Singer 44S Classic Review

Singer 44S Classic Review

Singer 44S is a quality heavy duty sewing machine. It is identical to another popular model from Singer. However 44s is not a 100% heavy duty machine

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You simply can't ignore the fact that Singer 44S is extremely similar to the Singer 4423 heavy duty sewing machine, except for the color. While 4423 comes in grey or ash color, 44S comes in white. We actually like the color of 44S more than the ash color of 4423. This has to be the most beautiful beginner sewing machine. Now the question is, does looks really matter for a sewing machine ? No, honestly. We all know that how good a performer 4423 is. So 44S has its work cut out.

Singer 44S is a heavy duty mechanical sewing machine. The machine has 23 built-in stitches including 6 Basic Stitches, 4 Stretch Stitches, 12 Decorative Stitches and 1-step Buttonhole. The machine is equipped with an automatic needle threader for saving eye strain (not a huge surprise to be honest). It has a top drop-in bobbin with clear cover to monitor thread supply. The adjustable presser foot pressure is a real blessing. The pressure is pre-set but you can override it especially when you are working on multiple layers. In addition to that, the extra high presser foot lifter offers more clearance.

The heavy duty metal frame ensures quality stitches. The stainless steel bed plate easily slides the fabric across. The machine has a very strong motor for heavy duty sewing. It is capable of delivering 1,100 stitches/min. Stitches are selected by turning the dial. Another dial is provided for stitch length adjustments. The stitch width and tension adjustments dials are provided on the top of the machine (tension is automatic, but it can be changed manually). The stitch width can be set to a maximum of 6mm. The reverse sewing lever could have been larger, never mind. Needle position adjustment dial is also provided on the top. 3 needle positions are available on this machine. Sewing cuffs and collars is easy, thanks to the free arm mode. You can do free motion quilting by using the drop feed option.

Singer 44S is twin needle capable, this adds a lot to the creativity. You can easily add decorative finish to your projects. Bobbin winding is made safer as the needle bar disengages while winding the bobbin. Overfilling the bobbin is not a problem as the bobbin automatically stops once filled. Workspace is illuminated by LED light. A storage compartment is provided for storing away the accessories. The machine weighs approximately 14.5 pounds. A retractable handle makes the machine all the more portable.  The machine has 25 year limited warranty.

Ease of Use

Singer 44S lives up to the heavy duty tag pretty well. The machine is pretty sturdy. It has a nice variety of utility and decorative stitches. The machine performs admirably on multiple layers of heavy-duty fabrics. As many as 6 layers of denim is a walk in the park for this machine. The machine has good beginner friendly features on board. Automatic needle threader, drop-in bobbin and 1-step buttonhole are some of them. The machines seems to have an excellent feed mechanism. There are no issues like skipped stitches or bobbin jamming. The tension seems to be perfect most of the time. The machine is durable as well. It has the capability to serve you long. 

Drawbacks

A few more decorative stitches would have done a world of good.

Even though Singer 44S comes with a heavy duty tag, most of the exterior parts are made of plastic. However the internal parts are made of heavy duty metal. We don't mind that as it is very hard to find a 100% heavy duty beginner machine nowadays (we are not living in the 60's after all).

Pros

•    Powerful motor
•    Quality stitches
•    Excellent on multiple layers
•    Affordable
•    Durable

Cons

•    Not 100% heavy duty

Review Verdict

Overall, Singer 44S is a great package. But it is not whole lot different from Singer 4423 except for the color. 

Specifications

FeatureType
TypeMechanical Heavy Duty
Built-in Stitches23
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonNo
Speed Control SliderNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles1 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
Stitch SelectionDial
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Stitch Width6mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownNo
Built-in Monogramming FontNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureYes
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
Motor Power1,100 Stitches/min
On Board StorageYes
Work LightYes
Warranty25 Year Limited
Extra High Presser Foot LifterYes
Needle Positions3
Automatic ReverseYes
Snap-on Presser FeetYes
Twin NeedleYes
Automatic Thread CutterNo
Automatic TensionYes

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