer 5400 allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.
|Singer 44S||Singer 5400|
|Sewing Machine Type||Mechanical||Electronic|
|Buttonhole Styles||1 one-step||4 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||No||No|
|Drop Feed||Yes||No, Free-motion is possible with darning plate|
|Speed Control Slider||No||No|
|Weight||17 lbs||13 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||Yes||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||No|
|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.|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||–||–|
|Tension||Adjustable With Dial||Automatic (But adjustable with dial)|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Singer 44S Video Review
Singer 5400 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. Can a regular sewing machine sew vinyl?
A. Yes, with the same modifications listed above for leather.
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. 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. Does the machine work well with stretchy materials?
A. The machine works perfectly with all types of fabrics. As long as the user can work with the material, there should be no problem.