Brother has built itself a reputation for ease of use and aggressive pricing, and the Brother XL2600I won’t do anything to harm the company’s reputation in this regard.
Coming in considerably cheaper than the more advanced Brother CS6000I, the XL2600I is a free-arm sewing machine with 25 built-in stitches. These cater well for novices as well as your everyday sewing projects.
Operation is by foot pedal and the unit features a light bulb to help you see what you’re doing. It has an automatic needle threader, built-in thread cutter, a drop-in bobbin, automatic bobbin winding system and an automatic 1-step buttonholer.
Included in the box you’ll find 5 accessory feet (buttonhole, zipper, button sewing, narrow hemmer and zigzag presser), as well as a screw driver, needle, twin needle, extra spool spin and a darning plate.
The Brother XL2600I features the standard Brother 25 year limited warranty. It weighs just 11 pounds.
Right out of the box, this is a very easy machine to set up and get going with. We were sewing away happily in less than an hour. Quilting is not a problem for this machine and we also did some mending without any problems. We did some buttonholing as well and found it to be a breeze. The included accessories provides you with pretty much everything you need to get started right away.
Be careful to follow the instructions in the manual to the letter when threading the machine though or you may run into some issues with the lower threading. Also, it seems that the foot height on this model cannot be adjusted, although that hasn’t caused any difficulties for us so far. Also, this machine is not ideal for really heavy materials.
For under $90 (at the time of this writing), you’d be hard pressed to find a better sewing machine than the Brother XL2600I. If this is your budget range, and you consider yourself a beginner to casual sewing enthusiast, this machine will suit you down to the ground. Be aware of its limitations, and also consider the Brother CS6000I.
Out of 134 customer reviews currently on Amazon.com this unit scores 116 4 and 5 star reviews, also scoring an 86% extreme satisfaction rating.