78.2 The Singer Simple 3232 sewing machine is affordable and fairly basic. It comes with 32 built-in stitches and has a carry handle and a soft cover. The unit is also lightweight and very easy to use. However it suffers from some quality issues. Many owners have reported things breaking and features that stop working. While the machine carries a warranty it can be costly to ship it for repairs. That said, not everyone runs into issues with the 3232 and there are quite a few happy owners as well. It seems that purchasing a 3232 is something of a roll of the dice.
381 owner ratings were found from 6 different online retailers - see table below. A weighted average was performed on the data and resulted in an overall score of 78.2 out of 100 (or about 3.9 stars out of 5).
|Source||Consumer Rating||# Ratings|
|Amazon.com||4.1 stars out of 5||221|
|Amazon.ca||4.2 stars out of 5||14|
|Joann||3.6 stars out of 5||70|
|Walmart||3.6 stars out of 5||39|
|Home Depot||3.5 stars out of 5||35|
|Sewing Machines Plus||5 stars out of 5||2|
|Model||Avg Consumer Rating|
|Singer Stylist 7258 sewing machine||93.1|
|Singer Heavy Duty 4452 sewing machine||88.6|
|Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist sewing machine||88.4|
|Singer 1304 Start sewing machine||86.4|
|Singer Fashion Mate 3333 sewing machine||85.3|
A careful and thorough review of owner comments from several sources has provided the following Singer 3232 pros and cons:
- Lightweight and portable
- Carry handle is helpful
- Easy to use
- Machine is constructed with lots of plastic
- Built quality is average
- Timing and tension can go off
- Bobbin sometimes jams
- Not a lot of features
Many folks are pleased with how affordable the unit is. We’ve seen the Singer Simple 3232 on sale at some retailers for under $100. And those pleased with their machine sometimes refer to it as “good value for the money”.
- 32 built-in stitches (19 Decorative, 6 Essential, 6 Stretch, 1 Buttonhole)
- Automatic needle threader
- Max sewing speed = 750 stitches/minute
- Extra high presser foot lift
- Automatic reverse lever
- Automatic tension
- Adjustable stitch length
- Adjustable stitch width (up to 5mm)
- Class 15 bobbin
- Front loading bobbin
- Free arm
- Snap-on presser feet
- Built-in accessory storage
Following is the 3232 stitch chart showing all 32 stitches:
Included are 4 sewing feet: an all-purpose foot, a button sewing foot, a zipper foot, and a buttonhole foot. In addition, you will find a seam ripper / lint brush, class 15 bobbins, a screwdriver, thread spool caps, a pack of needles, an edge/quilting guide, and a darning plate. A foot control, a power cord, an introduction DVD, an instruction manual, and a soft dust cover are also provided. Many of the accessories fit in the built-in accessory drawer.
Singer have created this 23 minute video entitled “SINGER® SIMPLE™ 3232 Sewing Machine - Owner's Class”. It gives you a tour of the machine and can be quite helpful when you are trying to get the machine setup and just starting.
The 3232 weighs 12.6 lbs which makes it a rather light sewing machine. If you are after a lightweight, portable machine you may also want to view our list of the best portable sewing machines.
- Limited 25-year warranty on the sewing machine head
- Limited 5-year warranty on electronic components, light assembly, wiring, speed control, switches, and motors
- Limited 1-year warranty on belts, bulbs, rings, attachments and adjustments
The manual is fairly average and is provided in English, French and Spanish. Some folks have stated that some instructions/illustrations are not easy to follow. You can view a copy of the manual here: Singer Simple 3232 Manual