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Brother XL5600 45-Stitch Function Free Arm Sewing Machine

by Brother

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  • 43 built-in stitch functions including stitches for garment construction, decorative sewing, heirloom sewing and quilting
  • Built-in automatic "auto-size" buttonholer with stitch balance control
  • Automatic needle threader
  • Adjustable stitch, width, stitch length and thread tension
  • Accessories included for quilting, zipper insertion, darning, buttonholes and buttonsewing
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 14.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 19.5 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000259FW2
  • Item model number: XL5600
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,122 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing (See Top 100 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing)
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The Brother XL-5600 is a 45 Stitch Function Free Arm Sewing Machine.The machine features an automatic one-step "auto-size" buttonholer with a stitch balance control to ensure equal density on both sides of the buttonhole.There is a built-in needle threader which threads the needle for you with the touch of a button.The XL-5600 features a variety of stitches including those for garment construction, decorative sewing, heirloom sewing and quilting.Accessories are included for quilting, zipper insertion, darning, buttonholes and button sewing.This machine features snap-on presser feet which are easy to change. The XL-5600 features adjustable stitch width and length as well as a dial thread tension control.The machine has a variable needle position as well as a twin needle capability for decorative stitching.Threading is easy with the lay-in threading system featured on the XL-5600 as well as the automatic bobbin winding system. The instructions are bilingual in English and Spanish

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JoChan on June 10, 2006
This machine was received promptly from Amazon.com.

It says it is a 45 stitch machine... very misleading. It is only a 17 stitch machine. The difference in stitches is the length/width, but that doesn't exactly make it a different stitch.

The manual also stinks... not clearly written at all. It took me over 2 hours to figure how to get from one set of stitches to a second set of stitches (you have to adjust 2 different knobs to get from one set to the next, but that is nowhere in the manual).

One more thing that drove me nuts...

This machine comes with extra feet... great! However, not all of the extras are listed in the manual... and the manual does not tell you which foot to use for which stitch... thank goodness I have a little knowledge of sewing.

If you are a beginner, don't buy this machine. If you do, you will need to hire a professional to help you understand how to use it.

Good luck!
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By anFidhlear on February 13, 2015
I love this machine. I've had one for about 12 years now, and it is definitely a little workhorse. I've been able to sew through super tough fabrics (duck cloth, heavy denim, etc.) that my friends' machines choke on. Sometimes with extremely tough fabrics, when on folds I do have to manually turn the dial so it doesn't go too fast and break a needle, but even still it works great.

I've also never once taken it in for maintenance, which is really bad but this machine still keeps plugging away like new.

My only complaint is that the bobbin winder pin is made of plastic, which unfortunately is typical these days but I would still prefer a metal one. I have a sewing table where the machine can be lowered into the table and the table closes up if you want / need it to be out of sight or take up less space. Unfortunately because of the way my particular table lowers the machine, the bobbin winder pin got caught on the edges and snapped off. I'm just going to buy a separate bobbin winder but I've also found that a replacement part can be purchased for about $15.

It has 17 stitches, this is true. The "45" refers to the multiple widths that produce a different effect. Personally I don't care though because it does all of the important stuff for more utilitarian / practical sewing rather than decorative.
The 1-step automatic buttonhole works like magic, just follow the instructions thoroughly.

I've been told that this is one of the few machines from the last 20 years that doesn't cost $1,000 and still has metal internal parts (gears, etc.). I cannot confirm this as I've never (and wouldn't) crack it open to check aside from cleaning the dust out of the front needle arm area, but if that's true it explains a lot about the durability of it.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Soo Na on May 24, 2006
They send me the sewing machine with damages and NEVER respond.
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