Singer 3232
RRP: $160
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Singer 3232 Sewing Machine

The Singer Simple 3232 is a Full-Size machine, built with easy to use Mechanical features. The Singer 3232 has a total of 32 different types of stitches, including 1 buttonhole stitch. This machine is very popular on and many reviewers suggest that it is great as a beginner machine. The fact that it is a mechanical machine with adjustable thread tension, and adjustable stitch length and stitch width is great when you just start learning and need to get a handle on improving the stitch quality yourself. The bobbincase may take a little more time for a child sewer to get used to in contrast to a drop-in bobbin.

Note that the Singer Simple 3232 is also available in the UK with the same model number. The Singer 3232 is available from for use in the UK. This model has a recommended retail price of $160, though the prices of sewing machines are often discounted.

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Is the Singer Simple 3232 right for my skill level?

We class the Singer 3232 Simple as “Beginner“, meaning that this machine has features that are suitable for a sewer working at a Beginner skill level. In general, machines that are classed as "Beginner" tend to have all of the features that we think a beginner will need to be able to learn how to sew. Beginner machines may also have some features that need to be manually adjusted, so that new sewers can learn how the machine works and learn how to handle their machine on different fabrics.

What size is the Singer Simple 3232?

We class the Singer 3232 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 3232 are 38cm x 19cm x 30.5cm. Or in inches 15” x 7.5” x 12“.

The Singer 3232 weighs approximately 5.7kg or 12.6lb.

Basic sewing features on the Singer 3232 Simple?

The Singer 3232 has basic features such as a Free Arm with Removable Cover, Standard Foot Pedal, and Inbuilt light for safe and easy sewing. 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 3232?

When setting up and threading the sewing machine, the Singer 3232 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 Automatic / Assisted. 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. Sewers who struggle to see how to thread the needle may also benefit from the automatic needle threader on this model, which is a small inbuilt device that swings around and helps you to hook the thread through the eye of the needle.

What presser feet are compatible with the Singer 3232 Simple?

We believe the Singer 3232 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 3232.

What are the basic stitch types for the Singer 3232 Simple?

Stitch types on the Singer 3232 include: Straight Stitch, Buttonhole, Decorative, Zigzag. The buttonhole process is a 1 Step Buttonhole. 1 step buttonholes are automated and easy to use for beginners.

Can I adjust the stitch width and length on the Singer 3232?

The stitch length on this model is adjusted Adjustable / Manual Control. When a machine has adjustable stitch length you can manually adjust the length of the stitches to create different effects and alter the appearance of the inbuilt stitches. The stitch width on this machine is Adjustable / Manual Control. Adjustable stitch width allows you to manually widen your stitches, which can be particularly helpful for customising zigzag stitches. 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 3232?

The Singer 3232 is listed as being Suitable for a range of different fabric weights, from silk to denim. 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 3232?

To help you achieve the best possible stitch quality across different fabrics the Singer 3232 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 3232 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 3232?

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 3232 Simple?

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 3232 Simple User Manual

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Main Specifications:
Model Number3232
Machine NameSimple
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 Weight5.7
Machine Weight lb12.6
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 Movement
Sewing Speed
Basic Sewing and Fabric Range:
Number of Stitches32
Fabric RangeA Range of Fabric WeightsSuitable for a range of different fabric weights, from silk to denim
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 LightInbuilt LightInbuilt light for safe and easy sewing
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 Stitches32
Number of Needle Positions1
Stitch Length ControlAdjustable / Manual ControlAdjustable stitch length allows you to manually lengthen stitches
Stitch Width ControlAdjustable / Manual ControlAdjustable stitch width allows you to manually increase stitch width
Stitch Length Maximum (mm)4
Stitch Width Maximum (mm)4
Number of Buttonhole Stitches1
Buttonhole Stitches1 Step Buttonhole1 step buttonholes are automated and easy to use for beginners
Stitch TypesStraight Stitch, Buttonhole, Decorative, Zigzag
  • Straight Stitch
  • Buttonhole
  • Decorative
  • Zigzag