5 Stars By Jor on 2017-04-18
Basic machine, great workhorse!
I wanted a workhorse, and that's what I got. This machine does everything a basic sewer needs and does it well. The speed, for an experienced sewer like me, was important, and this machine is great on that, going very slow or way up to 'pedal to the metal' speed. My first project was not extra-heavy duty, but heavy enough, the it sailed right through. I expect many years of reliable use.
If you're looking for a machine that does fancy work, embroidery, computer stuff, this one's not for you. But if you want a well-made, basic machine, I believe that you won't be disappointed! I highly recommend it.
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5 Stars By Jason M. on 2016-12-15
Before crying over a bad stitch READ THE MANUAL!!!
This is a solid machine. The stuff my wife and I make requires both rather thick, rugged and thin, delicate materials and we get a beautiful stitch regardless the kind of material we use; from a thick and stiff vinyl, silky satin to stretchy lycra...not to say a walking foot doesn't help. Can't wait to try leather; have a thicker needle for it and everything. It's not a super fancy machine with a million functions (If you want that, get one that's computerized) but it gives me a far more detailed stitch than I expected, especially for the price.
I would give everyone who buys this machine one piece of advice: Read the manual. No seriously, READ THE MANUAL!!! Singer was nice enough to include a manual full of details, set up instructions and proper sewing advice. Printed, stapled and everything: not on a disc or a link to a PDF but an actual book in the box with the machine. Shocking right? I personally was amazed, especially after thinking about all the people who gave this machine bad reviews for the simple reason they didn't know how to use it properly, or worse, they don't know how to sew. Yeah, the only down side to the manual is one actually has to read it to obtain that helpful information; not just look at the pictures.
*** I don't intend to sound mean but I'm running with the assumption the folks who gave this machine a bad review also complain their phone is broken because they don't know how to install a new app. ***
Every machine operates and feels a little different. This is a very easy machine to use and get use to. It doesn't really require any skill to use properly and as far as I can tell there's nothing freakishly different about this machine. If you're working with thick materials and you want a strong stitch without laboring the motor or snapping the needle every time you take it out, this is the machine for you.
And seriously, read the manual.
5 Stars By John K. on 2012-12-16
Tips for success... How NOT to throw the Singer 4423 through a window.
There are a lot of reviews here of people frustrated with the Singer 4423. I was going to purchase this machine back in November, as I needed a machine to handle automotive upholstery and other heavy fabrics. I hesitated on buying because of less then stellar reviews. An BTA-MALL lightening deal changed my mind, as the price was under $100.
I received my item well packaged and expediently (thanks BTA-MALL). The directions that come with it are not great, but get the basics covered. I utilized the internet for more detailed instruction, and well as for video guidance. After using the sewing machine for several hours, I too became frustrated. So much so, that I initiated a return. It seems I could not get the thread tension correct, and I would end up with tons of bobbin jams. Nobody wants their bobbin in a jam.
After sleeping on it (not literally), I researched more on the internet. I found a few tips that not only helped, my project turned out great and I was able to use the 4423 effectively.
1. Use the felt bobbin spacer if the bobbin is racking in the bobbin case.
2. Important. Use only the plastic - not metal - bobbins.
3. Make sure you thread correctly. Thread tension is critical and is managed at loops #3, #4, and #5. When threading, be sure to give a slight tug to ensure the thread has seated into the blind tensioner. Also don't forget to run the thread behind the guide #6.
4. This might seem obvious, but be sure to drop the presser foot. It's easy to forget especially when setting up thicker fabrics/upholstery. If you forget, you'll know soon enough, by having a mess under the fabric on the bobbin side.
5. Practice with the foot control. It launches from 0 to 60 in a split second. I'd like to find a way of better control here, as fine control is challenging.
6. Use the correct needle size. Mine shipped with a 90/14 which is good for many things, but I recommend a 100 for thicker stuff, like chihuahuas and small pets. Just kidding about that small pet crack.
I gave this machine 5 stars solely because for the money (<$100), it was a no-brainer. I'd give it 4 stars if priced in the usual $125- $150 range. It's not perfect, as the foot control is too sensitive (like my wife). But it is a well made piece of equipment that CAN handle heavy fabrics. It went through 6 layers of vinyl upholstery as well as plastic piping, without struggle. I did find that best results were obtained when the needle is started manually in the thicker, multi-layered fabrics.
Stitch patterns seemed to work okay, but I only did some messing around with them, just to see if they worked. I really only used the straight, and zig-zag with frequency.
One other thing, the machine is light, which is good and bad. Good, as it's easy to transport, but bad as it will move when pushing heavy stock through it. Use a rubber mat, or better yet an appropriate table.
4 Stars By John J on 2017-03-01
Great buy and shipped fast
I have a lot of projects planned, as I learn to sew with this. 1st 2 have gone well, and the only complaint I have is the cord to/from the foot pedal needs to be longer. Great buy and shipped fast.
4 Stars By MAKERSMIX on 2016-09-22
OK the wife just got her Singer 4423 along with the carrier box. Everything seemed fine until she asked me to help take out the needle. The problem is the instruction book is wrong because they show a - and + direction and what does that mean and if you take the - direction to loosen the needle it is wrong. They should tell you to turn the knob clockwise to tighten and counter clockwise to loosen. And they also forgot to tell you to used the supplied screw driver tool (supplied) to make this adjustment. This is a minor problem but they should get their instructions right. My wife already has the machine up and running and she loves the automatic needle threader. BTW BTA-MALL should probably ship these two items separately because the box is very big and hard for the USPS gut to handle.
5 Stars By Mary A Tassin on 2016-11-23
Great for heavy duty sewing.
My main use of a sewing machine is to re-hem pants (especially jeans), and to other minor alterations. So far it has met all of my expectations, and will probably do more for me in the coming year.
5 Stars By Jason Stamets on 2017-03-04
and I love how easy the directions are to understand
This is my first sewing machine, and I love how easy the directions are to understand! Comes with a detailed manual as well as a quick reminder page so you don't have to search for directions on how to thread. I love this machine!
5 Stars By JB10009 on 2017-08-09
LOVE it! I learned to sew on my mom's 1970's Kenmore. It is a beautiful, solid machine. I've tried machines one can buy now, and they are all plastic pieces of junk. So I was very apprehensive about buying my own machine, but needed to suck it up and get one. I did a ton of research and I am happy to say I'm thrilled with my purchase. This machine works like a charm on any fabric, even thick denim. It's easy to thread and manouevre. My only (BIG) complaint is why is it so damn ugly? Who ever thought a grey machine with red font would be a good idea? If you can get over how much of an eyesore this is, you'll love this machine. It comes with a kit of things I'll probably need at some point (extra needles and whatnot). I purchased the accompanying white carrying case and it fits nicely.
5 Stars By Rebecca C. Zody on 2016-07-08
She may not be a beauty queen, but she is a 10 to me!
I love my new Singer 4423. I'm 57 and just returned to sewing after a 10 year break. I just do basic sewing, nothing fancy and this machine fits
What I love about her:
basic mechanical operation
easy threading and loading a bobbin
weight, heavy enough to be stable, light enough to store easily
plows right thru heavy fabrics
access to the storage drawer without removing it from the machine
last but not least my most favorite thing, the smooth steel flat plate on the sewing surface, it's heaven!
What would I change:
a much brighter light
put the reverse toggle on the right side of the machine
she is awfully dull in grey, perhaps some color!
My experience has been a very pleasant one. Worked right out of the box, easy instructions to follow. The only
thing that I had difficulty with was winding the bobbin the first time, I threaded it wrong. As others have said make
sure you use the proper needle, feet and settings for the fabric you are sewing.
As a side note I had ordered the Singer Talent first. Had difficulty with the plastic housing hitting the take up lever.
The machine did not have as stong a motor as the 4423. I sent it back.
4423 is like a birkinstock compared to a fancy sandal.
5 Stars By RO on 2016-12-02
I LOVE THIS MACHINE
This is my 3rd Singer machine this year. I purchased a 9985 Quantum for all the fancy stitches but it struggled with heavy fabrics and heavy threads for bag making projects so I bought a Professional 5 Serger and this machine to do the heavy duty work. I LOVE THIS MACHINE! It does not get all "clunked up" when going over seams and putting on thick handles. My only regret is not purchasing a 2nd machine for my sewing sister when it was on sale for 96.00 at BTA-MALL! If you are doing quilting or bagmaking/totes, this is the machine for you!