The recent wave of fashion-inspired reality television programming has brought about a marked increase in the popularity of home sewing. Consequently, the number and variety of sewing machines available to the home sewer have skyrocketed and finding the right machine can be a daunting task.
However, the choice is easier when keeping in mind four things: what the machine will be used for, how experienced the home sewer is, the number of features desired, and how much the purchaser is prepared to spend.
The Brother XL2600i sewing machine is a practical choice that will appeal to many sewers for a number of reasons.The Brother XL2600i features 25 built-in stitches: straight stitch, zigzag, blind hem, decorative embroidery, quilting and heirloom stitches as well as a buttonhole stitch.
The desired stitch is selected with a large, clearly-marked dial, eliminating the confusion of choosing stitches by number as is the case with some computerized machines.
The XL2600i has no digital features so even a novice can start sewing right away with virtually no learning curve. All dials and settings are clearly marked and intuitive.
A set of accessories is included and consists of:
- needles -both single and double,
- an extra spool pin
- a darning plate to cover the feed dogs
- five presser feet, buttonhole, button fitting, zipper, narrow hemmer and blind stitch.
- A small screwdriver is included to assist in cleaning and maintenance.
- A lint brush is not included but these are readily available for little cost at any sewing or craft store.
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This is a compact, good-looking sewing machine. The body is white and the control panel is accentuated in a pleasing shade of blue. The machine features a free arm, useful for sewing set-in sleeves, collars and the hems on pant legs. The free arm features a small compartment for storage, keeping accessories close at hand and convenient.
A standard sewing machine light bulb illuminates the sewing area. Of course a power cord, foot pedal and print manual in Spanish and English are also included.
A Great Beginner Machine
This Brother sewing machine XL2600i is very reasonably priced, making it a good choice for a beginner who might not want to invest much money in a machine that is only used occasionally. If portability is a concern, this is an ideal machine for taking to quilting groups or sewing classes. It is very lightweight, at 11 pounds, with a built-in handle for easy carrying without the necessity of purchasing a separate case.
It Has It’s Limitations
A comprehensive Brother XL2600i review will likely discuss some problems, disadvantages and limitations of this machine. It is quite small, only 12.3 x 7.7 x 9.6 inches, making the bed of the machine proportionately tiny. It would be difficult to work with any large project such as a quilt.
It also would not be a good choice for sewing heavy weight fabrics or projects consisting of many layers such as lining, interfacing and outer fabric for constructed garments such as suit jackets or coats.
A common problem mentioned in reviews is that the bobbin threading is fairly complicated. If not done properly, the bobbin thread loops and breaks. Further, there is no speed adjustment setting and the foot pedal is not sensitive. If very slow stitching is required, it may be necessary to manually turn the hand wheel.
The markings on the sole plate are a little too short because the bobbin case cover is very wide, cutting the markings off. The user manual is printed in two languages, English and Spanish, on consecutive pages so the user must skip over blocks of text. This makes reading difficult and confusing. Separate sections for each language would have eliminated this problem.
Overall, the XL2600I is a good basic sewing machine for the beginning sewer or for a more advanced sewer who wants an economical choice that includes a good selection of functions. It can be easily transported to classes, groups or to on-site sewing jobs for the traveling sewer. While not extremely powerful or feature-laden, it is a smart, practical choice for most home sewing projects.
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