Singer XL-400 Vs XL-550

Singer XL-400 Vs XL-550 Comparison In Detail

Both Singer XL-400 and XL-550 are sewing and embroidery combo machines. In most online stores, these two machines are listed side by side, so a cross comparison is always handy. You can see some changes in the design and features when you compare them. 

Singer XL-400 Vs XL-550 - Major Feature Differences

First of all, we will talk about the sections where these two machines differ. After that we will have a look at all other features.

Embroidery Fonts 

Singer XL-550 wins hands down here. It comes with 20 embroidery fonts for monogramming. You can even resize, rotate and shape with 30 lettering frames such as arc, banner, wave and more. Even though you can do the same on XL-400, there are only 5 fonts available. XL-550 also has multilingual alphabet support in 9 languages, which is absent on XL-400.

Built-in Sewing Stitches 

The throat space of both the machines are same and it comes to 8.25". It is the number of built-in stitches where there is a day and night kind of difference. XL-400 has only 30 built-in stitches which include 6 essential stitches, 12 decorative stitches and 2 one-step buttonholes. XL-550 on the other hand has 215 built-in stitches which include 10 essential stitches, 6 stretch stitches, 192 decorative stitches, 6 one-step buttonholes and 1 endless buttonhole. 

Automatic Thread Cutter 

XL-550 has an automatic thread cutter which is absent on XL-400.

LCD Screen 

On both machines, you require a PC or laptop for advance editing (for embroidery). But there is an LCD screen on XL-550 for basic stitch selection, which is absent on XL-400. It doesn't make a huge difference to be honest.

Included Software 

AutoPunch, HyperFont & Advanced Editing Software come included with XL-550. XL-400 only comes with a basic digitizing software, which is not really a software made for advanced editing and customization. To get AutoPunch, HyperFont and Advanced Editing software, you will have to invest few more dollars.

Editor comment

As far as the performance of these two machines are concerned, there is very little to choose between the two. You can say that XL-550 is better suited for the advanced stuffs as it is better equipped. Singer XL-550 is the more feature packed of the two and so you will have to invest more. XL-550 will suit professionals more and XL-400 will be great for home sewers. 

Side by side comparison

FeatureSinger XL-400Singer XL-550
TypeSewing & Embroidery ComboSewing & Embroidery Combo
Max Embroidery Area10” x 6”10” x 6”
Built-in Stitches30 Sewing Stitches215 Sewing Stitches
Embroidery HoopTwo, 10” x 6” and 4” x 4” along with 18 1/2" x 11" multihoop abilityTwo, 10” x 6” and 4” x 4” along with 18.5" x 11" multihoop ability
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYesYes
Speed Control SliderYesYes
Built-in Embroidery Designs125125
Automatic Needle ThreaderYesYes
Buttonhole Styles2 One-step6 One-step and 1 Endless
Pattern RotationYesYes
Top Drop-in BobbinYesYes
USB ConnectivityYesYes
Stitch SelectionPush ButtonLCD and Push Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYesYes
Stitch Width7mm7mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYesYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes, 5Yes, 20
Drop FeedYesYes
On Board Accessory StorageYes, 2 CompartmentsYes, 2
Work LightYes, 6 LEDsYes, 6 LEDs
Warranty25 Year Limited25 Year Limited
Extra High Presser Foot LifterYesYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYesYes
Automatic Thread CutterNoYes
Included SoftwareEditing SoftwareInstallation Software, AutoPunch, HyperFont and Editing
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button (Apart from reverse button)YesYes

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

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