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.

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  • 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.
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What others are saying.
Great Machine
Annemarie DellaGuardia | November 18, 2015
Overall Rating
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality
Needs A Middle Size Hoop As Well

I upgraded to the XL-550 from a CE-100 mainly because I wanted to be able to sew larger designs. I really like how easy it is to use the XL-550 and have already sewn more with it in the short 6 months I've had it than my old machine that I've had 10 years. I can make large, beautiful designs quickly and easily. The only option I wish it had was a hoop size in between the two it comes with (10"x6" and 4"x4"); only because sewing onsies or children's shirts is a lot more difficult with the large hoop, and I'm not experienced enough to "float" the fabric. I haven't yet experimented with the multi-hoop capability. I was fortunate enough to get the machine on sale, which is why I rated it as a good value.

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Love This Machine
Melody Lema | October 12, 2015
Overall Rating
Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Lots Of Features Not Listed
Larger Then Expected

I can't speak about the embroidery side of this machine, but I love the sewing side. I had an Athena 2000 for 40 years, and sewed everything with it. My 550 matches it, and adds to it. First, the threader is amazing. But every stich in its repertoire is also fantastic. I have sewnknits, swimsuits, cotton twill pants, challis blouse, and a silk nightie. I just finished a chiffon blouse, no skipped stitches, beautiful rolled hem. I have picked up additional feet, and this machine just runs through it all.

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Wonderful Sewing Machine
Bobbie Greene | April 27, 2015
Overall Rating
Good Value, Great Features, High Quality

I have been sewing for many years, so I know how to correct the problems that a common with sewing (thread breaking, cleaning, bobbin problems, etc). It is good to have the experience sewing when using this machine. It is a very powerful machine, and the software is complicated. I am very pleased with all the features and I think I will get much more comfortable using this machine with expreience.

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My dream machine
Ellen Brighton | February 18, 2015
Overall Rating

I am still learning, but I have enjoyed my machine. Many new features that are an improvement from my last singer embroidery machine that I love.

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Singer XL-550
Susan Rokita | February 17, 2015
Overall Rating

2/2015: I've had the machine for over a year. Just started to learn embroidering. Lots to learn in the software but also outside the software. Disappointed in some aspects of AutoPunch but amazed at others. Hate having to plug the computer into the machine to open the software, put a design together, or read the manual. Machine sews well. Wonderful features, however miss the metal bobbins and metal gears. Accidentally dropped a needle inside machine and was afraid to take it apart to retrieve it. I would have on either of my old sewing only machines.

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