In this comparison, we are going to compare one of the most popular affordable sewing machines, the Singer 4432 and Singer 9960. 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.
Singer 4432 vs. Singer 9960: Comparison in Features
Sewing Machine Types
The Singer 4432 is a mechanical sewing machine, while the Singer 9960 is a computerized sewing machine. Since the machine types decide they differ a lot in features, I won’t make a suggestion.
The decision has to be made on an individual level.
Singer 4432 vs. Singer 9960 : Built-in Stitches
There are 32 stitches on Singer 4432. On the other hand, the Singer 9960 has 600 built-in stitches. Singer 4432 comes with 1 one-step buttonhole(s), while Singer 9960 has only 13 one-step buttonhole(s).
The Singer 4432 weighs approximately 14.6 lbs, while the Singer 9960 sewing machine comes with a weight of 18.2 lbs.
The extra weight can become cumbersome if you don’t have a set location in your home for your sewing machine.
The Singer 4432 doesn’t come with a start/stop button, while the Singer 9960 sewing machine does. One of the best ways of controlling some of your variables within free motion quilting is by using your start/stop button.
Speed Control Slider
The Singer 9960 sewing machine arrives with a speed control slider while the Singer 4432 sewing machine 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 Singer 4432 sewing machine and the Singer 9960 sewing machine come with this user-friendly feature.
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 Singer 4432 and Singer 9960 come equipped with a drop feed system, which grabs the fabric and moves it along through the machine.
There is free arm on both the Singer 4432 and the Singer 9960. 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 4432 and Singer 9960 allows you to adjust the height, as needed for large sewing projects or multiple layers of thick materials.
|Singer 4432||Singer 9960|
|Sewing Machine Type||Mechanical||Computerized|
|Buttonhole Styles||1 one-step||13 one-step|
|Programmable Needle Up/Down||No||Yes|
|Monogramming Font||No||Yes 5|
|Working Light||Yes LED||Yes 2 LEDs|
|Speed Control Slider||No||Yes|
|Weight||14.6 lbs||18.2 lbs|
|Extra High Presser Foot Lifter||Yes||Yes|
|Snap-on Presser Foot||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Thread Cutter||No||Yes|
|Automatic Needle Threader||Yes||Yes|
|Stitch Selection||Dial||LCD and Push Button|
|Adjustable Stitch Length/Width||Yes||Automatic (with override option)|
|Included Feet||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot||All-Purpose Foot (on machine), Zipper Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Buttonhole Foot and Underplate, Open Toe Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Overcasting Foot, Narrow Hem Foot, Cording Foot, Straight Stitch Foot, Darning & Freehand Embroidery Foot, Even Feed / Walking Foot, Adjustable Bias Binder Foot, Single Welt Cording Foot, Braiding Foot with Guide, Clear Piping Foot, Stitch in the Ditch Foot, Fancy Trim Foot|
|Dedicated Locking Stitch Button||No||Yes|
|Tension||Adjustable With Dial||Automatic (with override option)|
|Warranty||25 Year Limited||25 Year Limited|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
Singer 4432 Video Review
Singer 9960 Video Review
Both machines are neck and neck when it comes to performance. The stitch quality is very similar between the two machines. They are capable of handling heavy and delicate fabrics with ease. It is the stitch quality of these two machines that differentiates them from other machines in their segment. Based on the features listed above, we believe you will be able to make a decision on your own. The final decision is yours.
Q. Does the machine work well with stretchy materials?
A. The machine works perfectly with all types of fabrics. As long as the user can work with the material, there should be no problem.
Q. How do I thread a sewing machine?
To get started with your sewing project, you’ll need to first thread your sewing machine. While your machine’s manual should guide you in the specific sequence for your make and model, the basic process starts by placing the presser foot in the up position.
Next, put your thread spool on the spool holder and bring the thread across the top of the machine, through the thread guide. Insert the thread through the tension mechanism, sliding it between the metal disks before pulling it back upwards. Find the take-up lever and place the thread into the hole. Pull the thread towards the sewing machine needle, using available thread guides as you go.
Finally, bring the needle into an accessible position by adjusting the handwheel. Insert the thread. Your sewing machine should be threaded and ready to go, but it’s always a good idea to make a test run on a sample swatch to check your work.
However, if you sewing machine comes with an automatic needle threader, that would save you lots of time.
Q. What are features to look for in a sewing machine?
A. The best features will depend on the type of sewing you plan to do. For a beginner, some features to look for include built-in stitch types, an automatic needle threader, a top drop-in bobbin, and a set of standard presser feet.
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. Can I interchange metal and plastic bobbins if they are the same size?
A. Metal bobbins and plastic bobbins of the same size can NOT be swapped. Machines are set for a very precise tension setting. If they are set for a lighter plastic bobbin, the tension will change if a heavier metal bobbin is used.
Q. Can a regular sewing machine sew vinyl?
A. Yes, with the same modifications listed above for leather.