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Brother XL2610 Free-Arm Sewing Machine with 25 Built-In Stitches and 59 Stitch Functions
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- Free-arm sewing machine with 25 built-in stitches and 59 stitch functions
- Automatic buttonholer; automatic needle threader; built-in thread cutter
- Drop-in bobbin system and automatic bobbin winding system; handle for carrying
- Built-in light; power cord; foot control; sewing notions; and user manual included
- 25-year limited warranty
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This machine is easy to use - bobbin winding, changing stitches, portability, two-needle. I like a mechanical machine. I have not tried the buttonholer yet. A great first machine! This is my fourth. I like the reverse, the freearm, the size.
Petty annoyance - the presser foot is low when up, so when you need to know where your needle is going into the fabric, you have to knock the foot up with your finger so you can see - not a big deal. BIG deal - put the zipper foot on and then you have to adjust the needle width out of the zipper foot groove to get the seam close enough to the zipper, because the foot is wide(???) at the back and on the same level(???) as the foot itself. Maybe I'll just use invisible zippers.
If you are rough with things, do not buy this machine. Many of the parts are plastic, like the presser foot lever. We use that a lot.
I have sewn with many layers of denim, very light fabrics, and much in between with great success. Just change the needle after each project.
I hope I have given you enough information to begin to make an informed decision.
I needed to sew some trimmings on a coat for my Halloween costume. The jacket is a vintage London Fog coat made of a heavy canvas material. This machine had NO problem sewing through the thick layers.
What impressed me the most is i'd previously been using my mother in law's $800 sewing machine, and after constant adjustment and realignment I still broke 3 needles and had a problem with my backstitching. This machine handled the problem beautifully, and it's only a fraction of the price!
A few things I might note:
The pink is a a little darker than that in the picture. This did not bother me since it's still pink, which is what attracted me in the first place.
I gave it four out of five stars (wish I could give it 4 1/2!) because the machine is so lightweight, a couple of times it wanted to move around while I was readjusting my fabric. This wasn't an issue with the actual sewing and after using it a couple times I figured out how to handle it so it stayed put. I don't think this would be a problem with lighter weight materials.
I noticed other reviewers said they couldn't get the backstitch to go in a straight line. The only time I had this problem was when I was sewing through several thick layers. It was partially my fault because I had the pedal pushed down too far and it kind of jump started the machine and took off. Every other time was no problem, so maybe it's something they're doing?
The instructions were VERY clear. I have very little patience when it comes to instructions and these were a breeze! It's also very helpful that bobbin and needle threading diagrams are etched into the machine itself, for quick reference.Read more ›
So far, this machine is great, it goes over jeans fabric, or 3-4 layers of fabrics, doesn't skip, the manual and instructions are well written.
But there was something what wasn't in the manual... OILING. I called Brother Intl-USA, and asked them how to oil this machine. The CSR told me that it has to be done by a specialist at an authorized dealer in my area. Since I am very krafty, I asked him what kind of oil I need... He insisted that I can't do it because the machine has some electrical parts in it. However ... on the Brother's site, it says that the machine needs to be oiled about each 300-500 hrs of use. I looked online for the authorized dealer in my area (Sarasota, FL), and the lady there was very kind to tell me that I "got a Hell of a deal" on Amazon.com, by paying only ~$84. But the bad news is that the oiling is going to cost me $79.99 for a mechanical seing machine (like the one I have), and $89.99 for a computerized one.
Now, the good part is that the machine doesn't need to bo oiled only maybe once a year... but it will cost me as much as I paid to buy a new machine... So ... my idea is to just use it until it breaks and buy a new one...
SO, PEOPLE BE AWARE WHEN YOU BUY THIS MACHINE. IT IS A VERY GOOD MACHINE... BUT KIND OF DISPOSABLE...
I don't know if I would have bought this machine if I would have had this info... Fact is... I was very upset when I did the research and found out this oiling info.
Good luck to everyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this sewing machine for my 8 yr. old granddaughter who is dying to learn how to sew. I is a nice machine and very colorful. My only concern is that it is hard to learn. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by cguillau
I am very happy with this purchase. This is exactly what I wanted. LOVE the price too.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I got this machine as a gift. It was chosen because of the reviews. After 4 months the tension didn't work very good, the thread loops on the underside. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jean Gray
I ordered this for my wife on an amazon sale, it was well worth is for the price and has stood up through some heavy use,Published 3 months ago by Matthew B.