Product Comparison: SINGER 9960 vs Brother SE400


General Specifications
Brand
SINGER
Brother
Model
9960
SE400
Origin
China
Vietnam
About the Product
The Quantum Stylist 9960 sewing machine is the perfect tool for the budding designer. Give every piece a personal touch with five stunning fonts and 600 built-in stitches. Mix stitches and lettering to create unique stitch sequences for endless possibilities of customized projects. Many stitches can be mirror imaged and elongated for even more creative options. Use the Needle Up/Down feature for easy pivoting like sewing on a pocket, topstitching, free-motion quilting, applique and more.
Embellish your projects beautifully and affordably! Reliable, feature-rich, and budget-friendly, the SE400 delivers both a full range of sewing features, and the ability to embellish home décor, clothing and gifts with its included 4"x4" embroidery capabilities. Beginner and more advanced sewers alike enjoy the SE400's many built-in sewing features, including 67 sewing stitches with 98 stitch functions.
Key Specs
Number of Stitches
600
67
Sewing Speed
850 stitches per minute
710 stitches per minute
Max. stitch length
6 mm.
5 mm.
Type of Shuttle
Horizontal
Horizontal
What customers say about "Key Specs"
SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist Computerized Portable Sewing Machine
  • It has speed control, so you can adjust how fast it goes. At the lowest setting, no matter how hard you stomp the pedal, it will still sew slowly. This is great for my students, who are often intimidated by sewing machines that sew too fast.
  • My 1st project was a purse. Part of the construction was 8 layers of light/medium weight cotton and 4 layers of light interfacing. I used a medium weight needle, and the machine plowed through all 12 layers with no problem.
  • Machine is great for quilting and having fun with the 600 designs. Love it so much.
  • Beautiful buttonholes. I tried several types and they all came out really nice. Quite simple to do. Just put the button in the buttonhole foot button holder, select the stitch, press start and it just does it's thing.
  • I don't like the small plastic bobbin cover. It would be too easy to lose. It also has a tab on it to lock into the machine. Looks like it could break off easily.
  • On the Touch-tronic, I could wind the bobbin in place; no rethreading of the machine was required. On this machine, the bobbin is wound on top of the machine.
Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4x4 Embroidery Machine With 67 Built-in Stitches
  • I really appreciate that the lowest setting on the speed control is very slow because I used that speed going through some on the thickest corners.
  • Easy to thread, easy to adjust. A great variety of stitches. It is not going to do heavy-duty sewing for you.
  • There are a lot of stitch selections for sewing (I didn't know there were that many options!), and when you select the stitch you want, the screen will tell you which foot to use - yay!
  • I love the variety of stitches available and plan to use this machine for years to come.
  • The number of stitches is certainly sufficient for most work. Other models have more, but I haven’t found anything that I’d like to do that I can’t find a stich to accomplish.
Size & Weight
Height
12 in.
15.55 in.
Width
17.2 in.
10.94 in.
Depth
8.2 in.
6.89 in.
Weight
18.2 lbs.
13.7 lbs.
Features
Speed Controller
Foot speed control
Foot speed control
Free Arm
Yes
Yes
Locking Stitch Button
Yes
No
Easy Reverse Button
Yes
Yes
Thread Tension
Automatic
Manual
Buttonhole Sewing
Automatic
Automatic
Knee Lift
Yes
No
Adjustments
Self-Adjusting Tension System, Automatic Reverse Stitches, Programmable Needle Up/Down, Adjustable Stitch Length, Adjustable Stitch Width, Snap-On Presser Feet, Extra-high presser foot lift, Variable Needle Positions, Direct Selection Stitches, Drop Feed, Tie-Off Button, Stitch Elongation
Start/Stop Button, Speed control, Needle Position
Included Presser Feet
All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Satin Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Open Toe Foot, Cording Foot, Darning/Embroidery Foot, Even Feed/Walking Foot, Overcasting Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Narrow Hem Foot, Quarter Inch Foot
Buttonhole Foot, Overcasting Foot, Monogramming Foot, Zipper Foot, Zigzag Foot, Blind Stitch Foot, Button Fitting Foot, Embroidery Foot
Extras
Twin-Needle Function, StayBright™ LED Lights, LCD Screen, Heavy Duty Metal Frame, Thread Cutter, Built-In Needle Threader, One-Step Buttonhole, Built-In Lettering (5 Alphabets)
Automatic Thread Cutter, Computer Connectivity with Update Capability, Presser Foot Leveling, Drop Feed/Free-Motion, 10 One-step Buttonhole Styles
What customers say about "Features"
SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist Computerized Portable Sewing Machine
  • It cuts the thread for you when you're done sewing! Just stop and press a button. It cuts the thread and raises the needle, so you can easily remove your fabric. I
  • Let there be light! The LED light above the needle is very bright. With my old Singer, I had to tape a clip-on reading light to the sewing machine to cast more light on the fabric, but that wasn't enough, so I added two task lamps to my sewing table.
  • It's quiet. And I mean whisper quiet! As long as you're sewing a straight stitch and going slowly, the motor makes almost no sound. When you speed up, it gets louder, but it's still much quieter than any of my previous machines.
  • There are a LOT of different feet included. They are labeled with either a letter or number designations. When you select a specialty stitch, the computer will tell you which foot to use.
  • Love the needle up/down button. It moves the needle to the highest or lowest point. No fiddling with the hand wheel to get it close.
  • The monogram alphabets are pretty lousy. I found them awkward and clumsy-looking! Fortunately, I have very little use for embroidered lettering, so this wasn't a deal-breaker for me.
  • Automatic thread cutter is a great feature but when it works, it usually unthreads the needle which is a giant pain and a flawed system.
  • There is no memory to save sequences of character/decorative stitches which you define.
Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4x4 Embroidery Machine With 67 Built-in Stitches
  • Comes with a good variety of feet to get you going with more than just basic sewing techniques.
  • Easy drop in bobbin and the bobbin case has a transparent cover so you can see the status of the bobbin thread. I also love that the machine warns you when the bobbin is finishing.
  • It is so easy to adjust the needle position and sewing speeds.
  • The finish of finished goods is gorgeous using this machine. Both my singer and my Pfaff pale in comparison to the finish this machine produces.
  • The machine has some neat features such as low bobbin warning, speed control, the capacity to sew without the foot pedal (you use a button instead), and an internal cutter (great time saver).
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
349.99 $


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