Singer XL-400 Vs XL-550 – Final Verdict

Honest and impartial comparison of two similar sewing & embroidery machines from Singer, the Singer XL-400 and XL-550. There is a huge difference in features between the two.

Both Singer XL-400 and XL-550 are sewing and embroidery combo machines. But there is a huge price difference in dollars between the two machines. With XL-400 being the cheaper machine. The difference in price may change according to the shopping season, but still I don’t expect the price difference to go down sharply. In some 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. So, all we want to know is whether it is really worth spending extra bucks on Singer XL-550 or not.

Singer XL-400 Vs XL-550 Feature Comparison

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. You know who the winner is.

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. 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 pretty basic digitizing software, which is not really a great software for advanced editing and customization. The autopunch software costs around $200 if bought separately.

Now let us have a look at all the features of both machines. The areas of differences are marked out in red color.

Sewing Machine Features

Singer XL-400

Singer XL-550

Built-in Embroidery Designs

125

125

Embroidery Hoops

Two, 10”x6” and 4”x4”

Two, 10”x6” and 4”x4”

Multi Hoop Capability

Yes

Yes

Basic Design Editing On PC

Yes

Yes

Lettering Fonts

5

20

Multi  Lingual Alphabet

No

Yes

3D Realistic View On PC Screen

Yes

Yes

LCD Screen

No

Yes

Buttonhole Styles

2 1-step

6 1-step & 1 Endless

Automatic Needle Threader

Yes

Yes

Automatic Thread Cutter

No

Yes

Programmable Needle Up/Down

Yes

Yes

Bobbin System

Top drop-in

Top Drop-in

Start/Stop Button & Speed Control Slider

Yes

Yes

Lighting

6 LEDs

6 LEDs

Max Stitch Width

7mm

7mm

Adjustable Stitch Length and Width

Yes

Yes

Electronic Twin Needle Settings

Yes

Yes

Separate Bobbin Winding Motor

Yes

Yes

Included Software

Digitizing Only

AutoPunch, HyperFont & Advanced Editing Software

Extra-high Presser Foot Lifter

Yes

Yes

Drop Feed

Yes

Yes

Presser Foot Sensor

Yes

Yes

Extension Table

Yes

Yes

Machine Weight

23 lbs

23 lbs

Warranty

25 year limited warranty

25 year limited warranty

Singer XL-400 Vs XL-550 Performance Comparison

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.

Verdict

If it is a toss up between Singer XL-400 and XL-550, you will be better of going with XL-550. Yes, I understand that there  is a lot of price difference , but when you consider the individual prices of the extra softwares and the sheer variety of stitches and extra features that you get on XL-550, it is definitely worth the money. When you take those things into account, XL-550 seems to be a better deal than XL-400. This doesn’t mean that XL-400 is an inferior machine. It performs equally well, just that those small, little extra features on XL-550 make a difference in the overall user experience. The price is the ultimate deciding factor here.


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