Singer XL-400 Review In Detail

Singer XL-400 Review In Detail

Singer XL-400 is a versatile sewing and embroidery combo machine. However we would have loved it if it came with included Auto Punch software.

Editor rating

Singer XL-400 is one of the most popular embroidery machines available in U.S. It comes with 25 years limited warranty. You can use SINGER Futura XL-400 as an embroidery machine and as a sewing machine. You can use this embroidery machine as a normal sewing machine once you remove the embroidery unit. This embroidery machine is slightly different from others. In this, you can actually create and edit your own embroidery designs using the software provided and then you can transfer it to the embroidery machine using the USB cable. We have always found it difficult to adjust things on the small LCD screen provided on embroidery machines. What Singer has done is that, they have taken away the LCD screen and now all the design editing and settings are done on your PC itself, which makes a lot of sense to us. A bigger screen for editing is always handy. However, you will have to keep both the PC and the embroidery machine 'ON' to start working. There are several add-on softwares available for this machine(needs to be bought separately, including AutoPunch, Auto CrossStitch,PhotoStitch and HyperFont). It comes with 2 hoops, large and small (large 10” x 6” and Small 4” x 4”). 

Ease of Use

Threading SINGER Futura XL-400 is very easy, thanks to Singer's Swift Smart threading system. You don't need to go up and down while threading this machine. The drop and sew bobbin makes things super easy.It comes with 6 LED work lights.The LED's illuminate the work area quite well. You can control the sewing speed by moving the slider forward and backward. The embroidery table is quite big and consumes a lot of space. It comes with all the essential accessories for sewing and embroidery work. Most of the in-built designs look pretty. It does a good job with larger projects. The stitch quality is very good over a variety of fabrics.


Singer didn't include auto punch software in the box. You will have to buy it separately.

At high speeds the machine seems to be slightly on the louder side.

In this segment, we expected the machine to feature an automatic thread cutter.

Softwares are compatible with Windows OS only (Mac users take that into account).


•    Combo machine
•    Variety of built-in designs
•    Multihooping
•    Snap on hoops


•    No automatic thread cutter
•    Auto punch software is not included

Editor Comments

With the features SINGER Futura XL-400 provides, it will be a great tool for you. Overall, it is a very good entry level embroidery machine.


TypeSewing & Embroidery Combo
Max Embroidery Area10” x 6”
Built-in Stitches30 Sewing Stitches
Embroidery HoopTwo, 10” x 6” and 4” x 4” along with 18 1/2" x 11" multihoop ability
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonYes
Speed Control SliderYes
Built-in Embroidery Designs125
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles2 One-step
Pattern RotationYes
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
USB ConnectivityYes
Stitch SelectionPush Button
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Stitch Width7mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownYes
Built-in Monogramming FontYes, 5
Drop FeedYes
On Board Accessory StorageYes, 2 Compartments
Work LightYes, 6 LEDs
Machine Weight23 lbs
Warranty25 Year Limited
Extra High Presser Foot LifterYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
Automatic Thread CutterNo
Included SoftwareEditing Software
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button (Apart from reverse button)Yes
Included Wide Extension TableYes

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