Since 1851, the name Singer has been synonymous with sewing. The spirit of practical design and creative innovation that characterized the company at its beginning continues today as we develop products for every level of sewing. We have celebrated many firsts, including the world's first zig-zag machine, the first electronic machines and we now proudly produce the world's most advanced home sewing and embroidery machine. From home décor and clothing construction to embroidery and quilting, SINGER® is dedicated to help people express themselves through sewing.
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, High Quality, Nice To Be Able To Download Designs From Online.
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I bought this machine because of the combination sewing and embroidery. I was amazed what it could do BUT unaware at how little I knew about computer technology in order to "work" the embroidery part. I would like to take "physical" lessons some place to learn how to use it or at least you could include or offer a video type of tuterial on line that takes you step by step through the process and not one little piece at a time. Very difficult to get on the phone with anyone and no reply has come back on customer service on line questions. If I ever get it all figured out, I'm sure it is great!
Pros:Good Value, Great Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Stylish And Fun To Use
Cons:Speed Switch On Front Of Machine Easy To Bump When Doing A Large Project.
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For not having an on-board computer screen, this loaded Singer boasts a lot of really cool features.
I have been wanting a Brother DreamMaker but the price is way out of my purchasing range. Let me tell you, this Singer XL-550 has many of the features of its BIG boy brothers.
It will automatically thread your machine, Brother does also, you just push a button, and on the singer you pull a lever.
It will automatically cut your threads for you after each embroidery color change and whenever you want to do it manually. It has a nice sized hoop. That is the only thing I wish was a little bigger. It is 6x10 and the Brother is 7x12. BUT, I got this machine as an upgrade from my Singer SES-2000 and the 6x10 hoop is huge compared to the SES-2000 model. A really neat feature is being able to use up to 4 different hoop placements to embroider a finished size of 24x40. You have speed control and can even unplug the foot pedal and control the speed directly from the machine.
I have close to 50 years experience with Singer products and have only had one lemon. (and that was purchased at a garage sale, enuf said).
Don't hesitate, purchase this one, you will be amazed. The learning curve isn't bad either.
Cons:Having To Stay Connected To The Pc In Order To Use The Embroidery Unit.
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the machine itself is very good but a little noisy for the price. mostly I am disappointed in the availability of designs - even from singer and having to stay connected to my pc.it would be nice to have better instructions for use of the embroidery unit.
I recently bought this machine and thought it was great for sewing but when I tried the embroidery feature it had problems. After several attempts to contact singer by phone and e-mail aaaai got no answers so I finally took it to a sewing machine company but still got very little help and my machine still didnt work after trying their suggestions . So I finally returned the machine. I am so disappointed . I was so looking forward to sewing with it.If singer could offer real support it would be better
I bought this machine because I wanted a larger embroidery hoop than my Brother had. I had read some bad reviews of this machine, but figured they were from people that were novice sewers. I've been sewing for over 30 years, so I thought it would be great! However, I have hated it. I wanted to use it primarily for embroidering and monogramming. I have yet to get a design to stitch without having to rip it out and start over. It won't center the design sometimes. The thread keeps bird nesting. Yes, I have the machine threaded correctly with the best needles made for home machine embroidery. I've ruined several items and spent hours and hours working with this machine. I had a Singer machine that I loved and used for over 25 years, but donated it when I bought this one. Huge mistake. If I could return it, I would. A lot of money wasted.
Cons:Needs A Stronger, Stiffer Material For The Embroidery Retainer Foot
I've had the Singer Futura XL-550 for 2 months now. The embroidery hoop retainer foot broke off. I think it arrived cracked as I noticed that some of my heaver embroidery projects would drop in and out of alignment when in operation.
I recently ungraded from the ce-200 because I wanted a bigger hoop. I love the 6x10 but the hoop is a bit floppy and it is very hard to hoop the stabilizer tight. Sometimes the hoop pops open mid way through. The spool stands are a joke. They are positioned in a way that the thread constantly wraps around them causing broken needles even with a net. The vertical one us also to story for a standard spool to stay straight. Knowing that-a coffee cup is an easy fix. Singer has almost no customer support. IF you do happen to get through they just tell you to bring it to a dealer which in my case is a 16 hour drive for $85 a way shipping charge.
All this being said, I still chose another singer. You can't beat the price. I am willing to trouble shoot and know I have no support aside from non singer related forums. In the 3 months I've owned it 2 pieces have already broken. Easy fixes after hours if trouble shooting.
Embroiders very nicely and easy to use. Also don't expect anything useful in a user manual. Just basic setup. Must have patients