Sewing is a great hobby. In fact, in these days of quarantine, showing your creativity by sewing is a perfect way to kill your time and have some fun. There are many famous sewers all around the globe who go into this habit and create masterpieces in some hours.
For all those who want to be a sewer or are trying to seek the experience of sewing, I have a perfect sewing machine that will surely match your needs.
Introducing the one and only Singer Fashion Mate 5560 sewing machine.
Let’s get some knowledge about Singer first.
Singer is not an unknown company. They have been serving us since 1850 and are making top quality machines for quite a long time. My grandmother had a singer machine and I think her mother also used the Singer machine. Singer needs no introduction as it is well-known all around the globe. Used by a lot of people, the Singer has built a huge trust among the people.
With the advancement of technology, Singer also modified and upgraded their machines.
But now they made a lot of changes in their machines and they are completely up to date now.
With every passing year, Singer launches a new machine with new features. This year they just launched the Singer Fashion Mate 5560 and this machine is just awesome.
If you want to know about its elegant features then please keep scrolling down at this honest Singer Fashion Mate 5560 review.
Ultra Durable and elegant look
The Singer 5560 looks unique from other machines and is made of pure metal that makes it strong and durable. The machine has a smart build with an LCD screen where you can set the speed and all other things.
With all the features like setting up the speed and thread width, you can also select any stitch that you want with just a single button on the machine.
The Singer 5560 weighs about 6.3 KG and not for me but also it can be carried easily by anyone. I can easily transport the Singer 5560 from one corner of my house to another one.
And if we talk about the size of this machine, it is neither too large nor too small, we can say that the Singer 5560 machine is a medium machine that can be easily transported and adjusted on even a small table.
A hard carrying case also comes with Singer 5560 that makes it easy to transport the machine.
Ultimate features of Singer Fashion Mate 5560
There’s too much in Singer 5560 that it is not possible to write every single thing but we’ll try to cover every aspect of Singer 5560 here.
You may have seen some machines with 20 to 50 or 50+ built-in stitches but the Singer 5560 has something more. The Singer machine offers 100 built-in stitches and I could not use all the stitches since I bought this machine. Some common stitches are zigzag stitch, buttonhole stitch, etc. You’ll need just a creative mind and a little effort, you’ll design a masterpiece if you use these stitches wisely.
Sew the Buttonhole easily
There are many machines that use their inbuilt artificial technology to sew the buttonhole designed in them but the Singer 5560 has another mechanism.
Just place the button in the buttonhole foot and the Singer fashion mate will ultimately sew the size of the button we just placed. Isn’t it more reliable?
Thread the needle at your ease
The most common issue with the majority of the people is that they find it difficult to thread the needle because of their unsteady hands and weak eyesight, a needle threader can make this job easy for them.
No matter whether you want to increase/decrease the stitch length of width, you can do it easily in the Singer Fashion Mate 5560 sewing machine.
Portable Storage Compartment
The Singer 5560 has a portable storage compartment that covers the bobbin. Whenever you find it difficult to thread the needle, simply remove the portable storage component and you’ll find enough space to easily thread the needle.
Also if your project is on fabric that requires more space, you can remove the compartment and easily install your machine on an extensive table. This will give you more space to sew your fabric easily and more space means more freedom and more creativity.
A masterpiece is awaiting your creativity on the Singer Fashion Mate 5560.
Made a Mistake, Try Reverse Stitching
Sometimes we mistakenly sew the wrong place of fabric, some people use a needle or scissor to unstitch the stitches or some people use tools. But in Singer 5560 you see a reverse stitching button which you can use to unstitch the wrong stitches or to do reverse stitching.
Just press the button and BOOM. The stitches have been unsewn. You’re going to see more interesting features of the Singer fashion mate 5560 next.
Consider you’re about to complete the biggest project of your life or you need to deliver the clothes by the next day and you’re working so hard and suddenly, lights go off and there are no other means of electricity to provide lighting. You will definitely get worried, wouldn’t you.
Keeping this in mind, the Singer added a lighting system in this machine so your workflow doesn’t get disturbed due to this type of issue.
Small Projects on the Go
Sometimes it becomes difficult to do little sewings like sewing a sleeve or a pouch on a machine. A free arm was introduced to do little projects. And as the machines advanced, the free arm became more reliable. The Singer 5560 has a free arm included where you can easily sew little things like sleeves, cuffs, and other small things. As far as I know, there are only some machines that offer a free arm at the reasonable price that the SInger 5560 has.
Different Positions for Needles
Sewing a piping insertion or doing an edge stitching, you always need to adjust the fabric and sew carefully. But the Singer fashion mate comes with 13 different needle insertion points where you can insert your needle and do any type of stitching easily.
Transport to any corner
Can you carry a machine that weighs 20 KG? Definitely not. You can hardly carry a machine weighing 10 KG but you can easily carry a machine weighing almost 6 KG. Fortunately, Singer 5560 comes in the weight category of 6 (KG). and you can easily carry it all-around your house. The size of this machine is normal and can be easily carried if you’re on a journey.
You can also use the popup handle attached to the Hard Case to carry the machine easily.
Area of Usage
Coming to the main point now. For which type of fabric the Singer 5560 is made for?
Is it for heavy fabrics like denim, leather, etc or is it just designed for light and medium fabrics?
Well if you’re struggling in the fashion designing industry, you can buy the Singer 5560 blindly. The fashion designers have a lot of interest in stitches and this machine has 100 stitches. By showing a little imagination and innovation, you can easily design a paragon by using these stitches wisely.
As far as we talk about leather and denim, this machine is not designed for heavy material but still, you can sew leather or canvas on Singer 5560 if you are agreed to take the risk. I wouldn’t recommend sewing leather with Singer 5560 because there is a chance that your machine gets ruined.
Make Bucks, Go Commercial
If you want to build an industry of fashion designing and are going to buy machines that can do best with fashion designing, the Singer fashion mate 5560 would be a perfect match. This machine is really inexpensive and can be used easily. And the feature that suits fashion designing is the number of stitches. This machine has 100 built-in stitches that would work great in designing stunning fabrics for your industry.
The working mechanism of Singer 5560 is very simple. Turning the machine On is one of the easiest things to do. And it is very simple to make this machine work just like 1, 2, 3.
The Singer 5560 has two cables. One cable belongs to the machine and the other cable is for the foot controller. Simply plug both cables and the machine would turn on. Thread the needle and see the LCD screen. Select the type of stitch you want to use and you’re done.
There’s also a buttonhole sewer that would be an excellent gift for experienced sewers.
Using this buttonhole sewer, you can save a lot of time even if your job is to sew thousands of buttonholes.
And other things like fixing the bobbin and the sewing feet, etc. are all similar to other machines.
What Comes Inside the Box?
The Singer 5560 fashion mate comes with a lot of accessories. The worth of only accessories is $90.
Inside the box, you can see :
- The Singer 5560
- A hard Case
- Pack of different needles for different fabrics
- A set of metal Bobbins
- 3 feet including a zipper foot, a buttonhole foot, and a standard foot for all purposes
- A thread Spool Cap and
- A Daring Plate
Pros & Cons
Everything has pros and cons but I could find only a single con of this machine.
Some common questions asked by users are discussed below :
Does this Machine Lies Under Heavy Weight Category?
You won’t be getting a machine that is less heavy at this price but surprisingly the Singer 5560 weighs only 6.3 KG that is awesome. At this price, the minimum weight of an average machine is more than 10 KGs. So this machine doesn’t lie under the heavyweight category rather it is too light and you can easily carry the Singer 5560 with you.
What else do you need?
How do I learn to operate this machine?
The Singer 5560 is very easy and reliable to use. Its mechanism is not very difficult and you can easily use its features.
Also, a detailed guide on using the Singer 5560 is provided in the box where you can learn to use all the features of the Singer 5560 machine and easily become a professional within a few months.
Is this Machine designed for a specific type of Fabric?
This machine can work well with different kinds of fabrics. You can sew cotton, wool, and many other fabrics with this machine.
However, if you sew leather or denim with Singer 5560, it might not work or you can end up ruining your machine so I wouldn’t recommend using this machine on leather and other heavy fabrics.
But you have complete freedom to use it on medium and light fabrics.
Can I use this machine to design clothes?
Of course, the main feature of this machine is that it has 100 built-in stitches that can be used easily. The only thing you need to do is just select the stitch design on the LCD screen.
If used wisely, these stitches can really help you design top quality clothes.
Can I always carry this machine with me?
If you’re a true sewer and a machine lover, you must be carrying your machine wherever you go. And if you’re buying the Singer 5560, you can easily carry this machine with you because it weighs only 6.3 KGs. You can easily fix your machine anywhere in your house and even on small tables. And if you are going on a journey and want to take your machine with you to complete your projects, you can still carry this machine with you by putting it in the hard case so it doesn’t get damaged.
What Makes the Singer 5560 Stand Apart from other Machines?
The Singer 5560 has a lot of features that make it stand apart from other machines. If we talk about the price of this machine, it’s very reasonable and anyone can buy this machine while remaining in their limited budget.
And if we talk about quality, no other machine in this price range can beat its quality. The machine is ultra-durable and strong. The machine doesn’t have crazy neon colours that look odd rather the machine is designed very simple and classic that everyone loves.
At this price, we can see 100 built-in stitches and extra accessories that come with the Singer 5560.
Can I improve my creativeness and designing skills with this Machine?
The Singer 5560 has 100 built-in stitches and I still don’t remember all the stitch designs. Just by doing a strong imagination and a little wise work, you can improve your sewing and designing skills with this machine. With the combination of some built-in stitches, a masterpiece would be ready.
The Singer Fashion Mate 5560 machine left a great impression on me. This machine has all advanced features like reliability, durability, accuracy, and simplicity.
Although you can’t sew heavy fabrics but with the features described above, this machine comes at the perfect price.
Even if you’re a beginner in sewing, this machine will make you a professional sewer within months.
The most common user experience says that this machine helped them to increase their creativity, sharpen their sewing skills, and improved their crafting skills.
And the most important thing is that the developers of Singer 5560 have been making high-quality machines since the 1850s and have developed a huge trust of people around the globe.
And the biggest thing is the price, there are some other machines as well that have the same features but are expensive.
The only thing that I don’t like about Singer 5560 is the lack of walking foot. It increases stability and holds the fabric in one place. Take a look at our best machine having a walking foot review.
Overall I will give this machine a 4.9-star rating.
I have a lot to say about this machine but due to lack of space, I end this honest Singer Fashion Mate 5560 review here.
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