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XL-550 | FUTURA™

The embroidery machine for people who love to sew.

With 215 sewing stitches, 125 built-in embroidery designs and great automatic features, it’s so easy to let your creativity lead the way! Create monogrammed napkins, embroidered garments, decorative pillows and so much more, all with one machine: the SINGER® FUTURA XL-550 sewing and embroidery machine.

Please visit Futura-Support.com for How-To Videos, FAQs and more.

Get started sewing faster.
  • SwiftSmart™ Threading System with Automatic Needle Threader
  • Sewing’s biggest timesaver!
  • Separate Bobbin Winding Motor
  • You can easily wind a bobbin while sewing or embroidering.
  • Speed Control
  • Reduce the speed for precise sewing. Easily accessible on the front of your machine.
  • 6 StayBright™ LED Lights
  • Fills the sewing surface with light, making it easier to view your work and eliminating eye strain
  • Drop & Sew™ Bobbin System
  • Automatic bobbin thread pick up for quicker threading. The clear cover makes it easy to see the bobbin supply.
  • Extra High Presser Foot Lifter
  • Easy to place multiple layers or bulky fabrics under the presser foot
  • 2 Built-In Spool Pins
  • Horizontal and vertical thread delivery are handy for twin needle sewing, specialty sewing and topstitching techniques.
  • 2 Accessory Trays
  • The machine accessories are within handy reach, stored in the Removable Extension Table. Plus, another extra accessory storage in the embroidery


  • Embroidery Features


  • To access the built-in tutorials in the software for your SINGER® FUTURA™ sewing & embroidery machine, please follow these instructions:
  •    > Open the software.
  •    > Click on the Help tab at the top of the toolbar.
  •    > Click on How-To Tutorial.
  •    > Choose a category.
  • 2 Snap-On Hoops Included
  • Create beautiful embroideries in a variety of sizes: Extra Large 260 mm x 160 mm and Small 100 mm x 100 mm.
  • Multi-Hoop Capability to Embroider Designs Larger than One Hoop
  • Gives endless possibilities to embroider designs up to 480 mm x 280 mm (18 ½” x 11”)
  • 125 Embroidery Designs Included
  • A large selection of embroidery designs are included to get you started right away.
  • Design File Capability
  • Automatically reads most embroidery design file formats.
  • Basic Editing of All Designs
  • Customize your embroidery on your computer screen. Combine multiple designs into one design file and add lettering to personalize your embroidery. Select custom colors for your threads. Rotate embroidery designs in one degree increments for perfect placement and design possibilities. Flip embroidery designs horizontally and/or vertically or repeat embroidery designs for even more creative possibilities. Resizing capability allows you to reduce or enlarge the embroidery design for use on any project.
  • Lettering Program with 20 Fonts
  • Select from 20 embroidery fonts to personalize or monogram your projects. Letters can be sized, rotated and shaped with 30 lettering frames such as arc, banner, wave and more.
  • Built-In Multi-Lingual Alphabet
  • English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Turkish, Norwegian and Russian
  • Trace Design
  • Trace the outline of the design in the embroidery hoop to accurately position the design.
  • 3D Realistic View and Print Capabilities
  • Stitches appear on the computer screen exactly as they will sew. Print the design to create placement templates.
  • Connects Directly to Computer via USB Cable
  • Quick transfer of designs, no additional hardware or cards are needed.
  • Windows® Compatible
  • Operates with any computer with an Operating System of Windows® XP / Vista® / 7 / 8 / 8.1 (Windows® 8 & 8.1 require a software update available at Futura-Support.com)
  • Software Included
  • Software CD including Installation Software, AutoPunch™, HyperFont™ and Editing. AutoPunch™ converts clip art, logos and self-created designs into embroidery. HyperFont™ converts all TrueType fonts on your PC into embroidery. Advanced Editing allows you to edit existing embroidery designs
  • Additional Embroidery Designs
  • Download additional embroidery designs at myembroideries.com.


  • Sewing Features


  • Extra-Large Sewing Space
  • The arm length to the right of the needle is 210 mm (8 ¼”) which gives more space for Quilts and other Large Projects.
  • 215 Built-In Stitches
  • For a wide variety of sewing. You will always have the perfect stitch for every project.
  • 6 Fully Automatic 1-Step Buttonholes
  • Buttonholes are quickly and easily sewn in a simple one-step process. Both columns are sewn in the same direction to lie smoothly and prevent distortion. Also includes an Endless Button hole.
  • Up to 7mm Stitch Width
  • Decorative stitches are wide, bold and beautiful.
  • Automatic Tension
  • The best tension is automatically set for any stitch
  • Presser Foot Sensor
  • Notifies with error message and buzzer when presser foot is not down
  • Exclusive Buttonhole Underplate
  • Makes it easy to create buttonholes, even on thick fabrics or uneven fabric thicknesses
  • Programmable Needle Up / Down
  • One touch sets the needle to stop up or down for easy pivoting, appliqué, accurate stitch placement and more.
  • Electronic Twin Needle Function
  • Limits the stitch width when using a twin needle on decorative stitches to prevent needle breakage
  • Drop Feed
  • A convenient lever lowers the feed teeth for free-motion embroidery and creative top stitching.
  • Automatic Thread Cutter
  • One touch instantly cuts the top and bobbin thread while sewing. In embroidery it cuts the threads between color changes and at the end.
Get started sewing faster.
Download the instruction manual for this machine.
Download the quick-start guide.
Download the product sheet for a printable list of all of the features and accessories
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What others are saying.
my first love
Zahida Sharif | November 21, 2014
Overall Rating

I bought this machine because my mother,mother in law both used singer . Whenever I think about sewing only singer comes to my mind:-)

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Fabulous Machine
Linda Michels | July 17, 2014
Overall Rating
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality

This machine is really easy to learn and the videos by singer are really helpful.

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Great Features - if you can get it to work
Hazel Fox | June 15, 2014
Overall Rating
Poor Quality, Complicated, Expensive, Very Noisy, Rubbish Needle Threader, Lack Of Instruction For The Software, A Pain Having To Be Connected To Your Computer To Use

This has to be the biggest waste of money I have spent.

Only had it for 2 weeks and on every single embroidery project I have tried, the thread breaks at least once per project, the needle has broken 3 times so far, the supplied designs are rubbish, and why do we in the UK pay nearly 3 times the amount this is for sale in the states?

I have an 11 year old Brother machine which is still going strong and I can say that even though it is older, it is a much better machine, more reliable, thread doesn't break, the needle threader actually works, unlike the hit and miss needle threader on the Singer.

With the amount of money this has cost, you could have provided some instruction on how to use the software, as the designs you have provided are rubbish, I have already had to purchase some from elsewhere.

I thought Singer was a good brand, but I have changed my mind with this very overpriced machine.

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A little trouble embroidering large designs
Dawna Lockhart | April 29, 2014
Overall Rating
Great Features, Easy To Use
Large Embroidery Hoop Buckles In Middle

For sewing and small embroidery designs, this is a wonderful machine. However, the large hoop buckles in the middle causing the designs to misalign. I have tried embroidering on twill, jersey knit, lightweight canvas, linen, and terry cloth. I have used light weight stabilizers, heavy weight stabilizers, and no stabilizer (with the canvas). I have the same problem whenever I try to embroider any design that requires the large hoop. The plastic is just not strong enough to lock the center down. I really wish they made a steel hoop for it.

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Gwen Seer | February 06, 2014
Overall Rating
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Good After Sales Service.

Affordability tempted me to the XL-550. As an experienced sewer, I wanted something to stretch my creativity and with the ability to download from the internet, limitless embroidery designs I am able to do this. I appreciate the newsletter features particularly the applique one as I was struggling to get my head around that one (I'm nearly 70 and it takes me a little longer these days to take things in, lol). However, I now have auto punch licked! I know this is probably the last machine I shall buy and I have to say I started my long sewing life on a Singer so it's appropriate!

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Easy Features
Creative Features