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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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What others are saying.
large hoop still not large enough
Diana Neill | October 14, 2011
Overall Rating
Pros:
Swift Smart Threading, Drop And Sew Bobbin, Multi-hooping Capabiity, Usb Connection
Cons:
Loud, Autopunch And Editing Not Included, Unreliable Automatic Threader, Unreliable Notice For Thread Breaks

I wanted to make sure I owned this machine long enough to give it an accurate review. I've had it long enough to want to return it, but won't. It has frustrated me to tears. The large hoop is just not large enough. I am making a quilt, putting some redwork into each block instead of stippling it. But I can't do it. I've spent hours on end just trying to line up the first block and finally have given up. My blocks are 9.5 by 11 inches. I wanted to frame each design that I already have in each block with a border. I have to multihoop in order to do that because I need just a couple more inches to cover the entire block. But I can't even line up the hoop evenly on the quilt. So what good is multihooping when it's too difficult to line it up perfectly? Just make a larger hoop for it and the capability to add different sized hoops and this would be a decent machine. Some sort of clear vinyl template would be helpful.

Okay, now that I'm done venting, here are the pros and cons.

Pros:

---> Swift smart threading system makes it a breeze to thread.

---> I love the drop and sew bobbin feature, too.

---> I like the snap on hoops, rather than the ones you have to screw in, like for the CE250.

---> I like the multi-hoop capability, but wish it was easier to line up. This and the larger hoop were the reasons I sold my CE250 and bought this one instead.

---> The automatic needle threader is a good idea, but I like the one on the CE250 better. It seemed to work a lot better. This one is very picky. I'm lucky to get it on the third try. You have to practically put the thread into the little catcher thing, straining your eyes doing it which defeats the purpose of an automatic threader. Also, make sure your needle is in correctly. The CE250 wouldn't even let you put it in wrong. So when I first got the XL400, I put the needle in which ever way it allowed me to, which was the wrong way. So the automatic threader wouldn't work at all. Some pressure feet wouldn't work, either. I finally had a lightbulb come on and realized that I might have the needle in wrong.

---> Strange as it is, my favorite feature on the XL400 is the speed control.

Now for the cons:

---> Editing and autopunch software doesn't come with the basic software as it did with the CE250. You have to purchase it separate and it's quite expensive. It isn't compatible with the CE250 software, so if you already have all the software from CE250, it still won't work with it. You have to repurchase it. I use a free program for my editing.

---> It is very clanky and loud when the hoop moves. I wish it was quieter.

---> A feature that would really improve this, other than the above mentioned, would be an automatic thread cutter, as the Quantum Stylist 9960 has. Otherwise, you are wasting a lot of thread because you have to pull the entire hoop off before you can cut it. So if you are taking it off just to check the bobbin, you have to either rewind the bobbin to save that thread that you have just pulled up, or you waste it.

---> The XL400 is not very reliable for it's messages about broken thread. It beebs at me constantly when there is no thread break. I have a thread net and spool cap for my thread, which used to fix the problem with my CE250, but it doesn't seem to make much difference with the XL400. When it is not even close to running out of bobbin thread, it will beep, but when I completely run out of bobbin thread or the top thread breaks, it doesn't beep until after at least 8 stitches have past after the break, and you can't go back to fix that unless you do it manually. So I have a bald spot on a person I embroidered.

Overall, the machine is pretty nice. Other than the above problems mentioned, this would be the perfect machine, within this price range.

I hope my review has been helpful.

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Sew Much Fun :)
Cynthia Fleck | December 01, 2011
Overall Rating

I have only owned this machine for about 1 month. I have had three other machines, Viking, Brother, Babylock. The reason I purchased this machine is because it has the capability to embroider several different design formats, not just one (which is usually the machine brand). I do have an editing software program that would convert designs to stitch out on my brand machine. The designs I already have, do not need to be converted, this is a BIG PLUS with my Futura. I only use it for embroidery, it has done beautiful stitching. My one complaint is : This machine really should come with a Medium size hoop. Singer get on the ball and make a Medium Hoop option for us. Create an update for the software, offer it to us, I'll bet you will be surprised at how fast they will sell !!! The price point is great for beginning sewers, or those of us who don't want an "electronic wonder" and it gets the job done. The women who own/owned the previous 100 & 200 series proved to me that your creativity is not limited by the "lack of" bells & whistles other machines have and cost 1,000's.

Overall I am very pleased with my XL400. Eventually I will add a couple more software options, for those who wish this had a serging option ? my recommendation is buy a Serger, I own a Singer Serger, would not live without that either. I really would like to say also, for those new to this machine. Follow your manual, watch the tutorials offered on You Tube Singer, join a Futura group, in my area there isn't any support, all of these options I listed really made me feel like I was not alone when I did need to have a question answered.Happy Sewing !!!

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No Disappointments!
Mary Sheets | August 14, 2011
Overall Rating
Pros:
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Large Hoop Area

My sewing machine (no embroidery functions) needed yearly cleaning and I was offered a very expensive embroidery machine as a loaner and fell in love with embroidery in just three weeks. The loaner was way out of my budget and I was sick knowing I had to give it back. I researched and tested several brands of embroidery machines but they were all still over my budget and the hoop size was way to small for the price. Then I found the XL-400. I was very hesitant to buy. It just sounded too good to be true...large hoop area and great afforable price. Overall, I like this machine better than the thousand of dollars loaner I had. The reason is the ease of working with the designs. It is so easy to center a design or move it anywhere you want it. There was no learning curve with the software as I use my own computer that I already know and it embroiders beautifully. I purchased designs to use on the loaner that I thought I would never use again with a machine I could afford based on their size. I was wrong, the XL-400 just took right off with them. I really love this machine. Patience is needed to start out with. I found my thread breaking several times on my third or fouth design. I thought, oh no, here we go, should not have bought. I e-mailed customer service and received a response right back with helpful information but I found my thread was too old. Changed to the same type of thread but a lot newer and it worked fine. No more breaks and on the advice of customer service changed the needle to a new one too. Thank for making embroidery available to me with an affordable machine that will sew right with the big ($) machines!

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Great Purchase!
Jayme Clark | October 20, 2011
Overall Rating
Pros:
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

I debated on buying one of these embroidery machines because I had read some bad reviews, however, I have found this machine to be easy to use I have been using the machine for a month now and haven't experienced any problems with it at all.

I am glad I bought this machine instead of the $3500.00 machine that I saw at our local fair. The Futura has bigger hoops and does more for less money than the machines that don't use a computer.

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Expensive junk
Jon Horde | November 21, 2011
Overall Rating
Cons:
Poor Quality, Complicated, Expensive, Jams

Horrible documentation for embroidery.

That machine has destroyed every piece of fabric I've put under it. Jams every time. Have to disassemble it to clear bobbin thread. JoAnns wont take it back, groan

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