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Singer® Futura XL400

Singer® Futura XL400 sewing machine.
Machine Info. from Singer®
Specifications  
Sewing Area: 152mm (5.98") x 254mm (10.00")
Needle Type: Flat Shank Domestic
Bobbin Type: Style 15J
Read Formats: XXXPESHUSDSTVP3 
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The SINGER Futura XL-400 is the next generation in the Futura line of sewing and embroidery machines. The SwiftSmart threading system with automatic needle threader makes set-up virtually effortless. The Drop & Sew bobbin system allows you to load and change the bobbin in no time without the need to pick up the bobbin thread. Six StayBright LED lights keep your extra-large sewing space well lit when working on big quilting and sewing projects. This sewing and embroidery machine has 30 popular built-in sewing stitches with two fully automatic one-step buttonholes and also boasts 125 built-in embroidery designs with five fonts and outline lettering. With a larger embroidery hoop option (10-by-6-inches) and multihooping capability, you can create designs up to 12 by 20 inches. This fantastic feature and will allow you to embroider large format projects such as table cloths, bedspreads, dresses and more. Get the same quality embroidery results as high-end embroidery machines but at a fraction of the cost by using your own PC. Simply connect your PC to the Futura XL-400 sewing and embroidery machine via the included USB cable, use the included software with built-in tutorials, and send the design to the machine. Push a button and you're embroidering. Computer requirements: personal computer with 1 GHz Intel or AMD Processor, Windows OS: Windows XP/Vista/7, 1 GB of RAM (or more recommended), CD-ROM Drive, 500 MB (or more recommended) of available hard-disk space for installation, color standard (1024 by 768 pixel, 65,000 colors recommended), VGA adapter connected with color VGA monitor, Microsoft-compatible mouse, USB 1.1/2.0

Blueeyed monster

I have the Futura xl400 and I am extrememly new to machine embroidery. Is there standard needles that are best for someone learning? Also, how often should I clean and oil my machine? I purchased this brand new in a box but it has been sitting for 5-6 years. I wan to make sure I get the best products to start off on the right foot. So far I am enjoying teaching myself although I often frustrate myself as well. I am anxious to look at what you offer to help someone like myself. Thank you.

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Kirsten S.

Hi there, and welcome to embroidery!

I hope you enjoy our many educational resources. Join our "machine embroidery novice" membership in your account profile so that we can keep you involved. Also join us on Thursdays in our events section for free live virtual embroidery gatherings with free designs, demonstrations, and specials. https://www.embroidery.com/online_Machine_Embroide... I think the e-book Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons would be something you'd enjoy as you learn: https://www.embroidery.com/Dime-Machine-Embroidery...

When you're embroidering I suggest you get a good supply of 11/75 sharp needles. You'll probably use these the most. You can also get 11/75 ball point needles.
Since your machine has been in the box for a while, I recommend oiling before use. If there's any dust or threads in it, clean that out before oiling. There may be a manual in the box that can give you instructions for how and when to clean and oil. If not, use this link and skip to page 104. Every other page is in French. If you speak English, you'll just need to skip pages to see all the relevant information. The book doesn't specify a number of stitches or interval for cleaning or oiling, but it suggests that it be done "periodically".
https://manuals.singer.com/Manuals/RetrievePDF/951

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alice R.

I have recently purchased this machine second hand and didn’t come with the cd for the software is there anyway the embroidery can be used with a different software as I’m struggling to find it in the u

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Kirsten S.

Hi Alice, I've been looking up information on this machine, So far as I can tell, you do need the software that would have come with it in order to send designs from a computer to the machine. Here's a link to the manual: https://www.futura-support.com/sites/default/files...

What I have gathered is that there are two software programs for the machine. One comes with a few designs and allows you to transfer designs to the machine. The basic Futura software you do need, and it's available second hand as well, generally selling for around $20.00: https://www.google.com/search?q=futura+xl+400+soft...


A second program is needed if you want to do more like scan and create your own new designs. The one from Singer is called Auto Punch-Photo stitch-and basic editing. I have seen it sold for about to three hundred dollars. I believe this is the software that you don't need and could instead use a different choice of software such as from Embrilliance or Dime Inspirations, and then use your basic Futura software to transfer designs from those programs to your machine.




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Dianna M.

I am new to using my embroidery machine...Futura Quartet XL400. I am having trouble with the "Open Design" on the top tabs. It won't open so that I can change the format of a pic that I download so I can use it on the machine. How can I get it to open? I have downloaded the CD completely and have found a couple of updates but am not sure about downloading them. What should I do?

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Kirsten S.

Hi Diana,

The first thing I want to ask is which formats your pics are in so far? I believe the Futura software will allow you to open embroidery files of several formats, but not Image files such as png, GIF, or jpg, or PDF.

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Kirsten S.

Hi Diana,


It sounds as if you are using software on your computer to convert downloaded designs into the format for your machine. Is that correct?

In which software are you having the issue with "open design?"

I'm not familiar with the process for Quartet yet, so I think that with further details, I can help you figure it out.

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Genoveve H.

I have a Singer Futura XL 400 sewing and embroidery machine that I purchase used and without the embroidery unit. my question is can i do monogram without the embroidery unit.? also where can i get the embroidery unit for this type of machine? help Thank you

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Kirsten S.

Hi Genoveve,

Thanks for the question. The monogramming functions are part of the embroidery unit. If you know how to do monograms in a freemotion embroidery fashion, you make your own monograms without it, just as you could with many other sewing machines.

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Genoveve H.

also where can i get the embroidery unit for this type of machine?

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Kirsten S.

Genoveve,

I'm sorry I missed that question from your last post. I'm not familiar with the embroidery units being sold separately. You might contact Singer directly for help: 1-800-474-6437

https://www.singer.com/Contact-Us

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Marilyn M.

My manual shows more extensions for the Futura xl-400. They are: xxx, fhe, che, dst, exp, psw, hus, shv, vip, sew, jef, pes, pec, and pcs.

I am wondering if there any hoops are available for the Futura xl-400, that are like the snap hoop?

What are my hoop options, other than the 4 x 4 and 6 x 10 inch that come with the machine?

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Heather B.

Thanks for the information on formats.

I'm sorry but the Snap Hoop Monster, which is carried at Embroidery.com, is not compatible with the Futura XL-400 at this time.

The hoops you have are the ones we are aware of that are available for the Futura XL-400. (If anyone else knows different, please chime in).

Singer does mention that your machine has 18 1/2" x 11" "multi-hoop" capacity. If you haven't explored that yet, it should be addressed on pages 88-95 of your user manual.

~Heather
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Bess G.

I'm brand new to sewing machine embroidery. Your comments helped a lot. Thanks.

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Heather B.

That's great to hear. Thanks for the feedback, Bess.

~Heather
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Susan C.

I have the Futura XL 400. Are there particular formats that work better with my machine. I need to know when I am purchasing embroidery software, which format to choose.

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Heather B.

Susan, I would recommend the .XXX format if you have a choice. Otherwise, should be able to use any of the other formats which are listed.

~Heather
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Cyndy S.

I am looking at purchasing the Embrilliance products and would like to know just how it will work with my machine. can I work with it while I am in my future program or do I work with it outside of the program and transfer my work into my future program

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Kirsten S.

Hi Cyndy,

I checked with Embrilliance to make sure, and they told me:

If your machine is "driven" by the Singer Futura software, you need to use that to send designs to the machine. Our software will save embroidery designs to the computer or a USB drive that could be put in the machine, but it does not have the capability of the Futura software to send the correct stitching commands to move the embroidery arm.

You will still need a PC and Futura sofware to run the Futura machine from. Embrilliance would allow you to modify your designs, such as change the order of the embroidery, and even remove parts or add lettering and so forth (you could use a different computer or the same computer that is running your Futura), and then you would save that file open it in your Futura software in order to run on the Futura.


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Julia H.

I use Singer Futura XL-420 machine

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Heather B.

Thanks, Julia. I have added that machine to our database and updated it in your account preferences.

~Heather
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