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SINGER Start 1304 Sewing Machine
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- BEST SEWING MACHINE: The SINGER Start 1304 sewing machine is basic, simple, and easy-to-use thanks to 6 Built-in Stitches, all with pre-set stitch width and stitch length. Just select your stitch and start sewing
- WARRANTY: SINGER Start 1304 Start Free Arm Model Sewing Machine has 25 Year Limited Warranty
- LIGHTWEIGHT AND PORTABLE: This lightweight and portable machine weighs only 7 pounds, making it great for sewing in smaller spaces or taking to sewing class.
- AUTOMATIC BOBBIN WINDING SEWING MACHINE: To wind a bobbin, simply follow the numbered diagram printed on top of the sewing machine. The bobbin will automatically stop turning when it's completely filled.
- SINGER Start 1304 ACCESSORIES: Includes All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Darning Plate, Pack of Needles, Bobbins, Needle Plate Screwdriver, Spool Pin Felts, Seam Ripper / Lint Brush, Power Line Cord, Foot Control, Quick Start Guide, Instruction Manual.
- This sewing machine is warranted for use in the US and Canada at 110 volts only.
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Founded in 1851, Singer is one of the world’s leading sellers of consumer and artisan sewing machines, and one of the world’s most trusted and recognizable brands. The company has a long history of innovation, having produced, among other breakthroughs, the world’s first portable machine, the first zigzag machine and the first computer-controlled machine.
SINGER’s Start 1304 Sewing Machine
Great for Simple Sewing
SINGER’s Start 1304 sewing machine has 6 basic stitches from which to choose, selected by the simple turn of a dial. Because the stitch length and stitch width are preset, there's no guesswork, making this a great machine for a hobbyist or even a beginner. Choose a straight stitch for basic sewing, sew a simple applique with a zigzag stitch, fix a hem with the blind hem stitch, or sew a decorative scallop stitch to embellish almost anything. The Four-Step Buttonhole feature allows you to add buttonholes in four easy steps on things like pillows, children's clothing, fashions and more. Slide off the Removable Extension Table to expose the Free Arm for hemming trousers and sleeves or for sewing other small projects. This machine is lightweight and portable, making it easy to carry or store.
Quick & Easy Threading
Threading diagrams are printed right on the machine so you can be set-up in no time.
Built-in 4-Step Buttonhole
Make beautiful buttonholes automatically in 4 easy steps.
Dual Spool Pins for Twin Needle Sewing
The two vertical spool pins make twin needle sewing quick and easy. When sewing with a twin needle (optional purchase), parallel rows of stitching are perfect for hemming or adding a decorative touch.
Easy Stitch Selection
With the easily accessible stitch dial you can change stitches in one easy step.
6 Built-In Stitches
Straight, Satin, ZigZag, Blind Hem, Scallop, 4-Step Buttonhole.
Heavy Duty Metal Frame
The internal skeleton of the sewing machine consists of a Heavy Duty Metal Frame that holds all the mechanisms in perfect alignment for skip-free sewing and overall durability. You can be sure that your sewing machine will last for years of extended use.
Three Presser Feet Included
All-Purpose Foot - For the majority of your sewing projects.
Buttonhole Foot - For adding buttonholes, slots for ribbon and more. Zipper Foot - For adding zippers, piping, cording and more.
Preset Stitch Length and Width
Getting started sewing is easy. There’s no need to make stitch length and width adjustments.
A Good Place to Begin
The Singer Start sewing machine gives beginning sewers and hobbyists just enough features to get their creativity off the ground.
|Singer 1234||Start 1304||Fashion Mate 3333||Simple 3223G||Singer One||Curvy 8763|
|Built-in Stitches||6 Built-In Stitches - 1 Straight Stitch, 1 Satin Stitch, 1 ZigZag Stitch, 1 Blind Hem, 1 Scallop, 1 Buttonhole||6 Built-In Stitches - 1 Straight Stitch, 1 Satin Stitch, 1 ZigZag Stitch, 1 Blind Hem, 1 Scallop, 1 Buttonhole||23||23||24 Built-In Stitch - 6 Basic, 4 Stretch, 12 Decorative and 2 Buttonhole||30 Built-In Stitch - 6 Essential, 5 Stretch, 17 Decorative, 2 Buttonholes|
|Buttonhole Type||4-Step Automatic||4-Step Automatic||4-Step Automatic||4-Step Automatic||1-Step Automatic||1-Step Automatic|
|Presser Foot Lifter and Pressure Control||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Accessories Included||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Darning Plate, Pack of Needles, Bobbins, Needle Plate Screwdriver, Spool Pin Felts, Seam Ripper / Lint Brush, Power Line Cord, Foot Control, Quick Start Guide, Instruction Manual.||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Darning Plate, Pack of Needles, Bobbins, Needle Plate Screwdriver, Spool Pin Felts, Seam Ripper / Lint Brush, Power Line Cord, Foot Control, Quick Start Guide, Instruction Manual.||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Darning Plate, Bobbins, Pack of Needles, Thread Spool Cap, Auxilliary Spool Pin, Seam Ripper / Lint Brush, and Edge Guide||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot, Thread Spool Caps (2), Screwdriver, Darning Plate, Edge / Quilting Guide, Bobbins (Class 15), Pack of Needles, Auxiliary Spool Pin, Seam Ripper/ Lint Brush, Soft-Sided Dust Cover, Foot Pedal, Power Cord, Instruction Manual, Machine Intro DVD||All-Purpose Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, One-step Buttonhole Foot, Zipper Foot, Needles, Bobbins, Spool Pin Felt, Auxiliary Spool Pin, Thread Spool Caps, Needle Plate Screwdriver, Lint Brush/ Seam Ripper and Soft-Sided Cover.||All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Satin Stitch foot, Pack of Needles, Bobbins (Class 15J), Thread Spool Caps, Auxiliary Spool Pin, Spool Pin Felt, Darning Plate, Screwdriver, Seam Ripper/Lint Brush, Soft-Sided Dust Cover, Quick Start Guide, Machine Intro DVD, Instruction Manual, Power Cord, Foot Pedal|
|Automatic Bobbin Winding System||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Stitch Length and Width||Preset||Preset||Adjustable||Adjustable||Adjustable||Automatic|
|Free Arm Convertible||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
The SINGER Start 1304 sewing machine is a basic, simple, and easy-to-use mechanical sewing machine. It is a good choice for beginners thanks to 6 Built-in Stitches, all with pre-set stitch width and stitch length. Just select your stitch and start sewing. The SINGER Start 1304 Free Arm sewing machine comes with a limited 25 Year Warranty. This Free Arm sewing machine has a ton of other features like easy stitch selection, automatic bobbin winding system, free arm, built-in reverse, easy threading, adjustable tension settings, and extra-high presser foot lifter.
Weight: 11.5 pounds.
Dimensions: 13 x 7 x 11.5 inches.
Stitches: 5-millimeter stitch width, and 6 built-in stitches: straight, zigzag, satin, blind hem, scallop, and a 4-step buttonhole.
Speed: 350-400 stitches per minute.
Bobbin: Class 15
Warranty: 25 years limited.
Feet Type Included: All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole
Foot Presser Foot System: Low bar
Color Family: White
Item Weight (lbs.): 11.5
Button Holes: 4-Step
Number of Built-In Stitches: 6
Number of Decorative Stitches: 1
Number of Styles: 6
Stitch Width Control: Fixed
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If you have experience with sewing machines already, you could probably open the box, get the machine hooked up (there is one cord that connects the machine to power, and also connects the foot pedal to the machine, so it's a quick-and-easy setup), and start powering away. If this is your very first machine, I would recommend reading the enclosed manual first (of course, I'm generally of the opinion to always read the manual, anyway). The machine comes with a small bag of accessories neatly tucked away into the accessory tray compartment (that little box at the front of the machine that you remove to access the bobbin compartment). There's one bobbin already in the bobbin compartment, plus an additional 3 bobbins (4 total). Also included are 3 extra needles (in addition to the one already installed), 3 total feet (the "all-purpose" foot is already attached, plus there is a buttonhole foot and a zipper foot), a darning plate, 2 spool pin felts, a needle plate screwdriver, and a small lint brush with a mini seam ripper hidden inside the handle. All of the accessories fit neatly into the compartment with room to spare.
The first thing I did was wind a bobbin. There are diagrams on the top of the machine that show you how to run the thread from the spool to the bobbin winder. The bobbin wound quickly, and the winder simply stopped winding once it was full, even if I kept my foot on the pedal. More diagrams on the top and front of the machine walk you through threading it, and the process is similar to every other sewing machine I've used. It lacks a needle threader, which is handy to have, but I suppose not necessary. If you have issues with threading the needle, a hand-held needle threader (http://www.amazon.com/CottageCutz-CNT1-2-in-1-Needle-Threader/dp/B000YZ462E/ for example) can still be used to help get the thread through the eye.
Lead-footed drivers beware: the machine goes FAST. I'm accustomed to the speed control on my mom's machines, where you can set a top speed and, no matter how much you put the pedal to the metal (or carpet, wood, tile, whatever your flooring is), it won't exceed it. The only speed control on this machine comes from how much pressure you apply to the foot pedal, so definitely take it easy! I'm not deducting any stars from the machine for the lack of speed control, because it's not a "missing feature," since nowhere does the information on the machine suggest it has this feature, it's simply something I'm used to from higher-end machines. If this is an issue for you, you may want to consider looking at a different machine.
Another feature from higher-end machines that I noticed was not included on this machine was a button to set the needle so that it stops either down or up. Of course, there's a knob on the right side of the machine that raises and lowers the needle, but it can sometimes be handy to have the needle stop down, without trying to time taking your foot off the pedal just right. Again, not worthy of a star deduction, because this is a basic machine, but something to consider. After all, if the needle stops in a position different than what you need (up, down, or anywhere in between), you can simply turn the knob and put the needle where you need it.
The lever to raise & lower the presser foot is easy to manage with just a finger, and it can lift the presser foot a fairly decent height, beyond the raised "resting" position. There is a thread-cutter located on the left side of the machine. A lever on the front right of the machine allows for easy back-stitching. The big round dial at the top front of the machine (with the blue S in the center) is your stitch-selector: line up the stitch you want with the little marking at the top center, and you're good to go. It includes 3 lengths of straight stitch, 3 zig-zag widths, satin-stitch, blind hem, scallop, and the three parts to the four-step buttonhole stitch (steps 2 & 4 use the same part). There is also a dial a bit to the left of the stitch selector where you can adjust the tension of the stitching, but you'll probably want to leave it on "4" for a good majority of your straight stitching, and the manual succinctly covers how to check if the tension is "good" for what you're doing, as well as how to adjust it.
Overall, it is a nice little machine, great for beginners and those who don't really need all the bells and whistles that come with higher-end machines. I tested it out on both muslin and flannel (the fabrics I had available scraps of), and it held up well on both. If you want to work on heavy-duty fabrics (corduroy, denim, upholstery fabric, etc), you will need to buy the appropriate needles, likewise for the "wispier" fabrics such as chiffon. When buying the fabric, an employee should be able to help you find the appropriate needles for your machine and fabric. I give this machine 5 stars because it does what it says it does: it gives beginners a nice little launching pad without overwhelming them with extra features.
Let me say assuredly that IT HANDLES DENIM WITH LITTLE OR NO PROBLEM !
I'm hemming Jeans, and it works great, even going through through the "4 layer" seams. Just make sure to use a Denim Needle, around #3 Tension setting, around a #2 Length, and go slow.
I'm a 75 year old male, never used a sewing machine in my life, and after a "learning Curve", am having no problems. Simply Love It !
1. I chose this over the ones with lots of programing, because I didn't want something that was going to break in a year or two. I had read that the less expensive programable ones tend to break easily. I mainly wanted a programable for the button holes (see below).
2. I read the reviews on this one and some say that the bobbin was hard to wind. This is true only if you follow the directions in the book. I tried those directions and wasted 2 spools of thread- there is NO way it will work like that. I asked a friend for help and here is what you do to wind the bobbin correctly: DO NOT put the tread through the silver loop marked #1.INSTEAD- pull the thread directly from the spool and bring it over to the silver thing that it tells you to wrap it around, but wrap the opposite way from the picture- wrap it like a J, the pull it up and around over to the bobbin area. It sounds confusing, but its simple- just a simple figure 8 directly from spool to bobbin, but make sure you wrap from the bottom not the top like in the usless picture- and viola, perfect bobbins:)
3. Button holes were always a problem for me- but not any more!! There is a button hole foot with this that is super simple! You just make a dot on your fabric where the center of the top stitch will be and begin. The machine has a dial that lets it know you are sewing a button hole, you still have to turn the dial between steps, but you never have to turn the fabric around. (you will need to operate the pedal), but It starts by sewing the right side length, then you turn the dial and make the left to right stitches (I like to do those by turning the handle myself for 3 complete stitches), then you switch the dial again and it will automatically go in reverese to sew the other side, then finish by making the top left/right stiches and you are done. So simple, and I have made some horrible, horrible button holes in the past, but this is so easy I no longer dread button holes! It even has a foot to sew the button on!
4. The spool does not stick straight up like my old sewing machine - instead it is sort of recessed at the top of the machine- this is nice because I tend to take my machine to my friends house and once the spool holder on my old one broke while in the trunk (I fixed it with heavy tape)- this one will not break the way it is designed.
Finally- I would recommend this machine! It gets the job done, makes frustrating things easy and because it is mechanical I believe it will last another 15+ years:)