Singer 5532 Review In Detail

Singer 5532 Review In Detail

Singer 5532 is a good quality heavy duty sewing machine. However, it is not 100% heavy duty like the machines of the 60's. There are some plastic parts.

Editor rating

Singer 5532 is a heavy duty model from Singer. Singer 5532 has 32 built-in stitches which include 6 Basic Stitches, 7 Stretch Stitches, 18 Decorative Stitches and 1 full automatic one-step Buttonhole. It features a frustration free automatic needle threader.

Singer 5532 is sturdy. It has a heavy-duty metal interior frame and stainless steel bedplate. The thing that makes this machine a workhorse is a powerful motor capable of delivering 1,100 stitches per minute. Normally in this price segment, you won't get machines of this power. Most other machines come with a motor of 850 stitches/min capability. This machine is free arm capable as well, so that you can easily sew cuffs and sleeves. The top drop-in bobbin with clear cover lets you keep an eye on the thread supply.

Singer 5532 has drop feed for free motion sewing. It is a mechanical sewing machine, so stitch selection is done by turning the dials. It features an automatic bobbin winder which will stop turning when the bobbin is full. It will also disengage the needle bar while winding to prevent the needle moving up and down. Tension is adjustable for customized projects. The machine has 3 needle positions. The presser feet is snap-on type.

Singer 5532 has an on board storage compartment which is good enough to store away all the accessories. The stitch width on this machine can be set to a maximum of 6mm. You can easily adjust the stitch width and length by turning the dial. Another good feature is the extra-high presser foot lifter which is always handy while working with multiple layers of fabric. Automatic reverse button can be used for locking stitches and reverse sewing. The presser foot pressure is set automatically.

Singer 5532 weighs 14.5lbs, which is on the average side regarding weight. A built-in carry handle is there to carry it around. The machine comes with 25 year limited warranty. 

Ease of Use

Singer 5532 does an exceptional job with denim, the stitches were spot on. While sewing with silk or stretch materials you are advised to sew slowly. What we love about this machine is its simplicity, at the same time it delivers like a workhorse. It sews through multiple layers of denim quite well. Singer 5532 can be easily mounted into a cabinet. There are 3 screws to mount it.


6 plus layers of denim seems to be a slight struggle.

Even though the machine has heavy duty internal parts, there are some unavoidable plastic parts on the outside.


•    Affordable
•    Works well on thick fabrics
•    Easy to use
•    Very strong motor
•    Quality sewing


•    Not ideal for 6 plus layers of denim

Review Verdict

Singer 5532 does a good job. It is a very good machine for home sewing.


TypeMechanical Heavy Duty
Built-in Stitches32
Sewing Start/Stop ButtonNo
Speed Control SliderNo
Automatic Needle ThreaderYes
Buttonhole Styles1 One-step
Top Drop-in BobbinYes
Stitch SelectionDial
Adjustable Stitch Length/WidthYes
Stitch Width6mm
Programmable Needle Up/DownNo
Built-in Monogramming FontNo
Adjustable Presser Foot PressureYes
Drop FeedYes
Free ArmYes
Motor Speed1,100 Stitches/min
On Board Accessory StorageYes
Included FeetAll-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Sewing Foot
Machine Weight14.5 lbs Approx.
Warranty25 Year Limited
Extra High Presser Foot LifterYes
Needle Positions3
Snap-on Presser FootYes

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