In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Janome 6500P and Singer 4432. What made these two sewing machines stand out was that they were packed with features in an affordable range combined with excellent stitch quality.
What are the major differences between them? Here I will try to answer them as simply as possible.
Janome 6500P vs. Singer 4432: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Janome 6500P is a computerized sewing machine, while the Singer 4432 is a mechanical sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.
The sewing machine you choose should be tailored to your skill level and goals.
Janome 6500P vs. Singer 4432 : Built-in Stitches
The Janome 6500P comes with an attractive amount of built-in stitches, 135 to be exact. Within those 135 stitches you can find standard stitches, decorative stitches and easy-to-use buttonhole stitches. While the Singer 4432 features 32 stitches. Similar to the Janome 6500P, these stitches include standard and decorative stitches.
The Janome 6500P sewing machine weighs approximately 23.4 lbs, while the Singer 4432 comes with a weight of 14.6 lbs.
When you don’t have a specific spot in your home where your sewing machine belongs, the extra weight can become burdensome.
Speed Control Slider
The Janome 6500P sewing machine arrives with a speed control slider while the Singer 4432 doesn’t. A speed control slide is a useful feature that allows you to set the maximum speed you are comfortable with.
Automatic Needle Threader
Many sewing machines sold today come with an automatic threader function. This is essentially a lever that will guide the thread through the eye of your sewing needle for you so that you don’t have to do it yourself. Many sewists prefer to thread their own needles, but if you have difficulty performing this task, then a machine with an automatic needle threader might be very useful for you. Fortunately, these two sewing machines both come with automatic needle threader, allowing you to thread the machine with ease.
The advantage of easy drop-in, top load bobbins is that you can readily see how much thread is left on the bobbin through the window. You do not have to remove the bobbin case to insert a new bobbin, and you do not have to remove the accessory tray from the free arm to change bobbins. Both the Janome 6500P sewing machine and the Singer 4432 come with this user-friendly feature.
Programmable Needle Up/Down
Unlike the Janome 6500P, the Singer 4432 isn’t equipped with a programmable needle up/down function. And using the needle-down function allows the needle to act as a third hand in holding the stitching position, such as when you want to stop and turn a corner or stitching a curve.
The most common type of feeding mechanism in a home sewing machine (and some industrial machines) is the drop feed, also known as the regular feed system. Both Janome 6500P and Singer 4432 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter
The extra-high presser foot lifter of the Janome 6500P and Singer 4432 allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.
Automatic Thread Cutter
If you hate cutting your threads after a sewing process, then a sewing machine that comes with an automatic thread cutter can be a lifesaver. Know that the Singer 4432 does not have this feature. The Janome 6500P, on the other hand, is equipped with an automatic thread cutter feature.
The knee Lift allows the sewist to keep their hands on the fabric being sewn while lifting the presser foot to change position or add more fabric pieces, as in chain piecing. Unfortunately, Singer 4432 doesn’t come with this feature, but you can choose Janome 6500P if you prefer this feature.
|Janome 6500P||Singer 4432|
|Sewing Machine Type||Computerized||Mechanical|
|Buttonhole Styles||7 one-step||1 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||Yes||No|
|Working Light||–||Yes LED|
|Speed Control Slider||Yes||No|
|Weight||23.4 lbs||14.6 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||Yes||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||Yes||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||LCD and Push Button||Dial|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Yes|
|Included Feet||1/4 Inch Seam Foot, 3-way Cording Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Open Toe Darning Foot Low Shank, Open Toe Satin Stitch Foot, Overedge Foot, Rolled Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot F, Sliding Buttonhole Foot, Zig-Zag Foot||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||Yes||No|
|Tension||Automatic Tension||Adjustable With Dial|
|Warranty||–||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Janome 6500P Video Review
Singer 4432 Video Review
These two sewing machines, both made by excellent businesses, are tough to pick between. After comparing their features, my general suggestion is to go with the machine that has more built-in stitches at a lower price.
Q. Are sewing machines dangerous?
A. Like any machine, a sewing machine can be dangerous if not used correctly. Always follow the safety guidelines provided by the manufacturer when it comes to maintenance, and pay attention while sewing.
Q. How much electricity does a sewing machine use
A. A typical home sewing machine may be in the 100-watt range. One estimate for portable sewing machines says that you are paying about 0.013 cents per hour every time. For the day you may be spending about 10 cents.
Q. Why use a bobbin on a sewing machine
A. In general, the bobbin is the thing that feeds the thread to stitch from the lower part of the machine. Its purpose is to hold the thread below the needle, and it is where the thread in which you stitch comes from.
Q. What should I know about manual vs. electric sewing machines?
A. Manual sewing machines were the mainstay of the crafting world, but in more recent years electric (also known as computerized) machines have been increasing in popularity for their easy operation and advanced functions, such as embroidery.
If you’re looking for a simple sewing experience without frills, a mechanical machine gives you straightforward functionality.
Without electronic components, some feel that these machines prove more reliable in the long term.
However, computerized machines may shorten the learning curve for some new sewers, since choosing stitches and settings only requires the push of a button.
Q. Do you need a special sewing machine for leather?
A. No, although a heavy-duty machine will make it easier. However, any good-quality home sewing machine can handle leather with a few special accessories. You will need a Teflon presser foot, a needle designed for sewing leather, and heavy-duty thread.
Q. Can a normal sewing machine sew canvas?
A. Yes, canvas can be sewn on a regular sewing machine.