Singer 1304 Review In Detail

Singer 1304 Review In Detail

Singer 1304 is a very basic beginners' sewing machine. It will suit those who want to get their feet wet. It comes with some useful stitch patterns.

Editor rating

Singer 1304 START is a basic beginners' sewing machine. The machine has 6 built-in stitches which include straight, zigzag, satin, blind hem, scallop and a buttonhole stitch. The buttonhole is a 4-step one. Being a basic beginner mechanical sewing machine, a dial is provided for stitch selection. Stitch width and length are preset for optimal results. The tension is fine in the basic setting. If you want to tweak the tension a little bit, it is also possible with the help of the dial provided in front of the machine.

Singer 1304 has a heavy duty internal metal frame which adds to the overall durability. Singer has provided dual spool pins for easy twin needle sewing. For sewing cuffs and collars, you can covert the machine to free arm by removing the accessory storage compartment attachment (small extension table). A small LED sewing light is provided for illuminating the work space. One thing I really liked about this machine is the extra high presser foot lifter which offers more clearance for bulky fabrics (this feature is not available on all machines in the segment). The machine comes with 25 year limited warranty. Singer 1304 is pretty lightweight. So it will be a good choice for those who attend sewing classes.

Ease of Use

It is suitable for all basic sewing tasks. The machine is simple and small. It is not intimidating by any means. It is designed for basic mending and hemming. The stitch quality is pretty good on denim, but it is not a machine designed to sew too many layers of heavy fabrics. If you are working with thick fabrics, use the right needle and sew at medium speed.


Singer 1304 doesn't have an automatic needle threader, which is pretty much a default feature on most machines of today.

No top drop-in bobbin. It comes with a front loading bobbin.

There is no drop-feed option, however you can use the darning plate to do free-motion works.


•    Affordable
•    Easy to use


•    No automatic needle threader
•    No top drop-in bobbin

Review Verdict

Singer 1304 is a very basic sewing machine. It will suit those who want to get their feet wet.


Built-in Stitches6 Stitch Types
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonNo
Speed Control SliderNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderNo
Buttonhole Styles1 Four-step
Top Drop-in BobbinNo
USB ConnectivityNo
Stitch SelectionDial
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthPreset
Built-in MemoryNo
Programmable Needle Up/DownNo
Built-in Monogramming FontNo
Drop FeedNo, Free-motion is possible with darning plate.
Free ArmYes
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Work LightYes LED
Included FeetAll-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot.
Warranty25 Year Limited
Extra High Presser Foot LifterYes
Snap-on Presser FootYes
Twin Needle CapabilityYes
Automatic Thread CutterNo
Dedicated Locking Stitch Button (Apart from reverse button)No
TensionAdjustable with dial
Knee LifterNo
CoverSoft Cover (Optional)

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer only. Opinions may be subjective.