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Singer 4411HD advice

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?
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Stumpy

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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Ron Anderson A1 Sewing Machine 
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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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Stumpy

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.
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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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