20 Most Recent Singer 4423 Sewing Machine Questions & Answers


have thread tails of 4 to 6 inches long & pull the thread back behind the needle before you start sewing

Singer 4423... | Answered on Apr 26, 2019


I would suggest that the words "heavy duty" applied to a machine sold for less than $150 is probably taking a little bit of artistic licence.

Grosgrain edging is very stiff so you will probably need at least a 100 size needle for this and they may well go blunt pretty quickly. This could be the squeaking noise, needles will "pop" and squeak if they are blunt. Change the needle and see if it stops.

I would suggest that if you are doing straight stitching in large volumes for commercial purposes, this is not the right machine, you need something like a Singer 20U industrial machine, a good workhorse which will do straight and zig zag stitches.
tally_girl_66.jpg
I have one of these with a 3/4 hp motor in a table and it is so strong, great for sewing tents, horse blankets etc. We used it for attaching vinyl to 1/2" foam for ride-on tractor seats, something it did really well. Different needle system to domestic machines and can sew heavier gauge thread too.

Sorry, this probably isn't what you wanted to hear about your new machine. Try changing the needle and see if it stops the squeaks. But you may need to reconsider your choice of machine.

Singer 4423... | Answered on Oct 13, 2017


Take it to a repair person. It needs to be realigned. This is probably not a repair that you can make yourself.

Singer 4423... | Answered on Sep 28, 2017


According to the manual, you should not need to adjust the bobbin tension (and I located other sites which stated the bobbin tension cannot be adjusted on this machine). Apparently, all the tension adjustment is accomplished through the upper thread::
"EN Thread Tension Upper thread tension Basic thread tension setting: "4". (1) To increase the tension, turn the dial to the next number up. To reduce the tension, turn the dial to the next number down. A. Normal thread tension for straight stitch sewing. B. Thread tension too loose for straight stitch sewing. Turn dial to higher number. C. Thread tension too tight for straight stitch sewing. Turn dial to lower number. D. Normal thread tension for zig zag and decorative sewing. Correct thread tension is when a small amount of the upper thread appears on the bottom side of fabric. Lower thread tension The bobbin tension has been set correctly at the factory, so you do not need to adjust it. Please note: - Proper tension setting is important for strong seams. - There is no single tension setting appropriate for all stitch functions, thread or fabric. - A balanced tension (identical stitches both top and bottom) is usually only desirable for straight stitch construction sewing. - 90% of all sewing will be between "3" and "5". - For zig zag and decorative sewing stitch functions, thread tension should generally be less than for straight stitch sewing. - For all decorative sewing you will always obtain a nicer stitch and less fabric puckering when the upper thread appears on the bottom side of your fabric. 1 A B C 22 D"

Doing further research, I found this statement on a machine review site:
"After reading reviews online from where I've bought my drop-in bobbin machines, I think many of the negative reviews are due to the bobbin thread coming up without laying across the bobbin. It can cause the stitches to look very sloppy and no amount of tension adjusting can fix the stitches."

There are several machine review sites wherein 4423 owners stated their disappointment in the 4423's performance. Some said the machine failed almost immediately and others said the machines developed problems when sewing heavy fabric.

Singer 4423... | Answered on Aug 06, 2017


Paul, please give some more info on lubricating needle bar frame and linkage. Because I do have this problem

Singer 4423... | Answered on Jul 10, 2017


Several possibilities. First, you may be using the wrong foot. There are several feet that are not designed for zigzag sewing at all. Next, if your foot comes with its own shaft, it may not be attached all the way. Again, there are several feet that LOOK like they're on --and you can't tighten by hand any more -- but in reality, you need to tighten them more with a screwdriver to seat them properly. Embroidery feet in particular have this problem.

Singer 4423... | Answered on Apr 05, 2017


Yes, chances are your clutch is disengaged. However, you can buy an inexpensive bobbin winder that will do the same thing and solve the problem immediately.

Singer 4423... | Answered on Mar 04, 2017


A couple of things you might want to check. Did you know that when you thread ANY sewing machine, your MUST be raised? That is the only time the upper tension disks are spread to accept the thread when you thread the machine. If you don't do that, there's no tension on the upper thread, and that's the kind of thing that happens.

There are are other causes for that. Run you finger over the needle plate to see if there are any rough spots that can catch the thread, and do the same thing on the bobbin case. If there are, use an Emory board to file them smooth.

Singer 4423... | Answered on Mar 04, 2017


Ajusta la tensi?n de arriba o chequea video en youtube

Singer 4423... | Answered on Jan 18, 2017


You have to drop the lever above the needle until it clicks to lock it in place

Singer 4423... | Answered on Nov 19, 2016


I would say that it was at the return auction because it was not working. It sounds like the drive gears are jammed.

Singer 4423... | Answered on May 12, 2016


Copy and paste into your browser, David: http://www.singermachines.com Go down handy free list I found for you to fix timing. Did this help? Jimmy

Singer 4423... | Answered on Jan 08, 2016


Have you cleaned and oiled it recently? Sometimes the machine will have a metallic knocking sound if it needs a good oiling (your owner's manual will show you how and where to oil), I usually do mine every 5-10 hours of sewing.

Singer 4423... | Answered on Feb 14, 2015


sounds as if it has insufficient top tension, clean between discs then re thread with presser foot down

Singer 4423... | Answered on Feb 04, 2015


1. TAKE THE BOBBIN AREA APART. BLOW IT OUT AND USE A QTIP TO CLEAN IT BETTER.
2. OIL THE RACE AREA (UNDER THE BOBBIN CARRIER) WITH ONE DROP OF SEWING MACHINE OIL.
3. HANG YOUR CARRIER WITH THE BOBBIN INSERTED WITH IT ROTATING COUNTERCLOCKWISE. ADJUST THE LITTLE PLATE (TENSION) SO IT WILL EXTEND FROM YOUR FINGER BY ONE INCH WHEN BOBBING.
4. INSERT EVERYTHING.
5 THREAD THE TOP CORRECTLY AND ADJUST THE TENSION TO FOUR. IT MAY NEED ADJUSTED SLIGHTLY.
6. TEST THE TOP TENSION BY PUTTING YOUR FOOT DOWN. WHEN THE THREAD IS PULLED ON IT SHOULD HAVE RESISTANCE. PUT YOUR FOOT UP NOW. PULL ON YOUR THREAD AGAIN. THIS TIME THE TENSION SHOULD BE SLIGHT. IF IT ISN'T THEN YOU HAVE A SNAG BETWEEN THE NEEDLE AND THE NEEDLE SPOOL. MOST LIKELY, IT WOULD BE THE THREAD WASN'T MADE TO GO BETWEEN THE TWO SAUCER PLATES OF THE TENSION CONTROL.
7 INSURE THE BOBBIN HAS TWO INCHES OF THREAD HANGING. TURN THE HAND WHEEL TOWARDS YOU (TOP OF WHEEL) WHILE HOLDING THE NEEDLE THREAD TOWARDS THE BACK OF THE MACHINE. YOU SHOULD NOTICE THE BOBBIN THREAD TO COME ABOVE THE NEEDLE PLATE. WHEN THIS HAPPENS PULL IT TO THE BACK.
8 SLOWLY, TRY TO SEW SOME RAGS TO TEST THE MACHINE. IT IS LIKELY THE TENSION WAS NOT SET PROPERLY.
9. ANOTHER THING THAT WILL CREATE A PROBLEM IS WHEN THE HOLDERS OF THE BOBBIN CARRIER ARE HOLDING DOWNWARDS TOO HARD. THREAD HAS GOT TO SLIDE UNDERNEATH OF THE HOLDERS. YOU MAY HAVE TO ADJUST THESE.
10. ALWAYS MAKE IT A HABIT TO CHANGE THE NEEDLE AS A FIRST CHOICE FOR TROUBLESHOOTING.

Singer 4423... | Answered on Jan 23, 2015

Not finding what you are looking for?
Singer 4423 Sewing Machine Logo

139 questions posted

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Singer Sewing Machines Experts

Cindy Wells

Level 3 Expert

6073 Answers

Kelley Buchanan
Kelley Buchanan

Level 2 Expert

130 Answers

tsalagi152

Level 2 Expert

89 Answers

Are you a Singer Sewing Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

View Most Popular

Singer Sewing Machines

  • Singer Sewing Machines

Most Popular Question

adjust bobbin tension

  • Sewing Machines
Loading...