Singer 3223 Review

Singer 3223 is an affordable sewing machine, but the features will leave you wanting for more. Some of them are not really ideal for beginners.

Singer Simple 3223 Main Features

  • 23 built-in stitches
  • 4-step buttonhole
  • Extra high presser foot lifter

Singer 3223 Review

Sewing Machine Reviews Recommendation Level : LOW

As the name suggests 3223 is a simple, inexpensive sewing machine from Singer. It is an out and out beginner sewing machine with 23 built-in stitches which also include a 4-step buttonhole. I don’t know how many times I have talked about the difference that a 1-step buttonhole makes to a beginner sewer. A 1-step buttonhole makes a huge difference in ease of use and this machine doesn’t have one. This is a mechanical sewing machine, so stitch selection is done with the help of dials.

The stitch length and zig zag width can be adjusted. Presser feet are snap-on type. In order to sew multiple layers of fabrics, Singer 3223 is equipped with an extra high presser foot lifter. The machine comes with a 4-point feed dog system to ensure consistent fabric feeding. The machine is free arm convertible for sewing cuffs and collars.

Thread tension can be adjusted manually. A built-in carry handle makes the machine portable. The machine comes with 25 year limited warranty.


The variety of stitches on offer is pretty good for the price. There is a nice selection of utility and decorative stitches. The stitch width can only be adjusted for zig zag stitch. The stitches come out nice and clean. The machine does a reasonable job with couple of layers of denim. One good thing about this machine is that it comes with Class 15 bobbin, which are readily available at all stores. The thread tension can be easily adjusted.  The sewing bulb is pretty useful.


There is no automatic needle threader. An automatic needle threader is pretty much a default feature on modern sewing machines.

Side loading bobbin is another bummer. It is a huge handicap as you need to remove the storage compartment every time you need to change the bobbin.

I have already talked about the 4-step buttonhole. Singer could have included more beginner friendly 1-step buttonhole.

Now you know where Singer has cut the costs. 3223 is a beginners machine and ironically Singer has cut costs on beginner friendly features (not sure about the thinking behind that). The machine is slightly on the louder side as well. The accessories that comes with Singer 3223 is not that great in terms of quality.


  • Stitch selection is very good
  • Affordable


  • No automatic needle threader
  • No drop-in bobbin
  • No 1-step buttonhole
  • Slightly loud

Is It Worth Buying ?

Apart from the limitations discussed above, Singer 3223 is a reasonable sewing machine. But from the point of view of a beginner, the features are still a bit disappointing. An alternative you can consider is the Brother XL2600I which is less expensive and has far better features than this machine.

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