In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Singer 5532 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 5532 vs. Singer XL-400: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Singer 5532 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 5532 vs. Singer XL-400 : Built-in Stitches
The Singer 5532 sewing machine 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-400 features 30 stitches. Similar to the Singer 5532, these stitches include standard and decorative stitches.
The Singer 5532 weighs approximately 14.5 lbs, while the Singer XL-400 sewing machine 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 5532 sewing machine doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Singer XL-400 sewing machine 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 5532 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 5532 and the Singer XL-400 sewing machine 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 5532 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 5532 and Singer XL-400 allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.
|Singer 5532||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, 6 LEDs|
|Speed Control Slider||No||Yes|
|Weight||14.5 lbs||23 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||Yes||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||–|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||–||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||–|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||–||Yes|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Singer 5532 Video Review
Singer XL-400 Video Review
These two sewing machines, both made by excellent businesses, are tough to pick between. After comparing their features, my general suggestion is to go with the machine that has more built-in stitches at a lower price.
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 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. 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 a regular sewing machine sew vinyl?
A. Yes, with the same modifications listed above for leather.
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. How do I thread a sewing machine?
To get started with your sewing project, you’ll need to first thread your sewing machine. While your machine’s manual should guide you in the specific sequence for your make and model, the basic process starts by placing the presser foot in the up position.
Next, put your thread spool on the spool holder and bring the thread across the top of the machine, through the thread guide. Insert the thread through the tension mechanism, sliding it between the metal disks before pulling it back upwards. Find the take-up lever and place the thread into the hole. Pull the thread towards the sewing machine needle, using available thread guides as you go.
Finally, bring the needle into an accessible position by adjusting the handwheel. Insert the thread. Your sewing machine should be threaded and ready to go, but it’s always a good idea to make a test run on a sample swatch to check your work.
However, if you sewing machine comes with an automatic needle threader, that would save you lots of time.