This best selling item has great features for everyday sewing. It is very easy to use for beginner sewers. This is an awesome machine with sorts of features and very affordable price. Recommended!
- Free arm sewer allows for easier manipulation of fabrics
- Very affordable entry level model for amateur sewers
- The 25 built in patterns are more than enough for a novice sewer
- The 1 step buttonholer is easier to use than a 4 step
- Drop in bobbin loader rarely, if ever, will jam
- Sometimes has trouble with heavier and thicker fabrics so it is recommended to go slowly when working with them
- When reloading fabric, if not set into the drop in bobbin correctly, the machine will have a tendency to create lower thread looping
This particular model XL2066I is a best seller on Amazon. Priced at a very reasonable $80 (including free shipping), it is geared towards the novice and amateur sewer. This, however, does not mean that the quality we have come to know from the Brother is lacking. It is the no frills model made to get things done without breaking the bank.
Brother XL2600I Key Features
Free-arm with 25 Built-in Stitches – Unlike other machines built into a cabinet, this special free-arm machine allows for easier manipulation of fabrics in order to stitch exactly where you need. This free-arm model includes 25 pre-programmed stitch patterns, enough to satisfy all of your basic sewing needs. These patterns are printed on the side of the machine for easy reference.
5 Different Presser Feet – Heavier fabrics require a more sturdy feed, but these heavier feet may not be gentle enough for thin fabrics. The XL2600I includes 5 accessory presser feet to properly feed in a variety of fabrics to be sewn. Smartly, the model has created a built-in storage area for the presser feet directly into the arm of the device for easy storage and quick switching.
Do not mistake this economically priced item as a substandard product. In addition to the free-arm with 25 built-in stitches and assortment of presser feet, this one has various features that allow you to complete everyday projects. One of them is a needle threader, to allow for faster switching of the thread, as well as a thread cutter to complete the task. In addition, the unit comes with a drop in bobbin loader, with auto winding. Lastly, it has a one-step buttonholer with auto sizing. These are all necessary features for the amateur sewer.
This is a beginner sewing machine with all of the functions necessary for uncomplicated sewing of everyday projects. While it does not contain all of the bells and whistles that a professional sewer may be looking for, it does have the basic features required to get the job done. We recommend it for novice and amateur sewers who are looking to sew without a heavy investment.