All You Need to Know - From Head to Toe
Sewing is a great hobby and has a lot of benefits too (who would tell, right?).
It is an endless source of fun, and it will help you release the unwanted stress. It encourages the development of your creativity and allows you to be unique while wearing the creations that fit you like a dream.
Let’s not forget another great benefit of sewing and that's hand-eye coordination - it helps you keep your brain and fingers agile.
There are many reasons why I would recommend you to start sewing, but the point of this article is the review of the Singer 5560 sewing machine.
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The Singer company is prominent among the sewers around the world. The company has been making sewing machines since the 1850s, and they are well known for their reliability and accuracy.
No matter if you are a professional or a beginner, you need a sewing machine that will fit your needs perfectly while being easy to handle as well.
So today, I will present to you the machine that made me realize how easy it is to create new projects with the sewing machines of the new generation - the Singer 5560.
Singer 5560 How I Scored It
This machine is straightforward to use and I can guarantee you will have a lot of fun creating new projects with it. I left my overall impression in this table, so take a quick look at it before you continue with reading this article.
|Singer Fashion Mate 5560 Review|
|Value for money||5/5|
If you are interested to know why I graded this product the way I did, please continue to read my honest review and find out all the fantastic features and options this product has to offer.
Singer 5560 a Deep Dive
First of all, the Singer 5560 is not too bulky, but yet you can't say it is small too. With 16.5 x 7.8 x 13 inches (41.9 x 19.8 x 33 cm) size you can classify it as a medium-sized sewing machine. The machine weighs just a little bit under 14 pounds (6.3 kg) so you can easily transport it if and when you need to change the working space.
Knowing this, you will need to provide a broad working space for this machine.
The machines internal frame is constructed out of metal which contributes to the sturdiness and lastingness of this machine.
You will find the portable storage compartment on the front side of the machine covering the bobbin case. When you remove the storage compartment, you will get free space. Now you can easily access the needle plate surface and start sewing sleeves, cuffs, hemming the pants and other smaller designs.
One more thing - when you remove the storage compartment, you free up space for an extension table as well. The extension table is very easy to mount - just slide it on the free arm, and you are ready to work. This table comes in handy when you are due to sewing some larger pieces of clothing.
The rare feature that this machine poses is an LCD screen that gives you an easy accesses to the stitching patterns menu. You can quickly navigate through the menu thanks to the buttons on the front panel just under the LCD screen.
Here’s a handy video on selecting a stitch on Singer 5560:
You are all aware of how hard it can be to load a bobbin into those old machines where the case is located under the needle plate, and you must twist and turn your fingers to place it right.
Well, with 5560, there is no more fuss about it because this machine has a front-loading bobbin case. The bobbin case is located on the side of the machine where you can easily reach it and insert the bobbin from the front side.
The darning plate will save your day - it is usually used when sewing up a button, monogram or while quilting. This little additional accessory will prevent fabric from being dragged while you are sewing and also it prevents the fabric from coming in contact with the fabric feeder.
This machine has a built-in thread cutter located on the side of the machine that will replace the scissors you previously used to cut the thread when you finished sewing the seam.
Hard machine cover is provided to help you maintain your sewing machine dust-free when not in use.
The only thing that I can specify as a fault to this machine, in my opinion, is the lack of walking foot. The main and only purpose of a walking foot is to make sewing layers of thick fabrics easier because it makes the presser foot slide (walk) across the top of your fabric.
Using Singer 5560 in Person - My Tips
This machine is really easy to handle, but some extra words of advice are always welcome.
So let's begin!
After you plug in your power cord, foot controller, and turn on the switch, the LED light above the needle should come on. Also, this LED lightning comes very handily because it provides bright lightning above your working space, and it stays cool to the touch.
Always make sure that you turn the handwheel towards yourself, so your needle is in the right position before you start working.
When changing the needle, make sure you always place some paper over the needle plate, so your needle doesn't fall into the machine and get stuck in it. Always use the screwdriver that you got with the machine to loosen up the needle.
You can see the tutorial here:
You will quickly spot the little purple and grey drawing guides on the top of the machine. Purple ones are here to help you wind the bobbin correctly. The grey drawings on the machine will help you thread the needle properly.
When you are threading the bobbin, you can choose between the main spool pin or auxiliary spool pin. The only prominent difference between these two types of spool pin is in the position. Use the main spool pin if you prefer to have your thread positioned horizontally or auxiliary spool pin if you prefer it in a vertical position.
Now you can thread the needle effortlessly thanks to built-in needle threader that saves you some time and nerves, to be honest.
More about Threading The Machine:
Making the buttonhole with this machine is so easy! All you need to do is place the button on the fabric, and mark the spot where you want to make the hole. Simply slide up the back of the buttonhole foot and place the button in the hole, slide it down to secure and close it.
Select the wanted buttonhole type on the pattern menu. For sewing the button you will need to remove the current presser foot and replace it with the buttonhole foot, then place the fabric under the presser foot and line it up. Now push the foot controller and watch how this machine makes magic.
Now open the buttonhole with a seam ripper.
You can observe the process of making the buttonhole in this handy video:
What Stands Out in 5560 - Feature-Wise?
Here I will list you all the favorite and most helpful features that this machine poses.
Singer 5560 machine comes with 100 built-in stitches patterns. From basic stitches, stretch stitches, decorative stitches, to buttonhole sewing this machine really covers it all. The navigating through the stitches menu is easy just insert the number of the desired stitch, and you are almost done.
When you selected the stitch, the machine will automatically select the optimum width and length for the stitch. The size of the stitches is adjustable; you can easily make them narrower or wider with the simple press to the buttons that are placed just below the LCD screen.
The position of the needle is adjustable too. You can adjust it as you desire to help you perform diverse sewing operations like edge stitching, topstitching, and sewing up a zipper.
The variety of presser feet are excellent too. This machine comes with the general-use presser foot, Sew Easy foot, Zipper foot, and Buttonhole foot.
Zipper foot will allow you to sew up the zipper or insert the piping in no time.
I already described to you how the buttonhole foot works. Always make sure that you attached the button tight enough before closing the buttonhole foot and placing it on the foot holder.
Sew Easy foot is my favorite presser feet. This presser fit has extension arm on the side with an adjustable plastic guide that you can move left or right along the extension arm to help sew straight seams that match the marking for the seam guidelines that are located on your needle plate. This helps you sew straight seams.
You can quickly remove and attach the new presser feet thanks to snap-on presser feet feature. Just pull the lever located on the backside of the needle to release the presser feet. When you are ready, attach the new one, place the desired foot under the presser foot holder and lower it until you hear the foot snaps in the place and you are ready to go.
Also, the presser foot has an extra high position that allows you to work with thicker fabrics too.
Reverse-sew touch button helps you sew the stitches in reverse to secure the seam at the beginning and at the end to ensure your seams won't unwind.
As I already mentioned, I am thrilled about front-loading bobbin that makes placing the bobbin in the bobbin case more straightforward.
Included Accessories and Additional Enhancements
When you open the removable storage compartment, you will find a small bag of additional accessories for the machine.
This bag contains: 4 different types of presser feet ( Sew Easy presser foot, regular-use presser foot...), pack of needles, seam ripper, main and auxiliary spool pin, thread spool cap, pack of additional bobbins (this machine use class 15 metal bobbins), needle plate screwdriver , extension table and hardcover for the machine.
Let’s list the good and the bad:
- Easy to use no matter if you are a beginner or professional
- Affordable price
- Sturdy and durable thanks to metal constructed frame
- A wide selection of stitching patterns
- Comes with removable storage compartment and a bag of additional accessories
- Lack of walking foot
My Final Thoughts & Recommendations
Singer 5560 made a big impression on me, and I highly recommend it! This machine will grant you accuracy, simplicity, and reliability.
Whether you are a professional or an amateur sewer, you will find the sewing very easy with this machine. The machine is an excellent starter product for an amateur sewer, but it is also, a valuable addition to the sewing equipment for any professional sewer too.
All the project you had on your mind until now, but you didn't know how to realize; you can make come through with ease thanks to this fantastic product. All the features I listed in this article will help you highlight your creativity in the best possible way.
And surprisingly, the price of this product is more than affordable for the valuable product you are getting. So there is no valid excuse for you not to consider purchasing the Singer 5560.