SINGER XL-400 Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine Review

Ratings
  • Quality - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Design - 9/10
    9/10
  • Price - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Ease of Use - 9/10
    9/10
  • Durability - 8.5/10
    8.5/10

Summary

Unless you want to spend thousands of dollars to get a high-end embroidery machine, this should be okay for you. You will even enjoy it more if you are an experienced sewer because you will be able to carry out large projects like quilting etc.

8.7/10
When you make up your mind to buy an embroidery machine, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Price, right? What comes next? Is it the performance of the machine or manufacturer’s record of accomplishment? Most probably machine performance. If this is how you think while preparing to get a sewing machine for yourself, then you are on the right track.

While this equipment is a bit expensive, we can say that the performance quite justifies the price point. Not only is it easy to set up but also easy to handle so that you can fulfill your sewing and embroidery needs.

In this review, we are going to show you how this unit has performed so far in the market, what others are saying about it and why you should or should not buy it. We have divided the review into easy subheadings so that you can jump to the section that is applicable to you. Therefore, before you buy this equipment, simply scroll down, read and digest our review so that you can make an informed buying decision.

Specifications

  • Product Weight: 23 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 49.1 pounds
  • Dimensions: 22 x 9.5 x 13 inches
  • Brand: Singer

Features SINGER Futura XL-400 Machine

  • It has a larger embroidery hoop – this is 10” x 6” wide.
  • It comes with multi-hooping capacity.
  • It has 125 built-in embroidery designs in addition to five lettering fonts.
  • It is designed with a Swift Smart threading system.
  • It has 30 built-in sewing stitches.
  • This is an 110-volt embroidery machine.
  • It comes with 1-year manufacturer warranty.

Multi-Hoop Capacity

With this feature, you will be able to design custom designs that fit your need. The multi-hoop capability of this machine helps you come up with designs that are as big as 18-1/2 by 11 inches.

Easy Editing of All Designs

Now you don’t have to worry about producing a design that is not representative of what you have in your imagination. You can easily check, modify and customize your designs right on your computer screen.

Comes with 125 Pre-Installed Embroidery Designs

If you are a beginner, you need some inbuilt embroidery designs that will get you started. While it is ample for the beginner to have access to these pre-installed designs, the experienced user will find that it complements their design prowess.

LED Lights

Do you fear that you might experience eyestrain for working on delicate designs that need total attention? Don’t worry, you will not experience that. With the LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights placed on this unit, you will see your sewing surface clearly and focus on your design without straining your eyes.

Swift Smart Threading Technology

The swift smart threading technology makes threading easier by ensuring that the thread is guided through all the proper sections until it is placed in the needle. You won’t have to spend several minutes trying to guide the thread from the spool to the needle area.

Drop and Sew Bobbin System

Manual labor is gone and everything can be automated. By dropping the bobbin into its space, and pulling the thread into the slot, you are ready to start embroidering.

Extra-Large Sewing Space

You now have more space for coming up with wonderful designs. The sewing space is expanded so that you have more space for completing large projects like quilts etc.

Consumer Reviews

At the time of writing this review, this equipment is rated 3.4 of 5.0-star rating on Amazon.com. While there are many positive customer reviews for this product, the negative reviews are somehow substantial. It is as if many of the reviewers are dissatisfied with this unit. While some are complaining about their unit breaking down, some are complaining that they had to buy many more accessories after paying exorbitantly for their equipment.

Pros

  • The sewing space on this sewing machine is quite big making it easy to complete large projects like quilting and other related projects. Therefore, you should be aware that this unit is big and you would need ample space to contain it.
  • The LED light on this unit is very bright so that you will enjoy working on it without getting the eyes tired.
  • The threading system makes it easy for you to thread on the machine especially if you are a beginner and you struggle with needle eye.
  • The software on this unit allows you to have access to lots of embroidery designs. The software comes with big and small designs that you can start using right away. In addition, if you still want more designs, you can download them off the internet.
  • It is compatible with the majority of design file types you will come across such as VP3, HUS, PES etc. This means that you can use any format and you don’t even need the Singer software as you can use other software out there.
  • The response time is excellent. You can also customize your user time so that you will be able to skip or restitch a particular design.
  • This machine is strong, large and well constructed. It can stand vibrations and go through heavy material with no difficulty.

Cons

  • Most of the reviews on this product were complaints about the spool stand that comes with this machine as it often causes threads and needles to break. Some users have suggested that you can use a thread stand behind your equipment to curb this problem or place the spool in a cup right behind the machine.
  • The software that comes with this unit is too simple. You can’t do advanced designs on it and if you really want to, you might have to buy another software from Singer.
  • This unit has below average rating on Amazon.com.

Conclusion

Unless you want to spend thousands of dollars to get a high-end embroidery machine, this should be okay for you. You will even enjoy it more if you are an experienced sewer because you will be able to carry out large projects like quilting etc.