|Yes||18.5 x 11"||125||10 x 6"|
4 x 4"
Priced between $500 and $600, the Singer Futura XL-400 is a mid-range sewing and embroidery machine that has been designed to very easily sustain heavy duty use. Indeed, thanks to its solid casting, it can very easily sustain quite a lot of wear and tear. Unlike most embroidery machines, the XL-400 is surprisingly easy to use, though it does come with a wide variety of features designed to facilitate your sewing process and make it far easier for u to indulge in various types of embroidery projects. Extremely tech-friendly, it is also designed to help users import a variety of patterns and designs from their computer to the machine.
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Like every sewing machine, however, the XL-400 also has a few setbacks to its name. For example, a few people complained about the built-in light which they found to be on the dimmer side. This prevented them from operating the machine at night or during darker weathers. Another downside reported with this machine was linked to the computerized feature: indeed, users who are not too familiar with embroidery or sewing machines often found it difficult to navigate through the different features.
In spite of the drawbacks, this particular model is highly recommended and certainly does get the job done on time.
Embroidery Area: 5/5
The Singer XL-400 comes with a wide embroidery area and multi-hooping capabilities, which makes it one of the embroidery machines with biggest embroidery area. Because of its wide embroidery area, you’ll be able to work with different types of fabrics with minimal hassle. These include, but are not limited to, tablecloths, bathrobes, curtains and the likes. Therefore, it is quite easy for most users to either cut back on these expenses or use the embroidery machine to debut their own home-based business. The wide embroidery area also saves you the hassle of having to constantly rehoop to finish your project.
Ease of Use: 4.5/5
This machine comes with a computerized option which may make it slightly harder to use than other models. On the flip side, however, the computerized version can be even simpler than manual adjustments since most functions can be controlled through a quick swipe of the finger. Indeed, most users have commented that once they got the hang of it, the machine was actually surprisingly easy for them to navigate through.
The multihooping capacity is also designed to facilitate your embroidery projects. The work table offers a generous amount of room which means that you won’t have to keep your elbows uncomfortably tucked in as you work. Because of the wider expanse of room, users can also very easily work with larger fabrics. This also saves you the hassle of having to repeatedly cut through or rearrange your fabric to make it fit across the plate. Most sewers will be glad to learn that the XL-400 is fairly compact, allowing you to set it on just about any desired table.
Extra Features: 5/5
The Singer XL-400 is absolutely brimming with a wide variety of extra features to facilitate your project. For starters, along with embroidery, it can be used for regular sewing. It includes an impressive 125 embroidery designs plus the capacity to upload more designs to the machine thanks to its USB compatibility. It also comes with 30 sewing stitches to add variety to its sewing feature. Users will also be able to benefit from a wide array of free accessories in the likes of satin stitch foot, pack of spare needles, auxiliary spool pins, several types and sizes of embroidery hoops, scissors, USB cable, embroidery foot, thread spool net, all-purpose food and the likes.
Thanks to its USB compatibility, users will be able to edit and personalize their designs on their computers and then upload them into the machine with no hassle. To make it far easier for you to use the machine at night, the apparatus even boasts of no less than 6 LED lights to keep your workspace.
As far as extra features are concerned, sewers can also benefit from an automatic needle threader which is activated by swiping a button on the touch screen. Therefore, all you really need to do is select your option, push down on the button and the thread is automatically guided through the eye of the needle. The programmable needle can be shifted for the optimal position to help you access your embroidery fabric. The drop and sew bobbing system is also ideal for beginners and even features a clear cover which makes it far easier for you to properly view the whole bobbin supply.
Overall, the Singer Futura XL-400 is one of the most recommended multi-function sewing machines in the market. In fact, aside from the Singer Futura XL-580, you won’t find a multi-function machine with more features than the XL-400.
- Sew & Embroidery: Yes
- Max Embroidery Area: 18.5 x 11″
- Included Hoops: 10 x 6″ and 4 x 4″
- Embroidery Designs: 125
- Alphabet Fonts: 5
- Embroidery Speed: 600
- Weight: 24 lbs
- Dimensions: 22 x 10 x 13″
- Warranty: 25-year Limited