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SINGER Futura XL-550 215-Stitch Sewing and Embroidery Machine with Automatic Electronic Thread Cutter
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- Automatic Electronic Thread Cutter automatically trims the top and bobbin thread when you are done sewing
- SwiftSmart threading system with automatic needle threader is sewing’s biggest timesaver
- Easy-on extra large 10-by-6-inch embroidery hoop with multihooping capability
- 215 built-in sewing stitches with 6 fully automatic 1-step buttonholes and 1 endless buttonhole
- 125 built-in embroidery designs with 20 fonts and outline lettering
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The SINGER Futura XL-550 is the next generation in the Futura line of sewing and
No need for multiple machines in your sewing room. One machine, sewing and embroidery functions. The SwiftSmart threading system with automatic needle threader makes set-up virtually effortless. The Drop & Sew bobbin system allows you to load and change the bobbin in no time without the need to pick up the bobbin thread. When you’re done sewing, the Automatic Thread Cutter cuts the top and bobbin thread instantly with the touch of a button. Six StayBright LED lights keep your extra-large sewing space well lit when working on big quilting and sewing projects. This sewing and embroidery machine has 215 popular built-in sewing stitches with two fully automatic one-step buttonholes and also boasts 125 built-in embroidery designs with five fonts and outline lettering.
With a larger embroidery hoop option (10-by-6-inches) and multihooping capability, you can create designs up to 12 by 20 inches. This fantastic feature and will allow you to embroider large format projects such as table cloths, bedspreads, dresses and more. With the included AutoPunch, HyperFont and Advanced Editing software the possibilities are endless! Get the same quality embroidery results as high-end embroidery machines but at a fraction of the cost by using your own PC. Simply connect your PC to the Futura XL-550 sewing and embroidery machine via the included USB cable, use the included software with built-in tutorials, and send the design to the machine. Push a button and you're embroidering.
Create designs as big as your imagination with multi-hoop capabilities that allow you to embroider designs up 18-1/2 by 11 inches.
Basic Editing of All Designs
Customize your embroidery on your computer screen.
125 Embroidery Designs Included
A large selection of embroidery designs to get you started right away.
6 Staybright LED Lights
Fills the sewing surface with light, making it easier to view your work and eliminating eye strain.
Swift Smart Threading System
Simply guide the thread directly from the spool to the needle area through a single groove and thread the needle by pressing the threading lever for easy needle threading.
Drop and Sew Bobbin System
No need to pull up the bobbin thread manually. Simply insert the bobbin, place the thread in the channel and start sewing.
Extra Large Sewing Space
The arm length to the right of the needle is 210 mm (8 ¼ inch) which gives more space for quilts and other large projects.
Design File Compatability
The included embroidery software will read these design file types: FHE, XXX, JEF, CHE, HUS, PES, DST, SHV, PEC, EXP, VIP, PCS, PSW & SEW.
Bonus Software Included
Turn clip art, images, logos and self-created designs into embroidery. Easy-to-follow wizard guides you through the whole process. Create, scan and edit images. Choose your colors, stitch types and angles.
Convert all TrueType fonts on your PC into embroidery. Easy-to-follow wizard guides you through the whole process. Just type in your desired text, select lettering size and embellishments to create wonderful monograms and personalized projects. Choose from different stitch types including regular, italic, bold and bold italic fonts.
Advanced Editing software
Edit existing embroidery designs. Easy stitch selection and editing. 5 Bonus fonts for lettering. Advanced letter editing.
- PC with 1 GHz Intel or AMD Processor.
- Windows OS: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1.
- 1 GB of RAM (or more recommended).
- CD-ROM Drive
- 500 MB (or more recommended) of Available Hard-Disk Space for Installation.
- Color Standard (1024 x 768 Pixel; 65,000 Colors Recommended) VGA Adapter Connected with a Color VGA Monitor.
- Microsoft Compatible Mouse.
- USE 1.1/ 2.0
|Built-In Stitches||30 Built-In Stitches||215 Built-In Stitches||215 Built-In Stitches|
|Included Embroidery Designs||125 Embroidery Designs||125 Embroidery Designs||250 Embroidery Designs including 50 Endless Designs|
|Embroidery Hoops Included||Large Hoop and Small Hoop||Large Hoop and Small Hoop||Large Hoop, Small Hoop, and Endless Embroidery Hoop|
|Bonus Software Included||✓||✓|
The SINGER Futura XL-550 is the newest in the long-arm Futura line of sewing and embroidery machines. The SwiftSmart threading system with automatic needle threader makes set-up virtually effortless. The Drop & Sew bobbin system allows you to load and change the bobbin in no time without the need to pick up the bobbin thread. 6 StayBright LED lights keep your extra-large sewing space well lit when working on big quilting and sewing projects. This sewing and embroidery machine has 215 popular built-in sewing stitches with 6 fully automatic 1-step buttonholes and also boasts 125 built-in embroidery designs with 20 fonts and outline lettering. With a larger embroidery hoop option (10-by-6-inch) and multihooping capability, you can create designs up to 12 by 20 inches in size. This fantastic feature and will allow you to embroider large format projects such as table cloths, bedspreads, dresses and more. Get the same quality embroidery results as high-end embroidery machines but at a fraction of the cost. How? By using your own PC. Simply connect your PC to the Futura XL-550 sewing and embroidery machine via the included USB cable, use the included software with built-in tutorials and send the design to the machine. Push a button and you’re embroidering. Computer Requirements: Personal Computer with 1 GHz Intel or AMD Processor, Windows OS: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7, 1 GB of RAM (or more recommended), CD-ROM Drive, 500 MB (or more recommended) of Available Hard-Disk Space for Installation, Color Standard (1024x768 pixel, 65,000 colors recommended), VGA Adapter Connected with Color VGA Monitor, Microsoft Compatible Mouse, USB 1.1/2.0
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I can't stress enough the need for you to get to know your machine. You're not going to sit down the first time and turn out a perfect piece of work. You're not going to get the machine to thread itself every time until you get the hang of it. You're going to break needles. The learning curve is high but the satisfaction from getting to know your machine is priceless. The machine is large and looks impressive on the table. Learning how to use this machine is like learning how to play a musical instrument. It does not come overnight. You must practice, and practice will lead to perfection. Take time and start out slowly with easy projects. Then graduate to more difficult embroidery. Soon you'll find that you are an artist making beautiful items with the Singer Futura XL 580.
And when you embroider, remember that what goes in the machine through the computer is what comes out. In other words, spend a little money on well-digitized designs such as those at embroiderylibrary.com. Don't try to make a purse out of a pigs ear. Free designs are free for a reason...they are not worth anything. You get what you pay for. Take it from someone who had persistence in learning how to use and service his XL-580, I wouldn't trade my machine for anything. I can say that I absolutely love it.
I've had it for a day, so I'll probably come back and make changes to this review, but here are my first impressions. First and most importantly - the fix for the "broken thread" error is that you HAVE TO hold the thread tightly in your right hand while threading it through the machine with your left. If you don't, it may not set accurately in the tension guides. It wasn't the thread quality, the net, the angle, or burning sage during a full moon. My net even pulled off and was flopping around and it still worked fine once I held it tight while threading it.
Next: buttonholes: I was excited about the buttonhole feature, but am bummed out! The autosizing is fantastic; stick your button in the slot and it sews it to the right size. Yes! Though my husband will miss the occasional button popping open ;) However, they're ugly: the minimum stitch width is .5, which makes the buttonhole sides a little jagged. That's a real bummer on contrasting fabric/thread combos. Doubling it up makes it too heavy. It seems like a serious oversight.
Next: Software. Welcome from the year 1995, we missed you! Obviously decent software is last on the list here. The images are bitmapped and named with numbers. It's really difficult to browse through the design library and to view what it might look like. Guess what Singer? It's ok to use photos and keywords! Maybe you also noticed that the videos are low-res as well. Sigh...
What I'm happy about: It's doing what I bought it for: clomping away on a big design right now, with NO problems. I'm using the embroidex thread that was popular on Amazon. Not in love with the thread, but it's good to test on. I also tested on some Coats & Clark I got on clearance at Jo-Ann and it worked well - better than this embroidex. I have fancy stuff arriving same-day delivery (thanks Prime!). I am using tear-away stabilizer underneath and dissolvable on top (which is what I had lying around). Not sure whether I needed the top stuff, but I was tearing out my hair from the broken thread thing.
I'm also excited about all the custom stitches: I took a long piece of an old sheet and sewed a sample of each one. That was great for me, made me get a much better sense of them that way and sparked ideas. Read elsewhere not to pull too tight and go slow in order to keep it from distorting. Seems like very good advice.
I am brand-spankin' new to embroidery, but pretty advanced in clothing and upholstery sewing.