The Singer 4411 Heavy Duty sewing machine is a true workhorse. With a heavy duty metal interior frame, stainless steel bedplate, extra-high sewing speed and powerful motor, this sewing machine can sew through just about anything you throw at it. Convenience features including a top drop-in bobbin with clear view cover, drop feed for free motion sewing, automatic 4-step buttonhole and adjustable presser foot pressure add a new dimension of ease to heavy duty sewing. Eleven built-in stitches with adjustable stitch length and width make this machine perfect for both utilitarian and creative projects.
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This machine jammed up after about 50 hours of light use - no heavy fabrics or thread. The helpline took forever and was no help at all. The service man I took it to said the gears had locked. So how does that happen? He said, it's a Singer, expect trouble. Well isn't that great. Nearly $80 to unjam and oil a machine that I can't fix or oil myself. And guess what? Singer refuses to allow you to buy a service manual. My next machine's a Brother.
I purchased this item and after only two weeks the bobbin refused to remain in place. As a result of the bobbin "bobbing" the thread would bunch up and jam in the compartment. Not only was this machine a completewaste of $150 dollars... it was a waste of fuel, time, thread, and sheer mental anguish. The only Singer I will ever trust is the old treadle machine in my basement. At least it still works.
I got this machine to relieve my Singer 500A of some of its load. I set this one up out of the box, and pressed the pedal-SLOW DOWN TURBO!!! This machine needs a governor! I abandoned it and went back to the 500A which immediately started dropping stitches. (I think they were in cahoots) I had to go back to the 4411. After a couple days using it, I had the speed under control and the 4411 is sewing like a dream! I miss the openess of the 500A, and the light could be brighter and placed better, but overall, after spending a little time with it, this is a really good machine. I will use this for the heavy jobs, but I still favor my 500A(after it gets back from the doctor)
As a replacement for my 35+ year old Singer machine, this one is very good. Used it for 2 days so far. Smooth operation. I researched machines and chose this Singer model because of the heavy duty motor. Has a similar "feel" to my old machine. Handled medium weight fabric, decorative trim & lightweight fabric very well.
This machine is ok as far as sewing, but I immediately was unhappy about a few things. I thought needle threaders came standard on machines...not on this one. The light is not LED, no very bright at all. Also, on my previous machines, the reverse was just a button you push and it reverses..This one is the kind you have to hold down while you push the pedal..If I had known about these things, I def would not have purchased. It does sew fast, pretty stitches, but overall, I am not impressed. Also, I know this doesn't really matter, but it is a really ugly machine. :)
The 1st week, the bobbin kept popping out of the casing. I called customer service. The lady immediately took my name and address. Then, she asked me questions. She asked, "'What are you sewing" and I responded "I make cornhole bags with duckcloth." She immediately responded with "You just voided your warranty." I was vey upset. Apparently, if you call customer service, don't give them any clue that you are using their machines for 'business purposes.' She then asked "what type of thread are you using," and I replied, "Heavy Duty." Again, she stated that I voided my warranty again. You cannot use anything other than all-purpose thread in bobbin. Once I changed threads, I have beautiful stiches, but no warranty after breakage.
I make small fleece items for retail sale, backpacking equipment, and down quilts. The Singer 4411 is a useful machine, and an improvement over my Kenmore which was made in 1975. The Singer 4411 handles both multiple layers of ripstop nylon, delicate silicon nylon, and even nylon strapping with ease. AFTER learning what NOT to do, by gaining experience and skill in the past, on other machines, my new 4411 worked, right out of the box. Having plastic parts gave it a quite different 'feel' as opposed to older metal geared machines. But I have used machines with plastic gears in my shop, and they have all held up for many years, so I'm not concerned about the long term durability of the 4411
My 41 yr old Viking finally died and I replaced it with this machine as it was "heavy duty". After 3 days the timing in the bobbin went and I returned it and bought another Viking-a good machine, No more Singer's for me!