It's the new Futura. It has a lovely shape and is ready to sew regular stitching as well as embroidery in a hoop. In fact two hoops are included! The XL400 by Singer has a host of user friendly features. Even threading is simple; it uses a brand new system called SwiftSmart threading which allows one handed threading...no up-down and around like the regular way to thread a sewing machine.
Many more features are used to help make sewing and embroidering fun...quick and easy for everyone.
The Futura XL400 has two main goals, one to be a good sewing machine with computerised time saving functions (most of which I will list later) also the other goal is to be a decent embroidery machine, which it excels at!
On top of that, with the XL400, you will receive the new version 4 Futura software. Once loaded on to a Windows PC it allows all kinds of editing functions for embroidery designs. Create you own motifs by adding lettering. Combine, flip, rotate, resize, copy/paste designs. Designs can be sew up to nearly 10" (25 cm) in size using the included hoop.
When the embroidery unit is removed and the machine is in regular sewing mode, you can make use of the sleeve arm. It comes with a extension bed so large items can be sewn two handy accessory storage compartments. The sewing bed to the right of the needle is larger than most at over 8" (21 cm). Buttonholes are sewn in one-step and will be the correct size for each button.
Other Sewing Features:
30 stitches including stretch, quilting and decorative stitches.
6 StayBright LED lights
Wide 7mm decorative stitches
Extra high foot lifter
Max speed slide controller
Twin needle setting
Drop feed for free-motion darning
Built-in needle threader
Adjustable stitch width and length
Horizontal thread holder
Top loading bobbin with manual thread end trimmer
In Embroidery Mode, Machine and Software Features Include:
Option to use one of the 125 built-in designs.
Multi-hooping is used when design are sew out in sections. Each section is sew in a hoop, move the fabric, the next section can be sewn. Max size is 48x28 cm.
Most embroidery designs can be used even designs downloaded form the internet for a different machine brand.
5 fonts are available to add to your design on screen before sending to the XL400 to sew out.
Lettering can be manipulated in size and direction, arced or sewn in one of the lettering frame shaped.
Before starting to sew a design in the hoop, design trace lets you see the size and its position before being sewn out.
The futura software allows you to print a design template.
It is possible to view the design on-screen in 3D, for a more realistic view is show thread colours and real size.
Fast USB connection for your PC to the Singer Futura XL400 (cables included)
Included Embroidery Accessories:
Embroidery unit, Vinyl bag, Scissors, Bobbins (3), Embroidery Presser Foot, Futura Base Embroidery Software CD, Small Hoop 100mmx100mm approximetly, Large Hoop 260mmx120mm approximetly, USB Cable
As your experience grows, add extra Singer software as or when needed. Plus as always, we carry in stock all the optional feet, hoops, designs and accessories. The additional software options:
Autopunch - Use your own images or clip art to automatically create custom embroideries.
Auto Cross stitch - Easily convert images to cross-stitch designs.
Photostitch - Convert your favourite photos to embroidery designs.
Hyperfont - Convert your own computer's Windows true type fonts into custom monograms and lettering.
Editing - Customize any section of a design or its stitches.
Birkenhead Review by ElaineM
What a fantastic machine. It has really rekindled my love of sewing. It is very easy to use and so far I have had no problems at all with it. I have sewn a variety of projects with it including several quilted items and am pleased with all the results. There is plenty of room under the arm of the machine for manoeuvring a small quilt (I haven't yet tried with a large one but I think it will be fine). It is the first embroidery machine that I've had and I am only just starting to learn how to create embroideries but even my first attempts were good enough to use. The only thing that potential purchasers should be aware of is that, although it is not particularly heavy, this is a big machine and with the embroidery unit fitted it is very big. It would probably not be suitable for someone with limited sewing space. Also it does not come with a dust cover (easily made in half an hour on the machine!) I am planning to reorganise and create a dedicated sewing space large enough to keep my lovely Futura always ready to sew! (Posted on 10/2/2014)
Essex Review by Sally
I purchased this machine with the intention of using it for the embroidery, as I already have a sewing machine. Only received this on Tuesday but very happy with machine so far. Able to look through tutorial which is easy and takes you through the various functions and I am really pleased with the embroidery results. Did have a problem but this was soon resolved by using the helpline, where I was able to speak to someone direct and not have to go through an electronic switchboard. Starting out on embroidery? Then this machine is for you. (Posted on 2/8/2013)
Thatcham, Berkshire Review by Ken
This is an excellent machine. Modern sleek styling with real quality. Easy to use, good clear instruction book. really good value for money, large size of embroidery hoop very useful. Threads easy to load. Ordered one day delivered next, packaging brilliant. We all want a good deal with a good product and service. The machine has turned out to be far better than I expected. Great product, great service, would certainly buy from again. (Posted on 11/15/2012)
Inverness Review by Frances
I have only had the machine a few days and have been very pleased with the ease of set up.
The embroidery sample i have done so far worked beautifully
so I am very pleased with machine . (Posted on 7/27/2012)
West Sussex Review by Rosie Rabbit
I've never had an embroidery machine before and I researched a lot of them via the net and Youtube before deciding on the Futura and I'm very happy with my choice. It's easy to set up and within an hour I was sewing away on my first design. I like the fact that the screen is actually on my laptop and that I don't have to cope with peering at tiny one on the machine. The software is fairly intuitive and you can create your own unique design by manipulating and combining images.
Also the Futura can read designs in other sewing machine formats ie the jef format produced by Janome.
The threading of the machine has also been simplified - just one straight down channel for the thread.
I really like this machine and I think for an entry level embroidery machine it's unbeatable in value and performance. (Posted on 4/17/2012)
worthing Review by linda
I just wanted to say how impressed I am with your service. I ordered a Singer Futura XL 400 on Tuesday and it was delivered on Wednesday. I really appreciated your emails and texts advising me of the status of my order (#700034255). I wish all companies were as efficient! I'll certainly spread the word about your company, good service should always be praised! (Posted on 4/12/2012)
Motherwell Review by Kiltefergal
Impressed with machine so far, but still in the early stages of learning what it can do (Posted on 12/8/2011)