Any Singer Heavy Duty sewing machine of this series sews fairly well with a good quality thread and lightweight fabrics, so if you’re looking for a regular sewing machine to work on your everyday sewing, any of these machines have the right number of features so that you can stitch all your projects at your own pace.

All these machines are, in fact, pretty much the same except for a few minor differences that you’ll find compared ahead.

Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machines Comparison

Compare here the main features of Singer’s Heavy Duty sewing machine series: Singer 4411 vs 4423 vs 44S vs 4432 vs 4452.

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*Speed Per Minute: referring to the number of stitches a machine can perform in a minute.
**Area: referring to the maximum embroidery area that an embroidery machine can reach.

A General Review that suits every model

Any of these affordable machines are perfect for the occasional sewer or even for your second home if that’s what you need. The adjustable length of stitches will allow you to play with thread tension when working on different projects, and you can drop the feed when needed.

Now, although they are an affordable option, they may not be the one for you if you are going to be sewing heavy materials like thin leather on a regular basis. The reality is that even if the engine of this series of machines is stronger than the average domestic model, you can only consider it a workhorse for light fabrics.

In fact, one of these machines could actually be the right one for you since the power of the motor and the speed are surprisingly efficient for a household model. It is true that a beginner might take some time before getting used to the power of this Singer series, but it’s really very easy to use and could be perfect either as a second sewing machine or as a backup.

They plow through multiple layers of thick stretch fleece fabrics and denim types as well as thin stretch jerseys. They are easy to thread, easy to use the bobbin winder, and easy to operate. Plus, the quality of the stitch is excellent.

Overall, I think it’s a nice machine for the money and would recommend it to anyone wanting a manual machine with basic stitches including a stretch stitch.

  These fairly basic machines are not designed to be used for non-stop commercial production. And even if the engine is stronger than most home use models, you should only use it for home use if you want to keep sewing with it for years to come.

  • It never shakes at full speed, no matter what table it’s on.
  • Higher power and speed than the average home model.
  • Mechanical, avoiding future issues of electronics.
  • Easy to use once you have understood the basics.
  • The inside frame is made of light metal.
  • Easy-to-understand manual controls, perfect for beginners.
  • Clear bobbin cover to see how much bobbin thread is left.
  • Drop-in bobbin is easy to insert.
  • LED working light (no more replacing a hot bulb)
  • Robust, yet portable and small in size.
  • User friendly
  • Masculine look
  • Light is a little poor, consider adding a light flexion.
  • Noisier than average because of its stronger engine.
  • It has no advanced features.
  • Small throat for quilting.
  • The outer plastic is a bit flimsy and as well as the lifting lever.
  • Noisier than average due to the powerful engine.
  • Not to be used for heavy duty on a continuous basis.
  • Not to be used on a continuous basis for leather.
  • The feed dog drop switch is inconveniently located at the rear, under the removable arm.
  • It also lacks a down function needle.
  • Does not include a printed manual.

If you want to sew heavy duty craft on a daily basis, please upgrade to an industrial sewing machine, some of which are as affordable as $400 and will fully support you with your actual needs.

Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine Reviews

Singer 4411 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine Review

Singer 4411 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

Budget: $
Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star-half-empty

FEATURES

      • Included Feet: All-purpose, Buttonhole, Button SewingFoot, Zipper.
      • Speed per minute:  1100 spm
      • Built-In Stitches:  11
      • Buttonholes: 1 Four-Step 
      • Free Arm: Yes

This would be my number #2 choice right after Singer 4452 and if you’re a beginner looking to buy a good, reliable model for day-to-day sewing and mending or even hemming some of your pants now and then, this could be a great option for your needs. It’s a great light sewing machine for the price, and it beautifully stitches standard cotton fabrics as well as quilting fabrics once you have adjusted the settings correctly.

This machine has an easy starter setup, it’s simple and has few features, so you can’t go wrong. It’s also a great value for what it does, and it’s the perfect machine to learn how to handle the different tricks that can be found when you’re sewing with just any sewing machine before moving on to more expensive models.

  • See General Pros.
  • Built-In Needle Threader NOT Included with this model.
  • Four-Step Manual Buttonhole instead of the automatic One-Step.

Singer 4423 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine Review

Singer 4423 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

Budget: $
Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star-half-empty

FEATURES

      • Included Feet: All-purpose foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot.
      • Speed per minute:  1100 spm
      • Built-In Stitches:  23
      • Buttonholes: 1 One-Step
      • Free Arm: Yes

Singer 4423 comes with 23 stitches and a built-in threader.

  • Built-In Needle Threader
  • Even Feed, also called Walking Foot, Included which is perfect for multiple layers of material.
  • One-Step Manual Buttonhole.
  • See General Cons.

Singer 44S Heavy Duty Sewing Machine Review

Singer 44S Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

Budget: $
Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star-half-empty

FEATURES

      • Included Feet: All-purpose foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot.
      • Speed per minute:  1100 spm
      • Built-In Stitches:  23
      • Buttonholes:  1 One-Step
      • Free Arm: Yes

Just like Singer 4423 but with a different name, Singer 44S comes with 23 stitches and a built-in threader.

  • Built-In Needle Threader
  • Even Feed/Walking Foot Included perfect for multiple layers of material.
  • One-Step Manual Buttonhole.
  • See General Cons.

Singer 4432 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine Review

Singer 4432 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

Budget: $
Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star-half-empty

FEATURES

      • Included Feet: All-purpose foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot.
      • Speed per minute:  1100 spm
      • Built-In Stitches:  32
      • Buttonholes: 1 One-Step
      • Free Arm: Yes

Just like Singer 4452, it comes with 32 basic stitches but missing the additional bonus accessories that 4452 includes.

  • Even Feed/Walking Foot Included perfect for multiple layers of material.
  • One-Step Manual Buttonhole.
  • See General Cons.

Singer 4452 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine Review

Singer 44S Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

Budget: $$
Our rating:  icon-staricon-staricon-staricon-staricon-star-half-empty

FEATURES

      • Included Feet: All-purpose foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot.
      • Speed per minute:  1100 spm
      • Built-In Stitches:  32
      • Buttonholes: 1 One-Step
      • Free Arm: Yes

Singer 4452 is a straightforward and simple machine with more stitches than the average mechanical sewing machine and probably a lot more than a regular sewer could ever use.

It’s my number one choice. It’s the one with more basic stitches as well as some bonus accessories at a very similar price.

That way, you’ll save some money as it comes with several heavy duty accessories, including walking foot, non-stick foot, clearing plate, and some extra heavy duty needles. 

  • Built-In Needle Threader.
  • Non-Sticky Foot Included perfect for leather or vinyl.
  • Extra Heavy Duty Needles as a Bonus.
  • Clearance Plate Included for thick seams.
  • Even Feed/Walking Foot Included perfect for multiple layers of material.
  • One-Step Manual Buttonhole.
  • See General Cons.

6 Reasons Why Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machines aren’t really Heavy Duty

1. They lack the proper power to stitch through thick materials. Although Singer’s heavy duty series it’s been advertised as stronger than average, their motor is only stronger than other domestic sewing machines. In any case, can they compete with the strength of fully metal made industrial models.

2. The presser foot only rises up to ¼”. As you may know, any real heavy duty machine will need a higher foot clearance to sew through multiple layers of thick fabric.

3. You can only use regular thread. Heavy duty nylon or upholstery thread gets caught up in the bobbin, as the bobbin case isn’t really prepared for heavy duty, making a huge mess and destroying your leather or material.

4. The bobbin case only takes regular size bobbins, which means you’ll be winding bobbins non-stop as heavy duty thread takes a lot more space, so the bobbin can only take that much.

5. Cleaning up all the debris and dust is a real task. It’s a closed unit, which means that you can’t get to the bobbin area unless you take off the top plate or undo a bunch of screws on the bottom.

6. Light pedal that moves around, even though you could always stick it to the floor.

4 Facts to Avoid Sewing Leather with your Singer Heavy Duty Machine

While these series of sewing machines could sew thin leather with the right needle and thread, there are several characteristics that prevent you from trying:

1. Motor isn’t strong enough.

2. Inner parts of these machines are made of plastic and not easily changeable.

3. Bobbin isn’t big enough as to hold large quantities of proper leather thread.

4. If you decide to try and force leather thread in the bobbin be aware that the debris isn’t easy at all to clean afterwards due to the design of these machines.

Common features of Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine Series

Well, you’ve probably noticed that Singer is not what it used to be in terms of both quality and durability. And it’s also true that even if Janome and Brother machines are, overall, a better investment, Singer is undoubtedly a good brand to consider.

You should know that the entire series of Singer Heavy Duty machines is of great value. Even if they don’t come with a lot of fancy stitches, they’re really doing what they can do for a fair price. Any of these machines come with a basic cover and a carrying handle that allows you to take it to classes or move around 20 pounds easily.

You can clean it yourself and sew as fast as you want up to a maximum speed of 1100 per minute.

They work very well for medium and thicker material, although they’re probably not suitable for stitching extra thick material such as multi-layer canvas or jeans pocket corners. It can do it, but it’s a hassle. And you’re going to force the engine. Another material that you might want to skip with these machines is silk. Not really great with it. Cotton and blended materials however fly through easily without needing to change the tension. You will love that.

Like any other home machine, you can use it once in a while for denim, canvas, or even vinyl, but that’s it. Ideally, and to help it last as long as possible, use it for the sole purpose of medium-weight materials such as cotton.

Avoid trusting opinions where users say they’re ideal for leather as you’ll be disappointed. For those projects I recommend you saving your money and investing in an industrial sewing machine.

This series is also perfect for you if you’re a beginner sewer or someone who only needs a machine once in a while to hem pants or take care of odd little projects. Or maybe you need some spare machine while your main one is getting fixed.

For the new tailor, the control of these machines is very intuitive and, overall, easy to learn, with enough flexibility to get into some more complex projects. You’ll be able to sew all sorts of craft projects and household items.

Another great use you could give to your new machine is piece quilting since these machines sew fast and are perfect for cotton. You could make cotton handbags and patchwork all day without any worry, really. They’re not so suitable for proper quilting, however, because if you want to stitch straight, you can only set the needle in the left or right position. Unfortunately, the center position is for double needles only, and it can be a bit difficult to keep your lines straight. Furthermore, the small space between the end of the arm and the work surface does not make it possible to work with large quilts.

The ‘Extra High’ Lifting Foot is not that high, as these machines can only lift the foot by about an extra 3mm. Think thoroughly if your projects can actually fit under the foot and buy accordingly.

As for the ‘Heavy Duty’ label, if you can only afford to invest a certain amount of money in a heavy-duty sewing machine, one of these machines can definitely be a good option if you use the right needle and thread.

And while you might be able to make a cover for your bed or even stitch through a few layers of leather or vinyl with the right needles and threads, these machines can only take up to a certain amount of hard work. You need to understand that if you consistently use one of these Singer Heavy Duty machines to sew heavy weight materials, the engine will eventually break down.

Don’t let the name mislead you in the wrong direction.

Think of it as a regular home sewing machine with a stronger motor (0.7Amps). The frame might be made out of metal, but some small parts are still made of plastic. Again, for one day, you may sew several layers of heavy materials. But remember that doing so on a continuous basis may damage the motor and you’ll start having timing issues sooner rather than later.

Now, while some of the inner parts are all plastic, apparently most of its inner parts, including the frame, are made of aluminum, a lightweight but durable metal. The result of these plastic parts is that even though it has a stronger motor than some other home sewing machines it will only last you long when using it for the sole purpose of everyday sewing.

You may find that one of the biggest reasons to go with one of these machines is the metal frame together with a stainless steel surface in the sewing area. In the end, the frame inside is made of metal while the machine body is made of durable plastic, making it lighter in weight than an all-metal machine. Heavy enough to avoid shaking at full speed and light enough to carry to your sewing lessons.

Another feature worth mentioning is the 50% stronger motor (0.7 Amp) that sews up to 1100 speed per minute, which can even become difficult to control at some points. Beginners will surely have to put time into taming the foot pedal. Once you figure it out you’ll love how quick and easy can be to finish new projects.

And let’s not forget to go over the built-in threader that all models, except for Singer 4411, have included. Even if you need some time to learn how to use it, it makes the threading easier and faster every time.

That said, however, the bobbin winder is not the best. A quick trick is to allow the thread to wind up and down through your fingers. Otherwise, it doesn’t fill the bobbins very well and, if unnoticed, could create some tension issues.

Well, to finish with the many basic features these machines have let’s remember that they are mechanical which I find better overall than the fully electric ones with all the fancy buttons. Besides, since they don’t include any electronics to function, they are more likely to last you for years and years to come without needing any service. You just have to make sure to keep your machine well cleaned and oiled.

If you sew a lot, you know the importance of keeping your machine well clean and oiled. Particularly if you’re using cheap thread, lint heavy fabrics, batting, etc. Let me tell you that such a task is not as easy as it sounds, as it isn’t easy to open the machine to clear the debris out. Be ready to take your time to open it up. In addition, these machines are mass-produced and the machine’s well-oiled gears dry up and get gummy.

You might want to check out the online manual to do this. And I say online because Singer has taken a greener (or cheaper) choice and no longer sends a printed manual. You should definitely Google it and watch some YouTube videos as they can be extremely helpful when you learn how to use your machine for the first time, or when you encounter random issues while sewing. Nevertheless, printing the manual at home might save you time as searching the internet is more time consuming than opening a book and reading the paragraph on how to change the stitch mode.

Last but not least, these are the actual terms of the warranty for every model:

  • 25-year limited warranty on the sewing head with the exception of normal wear and tear.
  • 2-year limited warranty on engine, wiring, and electronic components.
  • 90-day warranty on adjustments, belts, rings, bulbs, and attachments.

How to Use a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

You often find loads of negative reviews that can prevent you from buying a decent machine when, in fact, they are actually caused by an operator error.

These Singer Heavy Duty machines aren’t a thousand dollar machines, of course, and they have some downsides. However, if you learn how to use them properly, they can become a great source of hard work and inspiration.

Many times we forget that with any problem we may encounter, someone has already posted a solution on YouTube. and the only thing we need to do is Google it.

Good Tips on Using your Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

Let’s hear some good practices that will prevent you from having any issues:

1. When you struggle to handle heavyweight projects, place a chair beside your table to hold the weight of the fabric, and avoid pulling it out of line.

2. Always stop the machine with the needle in the fabric. You do this by stopping and quickly turning the wheel to get that needle back in the fabric.

3. When you receive your new machine the first thing you need to do is to take the original needle out of the machine and throw it away. Replace it with a good quality one or at least a fresh one from the free arm drawer. I understand it sounds like a waste of resources, however, you are actually saving both your time, your new fabric and project, and obviously loads of frustration and time. Sharp needles are critical for any project and you can never say in what shape the needle was or its quality.

4. Change the needle every other project as it needs to be as sharp as possible to avoid sewing issues.

5. Always get the type of needle that matches your type of fabric. Use a heavy-duty needle when working with heavy fabric like vinyl or denim. Knits need different needles, sometimes, a ballpoint needle that passes between fibers instead of splitting them as you sew. Likewise, fine fabrics also need different needles and they must be very sharp.

6. Sew through the thick parts very slowly, sometimes you may need to manually insert the needle and pull it up to get through a lot of layers properly to get the machine going. Be patient and take your time.

7. Whenever the stitching balls up under your piece, it is likely because the top or bobbin is threaded wrong. It can also be a tension problem or a bad match between needle and fabric.

8. Make sure the thread is coming off the bobbin with the loose thread pointing to the left.

9. If the stitches seem really tight, the tension can be turned a half number either way and solve the problem, but only after you have ruled out the other problems. It happens to the best of us so don’t get discouraged.

10. For some reason the machine usually comes with the stitch width set to 4, zig zag. Set that back to 0 and the needle will position itself in the center.

11. Replace the thread on the bobbin in the shuttle with your own thread. The thread that comes with the machine is not of the best quality and could give you some problems. So replacing the thread is always a good choice.

12. Keep your machine clean of gathered fabric fuzz. With time and use you´ll see that little balls of debris start forming up interfering with the thread if not removed.

How to Thread a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

Inserting the bobbin

The manual is Singer’s 4452 one, as it’s the most complete of them all and it corrects some errors you can find in the other model manuals.

On page 14 of linked manual you find the next steps to Insert the bobbin:

  1. Remove the bobbin cover plate by pushing the small tab to the right of the cover towards the right.
  2. Insert the bobbin in the bobbin case with the thread running counterclockwise direction.
  3. Pull the thread through the slit.
  4. Draw the thread clockwise until it slips into the notch while holding the bobbin down with the tip of your finger.
  5. Pull out about 15 cm (6 inches) of thread towards the back of the plate and attach the bobbin cover plate.

Manually Threading the Upper System

Right after, you want to thread the upper thread system by following the steps on page 16:

This is a simple operation but it is important to carry it out correctly as by not doing so you will encounter threading issues.

For safety, it is strongly suggested you turn off the power before threading.

1. Start by raising the needle to its highest point, and continue turning the handwheel* counterclockwise until the needle just slightly begins to descend. You must raise the presser foot to release the tension discs.

2. Lift up the spool pin. Place the spool of thread on the holder with the thread coming off the spool from the back as shown and place an appropriate spool holder next to the spool. For small thread spools, place a small side of the spool holder next to the spool.

  Make sure the thread doesn’t get stuck between the two pieces of metal or it will throw the tension off creating ‘birdnesting’ or even breakage of thread.

3. Draw thread from spool through the upper thread guide and pulling thread through pre-tension spring as illustrated.

4. Thread the tension module by leading the thread down the right channel. During this process, it’s helpful to hold the thread between the spool and thread guide, as this will help to seat the thread
between the tension discs.

5. At the top of this movement pass thread from right to left through the slotted eye of the take-up lever and then downwards again.

7. Now pass the thread behind the horizontal thread guide, and then behind the thin wire needle clamp guide, and then down to the needle which should be threaded from front to back.

  Don’t forget to thread the little bracket (a small piece of metal that is laying on top of the needle mount) that is above the needle as it is not obvious in the picture and not obvious on the machine. If you don’t thread that, the thread will ball up underneath and mess up your sewing and lock up.

8. Pull about 6 – 8 inches of thread under the presser foot to the rear beyond the needle eye. Trim thread to length with a built-in thread cutter.

  Never turn the handwheel away from you as this may cause the timing to be disrupted. Always turn the handwheel counterclockwise (towards you).

Automatically Threading the Upper System with Built-In System

Unless your machine is model 4411, you can also thread your machine with the Automatic Needle Threader by following the steps on page 18:

  1. First of all, don’t forget to turn the power switch to off position.
  2. Thread the upper tension of the machine up to the thin wire in front of the needle clamp.
  3. Raise the needle to its highest position.
  4. Set the machine to a straight stitch.
  5. Press the lever down as far as it will go, and gently insert the hook of the threader into the eye of the needle by swinging the lever towards you when it is fully lowered.
  6. The threader automatically swings to the threading position.
  7. Pass the thread under the thread guide, from left to right.
  8. Pass the thread in front of the needle around the hook from bottom to top.
  9. Release the lever, by swinging it away from you & then pushing it back up to the resting position.
  10. Pull the thread through the needle eye.

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FAQs


Which Singer Heavy Duty is the Best?

If you want to go with one that includes a built-in threader plus the maximum number of stitches, you should go for Singer 4452. But make your own research and read more about all the Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machines.


Can Singer Heavy Duty sew leather?

This is a tricky question. While these series of sewing machines could sew thin leather with the right needle and thread, there are several characteristics that prevent you from trying:
– Motor not being strong enough.
– Bobbin not being big enough to hold large quantities of proper thread.
– Thread debris not being easy at all to clean afterwards.


Which is better Singer 4411 VS 4423?

Among all the heavy duty Singer sewing machines, the Singer 4411 is the only that lacks a built-in threader and the only one that has a Four-Step Manual Buttonhole Stitch instead of an automatic One-Step Buttonhole stitch. Read more about all the Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine differences.


What is the difference between Singer 4432 and 4423?

The sole difference is the number of built-in stitches. While Singer 4432 has 32 stitches, Singer 4423 has 23. You may want to read more about Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machines.


What is the difference between Singer 4432 and 4452?

The sole difference is the number of built-in stitches. While Singer 4432 has 32 stitches, Singer 4452 has 52. You may want to read more about Singer Heavy Duty sewing Machines.