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Reviews for 5500 | FASHION MATE™

With automatic features, the SINGER® FASHION MATE™ sewing machine will make sewing easy for you. It also includes a hard-sided cover and extension table!

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Great Machine

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Great For Beginners

40 out of 45 people found this helpful.

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!

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use

Cons: None So Far

31 out of 35 people found this helpful.

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!

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Pros: Great Features, Easy To Use

24 out of 28 people found this helpful.

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

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Pros: Good Value, Light Weight, Easy To Use, High Quality

23 out of 28 people found this helpful.

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.

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Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality

21 out of 25 people found this helpful.

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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Fashion Mate 5500

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16 out of 19 people found this helpful.

I have been sewing on a Montgomery Wards machine since the 1980's. But since I have bought my Fashion Mate I didn't realize what I was missing. My mother always had a singer and now I have this new one. I love it because it is quite but also has all the different stiches. Made my first quilt and love the ease of this machine.

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Great for Beginners

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Pros: Great Features, Easy To Use

Cons: None

15 out of 18 people found this helpful.

The first machine I bought would not pick up the thread and Singer told me the timing was probably off...so I took that one back and got another one that works great! Love this machine - SUPER easy to use, I bet my 6 year old could figure it out if I actually let her, lol.

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Huge Disappointment

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Cons: Poor Quality

13 out of 18 people found this helpful.

I wouldn't give it even 1 star. This machine is a nightmare. It's cheaply made, tempermental and you can't see a thing with the ridiculous LED bulb. I dislike that it defaults to the preset settings when you pause for more than a few minutes. I dislike that the foot stops in the up position after some hesitation. It's horribly noisy. Actually, so far, I can't think of a single thing that I DO like about it. Buying this machine was a HUGE mistake.

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New electronic user

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Very Handy Extender For Working On Large Pieces.

Cons: Inadequate Sewing Area Lighting., Not As Good With Very Thick Material Like My Old Kenmore Is.

11 out of 13 people found this helpful.

This is the first electronic machine I've had. It's really amazing how much time is saved just having the needle raise automatically when you stop sewing!
I use a table lamp to augment the lighting of the sewing area.

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My Christmas Present

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, Portable

11 out of 14 people found this helpful.

I am very pleased with my sewing. I would definately recommend this product to any one looking for a reliable sewing machine.

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Pleased!

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

11 out of 14 people found this helpful.

Love sewing on this machine! My first to have a needle thread er, I love it! The button hole feature is exceptional. Plenty of stitches regular and stretch and easy to switch from one to another. All around great machine and would recommend it to anyone!

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Great Machine

Overall Rating:

Pros: Good Value, Great Features

11 out of 15 people found this helpful.

This is a fabulous machine and looks so pretty sitting on my table.

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Overall Rating:

Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

10 out of 13 people found this helpful.

Machine is a great upgrade to my sewing room. I haven't had a chance to use all of the stitches or to make any buttonholes but I will in the future.

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Singer 5500

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Pros: Good Value

Cons: Not Easy For Beginners

10 out of 16 people found this helpful.

Great machine, not quite for beginners.

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Wonderful but. . .

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Pros: Good Value, Easy To Use, Buttonhole Choices Are Excellent

7 out of 9 people found this helpful.

Wonderful machine. Very happy. Quite a bit less than the Futura I purchased in 1972!!!!

Two gripes. Foot raiser position. I am right handed and when I am holding the fabric in the rear, the lever gets in the way. Second gripe is the raised needle. Took a week until I realized (smart aren't I?) that I could lower the needle manually for swivel purposes.

Don't misunderstand I am very happy with the machine. Very handy changing patterns while fabric still in machine. Yes. Good Value.

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BOBBIN

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Cons: Poor Quality

7 out of 9 people found this helpful.

GOT A 5500 FOR MY WIFE TO REPLACE 30 YR OLD SINGER .
THE BOOK CALLES FOR CLASS 15 BOBINS SAME AS OLD MACH BUT THEY WILL NOT LOCK IN
PURCHES 36 NEW CLASS 15 BOBINS AND THEY WILL NOT LOCK IN
MASURED THE DEAPH OF THE BOBINS THAT CAME WITH THE 1500 AND WAS .447 AND THE OTHER CLASS 15 BOBINS MASURED .457 AND WILL NOT LOCK IN

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What a headache!

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Cons: Poor Quality

7 out of 9 people found this helpful.

I have had to buy 2 of these 5500's, the first one didn't even sew down one side of a pillow case I tried to mend. It fell apart in behind the bobbin case. Exchanged it for another one and actually got one western shirt finished with it before it gave up too! I guess it is not made for denim? I have been sewing on a Singer for 50 years, (I learned on a treadle) and was verrry disappointed in the cheapness of this machine. It just sounds tinny. Now my machine is in the warranty shop for Singer and it has been since the 9th of October. Every time I call on it they tell me they are still waiting on parts. I will never buy another Singer.

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Many problems with thread jamming

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Pros: Easy To Use

Cons: Terrible Thread Jamming Problems (and I've Been Sewing For Over 40 Years, So I Know How To Use A Sewing Maching)

7 out of 10 people found this helpful.

I will update this review if I keep this machine and it starts working better. I bought a Futura about 1979 and never had the problems with thread jamming the way I'm having with this one. At this point, I'll try it a little more, but will definitely return it if it continues to change. Can someone tell me if the front loading bobbins are more problematic? I really like the top loading one on my old Futura. I learned to sew on my Mom's two Singers when I was young, and then sewed a lot on the Futura. Maybe I should just try to get the broken belt fixed??

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unbelievable

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Cons: It Does Not Work.

7 out of 10 people found this helpful.

I just purchased this product. Just took it out of the box. The bobbin would not wind. I went through the instructions numerous times. It is very simple and basically the same as the old singer I own. But to no avail. Out of frustration I decided to wind the bobbin on my old machine. I inserted the bobbin correctly. And the machine will not sew. I get a C4 message. I haved owned this machine for less than 24 hours and I already hate it.

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Great product

Overall Rating:

Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

5 out of 7 people found this helpful.

I am fairly new to sewing but splurged on this machine anyway. So far I love it, I had to learn how to work it but anyone who is sews regularly would probably have no problems getting the hang of it! Great machine and easy to use!

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5500 Fashion Mate

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

5 out of 8 people found this helpful.

Absolutely LOVE this machine!! I have had so much fun sewing things for our home and my husband and our daughter and myself!!

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Hateful Little Singer

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Cons: Poor Quality

4 out of 5 people found this helpful.

The old low end Singer I used for 20 yrs broke. I could sew anything with that machine. I am used to being able to sew without knotting of thread or tension problems so I am not happy with the sensitivity of this Fashion Mate 5500. The presser foot has such a small clearance and sewing thick fabric is very difficult. I am overly patient as I have had this machine for 2 years and am still trying to figure it out. I should have put it in the dumpster out back a long time ago.

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Great Quality

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

4 out of 7 people found this helpful.

Excellent Prduct, the name said it all I am happy with it and I highly recomend it .

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Good machine for the price

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Pros: Good Value, Ilike The Large Quilting Bed, But It Is A Bit Uneven When Attached

Cons: Does Not Sound Smooth, Really Miss A Neegle Down Feature

4 out of 7 people found this helpful.

Bought this machine to have one in my vacation home, So far it is satisfactory

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5500 sewing machine

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Cons: Poor Quality

2 out of 3 people found this helpful.

This was a refurbished machine. It was great to start with. I stitched for two three days and within a week of purchase it started puckering. Then it gave a c4 error. Then it's needle wouldn't move although I tried to clean the bobbin area after opening the whole thing under the machine I.e. The bobbin and it's attachments. There was nothing else I could do as everything was sealed and with electronics you can't do much as you can do in manual sewing machine. The handle did move and the motor did start but the error wouldn't go and machine wouldn't stich. So I tried calling the servicing guys but they were far placed so I returned the machine. Now I am missing the stitching pleasure and don't know if all electronic machines would stop working all of a sudden? The problem although cleared, wouldn't reset the machine to start back again? I am confused and upset.

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Would be good, if it worked...

Overall Rating:

Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use

Cons: Poor Quality, Lack Of Free Question And Answer Support.

2 out of 4 people found this helpful.

After less than 10 times of use, the display is now only showing about half of the characters, making it impossible to know what stitch you've selected. So other than it becoming un-usable pretty quickly, it's a good machine

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want to learn more about sewing

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

1 out of 2 people found this helpful.

wanted to learn how to sew, so for mother's day gift early i was giving this sewing machine. started on basic stuff like a hem on my pants needed to be done. and just picked little projects to learn what all I can do with this machine. Still learning got my daughter to start doing stuff with me since she just had a baby. Great way to spend time together.

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sewing like the wind

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Pros: Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Extra Lift On The Presser Foot For Thick Items.

Cons: Threader Is Annoying.

My family bought me this machine for mother's day. I LOVE it. It is very versatile for the types of things I like to sew and operates so smoothly. The choice of stitches and lengths make it fun to sew crafty items. I could do without the automatic threader it just gets in my way. My only other complaint is I'd love to buy the extension arm and am having difficulty locating one. Overall this machine is sewing like a breeze for me and for the money is a great value and great quality.

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