Singer 4411HD advice

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This is a very inexpensive machine, only $120 on Amazon, and the manual is  
weak.

I'm teaching myself to do some work and having a hard time.  It doesn't work  
very well when I freehand attaching straps to fabric - can't make the fabric  
feed sideways.  Is making multiple "buttonholes" a good technique to form a  
durable connection?

The material is denim or "duck" and the straps are nylon tubes so it means  
going through 2 layers of each.

Would an embroidery foot enable me to feed the material from the left, right  
as well as front and back?

http://www.singerco.com/accessories/detail/2093/darning-embroidery-foot

Or

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Darning-Quilting-Embroidery-Foot-Singer-Sewing-Heavy-Duty-4411-4423-HD102-HD110-/370590539169



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Not an appropriate machine for that work at all.
If anything I would try the 3 stepo zigzag on a very short stitch length.  
But that is way to heavy work for a machine like that.,

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Thanks for the input.  I already bought the machine, so I won't give up on  
it yet.  Singer didn't give the motor amp specs - maybe they aren't proud of  
them.  It pushes the needle through the material, I just make a mess using  
the all purpose foot without the feed dog engaged.

Can I feed the cloth from all four directions with a darning/embroidery  
foot?  


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Have you lowered the presser bar even though there is no foot? If not there  
is no tension on the top thread.

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Yeah, I do put the foot down, but maybe the pressure was set too high.

Today I went to a Janome dealer because there are no Singer ones nearby.  
They had a low shank universal darning foot that fits my machine.  It's like  
this one, but the bracket is metal, not plastic.

(Amazon.com product link shortened)

It's wonderful.  I can write my name with it and will try some thicker tasks  
tomorrow.  


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By the way.  Over the weekend I doubled over some 5oz. leather and sewed it  
together with some nylon thread.  Apart from my mistakes trying to push/feed  
the leather through, the machine did a workmanlike job.  It is still  
performing way better than my abilities.  I don't regret owning it yet.  May  
take me a few years before I outgrow it.  



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