SINGER Heavy-Duty 4452 Sewing Machine Review

This mid-range offering in the SINGER Heavy-Duty category delivers

Phyllis Stewart
Written by Phyllis Stewart Updated on April 9th, 2021
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With its iconic medium-gray industrial design, no sewer will mistake any SINGER Heavy-Duty sewing machines with its lighter-weight competitors. There are no pastel colors, no cute names or slogans. This line of sewing machines is meant for serious sewers.

Add to those qualities an all-metal frame, stitch selection dial rather than ‘press here’ screens, and a stainless-steel plate, and any user should expect many years of workhorse capability. With all this muscle, the Heavy-Duty line still delivers up-to-date features and functions.

The SINGER Heavy-Duty 4452 holds its unique place within the line with 32 built-in stitches and 110 stitch applications, a top drop-in bobbin, and its 1-step buttonholer. Want to sew a tent then decorate its doorway with flowers? Done and done. A variety of YouTube classes and the SINGER Sewing Assistant App make learning easy and free.

Below is a fair and honest review. It’s based on my own 30 years sewing experience and that of other pros, instructors, and home sewers.

Our Rating = 4.8 / 5

For home sewing, the SINGER Heavy-Duty 4452 earns 4.8 out of a possible 5.0

Is the SINGER Heavy-Duty 4452 right for you?

The SINGER Heavy-Duty 4452 is a good choice for intermediate-level home sewers. The heavy-duty construction means that a wide variety of projects are easily within reach with the machine. Whether you plan to sew a christening gown, a man’s suit, or a sleeping bag, this machine is worth seriously considering.

The SINGER Heavy-Duty 4452 reviewed: an honest list of features (and flaws)

Here are the features I considered when rating this sewing machine.

What to love:

  • The machine comes with 110 stitch applications and 32 built-in stitches. These include a variety of straight, zigzag, hemming, and decorative that will likely meet any home sewer’s needs for years to come.
  • The high-speed switching at up to 1,100 stitches per minute, 60 percent stronger motor and 3 needle positions make sewing less chore-like and more artistic fantasy fulfillment. Most sewing machines sew at less than half this speed. If you’re switching machines, you’ll find these features very handy.
  • The 4452 features a 1-step buttonhole feature. All you need to do to achieve the perfect buttonhole size is to slip the button into the device. You’ll get an ideal buttonhole every time.
  • The interior metal frame and the stainless-steel bedframe of the 4452 provide exceptional strength and durability.
  • The 4452 has a free-arm feature. When you remove the bed to uncover the free arm, you’ll find an accessory storage holder.
  • A drop-feed lever lets you control the placement of the machine’s feed teeth. This is especially useful in quilting.
  • The built-in needle threading feature allows for less eye strain and easier upper threading. Just follow the path to thread the 4452 perfectly every time.
  • The drop-in bobbin is more accessible to mount than a front-loading bobbin. It’s also simpler to monitor the bobbin’s fill line through a clear plastic cover.
  • An extra-high presser foot lift lets you control how high or low presser foot position for each fabric weight and thickness.
  • Adjustable stitch length and width (up to 6mm) puts you in complete control of stitch appearance.
  • The 4452 has a real reverse stitch lever to use with any stitch to change shapes and contours.
  • Seven snap-on presser feet make changing from one to another easy and foolproof.
  • The 4452’s dimensions are 15.5 x 6.25 x 12 inches, and it weighs 15.71 pounds.
  • The 4452 has the standard SINGER 30-day return policy, 1/5/25-year warranties.

But watch out for:

  • Some users have had difficulty learning the basics of threading, tension control, and the reverse stitching mechanism.

What others are saying about the SINGER Heavy-Duty 4452

From the manufacturer:

“A heavy-duty metal frame and powerful motor make this machine a true workhorse.” SINGER

What the pros say:

“This mechanical sewing machine sews very quickly and is very easy to set up and to use.  It is a good fit for both the beginner and the more advanced sewist.” Sewing-machine-ratings.com

 “The Singer 4452 may not be the most elegant or sleek machine out there, but it gets the job done.” Sewnstudio.com

“If you’re looking for a machine which supports free motion quilting, you’ll be happy to know that the feed dogs can be lowered quite easily, with a lever. Sewing multiple layers, such as in quilts or winter clothing, is not off the table either.” Sewingmag.org

Consumer feedback:

SourceAv. ScoreLast checkedNo. Ratings
Amazon4.6 out of 526 March 20213784
JOANN Stores3.7 out of 526 March 20213
eBay4.6 out of 526 March 202130

What to expect when you buy

The following are included with the 4452:

  • General-purpose foot, even feed/walking foot, non-stick foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot
  • Clearance plate for sewing thick seams
  • Edge/quilting Guide
  • 5-Pack of size 16 needles
  • Bobbins
  • Spool caps, auxiliary spool pin, and spool pin felt,
  • Screwdriver
  • Seam ripper/lint brush
  • Soft dust cover

Alternatives to the SINGER Heavy-Duty 4452

The heavy-duty line produced by SINGER includes machines with widely varying capabilities. In the interest of comparing like-to-like, here are three alternative selections within the line.

SINGER Heavy-Duty 4411 Sewing Machine

The Heavy-Duty entry model has 97 stitch applications, a top drop-in bobbin, and its 1-step buttonholer.

SINGER Heavy-Duty 4423 Sewing Machine

A step up from the 4423, this model has 32 built-in stitches and a fully automatic buttonholer.

SINGER Heavy-Duty 6800C Sewing Machine

The 6800C has the sturdiness of the SINGER line of heavy-duty machines with the features of an up-market computerized machine.

In a nutshell

The SINGER Heavy-Duty 4452 sewing machine is a fine choice for most sewers. The 4452 will provide a great selection of stitches, a long product life, and an easy learning curve for most home sewers.

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Phyllis Stewart
Written by Phyllis Stewart Updated on April 9th, 2021