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| Stitches || 23 stitches: 6 basic; 4 stretch; 12 decorative; 1 buttonhole
| Sewing Speed || 1100 spm
| Bobbin || top drop-in
| Stitch Width || up to 6mm
When moving or putting away the machine: Please lower the presser foot and store the machine with the presser foot in the "down" position. (The mechanism will wear out faster if it is left in the "up" position during storage.)
After every use, brush the sewing machine clean of any lint, loose threads, or fabric scraps. Pay particular attention to the area around the foot plate & bobbin. If you have been using a really fuzzy or linty material, please consider brushing under the foot plate where lint collects under the feed dogs. (There is a tiny brush and a flat metal screwdriver in the tool "drawer" at the front of the machine, for this purpose).
Unplug the sewing machine before performing any maintenance.
Details on changing needles are on page 53 of the Instruction Manual.
Needles are recommended to last 4-8 hours of sewing (depending on sewing speed and materials sewn, etc). Since the machine has multiple users, this is hard to gauge. When using the machine after someone else it is recommended to test the current needle on a scrap of fabric before beginning on your project, and replace the needle if necessary:
If you need to switch needles for a different type of fabric but the current needle is fine, replace it in the sewing box <i>with a piece of thread through the eye to indicate that it is a semi-used needle and should be used first.</i>
Change the needle if:
- catches and pulls can be caused by an old needle; the tip gets tiny burrs in it after awhile. If this is happening, put in a new needle and toss the old one.
- Bunched or jammed threads, and skipped stitches can be caused by an old needle <i>OR</i> an improperly threaded machine. Re-thread the machine carefully. If there is still a problem, replace the needle and toss the old one.
All domestic sewing machines take standard sized needles domestic sewing machine needles. Buying the generic brand (eg. "Unique" brand) or a non-singer brand (eg. Schmetz or Klasse brand) is fine.
| Regular point (woven fabrics) || "sharp" needles in a size appropriate for your fabric weight, or Singer style 2020
| Ball point (knits) || generic "ball point" needles in a size appropriate for your fabric weight, "stretch" needles, or Singer style 2045
| Denim & canvas || generic "denim" or "canvas" needles, or Singer style 2026
| Wedge-point (leather & vinyl) || generic "leather" needles or Singer style 2032
Use sizes 9-11 (70-80) for lightweight fabrics, or up to size 18 (110) for heavy weight fabrics.
Details on replacing the stationary knife are on page 55 of the Instruction Manual. Replacement bulbs are not stocked at the lab; take the old bulb to a notions store, and they will find an appropriate replacement.
=Manuals & Technical Documentation=
Read the manual: [[File:Singer_4423_Instruction_Manual.pdf]]
The physical manual is kept in the Craft Corner with the crafting books.
We have the following accessories, to extend the functionality of the machine:
| All purpose foot ||
| Zipper foot ||
| Buttonhole foot ||
| Button sewing foot ||
=General Sewing Reference=
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