My Review of the Singer Heavy Duty 4411

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Quick Notes

The Singer Heavy Duty 4411 is a strong sewing machine, capable of taking on leather, denim and other heavy fabrics where other sewing machines would struggle. Although it has a few minor drawbacks, I recommend it for those who need a bit of extra power. And best of all it is reasonably priced!

The Pros

  • Strong motor
  • Up to 1,100 stitches per minute
  • Good value for money

The Cons

  • Only 11 in-built stitches
  • Fiddly drop feed mechanism
  • Probably less durable than models from other brands

Singer Heavy Duty 4411 Overview

With its powerful motor and fast stitch speed, the Singer Heavy Duty 4411 is aimed less at those interested in embroidery or dressmaking and more at those whose projects involve thicker materials, such as denim, leather and upholstery fabrics, or those who want a workhorse which can handle almost anything they throw at it.

I have found that there are limited options on the UK market for heavy duty household sewing machines, so the 4411 is understandably a popular product, bridging the gap between the standard household machine and industrial machines. Launched in early 2012, I can see the 4411 being a go-to affordable heavy duty machine for some time to come.

I would like to point out straight away that machines from Bernina, Husqvarna and Janome are generally of significantly better quality than Singer machines. But they also tend to be a fair bit pricier. So whilst such machines are likely to be be better suited for those with big budgets, the 4411 is great for those with smaller pockets!

I have put together the table below comparing the 4411 with other heavy duty machines, but keep reading for my full review!

ModelSinger Heavy Duty 4411
Singer Heavy Duty 4411
Singer Heavy Duty 4432
Singer Heavy Duty 4432
Toyota Super Jeans 34
Toyota Super Jeans 34
Janome Memory Craft 6600P
Janome Memory Craft 6600P
Dimensions (H x W x D) 40 x 16 x 30.5 cm 47 x 23 x 36 cm 41 x 30 x - cm 49 x 22 x 30 cm
Stitches 11 32 34 4000
Sewing Speed (spm) 1100 1100 - 1000
Weight 6.4 kg 6.4 kg 4.9 kg 12.5 kg


The Singer Heavy Duty 4411 sewing machine has the following features:

  • 11 Stitches
  • 4-Step Buttonhole
  • Drop-in Bobbin
  • 105 W Motor


Photo of the front of the Singer 4411 Dust cover provided with the Singer 4411 Singer logo on the 4411 Singer 4411 Needle and Needle Plate Photo of the Singer 4411 from the side Photo of the top section of the Singer 411

The Details

The Motor

In many ways the motor is the star of the Singer 4411. It is a 105 W motor, which is a fair bit more powerful than other machines in the same price range. Entry level machines typically have a 60 W motor. This means that the 4411 will be able to sew through multiple layers of thick materials such as denim, leather and upholstery fabrics. It is still no match for an industrial machine, but having one of those in your home is not always a practical option! As always, make sure you are using the correct needle for the job!

The heavy duty motor also means that the machine is less likely to overheat on long sewing sessions!

Stitch Quality and Speed

In addition to power, the 4411 sets itself apart with its good speed. Capable of up to 1,100 stitches per minute, I have found that even at top speed the machine is very stable and is able to maintain very good stitch quality. Speed control is also fairly good with the foot pedal.

Threading, Bobbin System and Needle Plate

The bobbin system is drop-in/top-loading. This is handy as with the clear plastic cover you can keep an eye on how your bobbin is doing at all times. It is pretty quick the get the machine ready to go once you've had a bit of practice threading the needle and raising the bobbin thread. If you prefer a machine with an auto needle threader, but don't want to sacrifice power, consider the Singer Heavy Duty 4423 or 4432 machines. I have done the work for you and compared the differences between these three machines on this page!

The presser feet are of the snap-on type, and so can be switched easily. Although Singer claims the machine has an "extra-high presser foot lifter" which allows for more space for fabric under the presser foot, the maximum clearance isn't quite as much as I would expect it to be - "extra-high" seems like a bit of an exaggeration..!

The needle plate has standard markings so you can measure out your seam allowance, but they can be a bit hard to make out in low light.

Singer Heavy Duty 4411 Bobbin System
Easy to use drop-in bobbin loading system

Feed Dogs

The 4411 allows you to drop the feed dogs using a switch hidden behind the removable accessories storage container. I must admit the first time I used the machine once I had lowered them I struggled to get them back up, and thought I had broken the machine! I am still not sure whether this was my own mistake or a design flaw, but make sure you don't force anything too hard when trying to get the feed dogs back up! Let me know in the comments below if you've had the same issue.

Singer Heavy Duty 4411 Feed Dogs Drop
How to Drop the Singer 4411 Feed Dogs


The single LED light is quite small and although it lights up a small area around the needle quite well, the lighting doesn't extend very far. You will probably need additional lighting if you don't get much natural light in your working area.


With it's blocky grey look, the design of the Singer Heavy Duty 4411 announces from first sight that it means business. I really like the design of the machine, both in terms of aesthetics and in terms of build.

With regards to physical appearance, the combination of three different shades of grey is appealing and contrasts nicely with the red of the Singer logo. It is not a machine to be immediately hidden away out of sight.

The build quality of the machine is also pretty good. It feels stable, and there are few flimsy or cheap looking parts. Minor details like how the accessories storage container clicks when slid into place are quite satisfying. I particularly like the very sleek stainless steel bed plate. The Singer marketing guff says it is supposed to help with sliding fabric across the machine arm. I am not sure if I buy that, but it certainly gives the machine arm a nice finish! Better than cheap plastic any day.

Singer Heavy Duty 4411 Stainless Steel Bed Plate
The sleek stainless steel bed plate

There are a couple of drawbacks to the design of the machine. I find it a shame that the lever to lift the presser foot is made from cheap white plastic. It sticks out like a sore thumb, and the overall look of the machine would be improved with a metal or chrome-painted lever.

As is so often the case, the quality of the foot pedal is also at odds with the design and quality of the sewing machine. It is made of a plastic which looks and feels rather flimsy and cheap.

Singer Heavy Duty 4411 Foot Pedal
The Singer 4411 foot pedal

All in all though these are only minor grievances for what otherwise I consider to be a well designed machine.


In addition to needles and bobbins, the Singer Heavy Duty 4411 comes with the following accessories:

  • All Purpose Foot
  • Buttonhole Foot
  • Zipper Foot
  • Button Sewing Foot
  • Dust Cover

This is a reasonably good selection of presser feet, but for a machine in this price range I might expect one or two more.There isn't too much room for anything other than the provided accessories in the storage container, but you should be able to squeeze a few small additional bits and bobs in. As for the dust cover which comes with the machine, it will do the job of keeping dust out of your machine, but not much more than that, as it feels rather fragile and cheap!

Singer Heavy Duty 4411 Accessories
The accessories which come with the Singer 4411 (excluding the general purpose presser foot)


The 11 stitches available with the Singer 4411 consist of 6 basic stitches, 4 decorative stitches, and one 4-step buttonhole, as shown in the picture below.

Singer Heavy Duty 4411 Stitches
The 11 Singer Heavy Duty 4411 stitches

The maximum stitch length is 4mm and the maximum stitch width is 6mm.

If you're after a wider range of stitches, again you may want to consider the Singer Heavy Duty 4423 or Singer Heavy Duty 4432 machines. Kim from Curtain Queen Creates has written a great review of the Singer 44S and Singer 4423 machines.

Singer Heavy Duty 4411 Stitch Dials
Singer 4411 stitch selector dials

The Brand

In recent years Singer have been getting a bit of a reputation for resting on their laurels, bringing average products to the market and relying on the strength and heritage of the brand to sell them.

It is worth noting that the internal components are likely to be less durable than those in equivalent models from Janome, Bernina or Brother. Machines from these brands may be of better quality, but they also come with a steeper price tag!


So there you have it! The Singer 4411 is a solid and generally well designed machine. If you are after something with a bit of power to tackle tough sewing jobs, or a bit of an all rounder, the Singer Heavy Duty 4411 will be perfect for you. If you are interested in a machine with a wide range of stitches, or something which is portable, then it's probably not your cup of tea!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

17 thoughts on “My Review of the Singer Heavy Duty 4411

  1. Thanks so much for this review. I bought a Bernina machine a few years back and it just can’t cope with the side seams on the little patchwork bags I make AND it’s really frustrating in so many other ways!! The Singer sounds like just what I need 🙂

  2. Thank you for the review. I have a very capable Husqvarna machine with many decorative stitches so am more than covered for dressmaking etc. I do however miss my industrial machine but got frustrated with were I could use it as heavy, noisy and not pretty. Mostly I miss the speed and power of an industrial as I work in upholstery all week using a walking foot machine. Think I have found the ideal work horse for at home in the 4411. Ordered and waiting to receive it on Wednesday. Can’t wait to put it through its paces.

    1. Could you give us an update on your experience with the 4411, would be interesting as i too use an industrial machine at work

  3. As a sewing machine mechanic I can say that we regularly have these machines in for service/repair. They are problematic from quite an early stage – several within guarantee period. The motor is very strong (and fast) but this causes problems for the gears , shuttle and cams. Unfortunately Singer have skimped so much on production and quality of parts – so they are cheap to buy – that they cannot stand prolonged use and often result in costly repair or scrapping. They are cheap for a reason !

    1. Can I replace the sewing machine motor for a Toyota 15SJ? The one that I currently have in the machine (original) is too weak (only 50 W). Thank you for answering.

    2. Ian – what would you recommend as a good quality, heavy duty machine for daily use making curtains and roman blinds as I was considering this one :-).

  4. has anyone experienced any problems sewing different fabric , it works well on heavy cotton , linen and upholstery fabric , goes over thick seams etc but whenit comes to sewing velvet it slip stitches , knots thread underneath and then thread on top snaps. ive tried all i can think of, taking off pressure, ive changed the needles as i was using general use needles , change3d threads thinking the one i had bought was cheap but nothing works .
    any ideas ?

    1. Hi, just a few tips that may work…. try a walking foot, or a Teflon foot….or some lightweight greaseproof paper in between the seams, may stop the slipping of the velvet as you sew

  5. I bought one and brought it back because I thought the feed dogs were broken. I could not get them to go up.

  6. velvet is always tricky to sew you have to cut it in one direction to start with if sewing two pieces together Ive got a 50yr old Bernina that sews anything from silk to suede perfectly,its never let me down in those years and never broken down,so it seems the problem is your machine

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