You can’t be into sewing if you haven’t heard of Singer sewing machines. They are truly a classic. But they aren’t just for nostalgia. Over the years, Singer has introduced some truly amazing sewing machines. If you are looking to buy a new Singer sewing machine, I am here to help.
I’ve researched and reviewed specifications of 14 excellent Singer sewing machines, each with their own special features. I have included the advantages and disadvantages of each machine to help you compare. If you are curious about the Singer brand, I will also give you a little insight into the company, too!
Best Singer Sewing Machines Comparison Chart 2020
A comparison chart is a great way to take a first look at your Singer sewing machine options. You can take note and compare the sizes, speed, and ratings to help you focus your search and figure out what is important to you when buying a sewing machine. But don’t stop with this chart. The full reviews are important to gain an in-depth understanding of each machine before you make your final purchasing decision.
|Best Singer Sewing Machines||Dimensions||Stitches Per Minute||Built-in Stitches|
|SINGER Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine - Best Value Sewing Machine||15.5 x 6.2 x 12 inches||1,100||23|
|SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist Computerized Sewing Machine - Best Sewing Machine for Fashion Sewing||17.2 x 8.2 x 12 inches||850||600|
|Singer 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine - Most Versatile Sewing Machine||14.5 x 7.5 x 12 inches||750||100|
|SINGER Simple 3232 Sewing Machine - Best Sewing Machine for Beginners||15 x 7.5 x 12 inches||750||32|
|SINGER Heavy Duty 4411 Sewing Machine - Strongest Sewing Machine||15.5 x 6.2 x 12 inches||1,100||11|
|SINGER 3321 Sewing Machine - Best Sewing Machine for Children’s Clothing||18 x 8.8 x 14 inches||1,100||23|
|SINGER Start 1304 Free Arm Best Sewing Machine for Beginners - Best Sewing Machine for Simple Sewing||13 x 7 x 11.5 inches||400||6|
|SINGER Heavy Duty 4432 Sewing Machine - Editor’s Choice||15.2 x 6.2 x 12 inches||1,100||32|
|SINGER Tradition 2277 Sewing Machine - Best Sewing Machine for Small Projects||15 x 6.2 x 12 inches||350||23|
|SINGER Fashion Mate 3333 Free-Arm Sewing Machine - Best Lightweight Sewing Machine||16.4 x 7.4 x 13 inches||750||23|
|SINGER Simple 3223G Handy Sewing Machine - Best Basic Sewing Machine||15 x 7.5 x 12 inches||400||23|
|SINGER Sew Mate 5400 Handy Sewing Machine - Best Sewing Machine for Home Business||16.5 x 7.8 x 13 inches||750||60|
|SINGER Serger 2-3-4 Thread Capability Overlock Machine - Best Sewing Machine for Clothing||14 x 11 x 11.5 inches||1,300||N/A|
|SINGER Confidence 7363 Electronic Portable Sewing Machine - Best Sewing Machine for Intermediate Sewing||17.2 x 8 x 12.5 inches||750||30|
Top 14 Singer Sewing Machines Reviews 2020
The chart should have been helpful to give you a glimpse of the best Singer sewing machines on the market. Now you should take your time and read through the reviews below to help you solidify your decision before your purchase. I find the pros and cons lists especially helpful. Enjoy!
1. SINGER Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine
(Best Value Sewing Machine)
This Singer sewing machine could have several titles, such as: Best sewing machine for beginners; most versatile sewing machine; heavy duty sewing machine; best sewing machine for intermediates; most affordable sewing machine; and so on.
I had a difficult time choosing which title suited the Singer 4423 best. That’s when I realized that because it fits so many of these titles, with all of its perks and combined affordability, it should be crowned the Best Value Sewing Machine in our review.
You truly get a bang for your buck with this Singer. Its motor is extremely strong. It stitches very quickly. You get some built in stitches and adjustable stitch lengths. The list goes on. But the most important of all is that you get all of these things and it is still affordable.
- Powerful motor
- Easy set-up
- Some dissatisfaction with automatic threader
- Very sensitive foot control, sometimes hard to adjust speed carefully
2. SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist Computerized Sewing Machine
(Best Sewing Machine for Fashion Sewing)
Did you notice this Singer has 600 built-in stitches? If you are creative, and want to be even more creative, this is the sewing machine for you. It will help you to add a little dazzle to all of your fashion projects.
Unlike many other sewing machines, this Singer 9960 comes with an extension table. Not only is this useful for fashion projects, it can also be helpful for just about any other large sewing job you have.
The Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist comes with a whopping 18 presser feet! You can be sure you’ll find the perfect one for whichever type of clothing you are sewing. I especially like the fancy trim foot. You can add sequins to your jackets, pants, and skirts. And let’s be honest, everything’s better with a little sparkle.
- Sophisticated computerized machine
- Two LED light sources
- 1-step automatic buttonhole
- Cannot use walking foot with quilting bar
- Some reported glitches with stitching letters
3. Singer 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine
(Most Versatile Sewing Machine)
This Singer sewing machine is another affordable option for your next purchase. I consider this sewing machine the most versatile. I made my choice considering all the different types of projects you can create on this one, budget-friendly machine.
It might be a great machine for a beginner as well. If you aren’t sure yet what your favorite thing to sew is, you can buy this machine and try all the projects!
If you are interested in adding a little extra to your fashion this season, you can use one of the 100 built-in stitches to easily embellish anything.
Maybe you want to jump right into making an heirloom quilt. The programmable up/down needle is a perfect little extra for your quilting convenience. It will save you time and headaches while you create your patchwork masterpiece.
You can even make your own clothes from the beginning. The Singer 7258 sewing machine helps you to do this easily. I especially love the free arm option, which helps me when I sew cuffs, hems, and sleeves.
As you can see, there is little you cannot do with this super versatile sewing machine. The sky is the limit!
- Many needle options
- Seven automatic buttonholes
- Not the quietest choice of sewing machines
- Awkward foot pedal cord length
4. SINGER Simple 3232 Sewing Machine
(Best Sewing Machine for Beginners)
As a beginner, you might not want to shell out a large amount of money on your first machine. This is especially true if you are not sure that sewing will be a long-term hobby. If this sounds like you this Singer Simple 3232 is perfect for you.
It is very reasonably priced, the cheapest machine I have reviewed so far today. Even though it is budget-friendly, that doesn’t mean it has no options. Beginners still need a fair amount of features to test out different sewing techniques and projects.
I love that it is portable. This can be very useful to you if you are a beginner that wants to take a sewing class. You can easily pack up and take your machine to wherever your class is to get you on your way to honing your new sewing skills.
- Easy set-up
- Automatic needle threader
- Super affordable
- Lightweight and portable
- Some reported bobbin issues
- A bit noisy
5. SINGER Heavy Duty 4411 Sewing Machine
(Strongest Sewing Machine)
If you are looking for a heavy-duty sewing machine at a lovely, low price, this Singer is for you. It is incredibly cheap for the strength it offers.
You won’t have a problem sewing through denim, canvas, leather, and multiple layers of other fabrics with ease. You will, however, need to make sure you have the right needle for the job. This ensures that you don’t break needles, damage your fabrics, or slow down your sewing process.
The Singer Heavy Duty 4411 is affordable enough to function as a companion machine if you just need a heavy-duty option to complement your more sophisticated fashion sewing machine.
This sewing machine is also appropriate for beginners if you want to jump right into sewing thicker fabrics. It doesn’t offer all of the versatile functions that might interest a general beginner, but might be good if you are excited about sewing a leather jacket as your first project!
- Super fast
- Sturdy and durable
- Very quiet working volume for its strength
- Accurate stitching
- Few built-in stitch options
- Four step vs one step automatic buttonhole
6. SINGER 3321 Sewing Machine
(Best Sewing Machine for Children’s Clothing)
While I have deemed this sewing machine best for children’s clothing, I also think it is extremely useful for all sorts of clothing and clothing repairs. The free arm allows you to do this seamlessly.
The free arm also has a convenient storage compartment right in the machine.
You can use your Singer 3321 for stretchy or jersey fabrics. These fabrics are very common in children’s clothing. This Singer has 10 stretch stitches designed just for these types of clothing.
In addition to the free arm and stretch stitches, it is also fast! So when you are in a rush to make a new toddler dress or repair a hole in some leggings, your children won’t be waiting around for a slow sewing machine.
- Automatic needle threader
- Snap on presser feet
- Lightweight and includes a built-in carrying handle
- Sometimes has issues with very thick or layers of fabric
- Some reported issues with consistency of sewing speed
7. SINGER Start 1304 Free Arm Best Sewing Machine for Beginners
(Best Sewing Machine for Simple Sewing)
I know this Singer has ‘best sewing machine for beginners’ in its name, but I find it is actually better suited for the simple sewing award.
It is a very basic machine. As a beginner, you might want a machine that has a few more options and better versatility. If you are the type of beginner that I was, you’ll want to improve quickly and advance your project difficulty rapidly. This machine doesn’t necessarily offer that advancement.
That said, its simplicity is perfect for the right type of sewing enthusiast (beginner or otherwise). It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles so you can focus on your simple sewing projects without pressure or distractions.
It is durable, yet not too heavy. You still will get automatic threading, a few built in stitches, a selection of presser feet, and it is very affordable.
- No nonsense sewing
- LED light
- Slower than other Singer models
- Some bobbin tension issues reported
8. SINGER Heavy Duty 4432 Sewing Machine
I absolutely love this sewing machine. It is affordable, though a bit more costly than the very basic Singer models. But I don’t just love it for its price tag.
The Singer Heavy Duty 4432 is fast, at 1,100 stitches per minute, so you can work through whatever project you want with speed. I am very impatient, so the stitching speed is very important to me!
It is also an incredibly strong sewing machine. The motor is very tough and the sewing machine can handle all types of fabrics of varying thickness and layers. There is no project I can’t sew with this Singer.
It is a mechanical sewing machine and I am never worried it will break down on me. This Singer has 32 built-in stitches. That is just enough for me. It gives me enough options to embellish my projects, but not so many that I am paying extra money for stitches I may never use.
- Some occasional automatic threader issues reported
9. SINGER Tradition 2277 Sewing Machine
(Best Sewing Machine for Small Projects)
This inexpensive Singer sewing machine is great for beginners, as a companion machine, or perhaps as a gift for a friend who is new to sewing. It is simple to use and has minimal extra, fancy features.
That said, I would use this sewing machine if I predominantly sewed small projects. It is a bit slower than other machines and less of a workhorse than the Singer 4432. It is perfect for simple shirts, cloth bags, and similar items.
Despite it being a great machine for beginners, the learning curve for understanding this machine can be a bit longer than you might expect. But, once you get the hang of it, you will be very pleased with the results.
- Ample number of built-in stitches
- Portable and compact
- Slow stitching speed
- Initially less user friendly than others
10. SINGER Fashion Mate 3333 Free-Arm Sewing Machine
(Best Lightweight Sewing Machine)
This cute little mechanical sewing machine is more than just easy on the eye. It is sleek and modern, yes; but it also gets the job done.
Whether that job is a small simple mending project or a more the more elaborate stitching of a fancy costume, you’ll find your way with this Singer Fashion Mate 3333.
It isn’t overly crammed with features you will never use. There is a modest, and ample, number of built-in stitches and other perks (such as automatic buttonholes). The free arm is perfect for making clothes at home.
I love that it has a built-in handle. It is easy to take this little machine along with you to a friend’s house, a sewing class, or merely to move it to another room in your house.
- Easy set-up
- Nice micro-storage areas
- Some issues reported with jammed needles
- Not as heavy-duty as other models
11. SINGER Simple 3223G Handy Sewing Machine
(Best Basic Sewing Machine)
Sometimes you just need to keep it simple. If you just want to sew and not decide your specialty or pay for something you won’t use, this is the best basic sewing machine you can choose.
You won’t have to worry about getting too many useless sophisticated features that align better with a design specialist, or a home business seamstress. You get exactly what you pay for: a sewing machine. And you can do just want you want to: sew.
It still has 23 built-in stitches, so you can try your hand at more creative tasks. The free arm ensures that you can sew clothing if you like. And it is portable, so you won’t even have to decide where it will be stationed. It is the perfect machine for the indecisive seamstress!
The Singer SImple 3223G has an automatic threader, buttonhole, and snap-on presser feet. So, despite it’s no-nonsense reviews, it still has the conveniences that modern sewing enthusiasts have come to expect.
Did I mention the best part? It comes in different colors! So if you are just looking to add a splash of color to your craft room, this is one way to do it!
- Easy to operate
- Versatile for beginners
- Limited built-in design features
- Not as fast as some other models
12. SINGER Sew Mate 5400 Handy Sewing Machine
(Best Sewing Machine for Home Business)
This Singer Sew Mate 5400 isn’t a workhorse destined for super high output of products. But it is a great little machine that will get you started if you are just beginning a basic home business.
If you are pursuing a career or even just a paid hobby with your sewing machine, you will love the automated stitch length and width adjustment features.
It has a few different presser feet to accommodate many projects. It also has 60 built-in stitches that will help you make your sewing art and products creative and beautiful.
You will also be glad to hear that it will not cost you very much investment to start your business with this great little sewing machine. You can try your hand out at your business without breaking the bank in the meantime.
- LED light
- Not suited for continuous heavy-duty projects
- Foot pedal cord is rather short
13. SINGER Serger 2-3-4 Thread Capability Overlock Machine
(Best Sewing Machine for Sewing Clothing)
If you like to sew clothing, you have probably considered buying a serger sewing machine. A Serger sewing machine is essential if you are creating clothing with hems. It is especially useful if you sew lots of clothing items on a regular basis.
It might also be a good investment if you have a home clothing business. This Singer Serger 2-3-4 overlock machine sews at a whopping 1,300 stitches per minute. You will be finishing up your professional quality hems and clothing in no time!
It also has a free arm, which enables you to make all of your sleeves, cuffs, and pant legs without the headache.
- Moveable upper knife
- Fast stitching
- Slightly noisier than regular sewing machines
- Some re-threading issues reported
14. SINGER Confidence 7363 Electronic Portable Sewing Machine
(Best Sewing Machine for Intermediate Sewing)
This Singer Confidence 7363 runs a little bit more expensive than other models. This would be the sewing machine you choose after you have outgrown your beginner model and would like to take the next step towards more advanced sewing projects.
That’s not to say a beginner can’t find their way on this machine. It has super user-friendly visuals and buttons. So if you want to jump straight into an intermediate sewing machine and are willing to pay a bit more, this might be the one for you.
I love the extra high presser foot so I can sew projects that involve several layers. If you are an intermediate or advanced seamstress, you know what I am talking about!
- Built-in thread cutter
- Convenient built-in storage
- Easy to use
- Includes lockstitch capabilities
- A bit more expensive than other Singer models
- Some consider it a noisy machine
Who Makes Singer Sewing Machines?
Now that you’ve had a chance to look more in-depth at these top 14 Singer sewing machines, you might next be wondering who makes these lovely machines. If your curiosity is getting the best of you, you are in luck. Here is a little background information on Singer sewing machines and their company.
The Singer company is actually a part of the Singer-Viking-Pfaff (SVP Worldwide) company. They are the only one of the more prominent sewing machine brands that started in the United States and they’ve been going strong since being a part of developing the sewing machine more than a hundred and fifty years ago.
Singer sewing machines were founded by Isaac Merritt Singer in 1850. He was born in 1811. He partnered with Edward Clark in 1857 to make a sewing machine that could already stitch 900 stitches per minute!
They continue to be a prominent sewing machine company to this day. Their image has changed a bit and they have transitioned to more affordable sewing machines, which some people criticize for their supposed decrease in quality and other people praise for their affordability.
Where are Singer Sewing Machines Manufactured?
Although Singer sewing machines started in the United States, today they are manufactured around the world. They currently have their headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda. So they are truly and international company!
Most of their sewing machines are made in China. They also have operations in Taiwan, Brazil, and Vietnam.
If you are still curious and want a more specific answer to this question, you can find out the exact location of where your sewing machine was made if you have the model and machine number.
What is a Singer Sewing Machine Known For?
You all know what a sewing machine is. You have also seen some of the qualities of the top 14 Singer sewing machines. Maybe you’ve already made your conclusions about the Singer company in general. But, if not, here are a few opinions the wider sewing community has about Singer.
Many people rave about the Singer vintage sewing machines. You can still buy them, and many people do. They add a rustic touch to any sewing enthusiast’s interior decor. If you happened to buy a vintage Singer sewing machine and are wondering how much it is worth or what year it is actually from, you can use this chart from Contrado.co.uk to find out. All you need to do is find the serial number on your sewing machine and locate that number on the chart provided.
Some feel that Singer’s quality has gone down in the last 30-40 years as they compete with many other sewing machine brands. I, however, am happy that they have made affordability and accessibility a priority.
I love that Singer was the first brand of sewing machine to introduce the electronic zig-zag and have always had affordability in mind, without compromising features and ease of use.
More people than ever, from all walks of life, can get a well-rounded sewing machine to stitch out their dreams.
How Much Does a Singer Sewing Machine Cost?
If you clicked through some of the Singer sewing machine links above, you noticed most Singer sewing machines are very budget-friendly. Even the more specialized Singers from the list above are under 200 USD. Though, don’t worry. If you really want to spend a lot on a sewing machine, there are very sophisticated models that are around one thousand dollars.
Many Singer sewing machines are user-friendly and good for beginners. They don’t have a ton of extra, confusing features. And generally they don’t have hundreds of built-in stitch options, which helps to keep the prices down.
That said, there are also more specialized Singer sewing machines for advanced users that will run more than that. But you can always find a sophisticated beginner or intermediate sewing machine within your price range. That is one thing I love about Singer sewing machines. I am never paying too much for one machines.
Why Should I Buy a Singer Sewing Machine?
I imagine you are on the market for a new sewing machine if you have clicked on this review. Even if you are not, you may still be weighing the pros and cons of buying a Singer sewing machine. I will take a look now at a few reasons why people buy a Singer sewing machine.
You want to try out a small home business
As you’ve read and noticed above, Singer sewing machines are extremely affordable. And I will be honest, they are perfect for my budget.
But what if you are toying with the idea of starting a home business? If you are like me, you have these great ideas but may not have the finances to back up the ideas at the moment. Instead of letting your dreams die just because you don’t have a huge savings, why not try a Singer sewing machine?
At a low price, you can still find a Singer machine that produces professional results. Singer sewing machines generally have a fast stitching speed and enough convenience perks to keep you calm as you try out a home business.
You’ll be able to try out any products you are thinking of selling with a Singer sewing machine. If your business takes off and you get a lot of new customers, you can always upgrade to a more industrial Singer or another brand.
It doesn’t matter which type of home business you are thinking of sampling out. You can find a Singer model that can handle denim, multiple layers, and delicate fabrics. You can choose a sewing machine with a free arm if you are thinking of doing bigger projects. If you want to make extra designs and monogramming, you’ll simply look for a Singer with more built-in designs. You can start any small home business with the right Singer!
You want to make sewing your new hobby
Maybe you aren’t quite ready to start a business with sewing. You might be one step before that. If you are looking for a new hobby, sewing is a great choice.
Sewing is a perfect new hobby because you can make such a wide variety of projects on just one machine. And that machine just might be your new Singer sewing machine.
I loved starting out on sewing way back when. It is such a rewarding hobby. You learn about sewing, you try sewing, and then you have a lovely product to show for your hard work!
As you have read above, Singer sewing machines are very user-friendly. Maybe you’ve tried your hand at a bit of sewing but aren’t sure you want to make a major hobby or business of it. Singer has you covered.
Singer sewing machines have easy-to-use visuals and intuitive knobs and guides that will help you all through your new hobby. With all of these user-friendly features, you won’t be tempted to quit before you even make your first product out of frustration.
If you are interested in making sewing your new hobby, a Singer sewing machine is a perfect starter machine. You won’t pay too much for a versatile machine. You can try it out for a while and even if it doesn’t stick as your favorite pastime, at least you haven’t broken the bank!
Which is Better Singer or Brother?
I tend to compare sewing machine brands before I choose one. Today I will take a look at Singer sewing machines versus Brother sewing machines. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. You can choose what is most important for you and what you could handle sacrificing.
Brother brand generally has a much higher number of built-in stitches, designs, and fonts. This might automatically make you think Brother is better. More is more, right? Well in reality the high number of design options might end up meaning very little to you. Many more advanced sewing men and women end up not even applying these fancy stitches. So this supposed advantage of Brother may not be much of a perk to many people.
Whether you choose Singer or Brother, you can be sure you have a super supportive customer service system. You will also be one of a large community of seamstresses who choose Singer or Brother, so you can always find help and friendly counterparts any place in the world.
Both Singer and Brother are very affordable. I tend to find more Singer sewing machines at a generally lower price. They are, in my opinion, better suited for beginners and those unsure about their sewing profession or future. You can be sure you aren’t draining your pockets for an unusable machine.
Singer Sewing Machine Dealers
As you have read, Singer sewing machines are manufactured and sold all over the world. Even though they started in the United States. You can still be sure that you can find a dealer close to you–wherever you are!
If you are ready to buy your Singer sewing machine, I suggest using a store locator. You will be able to type in your zip code and instantly be able to see authorized dealers and stores near you. The store locator is found on the Singer official site.
Of course you can always shop online. You can find an official store online or a shopping site, such as Amazon. In any case, always read the reviews and research the seller to make sure you aren’t buying a fake Singer or a broken machine from a shady dealer.
How to Take Care of Your Singer Sewing Machine
Singer sewing machines can be very budget-friendly. But that doesn’t mean you will want to toss it out sooner than it should be discarded. There are many ways to ensure your machine lasts as long as it is designed to. It doesn’t matter if you have a Singer with more plastic parts or metal parts, they still need to be taken care of. Here are a few general tricks.
Keep the Dirt Away!
You have noticed the small slits and cracks when you are stitching away on your machine. Well all of these openings expose the most important bits of your machine to dust and dirt. Over exposure to the elements can really take its toll on any sewing machine. So, when you are not using it, keep it covered up. You can get a professional hard or soft case, or merely toss a blanket or sheet over top of the machine.
Even if you keep your Singer sewing machine covered when it is not in use, You still may need to clean it. Keep your machine clean by dusting out all the little cracks and crannies where bits of string, fabric, or other foreign elements can get lodged.
Read up on your specific machine to see what type of cleaning methods you should employ. You might want to consider a compressed air can to help get rid of the deep dirt and lint.
A sewing machine is a just that–a machine. Many machines need to be oiled to continue to run properly. But, many people oil their machines without even thinking or thinking they are doing the right thing. It is important to get to know your machine before jumping into lubricating it. Some machines run better with just a thorough wipedown. Whereas oiling it can actually affect how the machine runs in a negative way.
If it is a machine that needs oiling, however. You will need to always monitor the oil levels. Oiling your machine keeps it running smoothly and helps to prevent threads from breaking so much.
Research Fabric and Needles
Make sure you know exactly the right needle for your specified fabric. You also need to make sure to replace needles as soon as they are dull. Otherwise, you might damage your project or the machine.
If you are sewing on thicker fabrics you will need a higher needle strength and their sharpness will dull faster than you might think.
Also, you may need to adjust other settings on your sewing machine when you are using different fabrics depending on their type and thickness. If you don’t research and adjust properly you might waste both time and possibly money.
Have you had a good time learning about Singer sewing machines? I hope you are satisfied with the information, history, and reviews of Singer sewing machines.
I have given you plenty of information so that you can make an informed choice as you go shopping after your next Singer sewing machine. I have no doubt you will be happy with whatever Singer purchase you make!