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Automatic features to make sewing easy

The SINGER® FASHION MATE™ sewing machine has automatic features such as automatic needle threader, automatic stitch length & width. automatic tension and 6 fully automatic 1-step buttonholes that will make sewing easy. It also includes a heavy duty metal frame, hard-sided cover and extension table!

Get started sewing faster.
  • 100 Built-In Stitch Patterns
  • 9 basic, 76 decorative, 8 stretch, 6 fully automatic 1-step buttonholes and 1 endless buttonhole
  • Automatic Needle Threader
  • Sewing’s biggest timesaver! Easily threads the needle without frustration or eye strain.
  • Automatic Tension
  • Automatically keeps stitches balanced and even regardless of fabric type
  • Automatic Stitch Length & Width
  • Automatic settings for stitch length & width can be overridden to personalize projects
  • Push Button Stitch Selection
  • Easily select your desired stitch with a push of a button
  • 6 Fully Automatic 1-step Buttonholes
  • Professional, perfectly balanced buttonholes at the touch of a button
  • Variable Needle Positions
  • Allows for precise top stitching and more control of stitch placement
  • Automatic Reverse
  • Push the conveniently located Automatic Reverse Button to sew in reverse and reinforce the stitch
  • Automatic Presser Foot Pressure
  • Easily sew the lightest weight tricots to the heaviest denim without the need for presser foot pressure adjustments
  • Sewing Speed
  • With a maximum sewing speed of 750 stitches-per-minute, projects can be sewn quickly.
  • Extra-High Presser Foot Lifter
  • Offers more clearance when placing multiple layers of bulky fabric under the presser foot
  • Free Arm
  • Provides easy access to cuffs, collars, pant hems and other smaller or difficult-to-reach areas
  • Heavy Duty Metal Frame
  • This rigid support holds all the mechanisms in perfect alignment for precise sewing and durability.
  • Automatic Bobbin Winding Clutch
  • The needle bar automatically disengages when winding the bobbin. This keeps the needle from moving up and down while winding the bobbin making bobbin winding safer.
  • Up to 6.5 mm Stitch Width
  • Select stitches can be set for a maximum width of 6.5 mm creating attractive satin and decorative stitches.
  • Horizontal Threading
  • Placing the thread spool in the horizontal position allows for the thread to feed more evenly, reducing poor stitch formation and thread breakage.
  • Extension Table
  • Easily manage large projects including quilting and fashion sewing
  • Hard-Sided Cover
  • Carry your machine safely and keep it dust-free in storage
  • Snap-On Presser Feet
  • Easily change presser feet without use of a screwdriver
  • Included Accessories
  • All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Pack of Needles, Bobbins, Thread Spool Cap, Auxiliary Spool Pin, Spool Pin Felt, Darning Plate, Needle Plate Screwdriver, Seam Ripper / Lint Brush, Extension Table and Hard-Sided Cover
  • On-Board Storage
  • The accessories are conveniently stored in the removable sewing table providing easy access to accessories.
Get started sewing faster.
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What others are saying.
Great Machine
Jodi Stribling-Perron | November 07, 2011
Overall Rating
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Great For Beginners

I just purchased this machine a few days ago, and I consider myself a beginner. I made a few crafts when I was a teenager (20 years ago), but nothing since then. My old machine stopped working right long ago, & I thought I was doing something wrong. Then I purchased this machine. I can't believe how easy it is to use! After all that struggle with my old machine (not a Singer), this one works like a dream. This is definately the machine to buy, easy for beginners and good for more advanced users, too!

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So far, so good!
stephanie spruill | September 23, 2011
Overall Rating
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use
None So Far

My old Singer pooped out on me after 16 years, had it been an expensive one, I'd probably taken it in, but since it wasn't...I decided to replace it. After looking at many top of the line machines, I decided that I really didn't want a machine that required payments, or me taking out a second mortgage. With that said, I went to Wal-Mart and found the 5500 Fashion Mate. I looked at some reviews on my Smart Phone, and decided to take it home for a spin.

After only using a mechanical machine I was a bit nervous (I don't do well with change!), but I took it out of the box, threaded it up and was ready to go in no time flat. I didn't know it was a front load bobbin until I got home, and I wasn't crazy about that, but it isn't a show stopper. Additionally, the auto needle threader didn't work....after going on a couple of different websites I was able to bend the threader (ever so slightly) with a small screwdriver and it works now...no problems. I wish the presser foot went up a little higher, but again...not a huge deal, just different than I'm used to (did I mention that I don't like change?) All in all the stitches are perfect and super easy to select...oh and the machine is pretty and comes with a hard cover which is nice.

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Take your sewing up a notch!
Karla Tankersley | January 02, 2012
Overall Rating
Great Features, Easy To Use

Got this machine last year to take my garment construction to the next level. This machine did not disappoint. Buttons and buttonholes are a snap. I really enjoy all the decorative stitches available to add a little flair to any garment. Great for an avid hobbist.

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Best Machine Ever
Christine Underwood | November 20, 2011
Overall Rating
Good Value, Light Weight, Easy To Use, High Quality

I previously used my mother's 1947 sewing machine. This machine was easy to set up, quick to learn and ready to go. I have taken it to several classes as it stores easy and not too heavy. Great overall machine.

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My first sewing machine.
Clarissa Hughes | September 26, 2011
Overall Rating
Easy To Use, High Quality

I have only really started sewing this year, at first sewing by hand and then later I borrowed a family member's very, very old machine to see if I liked it. It was a bit complex but made week long projects take sometimes less than a day so I shopped around and decided to buy this machine, the Fashion Mate 5500. I am very impressed, it was easy to learn to use, and is very fun to work with. I use it every single day. I love all of the different stitches and that I can slightly customize the size of each stitch. I think the price was pretty good for a product like this too.

If I could change anything about it I would change the light bulb. The light it gives off is blue and makes my projects hard to see sometimes but other than that I don't think I could be any happier with it.

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