The Singer SE340 and the Singer XL-400 are two of the most popular affordable sewing machines we will compare today. In addition to being packed with features in an affordable price range, these two sewing machines produced excellent stitch quality.
What are the major differences between the two? Below I will describe the differences in the simplest terms possible.
Singer SE340 vs. Singer XL-400: 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 SE340 and Singer XL-400 are sewing and embroidery machines.
Go ahead and buy yourself a good regular sewing machine if you think you’ll never need embroidering.
But if you want to do a lot of embroidery but somehow think you’ll need to do regular machine sewing, then a combo machine is for you.
Singer SE340 vs. Singer XL-400 : Built-in Stitches
The Singer SE340 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-400 features 30 stitches. Similar to the Singer SE340, these stitches include standard and decorative stitches.
The Singer SE340 sewing machine weighs approximately 18.6 lbs, while the Singer XL-400 sewing machine comes with a weight of 23 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 SE340 sewing machine and Singer XL-400 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-400 arrives with a speed control slider while the Singer SE340 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 SE340 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 SE340 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 SE340 and Singer XL-400 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-400 does not have this feature. The Singer SE340, on the other hand, is equipped with an automatic thread cutter feature.
|Singer SE340||Singer XL-400|
|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||23 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||Yes|
|Included Feet||All-Purpose Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Overcasting Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot with Underplate, Straight Stitch Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Open Toe Foot, Embroidery Foot, Parallel Sewing Foot||–|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||Yes||Yes|
|Warranty||–||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Singer SE340 Video Review
Singer XL-400 Video Review
Both of these sewing machines come from fantastic companies, but they are particularly difficult to choose between. Based on their features, my overall recommendation would be to choose the machine that comes with more built-in stitches at an affordable price.
Q. Why use a bobbin on a sewing machine
A. In general, the bobbin is the thing that feeds the thread to stitch from the lower part of the machine. Its purpose is to hold the thread below the needle, and it is where the thread in which you stitch comes from.
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.
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 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.