If you anything about sewing machines you have heard of Singer. Known throughout the sewing world for amazing quality at great prices you always know that you will get a great product with Singer – especially when it comes to mechanical sewing machines. The Singer Heavy Duty 4423 is no different and is one of my top rated machines and one of the best mechanical sewing machines on the market.
Singer have a range of heavy duty machines which are all great, however, I think that the 4423 has the best price to performance ratio of the lot! If you would like to see my other Singer reviews please take a look at my best Singer sewing machines.
Coming in at only $139.99 it is incredible cheap for machine that performs so well and can take industrial use. If you are interested in machines best suited for industrial use this is a great machine for you; also make sure to check out my list of best industrial sewing machines.
The Singer Heavy Duty 4423 truly is Heavy Duty! With a metal frame and stainless steel bed, it will be able to remain still and tackle even the heaviest fabrics without any skipping. Not only can it handle the heaviest material it can do it with speed since it can achieve 1100 stitches per minute with its powerful motor that is 60% stronger then Singer’s standard.
If you are just beginning to learn how to sew this machine is a good introduction but has more of a learning cover then other models. If you are an experienced seamstress, looking to be able to tackle tougher projects then this is the perfect machine for you. Especially if spend a good amount of time sewing then you will love the speed that this machine allows you to work at.
Let us take a look at the key features of the Singer Heavy Duty 4423 sewing machine.
- Metal Frame and stainless steel bed. Allowing for fast sewing of almost anything with no movement or skipping at all.
- Pressure of the press foot can be changed. This is a fantastic feature allowing you to sew with great accuracy.
- 23 different on board stitches.
- Stitch width and length adjustment.
- Work light. Give you enough light that an external light is not needed.
- 1100 stitches per minute. This Super quick machine will allow you get through even the most laborious project relatively quickly.
- Auto needle threading. Threading a needle can be a massive pain with the automatic needle threading this solves the problem entirely.
- Auto bobbin winding. No need to hand wind your bobbin saving you loads of time.
- Easy auto buttonhole. 1-step automatic buttonholes make the job that much easier.
- Top loaded bobbin. Super easy to load a new bobbin.
- Powerful Motor. With a more powerful motor you will be able keep up the pace, even with those tough and heavy fabrics.
- Snap on feet.
Is mechanical right for you?
What I love about the Singer 4423 is how it gives you a really pure sewing experience. Mechanical machines do not have the capacity for the all the stitch functions and automation that computerized machines do, however, I believe that is part of their charm.
When using the 4423 you feel very in control and that when something comes out looking great it is completely down your ability (also true when things go wrong). It gives you the opportunity to just sew, safe in the knowledge that it can handle almost any project.
Automatic Threading and Bobbin Winding
I love that the Singer 4423 takes care of the fiddly jobs, such as the needle threading, for you. Not only are they a real pain for those whose sew often as I do, they really slow you down. Considering one of the standout features of this machine is the speed that it allows you to work it would a massive disappointment not to have these features.
More importantly then speed is that it makes it possible for people who have a disability that effects there their movement or dexterity able to use this machine. Often those effected by such disabilities struggle to thread needles by hand since it is a very delicate task.
The auto threader works really well and is super simple to use. All you do is pull down the threader and loop the thread round the hooks. Once let go the thread will thread the needle! After that you just pull the loop and you’re done.
I cannot recommend this machine more for those wishing to quickly with heavy fabric. For anyone that has tried working with heavy fabrics on light weight plastic framed machines you will know the struggle of having your machine skip around. This will not be a problem with the Singer heavy duty 4423.
When going from a light weight machine to sturdier machine you will definitely notice that you have more control and can work much quicker. Singers have included a metal frame and stainless steel bed that keeps the machine still while you sew. I love to make satchel bags with this machine since I can use very tough material and get the job done in no time!
I have used heavy duty machines in the past that have not had a powerful enough motor causing them to slow down or start skipping because they are not powerful enough to deal with the material that I am using. This will not be a problem with 4423 since Singer have included a motor that is 60 % more powerful than the one in their standard household machines. This will allow to get 1100 stitches per minute on almost any fabric.
In my experience what makes a great heavy duty machine is that it allows you work quickly on most material without interruptions. The 4423 is certainly allows you to work on any material quickly. It also has some great features that will minimise interruptions. The automatic threader and auto winding bobbin means that you will spend doing it yourself. Additionally the drop in bobbin makes changing bobbins super-fast!
What is most surprising is how even with the high stitch speed and more powerful motor, is how quiet the machine is. If like me you like to sew when the kids have gone to bed, this machine is definitely suitable.
Singer have included everything you need to get started. In the box you will get the Singer heavy Duty 4423 Machine, needles, bobbins, spool pin, spoon pin felt, a soft dust cover, foot control, guide booklet, seam ripper, lint brush, quilting guide, screwdriver, power cable, and 4 clip-on feet.
The included feet are: an all-purpose foot, which is great for most sewing projects, a Zipper foot, to easily attach zippers or cords, buttonhole foot for adding buttonholes and finally button foot for adding buttons easily. With all this included you will have you need for many basic projects, however, you will need to purchase new feet for more complex work.
When you purchase on amazon you will have the option to buy either a roller bag or hard case at an additional cost. The roller bag is an additional $70 while the hard case will be an extra $23.99. Whether you need these extras is completely personal to you. If you sew in a few different places, maybe at home and at a sewing club, I would definitely consider purchasing one of them. If you do like to sew in different places don’t be put off by the metal frame. At only 15lbs this machine is still very portable!
As well as all that it comes with a great instruction manual (which I suggest you read before you get started) that will help you get everything set up and ready to go. Singer also have some great video guides on you tube that will help you learn how the machine functions.
23 on-board Stitches
This is where people are often divided. Personally I believe that the 23 on-board stitches are plenty, many computerized machine will include more, sometimes hundreds, most of which will never be used and greatly increase the price.
Singer have included: 12 stitches for decoration, 6 basic stitches, 4 stretch stitches and one automatic button stitch.
How it compares to the other Singer Heavy Duty Machines
To make sure that you get the best machine for your needs, I have compared the Singer 4423 with other machines in the Singer Heavy Duty series. The other models that I have tried are the Singer 4411 and the Singer 4432. The 4411 is the little brother of the 4423, coming in at $129.99. This machine has less on-board stitches at only 11 and does not include an auto needle threader. With such a small price difference I do not believe that it is worth saving the $10 because you give up so much.
On the other hand you have the 4432 which includes a total of 32 stitch options. This machine is $40 more expensive and you get very little for the additional cost. This is why I believe that the 4423 is perfect middle ground.
If you want to learn how to use a mechanical sewing machine then this is a great place to start. Whether it is you first machine or you already have some experience with a computerised it is a good choice because of how sturdy and durable it is for such a low price. I always recommend novices not to spend too much on their first machine. Less expensive machines have all the features you will need to get started without getting distracted by more advanced inclusions; they are often aimed at beginners too making them more user friendly.
It comes with great features like the auto needle threader, automatic bobbin winding and drop-in bobbin that make it a great machine for you to learn. Getting things set up will not be a problem with the in depth guide booklet and online resources provided. Note that there is no recommendation on the appropriate presser foot to use for your selected stitch. So if you are just starting out you may need to do a little bit of outside research.
The big down side with this machine is that it is not versatile enough for some users. Since it only has 23 stitch options and 4 presser feet. Whether this is a problem for you will be hugely dependent on what kind of projects you wish to undertake. If you do want to have more stitch types to choose from then maybe a computerized machine will better suit your needs, so take a look at my best computerized sewing machines.
When making buttonholes the process is a little more involved than other machines – particularly computerized ones. Since the 4423 does not stop by itself when making a buttonhole you must be carefully to stop in the correct place to avoid the thread bunching up.
Pros and Cons
- Fantastic for heavy fabric.
- 1100 stitches per minute means you will fly through you projects.
- At $139.99 it is great value for money.
- Great for beginners.
- One of the best mechanical sewing machines on the market at this price.
- Only 23 stitch options.
- Making buttonholes is not as easy as on other models.
The Singer 4423 is one of the bestselling sewing machines on amazon and has mostly great reviews. Here is what some user liked and didn’t like about it.
- Users loved how sturdy the machine is and how handles thick material easily.
- Many of the review that I read praised the great value and how speedy it is.
- There are lots of beginners who purchased this as there first machine and found a joy to learn on with one writing ‘This is a great machine for someone like myself who is just learning the ropes, but is enthusiastic and will want a machine that will last the years’
- Some users struggled with getting the correct tension. However, one did point out that the user booklet covers this I great detail.
- Needle breakage was a fairly common occurrence
- While not many users had to contact Singer. Some did complain about having to wait a couple of days to get a response.
If you are looking for a relatively cheap mechanical sewing machine then this is the machine for you. I have loved using mine! It still surprises me how great it performs for such an affordable price. Singer rarely fail to deliver on quality and have built such a fantastic reputation in the sewing community by consistently producing great machines.
What surprised me was how simple this machine is to use, making it a fantastic choice for beginners and more experienced seamstress’ alike. With a super handy instruction manual and great online resources set up is not a problem. In my eyes this is a bit of a love it or hate it machine. For some beginners or those looking for a more pure sewing experience it’s a perfect choice. While others looking for more features and might not find what they are looking for.
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