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Singer XL-400 vs. Singer XL-420 Comparison

The Singer XL-400 and the Singer XL-420 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 main differences between them? Allow me to simplify my answers here.

Singer XL-400 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 XL-400 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.

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 XL-400 vs. Singer XL-420 : Built-in Stitches

The Singer XL-400 has 30 stitches. The Singer XL-420 on the other hand comes with 30 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Singer XL-400 sewing machine comes with 2 one-step buttonhole(s), Singer XL-420 has only 2 one-step buttonhole(s).

Weight

The Singer XL-400 sewing machine weighs approximately 23 lbs, while the Singer XL-420 comes with a weight of 25 lbs.

The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.

Start/Stop Button

Both the Singer XL-400 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

Both Singer XL-400 and Singer XL-420 have a speed control slider, which 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.

Drop-in Bobbin

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 XL-400 and the Singer XL-420 sewing machine come with this user-friendly feature.

Drop Feed

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 XL-400 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 XL-400 and Singer XL-420 allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.

Singer XL-400 Singer XL-420
Product Image
Sewing Machine Type Sewing and Embroidery Combo Sewing and Embroidery Combo
Stitches 30 30
Buttonhole Styles 2 one-step 2 one-step
Start/Stop Button Yes Yes
Built-in Memory
Programmable Needle Up/Down Yes Yes
Monogramming Font Yes, 5 Yes, 5
Drop Feed Yes Yes
Free Arm
Working Light Yes, 6 LEDs Yes, 6 LEDs
Speed Control Slider Yes Yes
Weight 23 lbs 25 lbs
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter Yes Yes
Snap-on Presser Foot
Automatic Thread Cutter No No
Automatic Needle Threader Yes Yes
Drop-in Bobbin Yes Yes
USB Connectivity Yes Yes
Stitch Selection Push Button 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
Tension Automatic Tension
Knee Lifter Yes
Warranty 25 Year Limited
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Singer XL-400 Video Review

Singer XL-420 Video Review

The Verdict

The Singer XL-400 and Singer XL-420 differ significantly in terms of features. The stitch quality is, nevertheless, a recurring factor. These two machines can sew a wide range of textiles with reliable results. I’d choose any of these two machines if you asked me to choose an affordable, sophisticated sewing machine. I won’t offer a recommendation because they have such disparate features. You must base your selection on your stitching ability and experience.

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. Can a normal sewing machine sew canvas?

A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.

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. 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.