SINGER 4411 Heavy Duty Extra-High Sewing Speed Sewing Machine Review
We got a chance to take a closer look at the latest Singer sewing machine on the market – The Singer 4411. It’s one of the recently-produced heavy-duty sewing machines that Singer has created, which includes the Singer 4452 and the Singer 4423.
Throughout the years, Singer has offered plenty of sewing machine models as a part of their official Heavy Duty line. The 4411 has got to be the simplest one out of the entire bunch, since it can only offer eleven types of stitching options.
However, it does provide a couple of extra features, with some of these features only present in computerized or electronic models. This includes an automatic needle threader, along with a one-step buttonhole.
At first glance, every Singer sewing machine out there looks similar to one another, sporting a somewhat trademark look – Grey body with white and red markings all over it.
The sewing machines found in the Heavy Duty line area also outfitted with several dials that are responsible for most of its main functions. For instance, on top of the 4411, you will find three dials. And beginning from left to right, these dials can control the needle position, the tension, as well as the length and width of the stitch. On the front side of the column are the stitch length control dials, as well as the assortment of designs that you can pick.
Meanwhile, on the right, you will find a small dial under the machine’s balance wheel. This modulates the size of the buttonhole stitches.
The Singer 4411 has the following features: eleven types of decorative and utility stitching options, which includes six utility stitches, four variants of decorative stitches, and a four-step automatic buttonhole. There’s also a reverse stitching option, a free arm, a drop-in bobbin, a changeable presser foot pressure, an on board accessory storage, a changeable option for the stitch’s width and length, and an additional high presser foot lifter. It’s also capable of producing at least 1100 stitches every minute. The 4411 also carries three types of needle positions.
If you take time to browse through the Singer sewing machine forums, you’ll discover several threading guides which could probably convince you that threading the 4411 isn’t as complicated as you might think at first.
Winding up the drop-in bobbin, and putting it in position is just as easy. In fact, it’s so easy, that even younger children should be able to do it without injuring themselves.
Thanks to the 4411’s fast enough speed, we don’t suggest you using this machine too often if you’re an inexperienced sewer – Or if you’re not comfortable with using sewing machines in general. Its convenient dials can produce top quality stitches. You can choose the stitch design that you want, change the position, and even adjust the length and width of the stitch as much as possible. Just turn up the dials to your preferred settings, and you’re all set.
The 4411’s big metal bed is the reason why this model is highly durable and has been known to last for decades – Much like any other sewing machine from the same brand (the Singer 8280 comes into mind). It can stitch through heavy pieces of fabric, such as velvet and thick leather – Just about anything else you might want to sew the machine with.
Its presser foot pressure is another great feature, since you can also sew through the most delicate fabrics like cotton, wool, satin and silk with equal quality. Much like any other type of sewing machine, Singer’s own sewing machines are far from lightweight. They’re not too big either, but they’re not exactly what we would consider as ‘portable’.
The stitches that this machine can produce are some of the best ones we’ve seen. In fact, it reminds us of those stitches produced by the standard sewing machines that our mothers and grandmothers used to work with. In fact, these stitches were so nicely defined that we even wondered if they were made by a sewing machine in the first place. And not only that – The 4411 didn’t make too much noise either, and had no vibration whatsoever.
You can use the 4411 on these fabrics: Cotton, wool, linen, velvet, taffeta, satin, silk, knits, upholstery, rayon, polyester, blends, fur, suede, leather, reptile skin, rubber, plastic, thick layers of a fabric, fur, twill, and canvas.
Accessories include for variants of snap-on presser feet: Button sewing foot, a zipper foot, an all-purpose foot, and a buttonhole foot. A quilting guide and manual for newbies is included in the box. Other Singer sewing machine parts include a lint brush, a seam ripper, bobbins, needles, an auxiliary spool pin, a spool pin felt, a dust cover, a screwdriver, a non-stick foot, a clearance plate, a walking foot/even feed, and a bunch of size 16 heavy-duty needles.
Each time you take a good look at the Singer 4411, you will notice that they’re actually more than capable of doing what they’re meant to do in the first place.
For instance, they can power through delicate and thick fabrics with ease. The quality of the stitch is excellent. The machine works so much faster for every sewing machine that’s constructed for home use, and not just that – They’re sturdily constructed too. Singer’s brand of sewing machines are comprised of solid metal and an accompanying sturdy frame, which guarantees hassle-free sewing without worrying about the machine vibrating too much or making plenty of noise.
The noise level is practically acceptable in which you can’t expect the 4411 to give off a whisper-quiet performance. However, if you take good care of your machine and bring it regularly to a Singer sewing machine repair store for maintenance, you can use it every day without requiring someone to speak out loudly when they talk to you.
Sewing machines that have the ability to sew at least 1000 stitches per minute are only meant to be used by professionals. The average Singer brand machine, such as the Singer 9960, can work through an average of 1100 stitches every minute. So we don’t suggest you purchasing the 4411 unless you have been sewing for a very long time now.
The 4411, along with its contemporaries, might as well be considered as ‘industrial’. This means that they’re perfect for commercial use. The quality of the stitches, as well as the speed and weight of the machine, are pretty much decent enough to be used by a professional dressmaker or tailor. In fact, we could actually see this machine being used to construct or fix up boat sails.
There have been several customers who have used the 4411 to repair shoes – And this brings us to the next topic, which is the machine’s longevity. A long time ago, the Singer brand was synonymous to durability – We all know of one person who has used an inherited Singer brand sewing machine. That’s because the stitches produced by the old Singer machine both have a durable quality to it. Some people have even used their machines dating back to the 1980s.
As of this year, we can only do nothing but speculate if these current line of Heavy Duty machines will end up becoming heirloom presents for our children, or if they’ll end up in junk shops or sewing machine repair stores.
After taking a closer look at the 4411 and other machines from the same line, we can’t help but feel good about them lasting for a very long time. Both electronic and computerized sewing machines, which are all the range these days, are pretty much the perfect choice for those who want to have all of the awesome features and conveniences that these machines can provide.
To keep them working efficiently and have them perform at their peak, it’s important to bring them to the maintenance shops at least once a year. And that’s not a bad thing – After all, as several other sewing machine owners have mentioned, a car must be taken to the maintenance shop for a regular checkup and fine-tuning. So why not a sewing machine?
One of the better advantages when it comes to owning a metal-based sewing machine is that you can pretty much use it on anything and everything. You just don’t have to take it our regularly for maintenance.
Apart from the advantages of it being low-maintenance, we have to mention the added savings of a better acquisition cost. The average Heavy Duty sewing machine can go for around $200 bucks up to $450.
Even though we still think that the 4411 isn’t meant to be used by rookie sewers or younger budding dressmakers, these machines are the best ones for home sewing room use, together with those professionals who run a dressmaking or repairing business – They would need a sturdy and affordable machine that has the ability to kickstart their home-based business.
Pros: Can pass through thick layers of fabric – Just be sure to use the right needle, and have it replaced often. You can change the machine’s foot pressure. The motor is very durable, and produces quality, even-sized stitches. There’s also a wonderful combination of stitches instead of just one long stitch. Fabric control is excellent.
Cons: Threading this machine can be difficult – Not to mention it makes too much noise. Thanks to its weight, it can get dragged by bigger pieces of fabric. It’s capable of using twin needles, but they’re not included in the accessory kit.