Singer 1304
RRP: $119
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Very Basic
Full Size
Singer Start 1304 Sewing Machine

The Singer 1304 is a Full-Size machine, built with easy to use Mechanical features. The Singer 1304 has a total of 6 different types of stitches, including 1 buttonhole stitch. This machine is very popular on and as the machine is very lightweight with basic features, reviewers have suggested that it is perfect as a machine for repairs and alterations and basic sewing because of the limited but versatile features. Some sewers have also commented that it is great as a first sewing machine for kids.

Note that the Singer Start 1304 is also available in the UK with the same model number. The Singer 1507 is available from for use in the UK. This model has a recommended retail price of $119, though the prices of sewing machines are often discounted.

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Is the Singer Start 1304 right for my skill level?

We class the Singer 1304 Start as “Very Basic“, meaning that this machine has features that are suitable for a sewer working at a Very Basic skill level. In general, machines that are classed as "Very Basic" tend to have only the bare minimum of features needed for sewing and are best suited for those who only sew occasionally, or who are only just learning to sew and do not need more than the most essential features.

What size is the Singer 1304?

We class the Singer 1304 as a Full-Size machine. Standard or full-size machines are the most versatile machine size as they work for a range of sewing applications. Full-size machines are usually wider than compact machines and this gives you slightly more space to manoeuvre the fabric around the needle area.

The width / length / height dimensions of the Singer 1304 are 33cm x 17.5cm x 29cm. Or in inches 13” x 7” x 11.5“.

The Singer 1304 weighs approximately 4.5kg or 10lb.

Basic sewing features on the Singer 1304 Start?

The Singer 1304 has basic features such as a Free Arm with Removable Cover, Standard Foot Pedal, and LED lighting provides illumination of the area around the needle. Reverse stitches, used for securing the thread in the fabric at the beginning and end of a stitching line, are created with a Reverse Lever.

Threading and setting up the bobbin for the Singer 1304?

When setting up and threading the sewing machine, the Singer 1304 has a Bobbin that sits inside a bobbincase before being inserted into your machine. There are also Thread Guides on this model and the needle threading is Manual. Threading guides such as small arrows or numbers marked on the machine make it easier to see how to thread the upper thread, which is especially helpful for beginners.

What presser feet are compatible with the Singer 1304 Start?

We believe the Singer 1304 is compatible with presser feet that are Press On / Low Shank. If you already have presser feet that are compatible with this type of shank from a previous sewing machine, then in many cases you will be able to use the same presser feet on this model as well.

To be sure that presser feet can be used on different machines, or when buying new presser feet and other parts and accessories, you should always check that the parts are compatible with your specific machine number. So for this machine you will need parts and accessories compatible with make and model Singer 1304.

What are the basic stitch types for the Singer 1304 Start?

Stitch types on the Singer 1304 include: Straight Stitch, Buttonhole, Zigzag. The buttonhole process is a 4 Step Buttonhole. 4 step buttonholes are created in stages and are a more manual process than 1 step buttonholes.

Can I adjust the stitch width and length on the Singer 1304?

The stitch length on this model is adjusted By Stitch Selection Only. The stitch width on this machine is By Stitch Selection Only. Note that the adjustable stitch width control on this model appears to be fairly limited, and may not affect all of the inbuilt stitches. The needle positions on this model also appear to be limited and may only be controlled using the inbuilt stitch presets.

What fabrics can I sew with the Singer 1304?

The Singer 1304 is listed as being Suitable for light or mid-weight fabric such as cotton or wool. On many machines, these results will only be achieved with the correct needle and thread combination, so specialty needles and threads may need to be purchased separately and may not be supplied with your machine. You should consult the manual for your machine to ensure that the machine is set up correctly when sewing different fabrics, and always sew test samples to get the best possible stitch quality and to achieve perfectly balanced tension.

Can I adjust the thread tension and the presser foot pressure on the Singer 1304?

To help you achieve the best possible stitch quality across different fabrics the Singer 1304 adjusts the tension of the upper thread using an Adjustable / Manual Control. Adjustable upper thread tension gives you complete control over the tension of the upper thread and this tension can be manually adjusted to balance the tension of your stitches. This model appears to have no special features for presser foot adjustment, so if this feature is important to you, you may like to consider machines with manual / adjustable presser foot pressure.

Does the Singer 1304 have any automated features?

This model has no special automated controls. For example, this model does not have automated controls for the needle stop position, automated back tacks or automated thread trimming. If automated controls are important to you then you might like to consider a machine classed as Competent, Advanced or Professional.

What is the voltage of the Singer 1304?

With a voltage of Multiple Models Available we believe this machine is suitable to use in the USA & UK, but it is always best to consult the information provided by the manufacturer (Singer) or consult a sewing machine distributor prior to purchase to ensure that the machine will work in your region if you are unsure. Most manufacturers do not recommend using adaptors to convert the voltage of your machine for safety reasons.

I need a copy of the manual for the Singer 1304 Start?

Whether you are having trouble threading your machine, can’t work out how to change the stitch settings or just want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your sewing machine it is always best to have a copy of the manual on hand.
View the Singer 1304 Start User Manual

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Main Specifications:
Model Number1304
Machine NameStart
Machine TypeMechanicalMechanical machines have basic straight-forward functionality perfect for beginners
Machine SizeFull SizeStandard or full-size machines are the most versatile and work for a range of sewing applications
Machine Weight4.5
Machine Weight lb10
Machine RegionUSA & UKThis model is usually available for use in both the USA and the UK
Machine VoltageMultiple Models AvailableChoose voltage model to match your region
Hook MovementOscillating HookOscillating hooks are often used on basic models of sewing machines
Sewing Speed
Basic Sewing and Fabric Range:
Number of Stitches6
Fabric RangeLight to Medium Weight FabricSuitable for light or mid-weight fabric such as cotton or wool
Foot PedalStandard Foot PedalFoot pedals are the standard method for sewing and controlling your speed
Speed ControlNo Special Speed ControlsNo special controls to limit the maximum speed
Start Stop ButtonNo Start / Stop ButtonMachines without a stop / start button may be controlled by foot pedal only
Reverse Stitch ControlReverse LeverReverse sewing lever to manually back tack stitches and secure the thread
Free ArmFree Arm with Removable CoverFree arm cover is removable, allowing helpful access to the free arm for sewing hems and cuffs
Inbuilt LightLED LightingLED lighting provides illumination of the area around the needle
Threading & Presser Foot Compatibility:
Threading GuidesThread GuidesThread guides such as arrows or numbers make threading easier for beginners
Bobbin LoadingBobbin with BobbincaseBobbin that sits inside a bobbincase before being inserted into your machine
Presser Foot Shank TypePress On / Low ShankPresser feet clip onto a low shank making presser feet easy to change
Machine Set-up & Adjustments:
Upper Thread TensionAdjustable / Manual ControlAdjustable thread tension gives you complete control over tension of upper thread
Presser Foot TensionNo Special ControlThis model appears to have no special features for presser foot adjustment
Feed Dog ControlDrop Feed PlateDrop feed effect is created using a special needle plate
Stitch Settings & Adjustments:
Number of Stitches6
Number of Needle Positions1
Stitch Length ControlBy Stitch Selection OnlyStitch length is only affected by preset stitch settings
Stitch Width ControlBy Stitch Selection OnlyStitch width is only affected by preset stitch settings
Stitch Length Maximum (mm)
Stitch Width Maximum (mm)
Number of Buttonhole Stitches1
Buttonhole Stitches4 Step Buttonhole4 step buttonholes are created in stages and are a more manual process than 1 step buttonholes
Stitch TypesStraight Stitch, Buttonhole, Zigzag
  • Straight Stitch
  • Buttonhole
  • Zigzag