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5511 | SCHOLASTIC™

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What others are saying.
Having the worst time ever!
Diane Jones | November 29, 2011
Overall Rating

Having the worst time getting this machine to sew without the bobbin thread messing all up! Have rethreaded it a million times. Had an old singer and I have gotten it back out! Can not wait for the salesman to come back in town.

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Good, but has issues
Dara Sterling | November 05, 2012
Overall Rating
Pros:
Good Value, Easy To Use, Some Good Features, But Not Necessarily "great", Lightweight (compared To My 35 Year Old Machine)
Cons:
Has Issues With Bobbin Tension Regularly

I have used Singer products exclusively since learning to sew decades ago. Have purchased two other "scholastic" machines in the past. Thought it would be terrific to have a machine newer than 35 years! When it works it is wonderful for the basics. However, after a few weeks of "carefree" sewing, the bobbin thread began to jam. It continues to do every 30 minutes or so of sewing. Like several others have noted, I have read the limited manual and done everything I know to do (I never touch bobbin tension), and I can eventually get it to work again - but only for a short while. I have used various fabrics, but nothing heavy duty to date. I, too, think that the printed manual is of poor quality (limited and stilted English) and includes VERY limited instructions for the "serger" part purchased separately. This machine was a gift purchased at a one-day-only sale so I did not see the demonstration of this machine. I have been sewing for a very long time and consider myself a proficient sew-er.

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The thread jams up continually
Barbara Masberg | February 05, 2012
Overall Rating
Cons:
Does Not Work

I am having the same problem with the 551 as the first post. I have changed everything. Rethreaded millions of time and it still continually jams.

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frusterating machine
Hinky Wilcher | May 23, 2012
Overall Rating
Pros:
Light Weight
Cons:
Poor Quality

Well I'm having the same problem as the other people. Bobbin keeps jamming up, makes a mess on the underside of my fabric. This needs to have the Singer people rethink there bobbin mechanism. I do like the fact that I can see the bobbin ( top loading bobbin) and find the thread to cut, that makes it easier to pull out. I got a Singer because my Mom always had one and it never did this.. Older machines didn't have so much plastic the bobbin was a metal bobbin too. I wonder if they changed the way they thread because of them being plastic now? Wish I could trade it in..

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not too happy
Kathleen Childress | March 25, 2012
Overall Rating
Pros:
Good Value
Cons:
Top & Bottom Thread Breaks

I'm having the same problem with my thread breaking while in the middle of sewing something. I'm not sure if I'm not threading it properly or the bobbin. I'm taking a sewing course & it really slows me down to have to keep re-threading. It also jams up & keeps going over & over the same stitch so makes a huge mess on the back side. I have a silk blouse I need to sew together & I'm a little afraid to actually sew on it. I'm afraid it will ruin my beautiful silk material. I'm sorry. I was very excited to get this machine, but now I'm not so sure. Then I go to the fabric store & find machine's with way more features that cost way less than I had to pay for this basic machine. I'm not sure I will buy another singer. Really am sorry that my first experience with a Singer machine has been very dissappointing.

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