Review: The Singer 4423 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

Are you looking for a solid sewing machine that is easy to use, reliable, and inexpensive?  You're in luck.  We're taking an in-depth look at the Singer 4432.  It's a great machine whether you've been sewing for years, or are just getting started.

The 4423 is classified as an electric sewing machine.  While this means there is no on-board computer to handle specific tasks for you, it has lots of great features and it is very easy to use, making it one of the most popular starter sewing machines on the market.

If you're just getting started with sewing the lack of computerization can be a good thing as it gives you the opportunity to learn things on your own.  Computerized machines are also more likely to have technical issues. 

If you're actually looking for a more advanced model check out our comparison here.

Our Singer 4423 Sewing Machine Review

The Singer 4423 is a surprisingly strong and durable machine.  It's constructed of a heavy duty metal frame, incorporates a powerful motor, and has a stainless steel bedplate.  With proper care and maintenance this is a machine that can last you years and years.

And even then it will be good enough to pass on to a friend or relative that is looking to start sewing.

All of the dials and settings on the 4423 are analog and easy to adjust.  It can sew up to 1100 stitches per minute and is strong enough to handle tougher fabrics like denim but smooth enough to work with lighter fabrics as well.

Features of the Singer 4423

While there are a lot of advantages in using computerized sewing machines, for beginners it's often better to go with something less complicated.  The Singer offers 23 stitch options including:

  • 12 decorative stitches
  • 6 essential stitches
  • 4 stretch stitches
  • 1 buttonhole stitch

Each of these stitches can be set to a maximum width of 5mm.

In addition to the 23 stitches the Singer 4423 includes an automatic needle threader, length and width adjustable stitches, pressure sensitive presser foot, snap on presser feet, 3 needle positions, auto-reverse option, precise tension adjustment, stainless steel blade plate, a top drop-in bobbin, and free-arm capability. 

And even though it's made with metal frame it is still relatively lightweight.  This makes transporting the machine much easier.

Adjustable Stitch Length & Width

The ability to change the length or width of a stitch is critical when you're working with materials of varying thickness.  Generally speaking the thicker the material the longer the stitch that is needed. The inverse is true as well.

The Singer 4423 allows for quick and easy stitch length adjustment. Simply turn the dial to any one of 6 lengths.  The first setting is at .5mm and the largest is 6mm.

The adjustments on both the length and width dials allow you to quickly adjust to whatever fabric you're working with. 


The Singer 4423 also comes with some important accessories that will come in VERY handy as you're learning to sew.  These include:

  • an all purpose foot
  • a zipper foot
  • 4 presser feet
  • a buttonhole foot
  • button sewing foot
  • edge and quilting guide
  • auxiliary spool pin
  • common tools such as a seam ripper, screw driver (for maintenance), lint brush, and a dust cover.

Why is the Singer 4423 So Popular?

The 4423 is one of the best selling machines on the market for one simple reason.  It is EXTREMELY easy to use.  It doesn't matter if you're an old pro or a wet behind the ears beginner, no one wants a machine that is difficult to use. 

The strong motor means you can sew through just about any fabric no matter how thick or thin.  Many budget machines struggle with jamming when dealing with these sorts of tasks, but the Signer just hums along.

The automatic needle threader will save you TONS of time and the top drop-in bobbin is easy to load.

Singer Stands Behind Their Products

Who's ever heard of a 90 year warrant?  Well that's what you get with the 4423.  The belts, attachments and bulbs are covered for nearly 100 years, the machine head has a  25 year warranty, and the electrical components are covered for 2 years.  This is truly a machine that can be passed on to  multiple generations of seamstresses. 

Final Thoughts

While the Singer 4423 doesn't have all the bells and whistles that come on many of the new computerized sewing machines it's simple design, solid feature set, durable construction, and reasonable price make it the PERFECT machine for those just getting into sewing.  The heavy duty metal frame ensures that you'll be able to use it for years and years of sewing projects.  And on top of that it's backed up by Singer's 25 year warranty.

It's high speed and ability to handle just about any type of fabric make it the perfect machine to learn and grow on.

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About the Author Natalie

Natalie V Mason is an ETSY entrepreneur that started her online sewing business in 2012. She specializes in fabric design, sewing, and dying. You can see her work on her ETSY page and on her website. You can also reach her via email. You can also read more about her here.

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