Singer XL-400 Vs Brother PE770 Comparison In Detail

Singer XL-400 Vs Brother PE770 Comparison In Detail

When you look from outside, the features of Singer Futura XL-400 and Brother PE770 may look similar. You have to dig in deep to understand the differences. What we want to know is, which embroidery machine will provide more value per dollar?

Singer Futura XL 400 vs Brother PE770 - Major Feature Differences

Here we are highlighting the areas where there is a major difference. 

Basic Functioning 

The first notable difference between Singer XL-400 and Brother PE770 is in their functioning. PE770 is an embroidery only machine, whereas XL 400 is a sewing and embroidery machine. Which means you can do normal sewing along with embroidery on XL-400. This clearly adds more versatility as you don't need to buy a conventional sewing machine for normal sewing. Singer XL-400 is more versatile in that aspect. XL-400 has 30 built-in sewing stitches which includes 6 Basic, 5 Stretch, 17 Decorative and 2 one-step Buttonhole stitches. It also has other cool features like programmable needle up/down button, drop feed, electronic twin needle control, drop-in bobbin etc.

Embroidery Designs 

You can say that Brother PE770 has its nose slightly in front in this section. PE770 has 136 built-in embroidery designs when compared to 125 of XL-400. It is not a huge difference, but still a difference. Both machines have options to import designs from your laptop, so that kind of evens out.

Embroidery Hoops & Area

Singer XL-400 wins hands down here. The maximum embroidery area on PE770 is 5"x7". XL-400 on the other hand has, 10"x6" embroidery area. Even better is the multi-hoop capability of Singer. You can do larger designs of up to 18.5" x 11". You will get two hoops of sizes 10"x6" and 4"x4" with Singer machine, whereas PE770 comes with only 5"x7" hoop. So as far as the embroidery area and hoop size is concerned, XL-400 has a clear advantage over Brother PE770. Professionals will prefer larger embroidery area of XL-400, however 5"x7" embroidery area of PE770 will hold good for most projects.

Lettering Fonts 

PE770 has 6 embroidery lettering fonts whereas XL 400 has only 5. You know who wins here, even if the margin is very less.

LCD Screen 

This factor influences the buying decision most of the time. Singer has decided to remove the LCD screen from XL-400, instead you have to use your PC/laptop as the main controller. Which means, you will have to connect the machine with your laptop to work on it. Sewing stitch selection, stitch length and width adjustments and some other basic buttons are provided on the machine itself, everything else (embroidery functions) is operated from your laptop with the help of a software which is included in the box. The issue is that, the software works with Windows PCs only, so if you are a Mac user, you need to install Windows using Bootcamp software.

Brother PE770 on the other hand, has an LCD touch screen and has independent operation (or existence lol). You don't need to connect it to your computer to operate. You can even view help tutorials on the LCD screen itself. You can import unlimited embroidery designs using USB or through embroidery card (bought separately).


XL 400 is a slightly better machine for editing and customization than PE770. Probably, the advantage of using a laptop/PC kicks in here. However, you need to shell out few more dollars to get the Auto Punch and HyperFont Software. For advanced editing and customization, Auto Punch and HyperFont is a must. The included software is only capable of doing basic stuffs and built-in designs. While on Brother PE770, almost all editing work is done on the machine itself.

Ease of Use

Singer XL-400 is more of a 'Pro' type machine, which requires a learning curve. Brother PE770 is bit more simple.

The above said are the major differences between Singer Futura XL 400 and Brother PE770, now let us have a look the features as a whole.

Editor comment

To get rid of the confusion, we will break it down for you. Go with Brother PE770 for built-in designs and ease of use. Go with Singer XL-400 for customization and larger embroidery area. This is what we feel, the final decision is yours though.

Side by side comparison

FeatureSinger XL-400Brother PE770
TypeSewing & Embroidery ComboEmbroidery Only
Max Embroidery Area10” x 6”5" x 7"
Built-in Stitches30 Sewing StitchesNo Sewing Stitches
Embroidery HoopTwo, 10” x 6” and 4” x 4” along with 18 1/2" x 11" multihoop ability1 hoop, 5" x 7"
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYesYes
Speed Control SliderYesNo
Built-in Embroidery Designs125136
Automatic Needle ThreaderYesYes
Buttonhole Styles2 One-stepNo
Pattern RotationYes1, 10, 90 Degrees
Top Drop-in BobbinYesYes
USB ConnectivityYesYes, USB Port
Stitch SelectionPush ButtonLCD Touch Screen
Programmable Needle Up/DownYesYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes, 5Yes 6
Work LightYes, 6 LEDsYes, 2 LEDs
Warranty25 Year Limited25 Year Limited
Automatic Thread CutterNoYes

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer only. Opinions may be subjective.

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