The Singer 3223R and the Singer 4432 are two of the most popular affordable sewing machines we will compare today. In addition to being packed with features in an affordable price range, these two sewing machines produced excellent stitch quality.
What are the major differences between them? Here I will try to answer them as simply as possible.
Singer 3223R vs. Singer 4432: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
Singer 3223R and Singer 4432 are both mechanical sewing machines. The mechanical sewing machine has fewer stitch options than a computerized sewing machine, but it is easier to maintain and costs less.
Singer 3223R vs. Singer 4432 : Built-in Stitches
The Singer 3223R has 23 stitches. The Singer 4432 on the other hand comes with 32 built-in stitches. The apparent difference is in the buttonhole styles, where Singer 3223R sewing machine comes with 1 four-step buttonhole(s), Singer 4432 sewing machine has only 1 one-step buttonhole(s).
The Singer 3223R sewing machine weighs approximately 12.2 lbs, while the Singer 4432 sewing machine 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.
Neither Singer 3223R sewing machine nor Singer 4432 sewing machine has a start/stop button. This might not be convenient for a novice to sew effectively.
Speed Control Slider
Neither Singer 3223R nor Singer 4432 has a speed control slider. With a speed control slider, the sewing speed will never go above your selected speed, no matter how hard you press on the pedal.
Automatic Needle Threader
To assist the user, self-threading sewing machines have what is called an automatic needle threader. The Singer 4432 has one while the Singer 3223R doesn’t.
Programmable Needle Up/Down
With a programmable needle up/down function, the needle will stop down in the fabric, allowing you to raise the presser foot and adjust the fabric without the fabric moving out of position because the needle will hold the fabric in place. However, unfortunately, these two sewing machines come with this feature.
There is free arm on both the Singer 3223R and the Singer 4432. The free arm is a very useful feature to all sewing machines as it makes sewing one layer of fabric without catching another. This is because all of the workings around the bobbin race, feed dogs, and needles are housed there.
Extra High Presser Foot Lifter
The extra-high presser foot lifter of the Singer 3223R and Singer 4432 allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.
|Singer 3223R||Singer 4432|
|Sewing Machine Type||Mechanical||Mechanical|
|Buttonhole Styles||1 four-step||1 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||No||No|
|Drop Feed||No, Free-motion is possible with darning plate.||Yes|
|Working Light||Yes||Yes LED|
|Speed Control Slider||No||No|
|Weight||12.2 lbs||14.6 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||Yes||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||No|
|Automatic Needle Threader||No||Yes|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||–||Yes|
|Included Feet||General Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot.||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||No||No|
|Tension||Adjustable by dial||Adjustable With Dial|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Singer 3223R Video Review
Singer 4432 Video Review
Both of these sewing machines come from fantastic companies, but they are particularly difficult to choose between. Based on their features, my overall recommendation would be to choose the machine that comes with more built-in stitches at an affordable price.
Q. Why use a walking foot on a sewing machine
A. A walking foot helps move knit fabrics evenly so they don’t stretch out of shape. The walking foot eliminates the need for excessive pinning when working with slippery fabrics. That is especially useful because most of those slippery fabrics, such as satin, are easily damaged by pins.
Q. What type of maintenance do sewing machines need?
A. Today’s sewing machines usually require just a few basic steps to keep them in good working order. While the manual included with your machine will spell out the details, it’s important to regularly remove the throat plate and use a small, soft brush to remove thread, lint, and debris that might have become lodged inside the machine. Your machine may also require oiling to keep everything lubricated and running smoothly.
Q. Can a regular sewing machine sew vinyl?
A. Yes, with the same modifications listed above for leather.
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. 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.