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XL-400 | FUTURA™

Sewing and Embroidery come together.

The SINGER® FUTURA™ XL-400 sewing and embroidery machine: everything you love about your SINGER® sewing machine, built right into an embroidery machine. It’s never been easier to add the personal touches that make your sewing projects shine. Automatic features make it easy to let your creativity lead the way!

Please visit Futura-Support.com for How-To Videos, FAQs and more.

Get started sewing faster.
  • SwiftSmart™ Threading System with Automatic Needle Threader
  • Sewing’s biggest timesaver!
  • Separate Bobbin Winding Motor
  • You can easily wind a bobbin while sewing or embroidering.
  • Speed Control
  • Reduce the speed for precise sewing. Easily accessible on the front of your machine
  • 6 StayBright™ LED Lights
  • Fills the sewing surface with light, making it easier to view your work and eliminating eye strain
  • Drop & Sew™ Bobbin System
  • Automatic bobbin thread pick up for quicker threading. The clear cover makes it easy to see the bobbin supply.
  • Extra High Presser Foot Lift
  • Easy to place multiple layers or bulky fabrics under the presser foot
  • 2 Built-In Spool Pins
  • Horizontal and vertical thread delivery is handy for twin needle sewing, specialty sewing and topstitching techniques.
  • 2 Accessory Trays
  • The machine accessories are within handy reach, stored in the Removable Extension Table. Plus, another extra accessory storage in the embroidery unit for easy access while embroidering.


  • Embroidery Features

  • To access the built-in tutorials in the software for your SINGER® FUTURA™ sewing & embroidery machine, please follow these instructions:
  •    > Open the software.
  •    > Click on the Help tab at the top of the toolbar.
  •    > Click on How-To Tutorial.
  •    > Choose a category.
  • 2 Snap-On Hoops Included
  • Create beautiful embroideries in a variety of sizes: NEW extra large 10” x 6” and Small 4” x 4”
  • Multi-Hoop Capability to Embroider Larger Designs
  • Gives endless possibilities to embroider designs up to 18 ½” x 11”
  • 125 Embroidery Designs Included
  • A large selection of embroidery designs to get you started right away.
  • Design File Capability
  • Automatically reads most embroidery design file formats.
  • Basic Editing of All Designs
  • Customize your embroidery on your computer screen. Combine multiple designs into one design file and add lettering to personalize your embroidery. Select custom colors for your threads. The software includes thread charts with color numbers for the most popular brands of embroidery thread. Rotate embroidery designs in one degree increments for perfect placement and design possibilities. Flip embroidery designs horizontally and/or vertically or repeat embroidery designs for even more creative possibilities. Resizing capability allows you to reduce or enlarge the embroidery design for use on any project.
  • Lettering Program with 5 Fonts
  • Select from 5 embroidery fonts to personalize or monogram your projects. Letters can be sized, rotated and shaped with 30 lettering frames such as arc, banner, wave and more.
  • Trace Design
  • Trace the outline of the design in the embroidery hoop to accurately position the design.
  • 3D Realistic View and Print Capabilities
  • Stitches appear on the computer screen exactly as they will sew. Print the design to create placement templates.
  • Connects Directly to Computer with USB Cable
  • Quick transfer of designs, no additional hardware or cards are needed.
  • Windows® Compatible
  • Operates with any computer with an Operating System of Windows® XP or higher, including Vista®, Windows® 7 and Windows® 8 (Windows® 8 requires software update available at Futura-Support.com)
  • Built-In Tutorials
  • Easy “How To” Instructions built right in.
  • Additional Embroidery Designs
  • Download additional embroidery designs at myembroideries.com


  • Additional Software Available


  • AutoPunch™
  • Use your own images or clip art to automatically create custom embroideries.
  • Auto CrossStitch™
  • Easily convert images to cross-stitch designs.
  • PhotoStitch™
  • Convert your favorite 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.


  • Sewing Features

  • Extra Large Sewing Space
  • The arm length to the right of the needle is 210 mm (8 ¼”) which gives more space for quilts and other large projects.
  • 30 Stitches
  • For a wide variety of sewing. You will always have the perfect stitch for every project. Includes 6 Basic, 5 Stretch, 17 Decorative and 2 Buttonhole stitches
  • 2 Fully Automatic 1-Step Buttonholes
  • Buttonholes are quickly and easily sewn in a simple one-step process. Both columns are sewn in the same direction to lie smoothly and prevent distortion. Choose from two different styles for various sewing applications.
  • Up to 7mm Stitch Width
  • Decorative stitches are wide, bold and beautiful.
  • Presser Foot Sensor
  • Notifies with error message and buzzer when presser foot is not down
  • Exclusive Buttonhole Underplate
  • Makes it easy to create buttonholes, even on thick fabrics or uneven fabric thicknesses
  • Programmable Needle Up / Down
  • One touch sets the needle to stop up or down for easy pivoting, appliqué, accurate stitch placement and more.
  • Electronic Twin Needle Function
  • Limits the stitch width when using a twin needle on decorative stitches to prevent needle breakage
  • Drop Feed
  • A convenient lever lowers the feed teeth for free-motion embroidery and creative top stitching.
Get started sewing faster.
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Download the quick-start guide.
Download the product sheet for a printable list of all of the features and accessories
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What others are saying.
Sewing part is good; embroidery has not worked yet.
beth price | August 05, 2014
Overall Rating
Expensive, Too Expensive For Such The Sewing Machine Part.

The sewing part works well, and I believe it will be a huge timesaver with all of the automated processes.

However, we have tried unsuccessfully on 4 different computers to upload the software that accompanied the sewing machine for the embroidery element. It is clear that the CD that came with the machine is defective and we were not able to obtain another CD.

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Betty Hayes | June 16, 2014
Overall Rating

My husband bought me the machine without consulting me. I

used it for a couple of months and started having problems with

it. I have sent it to the main repair department twice, once Singer paid for the return, the second time after only 2 months, it cost me $70 to return it, and it came back with a

loud rattle when it is stitching, and still has it because I can't afford to send it back again. I have had numerous problems with the machine. It seems that every project I start, gets ruined before completion and I have to start over, hoping it will go to completion. Needles break often, always have to use stabilizer even on sturdy fabric. Features are good, if they work.....price was good if it works....easy to use when it works....does not live up to the Singer reputation that we knew back when...hope to replace it some day!!!

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Not worth the money
Susan Klapec | June 13, 2014
Overall Rating
Great Features
Poor Quality, Unreliable

I have had this machine for almost three years now, and it has given me nothing but trouble since I received it. From day one it had tension issues. After a few months of trying unsuccessfully to get the tension right, I contacted Singer and they had me send it in to be serviced because the timing was messed up. It was still under warranty so that was good, but I still had to pay $60+ to ship it. Then the service lady told me that I needed to ONLY use Singer Needles (not the cheapy ones you can get at Walmart) and I had to use high quality thread. Ok... so I threw out all my cheap thread and used the expensive stuff. After I got my machine back, it STILL had tension issues. I was finally able to get it to work in embroidery mode without breaking the thread, so I decided that this machine would only be used for Embroidery - since that seemed to be the only way I had any luck with it.

Now, even when I'm embroidering, I still have tension issues and the thread breaks at least 20% of the time (mid project of course) and it doesn't alert you that the thread is broken immediately. You cannot walk away from it. I have to sit and watch as it embroiders, so I can hit the stop button if there is an issue before it destroys the fabric.

I waited to write a review for a long time because I really wanted to learn this machine. I was a new sewer when I got it, and I had been using a Brother sewing machine before that, so I thought maybe I was just having a hard time adjusting to all the little differences. No. This machine is not reliable. I can't tell you how many times I've shredded something in the middle of just adding a name to a sewing project. Maybe it's a lemon... but I doubt it. I feel like all of the great reviews tell you how great it is right out of the box. Yes, it has incredible features, and when it works... it works beautifully! But other reviews I've read online that I felt were more accurate were written by people who have had it for a while.

This machine is not worth the money, and I cannot in good faith bring myself to sell it on Ebay for a fraction of what I paid because I know it will just depress another sewer. I'm planning on trading this in when I am ready to purchase a better embroidery machine.

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Don't do it!!!
Amanda Simmons | June 11, 2014
Overall Rating
Great Features
Poor Quality, Complicated

Do not invest in this migraine of a machine! I am so disappointed I didn't go with another embroidery sewing/machine. I have had nothing but headaches and stress with this one. It constantly eats thread, breaks needles and the designs don't always read correctly from computer to machine. I have had mine since March and have babied it and today it stopped sewing. It just turned off and now that it decided to come back on it won't thread from the bobbing. This is just the latest issue. I have a Brother that is smaller but so much better. I regret buying Singer and never will again! No matter how much you research and do exactly what everyone suggest along with buying alllllll the recommended items Singer suggest using it is useless. I love crafting but this piece of poop has made it a dreaded chore. I have lost money and patience. Spend a little more and avoid this brand like the plaque until they start offering quality equipment like they have in former years.

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Disappointed with the 4X4 hoop
Sara Hanna | May 24, 2014
Overall Rating
Good Value
Poor Quality, Complicated

I LOVE my machine when everything is working well. BUT I have YET to get the 4X4 hoop to work. I have tried EVERYTHING and even got hints and helps from the Futura FB group. Someone on there told me that Singer had problems with some of the 4X4 hoops so I have requested a replacement. I will update as I hear back from Singer. Very displeased that I have to use the large hoop for EVERYTHING.

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Easy Features
Creative Features