Thinking about buying a heavy duty sewing machine? Check out this Singer heavy duty 4423 review. In this review, we go over the features and capabilities of this heavy duty sewing machine. We’ll also answer some frequently asked questions about the Singer 4423. Finally, we’ll determine if the Singer 4423 is worth it.
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About the Singer 4423 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine
|23 built-in stitches||Often overpriced due to high rating|
|Metal frame||Fewer stitches than Singer 4432 and 4452|
|60% stronger motor|
|Can sew thick and heavy fabrics with ease|
|Fast sewing speed, 1,100 stitches per minute|
|25 year limited warranty|
SINGER 4423 Sewing Machine Details
This Singer heavy duty machine is a manual sewing machine. This means that it is not computerized – you need to change the settings manually. It has great features that make it an amazing sewing machine. The Singer 4423 comes with an automatic needle threader to make it easier to get the thread in the needle. This machine can also do free arm sewing. Free arm sewing allows you to wrap your project around the bottom of the sewing machine. This makes it super easy to sew inset sleeves, sleeve cuffs, hems, and more. This Singer heavy duty machine has a mostly metal frame. This helps to provide added durability and support to the machine. It also has a stronger than normal motor that lets it power through heavy duty materials and sew an amazing 1,100 stitches per minute. This is about 30% faster than other sewing machines, letting you get your projects done sooner.
This sewing machine comes with multiple accessories. It has a zipper foot, general purpose presser foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot, edging / quilting guide and more. This machine also comes with a soft dust cover to help protect the machine. This Singer heavy duty machine comes with 23 different stitches for you to choose from. It also has a one-step buttonhole. You simply place the button in the buttonhole foot and the machine sews a perfect hole for the button.
With this heavy duty sewing machine, you have the capability to drop the feed teeth all the way down. This allows you to do free-motion sewing. Being able to do free-motion sewing on this machine means that you can create elaborate quilts and free-motion embroidery using this sewing machine. With it’s heavy duty capabilities it will go through the multiple layers of your quilt with ease.
- 23 built-in stitches including basic, stretch, decorative, and buttonhole stitches
- Automatic needle threader
- Maximum sewing speed of 1,100 stitches-per-minute
- 60% Stronger Motor provides greater piercing power for thick seams
- Heavy-duty metal interior frame and stainless steel bedframe
- Variety of accessories are included
- 25 Year Limited Warranty
Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Review – is it worth it?
The Singer heavy duty 4423 sewing machine is a very highly rated sewing machine. This rating is well deserved! With it’s metal frame, 60% stronger than average motor, and stainless steel needle plate, this machine is durable and performs well with many different fabrics. It can sew heavier fabrics like denim, canvas and leather easily. It can also sew lighter weight fabrics like tulle and sheers. This versatility is really great to have in a sewing machine. With it’s heavy duty motor it can help you sew through your projects even faster than a standard sewing machine. This machine may be considered “basic” by some since it is only a sewing machine, but it truly lives up to it’s reputation of being a “work horse”.
This machine is pretty easy to use for a beginner, but has enough features that advanced sewers will be impressed with it. This machine has 23 different built in stitches including a one step button hole. (If you need more stitches, check out the Singer 4432 vs 4452). This machine also comes with one step needle threading, a super simple drop in bobbin, and the threading path printed on the machine. This makes it really easy to get the machine threaded and ready to sew. The Singer 4423 Heavy Duty sewing machine is indeed worth it.
Commonly asked questions about the Singer 4423 Heavy Duty
Can the Singer 4423 Heavy Duty sewing machine sew through heavy canvas or leather?
The Singer 4423 heavy duty sewing machine can sew through heavy canvas, leather, or multiple layers of denim with ease. This machine is actually made to sew through these heavier weight materials. It has a metal frame for added strength and durability, and a heavy duty motor. Something important to remember when sewing heavier weights of materials is to make sure that you choose the correct thread and needles for the material. Using the wrong needle can damage your project, your machine, and give you a broken needle. Using the wrong thread will make your project not as durable as it could be.
Can you use metal bobbins in the Singer 4423 Heavy Duty sewing machine?
You do not want to use metal bobbins in the Singer 4423. The Singer 4423 heavy duty sewing machine is designed to be used with plastic bobbins like these. Using metal bobbins in the heavy duty Singer 4423 can damage the machine and void your warranty.
What bobbins does the Singer 4423 use?
The Singer heavy duty 4423 uses Singer class 15 bobbins. These are clear plastic bobbins that you can purchase either filled with thread or empty. You can buy these bobbins here.
Is the Singer 4423 a good sewing machine for beginner sewers?
The heavy duty Singer 4423 is a great sewing machine for beginners. This machine is basic enough that it is super easy for a beginner sewer to use and learn. The one thing that a beginner sewer needs to watch out for when using this machine is how fast it sews. With the ability to sew super fast at 1,100 stitches per minute, if a beginner is not careful the Singer 4423 will run away with them.
Does this heavy duty sewing machine have a needle threader?
Yes! The Singer 4423 heavy duty sewing machine has a needle threader. Needle threaders are great additions to modern sewing machines. They make it much easier to thread the sewing machine – no more trying to get the thread in the tiny hole while squinting. Automatic needle threaders make it super easy to thread sewing machines.
Can you quilt with the Singer 4423?
The Singer 4432 is not a dedicated quilting machine, but you can quilt with it. For the most success with quilting, you should buy an even feed / walking foot for quilting with this sewing machine. An even feed / walking foot is designed to let multiple layers of fabric pass through the machine without shifting or bunching. When quilting, you are sewing multiple layers of fabric together to make it seem as if it is a single layer. If the layers shift when you are quilting them together, it could lead to bunching or wrinkles in your finished product. So buy an even feed / walking foot to prevent this shifting. You can find one here.
Can the Singer 4423 do free arm sewing?
Yes, the Singer 4423 can do free arm sewing. Free arm sewing is where you can wrap your sewing project around the lower part of your sewing machine in order to more easily sew small items. Free arm sewing is great for sewing pant hems, sleeve cuffs, finishing collars, and sewing children’s clothes. Being able to wrap your project around the sewing machine means that you do not need to do weird distortions with your fabric while you try to sew it. Free arm sewing is especially great for sewing things like inset sleeves, cuffs, and hems.
Does the Singer 4423 have onboard storage?
Yes! The Singer 4423 sewing machine comes with an onboard storage container. This container doubles as part of the bottom of the sewing machine. It is the part you remove to do free arm sewing on this sewing machine. This storage is sufficient to store all of the attached accessories. If you purchase additional presser feet, you can probably fit a few more smaller ones in the onboard storage. You may need separate storage if you have too many larger presser feet or large accessories.
Does the Singer 4423 come with a cover?
The Singer 4423 heavy duty sewing machine comes with a lightweight dust cover. There are hard sewing machine cases available, but you would have to purchase them separately. The hard sewing case for a Singer 4423 can be found here.
What accessories come with the Singer 4423?
The Singer 4423 heavy duty sewing machine comes with these accessories:
- General purpose foot
- Button hole foot
- Button sewing foot
- Zipper foot
- Edge / Quilting guide
- Pack of sewing machine needles
- Spool caps
- Auxiliary spool pin
- Spool pin felt
- Seam ripper / lint brush
- Soft cover
Can you buy more sewing feet for the Singer 4423 ?
Yes! You can buy more sewing feet for the Singer 4423. This machine is a “low shank” Singer machine that uses snap on sewing feet. There are many different feet available for you to use with this heavy duty sewing machine. Some great choices include:
- Singer sewing machine accessory kit with 9 presser feet, here.
- Even feed / walking foot for quilting, here.
- Non-Stick foot, great for sewing leather and vinyl. here.
- Darning foot, great for freehand embroidery, here.
Does the Singer heavy duty 4423 have automatic needle up / down?
The Singer heavy duty 4423 sewing machine does not have automatic needle up / down. Automatic needle up / down is great when you are embroidering or turning fabric. It allows you to set the machine to either leave the needle up or down when you stop sewing. When quilting, embroidering, and turning corners this allows you to leave the needle in the fabric and pivot it without the fabric shifting and messing up the distance between your stitches. With the Singer 4423 you would need to hand crank the sewing wheel to get the needle into the appropriate position.
What stitches can the Singer 4423 do?
The Singer 4423 comes with 23 different built in stitches. This includes six basic sewing stitches like the straight stitch and zigzag stitch. It also has four different stretch stitches. It comes with one automatic buttonhole stitch. The remaining 12 stitches are decorative.
Is the Singer 4423 automated or programmable?
The Singer 4423 heavy duty sewing machine is not a computerized sewing machine, and is not automated or programmable. The Singer 4423 sewing machine is a manual sewing machine. This means that stitch selections, stitch width, stitch length, and yes even presser foot pressure and thread tension need to be set by hand manually. This machine has a number of dials that you can use to control all of these settings. Make sure that you read the manual with this sewing machine, as it will help you understand what all of the different dials do and what the best settings are for your project.
Where can I find the manual for the Singer 4423?
You can find the Singer heavy duty 4423 manual on Singer’s website, here.
Where can I find the warranty for the heavy duty Singer 4423 sewing machine?
The Singer 4423 heavy duty sewing machine comes with a 90 day / 2 year / 24 year limited warranty. The warranty for the Singer 4423 heavy duty sewing machine can be found on Singer’s website, here. Make sure that when you purchase this machine, you sign up for warranty coverage.
Does the Singer 4423 have an adjustable speed button or a speed cap?
The Singer 4423 heavy duty sewing machine sews at an amazingly fast 1,100 stitches per minute. There is not an adjustable speed button or speed cap to reduce this max speed. The speed that the machine sews at is controlled entirely by the foot pedal. So the harder you press on the foot pedal, the faster the machine sews up to the max speed of 1,100 stitches per minute. To reduce this sewing speed, you would reduce the presser on the presser foot. Go slowly when you first purchase this sewing machine. Average sewing machines sew at 600 to 800 stitches per minute, so this machine can quite easily run away with your fabric if you are not used to it.
See it in action – Singer 4423 Video
Want to see the Singer 4423 in action? Check out this quick video created by Singer about their 4423 heavy duty sewing machine.
The Singer 4423 heavy duty sewing machine is a very robust machine. This machine can sew through heavier materials like they were butter. It can sew through lightweight materials just as easily. With it’s super quick stitch rate, this machine can get your projects done on average 30% faster! This is a great machine to have if you are looking for a basic sewing machine or a backup machine that can handle heavy duty sewing.