Singer XL 400 Vs Brother SE400 Comparison In Detail

Singer XL 400 Vs Brother SE400 Comparison In Detail

In this comparison, we are comparing two extremely popular sewing and embroidery combo machines.

Singer XL 400 Vs Brother SE400 - Major Feature Differences

This is the clash of 400's. We are not sure about what '400' in model numbers stand for, never mind. Features wise, Singer XL 400 and Brother SE400 are poles apart. Their operating methods are entirely different. First, we will be talking about the differences.

Built-in Sewing Stitches And Embroidery Designs 

Singer XL 400 comes with 125 built-in embroidery designs and 30 sewing stitches. Brother SE400 comes with 70 built-in embroidery designs and 67 sewing stitches. The number of built-in embroidery designs doesn't really matter as both machines come with USB connectivity. You can import as many number of designs you want from the internet. You need a computer for the Singer machine to work, so you are connected to the computer anyway, then you can always import some interesting designs online. The decision making comes down to the sewing stitches, as you can't import sewing stitches from an outside source. Brother SE400 clearly has more sewing stitches and if regular sewing is something that you do often, you will be better off with SE400 than XL 400.

In terms of buttonhole styles, Brother SE400 has an upper hand with 10 one-step buttonholes. Singer XL 400 has only 2 one-step buttonholes.


Brother SE400 operates like a conventional computerized sewing machine. You have an LCD touch screen to view the stitch settings and other controls. All the editing and customization is done on the machine itself and it can be viewed on the LCD screen. Singer XL 400 on the other hand, doesn't have an LCD screen. Instead, your laptop works as the screen for editing and customization. This is done with the help of an editing software. Now this can work both ways. Some may like it and some may not. The problem is that, you need your laptop every time you need to embroider. The advantage is that, you can view and edit designs on a large computer screen instead of a small LCD screen that Brother SE400 has.

Embroidery Area

As far as embroidery area is concerned, Singer XL 400 has an advantage. It comes with a large 10" x 6" large hoop and a small 4" x 4" hoop. It even has multihooping ability which lets you do designs up to a size of 18.5" x 11". Brother SE400 on the other hand comes with a single hoop of size 4" x 4". In fact, the small embroidery area of SE400 is a big difference in this comparison.

Locking Stitch Button

Singer XL 400 has a dedicated locking stitch button to lock the stitches at the beginning and end. This is in addition to the regular reverse sewing button. Brother SE400 has no locking stitch button.

Automatic Thread Cutter

Brother SE400 comes with an automatic thread cutter, but XL 400 has only a manual thread cutter. The automatic thread cutter cuts the remaining thread with the push of a button.

Work Lights 

Singer XL 400 (6 LEDs) is well lit in comparison with Brother SE400 (1 LED).

Realistic View 

The Singer machine has a realistic view which displays the design on the computer screen exactly as it will sew. The Brother machine lacks this feature, but there is a preview feature.

Software Compatibility 

This is a disadvantage for Singer XL 400. The included software is compatible with Windows OS only. So it is not a machine for Mac users. Brother SE400 on the other hand doesn't need a computer to work. It uses the USB connectivity option only for importing designs, so there is no software compatibility issue.

Machine Weight

Singer XL 400 is slightly heavy, weighing 23 lbs. Brother SE400 is lightweight weighing at just 13.6 pounds.

These are the differences between these two machines. 

Editor comment

It's a decision that has to be made at an individual level, we can't make a call as the feature differences are quite big. You can decide which one suits you.

Side by side comparison

FeatureSinger XL-400Brother SE400
TypeSewing & Embroidery ComboSewing & Embroidery Combo Machine
Max Embroidery Area10” x 6”4" x 4"
Built-in Stitches30 Sewing Stitches67 Sewing Stitches
Embroidery HoopTwo, 10” x 6” and 4” x 4” along with 18 1/2" x 11" multihoop ability1 hoop, 4" x 4"
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYesYes
Speed Control SliderYesYes
Built-in Embroidery Designs12570
Automatic Needle ThreaderYesYes
Buttonhole Styles2 One-step10 One-step
Pattern RotationYes1, 10, or 90 Degrees
Top Drop-in BobbinYesYes
USB ConnectivityYesYes
Stitch SelectionPush ButtonLCD Touch Display
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYesYes
Stitch Width7mm7mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYesYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes, 5Yes 5
Drop FeedYesYes
On Board Accessory StorageYes, 2 CompartmentsYes
Work LightYes, 6 LEDsYes 1 LED
Machine Weight23 lbs13.66 lbs
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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