Singer 4452 has the quality and the features. But it is not 100% heavy duty though, there are plastic parts.
Singer 4452 Main Features
- 32 built-in stitches
- Automatic needle threader
- Top drop-in bobbin
Singer 4452 Review
Singer 4452 is a heavy duty mechanical sewing machine, but it is not very popular in US. There is a reason behind it, we will get to that later. The issue is not about quality or performance, I can assure you that. 4452 comes with 32 built-in stitches including 6 Basic Stitches, 7 Stretch Stitches, 18 Decorative Stitches and a one-step buttonhole. The automatic needle threader threads the needle without any issues. The machine comes with a beginner friendly top drop-in bobbin.
Singer 4452 comes with a stainless steel bed plate for easy fabric feeding. There is a built-in accessory storage compartment which on removal gives access to free arm. The extra high presser foot lifter is handy while sewing multiple layers of fabric. The presser foot pressure can be manually adjusted. Stitches are selected by turning the dial. There is a separate dial for adjusting stitch length. The stitch width can be set to a maximum of 6mm. 3 needle positions are available on the machine. It has drop feed option as well.
The best thing about Singer 4452 is its motor. It is way more powerful than any of its competitors. Singer says it is 60% more powerful, but in real world conditions I guess it is some where around 30%-35% more powerful than other machines in the price segment. It is a powerful motor nevertheless. The motor can deliver 1,100 stitches/min.
One thing I really liked about Singer 4452 is that it has a very simple design. It doesn’t have a plethora of buttons to scare you off (like the ones you see on Singer 9960). 4452 is very beginner friendly and is an easy machine to use. The performance on multiple layers of denim is commendable (the powerful motor works the magic here). This machine can handle up to 8 layers of denim with ease. The stitch quality on other fabrics is also great. As I have said earlier, beginner friendly features like top drop-in bobbin, automatic needle threader and 1-step buttonhole make life easier for a beginner. There is a nice variety of built-in stitches as well.
Even though Singer 4452 comes with a heavy duty tag, it is not an all metal machine. Most of the exterior parts are made of plastic, but they are not flimsy. So if you are looking for an all metal machine, this is not the one for you. I think Singer used plastic to keep the weight under check, as most of its users will be beginners and some may be even attending sewing classes. The machine weighs around 15 pounds.
- User friendly
- Stitch options
- Good on thick fabrics
- Good stitch quality
- Not all metal
Is It Worth Buying?
When you look at Singer 4452 alone, it is a very good sewing machine with exceptional quality. However there is another Singer machine with identical features. It is much cheaper than 4452. I am talking about the Singer 4432, which has exactly the same features as 4452. The only difference is that you will get some bonus accessories with 4452. The extras you get with 4452 are, walking foot, non-stick foot, clearance plate and heavy duty needles (which when bought separately will cost under $50). So technically, you can pay $50 more for 4452 in comparison with 4432, anything more than that is not worth it.