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Singer 4423
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81.8 Singer has a number of Heavy Duty sewing machines and the Singer 4423 is one of their middle of the road models. It is very fast at 1100 stitches per minute and is said to have a more powerful motor than most home machines.  Owners feel that it is fast, quiet and also sturdy but some folks indicate that it will not sew through thick material as easily as they expected.  [REF Singer Sewing Machine Reviews]

Consumer Insights
Those that purchased this machine feel that it is sturdy and is also good for beginners.  It comes with a number of good features but not so many as to be confusing.  It is relatively quiet and at top speed sews very fast (it is capable of 1100 stitches per minute).  There are a number of comments however that it is not really that “heavy-duty” and it struggles with sewing through thick material or several layers of average thickness material.  Although marketing materials for this machine indicate that it has a heavy duty motor that is 60% more powerful than conventional sewing machine motors.  Also some folks (not many but a few) experienced problems with the machine after the 90 day labor warranty and were disappointed that the problems were not covered.

PROS
- Simple interface and easy to operate
- Sturdy
- Fast
- Quiet
- Good automatic needle threader

CONS
- Struggles with multiple layers of fabric or thick fabric
- Limited 90 day warranty on belts, bulbs and attachments


Consumer Ratings

For the most part owners like this sewing machine but it does not get the stellar reviews of machines like the Singer Stylist 7258. Several ratings were found and are provided in the table below:

 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  4.1 stars out of 5  29
 Viewpoints  5 stars out of 5  1
 Beach Camera  5 stars out of 5  1
 J&R  2 stars out of 5  1


Key Sewing Machine Features
- 23 different stitches (6 basic, 4 stretch, 12 decorative, 1 buttonhole)
- Stitch length and width is fully adjustable
- Can sew up to 1100 stitches per minute
- Heavy-duty metal frame
- Automatic 1-step buttonhole
- Presser foot pressure is adjustable
- Top drop-in bobbin (drop in the bobbin, loop the guide and pick up the bobbin thread)
- Automatic needle threader
- Stainless steel bed plate
- Snap-on presser feet
- Adjustable tension
- 3 different needle positions
- Feed dogs can be lowered for free motion sewing
- Built in carrying handle
- Soft dust cover

At 15 lbs the 4423 is not too heavy and with the built-in carrying handle it can be carried from place to place without too much effort.  It also comes with quite a few accessories including several feet (all-purpose, zipper, buttonhole, button sewing), needles, a foot pedal, a lint brush, a seam ripper, bobbins, a spool holder, spool felt, a spool pin, and a screwdriver.  There is also a sewing machine introduction DVD, a quilting/edge guide, and an instruction manual.

The Singer 4423 has a 25-year limited warranty on the head, 2-years on the motor and electronic components, and 90-days on belts, bulbs and attachments.

Sewing Machine Videos
The video below shows someone unpacking and getting their Singer 4423 up and running.  It is not a commercial and is interesting to watch if you are considering this machine.

The video below shows the 4423 sewing stretch stitches.  It is interesting form the point of view of watching the machine work and getting a feel for a few of the features.



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