In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Singer SE300 and Singer XL-420. 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 SE300 vs. Singer XL-420: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The combo machines can do both sewing and embroidery. Actually, they are more often called ’embroidery machines’. Both Singer SE300 and Singer XL-420 are sewing and embroidery machines.
If all you think you’ll ever need is a sewing machine, then by all means, go buy yourself a good sewing machine and enjoy it.
If you want to do a lot of embroideries but somehow think you’ll need to do regular machine sewing, then a sewing and embroidery machine is right for you.
Singer SE300 vs. Singer XL-420 : Built-in Stitches
The Singer SE300 sewing machine comes with an attractive amount of built-in stitches, 250 to be exact. Within those 250 stitches you can find standard stitches, decorative stitches and easy-to-use buttonhole stitches. While the Singer XL-420 features 30 stitches. Similar to the Singer SE300, these stitches include standard and decorative stitches.
The Singer SE300 sewing machine weighs approximately 18.6 lbs, while the Singer XL-420 sewing machine comes with a weight of 25 lbs.
When you don’t have a specific spot in your home where your sewing machine belongs, the extra weight can become burdensome.
Both the Singer SE300 and Singer XL-420 come with a start/stop button. A start/stop button is an important accessibility feature. If you’re unable, for whatever reason, to use the foot pedal, a start/stop button allows you to run your sewing machine anyway. It’s also invaluable for making perfect one-step automatic buttonholes.
Speed Control Slider
The Singer XL-420 arrives with a speed control slider while the Singer SE300 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 SE300 and the Singer XL-420 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 SE300 and Singer XL-420 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 SE300 and Singer XL-420 allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.
Automatic Thread Cutter
If you hate cutting your threads after a sewing process, then a sewing machine that comes with an automatic thread cutter can be a lifesaver. Know that the Singer XL-420 does not have this feature. The Singer SE300, on the other hand, is equipped with an automatic thread cutter feature.
|Singer SE300||Singer XL-420|
|Sewing Machine Type||Sewing and Embroidery Combo||Sewing and Embroidery Combo|
|Buttonhole Styles||14 one-step||2 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||Yes|
|Monogramming Font||–||Yes, 5|
|Working Light||Yes, 3 LEDs||Yes, 6 LEDs|
|Speed Control Slider||No||Yes|
|Weight||18.6 lbs||25 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||Yes||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||–|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||Yes||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||Touch Screen||Push Button|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||–|
|Included Feet||–||Embroidery Foot, All Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot with Underplate, Blind Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Button Sewing Foot|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||Yes||–|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Singer SE300 Video Review
Singer XL-420 Video Review
Both machines are neck and neck when it comes to performance. The stitch quality is very similar between the two machines. They are capable of handling heavy and delicate fabrics with ease. It is the stitch quality of these two machines that differentiates them from other machines in their segment. Based on the features listed above, we believe you will be able to make a decision on your own. The final decision is yours.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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.